Places of Interest

Jameos Del Agua

Jameos del AguaA beautiful Volcanic Grotto with it’s own subterranean lake, this is one of the major tourist attractions of the island because it is so pretty and unique. Follow the stairs down to the Bar Restaurant area, and then further down to the underground lagoon which contains a species of blind white crab normally only to be found deep on the bed of the ocean. At the exit of the cave there is an outdoor pool which is surrounded by exotic and tropical plants and flowers. The cave is open during the day and also most evenings, when it is lit up and one can enjoy food, drink and music in relaxing and beautifully illuminated surroundings.

The Green Caves (cueva de los verdes)

Jameos del AguaThese caves are truly interesting and well worth exploring. They are formations of tubes of lava caused by an underground volcanic explosion. Running approximately seven kilometres along two kilometres of which, have been illuminated, the shades of colour and the strange rock formations are extremely unusual. Do look out for the amazing “Secret of Lanzarote”.

Mirador Del Rio

Jameos del AguaMirador Del Rio is a wonderful viewing point, situated in the very north of the island at the highest accessible point. This used to be a fortification commanding the most magnificent view of the island of Graciosa, the two smaller islands and the straight of El Rio. Now it has been turned into a look-out point from which one is able to admire this breathtaking scene.

Teguise

The town of Teguise is the ancient capital of Lanzarote, and with its narrow streets and well preserved buildings, it is easy to imagine the way of life many centuries ago. Teguise is full of historic interest, the main two buildings are the church of San Francisco, and the palace of Spinola, both situated in the main square. One will also find in this same square, a market on a Sunday morning open until 13.00 hrs On leaving Teguise one can see the Castle of Guanapay, which houses a museum and from where there is a panoramic view of the surrounding area.

Los Valles and Haria

Taking the road northwards from Teguise, continue through Los Valles which is the main and most important agricultural area on the island. The road then winds upwards until it reaches the top of the valley. On the other side, as the route begins to descend you will find two rest areas, both with spectacular views.

La Graciosa

La Graciosa is the little island off the northern tip of Lanzarote. It is a tiny island, 11 square miles, and on it live the families of fishermen who reap profit from the sea and live modestly.

Fishing is virtually the only industry, with supplies of fish in abundance and some specimens are very large.

There are two long beaches of golden sand, Caleta del Sebo (Suet Cove) and Las Conchas (The Shells). The only way over is by boat, and there is one that leaves the port in Orzola every morning. This takes you to Caleta del Sebo, a typical fishing village.

La Graciosa is mostly composed of a desert from which rise several extinct volcanoes. The island is said to have been the inspiration for Treasure Island, and when you are standing on the highest point of Lanzarote: the Mirador del Rio (View point), the panoramic views of this little island are breathtaking. On a very clear day, you can see the two islands behind La Graciosa, called Montana Clara and Alegranza.

La Geria

La Geria is a veritable oasis in the midst of a sea of volcanic rubble. From all accounts before the eruptions it was a garden of fruit and flowers, but was destroyed by the lava.

The land was once covered with crops and after the eruptions the locals tried every way possible to grow things and finally found the volcanic ash had the ability to hold moisture and therefore was good in which to plant crops.

The only problem was that they had to stop the wind from destroying the new vine leaves as they grew, so they found that after a low semi circle of stone was built around each vine, they sprouted lushly within the hollows.

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