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Timanfaya National Park

Parque Nacional de Timanfaya

Parque Nacional de Timanfaya

Timanfaya National Park – the main attraction of this other worldly landscape is the Islote de Hilario volcano. Tourists can go on buses to tour this park and see the extraordinary rock formations. A restaurant designed by famed local artist César Manrique can be found at the summit (there, meat and fish are grilled using hear emanating from volcanic heat).


Rancho Texas Lanzarote Park

Rancho Texas Lanzarote Park

Rancho Texas Lanzarote Park

Rancho Texas Lanzarote Park (Alcalde Cabrera Torres, Puerto del Carmen) – this is an American Cowboy Western-themed wildlife park, with an interesting collection of mammals, reptiles and birds. A wild tiger and cougars are on site, as well other animals – such as skunks, prairie dogs, armadillos, and raccoons. There’s also a lasso & whip exhibit, along with a sea lion show. See its website for updated rates, schedules, and other info: www.ranchotexaslanzarote.com


Puerto del Carmen

Puerto del Carmen

Puerto del Carmen

Puerto del Carmen (beach) – this beach is located just 10 minutes from Arrecife Airport. Stretching 6 km, this beach, which (like others in Lanzarote) has been awarded Blue Flag status by the EEC for cleanliness and lack of contamination, is considered among the most tranquil in the Canary Islands. This beach is fit for swimming and various water sports. In addition, there is also a variety of shopping & dining options nearby.

Playa Famara

Playa Famara

Playa Famara

Playa Famara (surfing) – this beach, located on the northwest coast of Lanzarote, offers ideal conditions for water sports, such as surfing, windsurfing, and kiteboarding. Surfing outfits such as Famara Surf (www.famarasurf.com) and Surf School Lanzarote (www.surfschoolanzarote.com) provide visitors with surfing lessons and outings.

Playa Blanca

Playa Blanca

Playa Blanca

Playa Blanca (beach) – located at the southernmost tip of the island, this one-time fishing village is now one of the most popular beaches in Lanzarote. The coastline around Playa Blanca is essentially one large 9 km.-wide bay which is then broken up into three smaller, but still large, bays. This basic geography means that the beaches in and around Playa Blanca are sheltered and ideal for swimming and sunbathing. There is also some development of villas in the area, and the nearby Marina Rubicon has given the Playa Blanca area a more upmarket feel.

Papagayo Bike

Papagayo Bike

Papagayo Bike

Papagayo Bike – one way of exploring the volcanic terrain of Lanzarote island is by bike. This service (located at Playa Blanca and Costa Teguise) gives individuals the option of renting bikes and exploring the island on their own, as well as signing up for a bike excursion (going through the island’s mountains, as well as biking by Lanzarote’s coastal areas (connecting Arrecife to Playa Honda, Puerto del Carmen and Puerto Calero). See its website for updated rates and other info: www.papagayobike.com

Playa de Papagayo

Playa de Papagayo

Playa de Papagayo

Playa de Papagayo (Beach) – located 45 minutes (37 km) southwest of Arrecife, this is one of the most popular beaches of the island — a cove of white sand, reduced size and great beauty. In the shape of a bay or shell (some locals prefer to call it the latter), Papagayo wins you over with its crystal clear, emerald green water which remains still all day long just like in a swimming pool. It’s perfect for taking up snorkeling and for enjoying the beauty of its depths or for letting the children splash about without having to worry.

Marina Rubicón

Marina Rubicón

Marina Rubicón

Marina Rubicon (Urbanización Castillo del Aguila, Calle el Berrugo 2, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote) – located 38 minutes (35 km) southwest of Arrecife, this is a marina at Playa Blanca which has shops, restaurants, and bars. There are also recreational options, such as a diving center (Rubicon Diving Lanzarote), a sailing school, and nautical outings (from parasailing to fishing, as well as yachting excursions), along with tennis courts, and swimming pools. See its website for more details: www.marinarubicon.com

Lanzarote IronMan Triathlon

Lanzarote IronMan Triathlon

Lanzarote IronMan Triathlon

Lanzarote IronMan Triathlon (tournament) – held annually every May, this event is considered to be one of the most difficult Ironman tournaments in the world. The swim course takes place at Playa Grande, Puerto del Carmen, the main tourist resort of the island. It is a two-lap course with a short running passage between the two laps. The bike course, well known for challenging athletes with strong winds, takes you all around the island with over 2551 m. of climbing. Participants will enjoy amazing views and will have lots of support from volunteers along the way. Finally, consisting of 3 laps, the run course leads participants along the flat sea front of Puerto del Carmen, towards the airport and back. Both participants can enjoy beautiful views of the ocean under the intense Lanzarote sun, while feeling the impressive support of thousands of spectators lining the streets. See the IronMan website for details on its next event at Lanzarote: http://eu.ironman.com/

Lanzarote Golf Resort

Lanzarote Golf Resort

Lanzarote Golf Resort

Lanzarote Golf Resort (Carretera Puerto del Carmen-Tías) — designed by the famous North-American Ron Kirby, Lanzarote Golf is a modern 18 hole par 72 golf course, situated between Puerto del Carmen and Tias. Surrounded by volcanoes, it offers uninterrupted views where one may practice golf while contemplating all the majesty of the Atlantic Ocean and the traditional landscape of Lanzarote. Professional tournaments are often held here. See its website for more info: www.lanzarotegolfresort.com


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