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National Park – The long period of volcanic eruptions (between 1730-1736) drastically changed the islands morphology. Due to the low rainfall (and therefore lack of erosion) this area appears much the same as it did just after the eruptions. You can still admire the lunar landscape and experience the heat of the volcanoes. In 1968 the area was declared a National park. While it is not possible to just wander freely around the Volcanoes, a Coach Trip around the Park (La Ruta de los Volcanos) is included in the entry fee. The Spanish National Parks authority have launched a free guided walk service (available in Spanish or English) along two routes in the park. To avail of this service you must book at least 48 hours in advance. (only small groupes)

Admission: 9 Euro (Includes Coach Tour around the National Park)

Opening Hours: Everyday 10.00 - 18.00 (last bustrip at 17.00)

 

 

César Manrique Foundation – Situated in Tahiche, this was his home for many years until he moved to Haria in 1988. He built the house in 1968. It's an amazingly creative building that uses volcanic lava flows and bubbles to blend art and nature perfectly.

Admission: 8 Euro

Opening Hours: Everyday 10.00 - 18.00

 

 

Casa Museo César Manrique – His home and studio at Haria affords an intimate and personal view of the artist in his domestic surrounds. This strikingly beautiful home is sited in a lush palm grove in a charming village.

Admission: 10 Euro (combination ticket available of 15 Euro)

Opening Hours: Everyday 10.30 - 13.50

 

 

LagOmar - This stunning holiday residence in Nazaret, once owned by Hollywood actor Omar Sharif, was constructed as a pilot house in the 1970’s by an English developer called Sam Benady. He was assisted by the architectural talents of Jesús Soto, a Lanzaroteño who worked on numerous projects alongside César Manrique.

The house’s design is a marriage of the red volcanic cliffs of the former quarry site, lush green planting and smooth white plaster surfaces. The gardens extend down the side of the hill, with caves and curving staircases leading to a large terrace with an oval swimming pool. The overall effect was to create a setting that evokes the Arabian tales of 1001 nights. There is also a bar and restaurant.

Admission: 5 Euro

Opening Hours: daily 10.00 - 18.00

 

 

The Cactus Gardens - These beautiful gardens were created by the artist/architect César Manrique and are home to 1420 different species of cactus. A fascinating, yet wonderfully tranquil place, you have stunning panoramic views of the surrounding area from a traditional working windmill. The prickly pear cactus, prolific in this area, is home to the cochineal beetle, the red dye extracted from which was once the greatest export from Lanzarote.

Admission: 5,50 Euro

Opening Hours: Everyday 10.00 - 17.45

 

 

La Geria - Lanzarote's wine growing region. A drive through the picturesque wine fields offers a unique journey of discovery into the interior of the island. The scene is that of hundreds upon thousands of little circular hollows in the ground, each with a single green vine at its centre and a semi-circular small wall of volcanic rock skirting its edge. The vibrant green vines offset by the black picon provide an amazing landscape covering the entire area. The Malvasia grape is most commonly grown here and one can sample and buy the wine on a visit to one of the many Bodegas in the area.

 

 

Jameos del Agua – A prehistoric eruption (4000 years ago) created natural caves with roofless bubbles of lava (Jameos). A beautiful lake is connected to the sea from underground, and is home to a rare species of blind albino crab. Cesar Manrique created a setting of artistically arranged flora with a complex of restaurant, bar cafeteria, and an amazing concert cave with wonderful acoustics.

Admission: 9 Euro

Opening Hours: Everyday 10.00 - 18.30

Jameos Nights: Tuesday and Saturday from 20.00 till 00.30h

 

 

La Cueva de los Verdes - The tunnel (7 km long) was blasted through the earth under the effect of exploding lava and the cooling of the seawater. It stretches from the Volcano "La Corona" through into the sea. The guided visit of 50 minutes is truly a journey into the bowels of the earth.

Admission: 9 Euro

Opening Hours: Everyday 10.00 - 18.00 (last tour at 17.00)

 

 

Mirador del Río – Another of Manrique´s creations. This lookout point is located in the north end of the island on top of the Risco de Famara, 475 metres above sea level. The views of the island of La Graciosa and over the islet Montaña Clara, as well as Las Salinas del Río, the oldest salt plains of the archipelago, are simply breathtaking. Another option is the Mirador de Guinate (free), direction Guinate Tropical Park.

Admission: 4,50 Euro

Opening Hours: Everyday 10.00 - 17.45

 

Monumento al Campesino – In the geographical centre of the island stands a 15 metre high modern sculpture of the Campesino (farm worker), with his animals. Nearby is the ´Casa de Campesino´, a converted farm with an agricultural museum, shop and restaurant with typical canarian food.

Admission: free

Opening Hours: Everyday 10.00 - 17.45

 

 

El Golfo – The view of the emerald-green lagoon and the black sand of El Golfo is one of the most stunning on the island, another must on any tourist’s itinerary. The strata, colours and mad whirls are fascinating. So is the contrast between the tranquil pool and the mightly ocean right next to it. At the other side of the village starts the only coastal path located within the National Park, you can witness how life was able to blossom again after hot lava destroyed it. As a consequence of this eruptive period and after lava came in contact with seawater, a smaller and uneven new coastline was formed, and this is where a nice walk starts.

The village of El Golfo itself features restaurants famous for their fresh fish.

 

 

Los Hervideros - Just along the coast from El Golfo, are the fascinating 'Boiling waters' of Los Hervideros. This is a collection of caves and inlets created by the crashing waves of the Atlantic, where you can look down through blowholes in the volcanic rock at the sea as it surges in and out.

 

 

note: combination tickets are available for different centers !