There are many things to see and do on the island of Lanzarote. Some of the most important tourist attractions in Lanzarote are run by the Lanzarote Cabildo (Island Council), and these are:
Montañas del Fuego
The Fire Mountains (Montañas del Fuego), are in the Timanfaya National Park, and is the most visited of all the tourist attractions in Lanzarote. It is here that the volcanic eruptions from 1730 – 1736 created a unique landscape. At the car park you get into a coach for a 14km tour of the volcanic landscape, with a commentary, and stopping points. At the visitor centre and restaurant, designed by César Manrique, you get the opportunity to touch the hot ground of the volcano; see water being turned into steam; and to see dry bush being set on fire, just from the natural heat. Admission is 8€ for children and 4€ for children. It is open from 9am – 5.45pm.
Mirador del Rio
This is a unique viewing point, designed by César Manrique, at the top of the Famara cliffs, at the northernmost point of Lanzarote. It is basically a cafe, hidden in the rocks, with wonderful views from inside and outside the cafe, of La Graciosa and beyond. The viewing point stands 500m high so the outside balcony is not for the faint-hearted. Admission is 4.50€ for adults and 2.25€ for children. It is open from 10am to 5.45pm.
Cueva de los Verdes
Another of the most important tourist attractions in Lanzarote provides an opportunity to go on a 1km guided walk along a volcanic lava tunnel created by the eruption from the nearby volcano, La Corona over 3,000 years ago in the north-east of the island. In total, the lava tunnel is 6 km long and stretches out into the sea. The cave, where visitors now enter, was created when the tunnel roof collapsed. It was designed as a tourist attraction in 1964. Admission is 8€ for adults and 4€ for children. It is open from 10am – 6pm.
Jameos del Agua
This is also one of the most unique of the tourist attractions in Lanzarote, as it is the site of César Manrique’s first cultural attraction created in a natural space. It was opened in 1966, and is part of the volcanic lava tunnel that runs 6km from the Volcan de Corona to the sea in the north-east of the island. At this point, the roof of the tunnel collapsed and an entrance was created. After going down steps you will find a cafe, dance floor, a natural lake, a swimming pool, an auditorium, the volcano exhibition and a gift shop. Admission is 8€ for adults and 4€ for children. It is open from 10am to 6.30pm, and also on some evenings.
Jardin de Cactus
This was one of César Manrique’s later works as it was started in 1976 but not opened until 1990. This cactus garden has been created on the site of a disused quarry in Guatiza. The circular layout is tiered, and the cacti from around the world are protected from the wind. At the bottom there are some fish ponds. A cafe has been built into the side of the quarry under a restored windmill. There are over 7,000 cacti here. Admission is 5€ for adults and 2.50€ for children. It is open from 10am – 5.45pm.
MIAC – International Museum of Contemporary Art at the Castillo de San Jose
This museum is housed in the San Jose castle that overlooks the harbour in Arrecife. The castle was built between 1776 an 1779 and was restored in the 1970’s. It has been the site of the International Museum of Contemporary Art since 1974. It contains works by Cesar Manrique and others. It has a restaurant attached called QueMuac which can be accessed separately. Admission is 4€ for adults and 2€ for children. It is open from 10am – 8pm.
Monumento de Campesino
This is a museum, designed by César Manrique, about agriculture on Lanzarote. Outside the entrance is the large sculpture designed by Manrique, called the Monumento a la Fecundidad, which is at the geographical centre of the island. It is 15 metres tall, white, and made out of old water tanks. It is a tribute to the farmers who produce crops under difficult circumstances on the island. Admission is free. It is open from 10am – 6.45pm.
The above tourist attractions in Lanzarote offer very different experiences at different places all over the island, and are very popular with visitors at all times of the year as they offer a good experience, and opportunities to take lots of unique photos and create memories of your visit.