Stroll into Tinajo
for an early evening tapa or two and an aperitif of the locally grown Malvasia wine.
Fresh air and exercise
There are lots of lovely walks around the Tinajo area either along the coast or around the edge of the 'Fire Mountains'. Wear some tough shoes and take plenty of water.
Timanfaya National Park
The number one attraction on the island, this national park still has active volcanoes and you will see demonstrations which prove just how hot the earth is! A bus tour shows you the amazing but eerie result of the last volcanic eruption from 1730-36, with craters, colourful molten lava flows and ash - a landscape little changed over the intervening years. For a close up view book a free guided walk around one of the two routes in the park (bookable 48 hours in advance)
Playa de Famara
One of the closest beaches to Casa Acequia is Playa de Famara, one of the longest and most outstanding beaches on the island. Backed by impressive tall cliffs, Famara on the northwest coast has a welcome cooling breeze in the warm summer months. It's a lovely place for a seaside stroll too, especially as the sun sets in the evening.
The Virgin of the Volcanoes
Near to Casa Acequia is the white washed village of Mancha Blanca, 'White Stain'. It's claim to fame is the little church of Los Dolores to which pilgrims crawl on their hands and knees during the church's main festival on 15th September. During the 6 years of volcanic activity from 1730 desperate villagers took a statue of the Virgin to a nearby volcano and, it is claimed, the eruption miraculously stopped.The church was then built in her honour.
For a small island, Lanzarote has some really tasty local dishes. Try 'wrinkly potatoes' with the local 'mojo' sauces made from sweet peppers or garlic and coriander. These are usually served with fresh fish or a filling fish, goat or rabbit stew. The white goats cheese is a real delicacy as is the smoked salmon which is smoked using a secret recipe in the village of Uga.
For something a little bit different
Take a camel safari through Timanfaya National Park visiting the volcano craters. Young and old alike will love these "ships of the desert"
Tour the local bodegas
Take the road from Mozaga to Yaiza and you will travel right through the heart of Lanzarote's wine growing area. The vines are planted idividually in little hollows in the volcanic soil - very labour intensive but the end product is worth it - a crisp Malvasia wine which has been exported to Europe for centuries.
The greatest and best Sunday market
is held in Teguise. Tourists and locals alike pack the streets throughout the morning soaking up the atmosphere and browsing the weird and wonderful items for sale on the stalls. Teguise is a normally a quiet, unspoilt little town so it is worth a visit meandering through its lovely streets once the market has finished.
The town of Yaiza is well worth a visit
- a beautiful and tranquil village that has won prizes for 'the loveliest village in Spain'. With its pristinely-kept square, 17th century church of Nuestro Señora de los Remedios, wonderful well-kept gardens, intriguing souvenir shops and tapas bars, it's a real gem.
Surfing and sunsets at La Santa
About 5 miles north of Tinajo at La Isleta, there's a sea water lagoon with calm and shallow waters. It's an ideal place to learn windsurfing (you can hire a board locally) and there are lots of areas with soft sand if you'd rather just watch. On the way back stop off at the small village of La Santa, see the spectacular coastline as you wander along the promenade past the harbour then have a meal in one of the restaurants there as you watch the sun go down.
Climb a volcano
The Caldera Blanca near Mancha Blanca is the largest crater on the island. You can climb to the crater's rim and walk around it. It takes about an hour and offers marvellous views of the inside of the crater as well as surrounding volcanoes and over to the sea. And if this makes you curious about how volcanoes are formed, call into the Museum del Visitante just outside Mancha Blanca.
El Patio Agricultural Museum
In the village of Tiagua El Patio is a working farm using traditional methods. There's lots to see including restored windmills, a cactus garden, farm animals and a camel up close! You can also sample some of the wine produced on the farm.
You may not have heard of him before your visit to Lanzarote but you you won't fail to see his influence all over the island. Lanzarote's dearly loved architect and painter designed many of the strange designs on roundabouts and enhanced nearly every tourist attraction on the island. Visit his incredible house near Tahiche which is built into 5 volcanic bubbles.
Visit the picturesque town of Haria
Especially pleasant in Spring when the roadsides and meadows are covered in wild flowers, the village is in the 'Valley of a Thousand Palms' and is quite a contrast to other parts of the island. It's best to explore Haria on foot so you can call in to the numerous craft shops where you can see artisans at work. Cesar Manrique loved the town so much he decided to retire here and is buried in the churchyard.
Great views from the Mirador del Rio
An amazing viewpoint right at the north of the island, looking towards the sea and the island of La Graciosa. High up above sheer cliffs, you'll feel on top of the world!
Call in to Omar Sharif's house
Near Teguise in the village of Oasis de Nazaret is the former house of actor Omar Sharif. He so admired Cesar Manrique's house that he had one built for himself, but lost if a few days later in a card game. Built into the side of a cliff, it is now a recommended restaurant, museum and tourist attraction with guided tours of the house available in English.
Cueva do los Verdes
(the green cave) is 7 kms long, although only 2km are open to the public. History has it that years ago people would hide in these caves to escape from pirates and slave traders.The guided tour will take you through two levels of passageways of vividly coloured rock, with atmospheric lighting and haunting music to add to the mood.
Visit another island
Catch a ferry from Orzola in the north of the island over to the Isla de Graciosa, the Graceful Isle. You can truly relax here and enjoy a lovely meal overlooking the port, or go in a 4 wheel drive taxi to some incredible almost deserted beaches.
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