Arrieta and La Garita beach
Away from the beaten track, Arrieta is a delightful town with a very Canarian feel. It has a jetty, a working fishing port and some excellent harbourside restaurants. The beach, La Garita, is a blue flag beach great for paddling and so very popular with families - and only a 10 minute drive from Villa Placeres!
Right on your doorstep is the incredible cactus garden with hundreds and hundreds of different weird and wonderful varieties of cactus of all shapes and sizes - one of the best collections in the world. In beautiful gardens designed by Cesar Manrique, this is a plant lover's paradise.
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!
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. The ferry ride itself is lots of fun!
Its Carnival time in Lanzarote in February and March
There are festivities every weekend - the party begins in the capital of Arrecife at the end of February and lasts for almost two weeks until early March. It then moves to Puerto del Carmen the following week, followed by Playa Blanca and ends in Costa Teguise when the parade is held in the last Saturday in March. Carnival is a very colourful affair, with street parades, fancy dress, floats and musicians spectacular enough to rival those of Rio
Jameos del Agua
An underground lagoon inside a volcanic tunnel is populated by innumerable albino crabs, tiny and white and unique to the lake. The attraction is full of surprises, as you emerge from the underground cave into another open air one lined with tropical plants and dominated by an opulent white swimming pool. The steep sides create great accoustics and frequent concerts are held here. An attraction not to missed especially as it is so close to Villa Placeres.
Cuevas de los Verdes
The Cuevas de Los Verdes are part of a 7 km long lava tube formed about 3,000 years ago when the La Corona volcano erupted.A 2km pathway leads through the tunnel which is carefully lit to produce a beautifully atmospheric tour. The caves used to be an excellent place for locals to hide from pirates.Combine this with a visit to Jameos del Agua - they are both part of the same volcanic tube...
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 which is built into 5 volcanic bubbles, just outside the little village of Tahiche.
Wander round Teguise,
the old capital of Lanzarote, one of the oldest and most beautiful towns on the Canary Islands and only a short drive from Finca Bellavista. Its whitewashed houses, cobbled streets and delightful little squares are enticing.
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.
Enjoy a round of golf
at Costa Teguise there is a 18 hole, par - 72 green (for those golfers in the know). It has a driving range, a practice putting green, restaurant and bar and golf club hire. There is also a new 18 hole club just outside Puerto del Carmen.
The largest in the Canary Islands and voted one of the Top Ten best in Spain. Situated in Costa Teguise, it has an underwater tunnel so you can walk amongst the sharks.. There are 'touch tanks' so children can get close to starfish and sea cucumbers. And for the environmentalists there is a 'trash tank' where rubbish from the Lanzarote coast can be seen to make us aware of the damage it can cause to sea life.
Picnic in the woods - with a view!
At the top of the hill above Haria, near the radar station, you’ll find the 'bosquecillo', which means grove. Access is via a fairly rough dirt track by the radar station and not sign posted, you’ll suddenly come into an area with trees, barbecues and picnic tables anyone can use. The views down to Famara from the top of the cliffs are some of the best on the island.
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