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Sightseeing in Lanzarote

Map of Lanzarote

Lanzarote is a unique island offering an amazing array of visitor attractions. So if you are renting one of our Lanzarote holiday villas we recommend that you hire a car or book an excursion so that you can discover these delights for yourself.

Centres of Art, Culture & Tourism

There are six main centres of Art, Culture and Tourism on the island and don't let this slightly stuffy title put you off. As these attractions were all created under the guidance of César Manrique and as a result boast lots of stylish flourishes.

Timanfaya National Park

Visiting the volcanic region is key to gaining an understanding of life and culture here on the island. These lunar landscapes were created during the 1730s by massive eruptions and tourists can visit the park and take a tour through the lava fields, before visiting the Restaurant El Diablo, a classic Manrique creation. Where lunch is cooked on a grill powered by the geothermal heat of the spent volcano below.

Jameos del Agua

The Jameos del Agua is arguably Manrique's most magnificent creation. It's certainly the largest as it basically occupies the shell created by a huge lava tunnel that is around 6km long and which also houses the Green Caves, another key attraction close by. Here visitors can enjoy the serene ambience of the main chamber, which is almost cathedral like, before emerging into the light to be met with the sight of verdant gardens and a huge bright white pool.

The Green Caves

The Green Caves once provided sanctuary for the islanders when plagued by repeated pirate raids during the 16th and 17th centuries. They were created by an eruption around 5000 years ago and are part of one of the longest underground galleries in the world. In 1964 a pathway was created to show the caves off to their best effect, which has been further enhanced by the addition of atmospheric lighting.

The Mirador del Rio

Mirador means lookout point in Spanish and when you visit this amazing creation in the north of the island you'll soon see why. The Mirador is located about 450 metres above sea level and as a result boasts great views of the small neighbouring island of La Graciosa, often referred to as the 8th Canary Island.

The Cactus Garden

Spikey, spiney plant life is the order of the day here in this typically surreal Manrique creation. Thousands of different species of cacti throw the most amazing shapes and forms, ably assisted by various aloes, agaves and grasses. This is one of the most unusual botanical gardens around and a real must for plant lovers.

Monumento al Campesino

Another great Manrique creation that pays homage to the work of local farmers, who endured considerable hardship over the centuries whilst eking out a living. The Monumento is also home to a great restaurant and working exhibitions of local arts and crafts.

Museum of International and Contemporary Art

MIAC is housed in the Castillo de San Jose, on the outskirts of the capital city of Arrecife. This historic structure lay near derelict for many years until Manrique organised a project to restore it. Creating a small art gallery and a very stylish restaurant housed in the basement of the castle.

The César Manrique Foundation

Much like the Jameos del Agua but on a smaller and more personal scale this was once the home and studio of Manrique, created during the late 1960s. Fashioned out of five interconnecting chambers in the lava flow outside the village of Tahiche the Foundation also houses a gallery showcasing the best of the artist's paintings and sculptures.