Lanzarote (Arrecife), Canary Islands

Lanzarote is the fourth-largest island in the Canary chain. The most easterly of the Canaries, the island lies some 70 miles off the shore of North Africa. Like its neighbours, Lanzarote was shaped by a period of intense volcanic activity. The resulting landscape possesses a stark, near-lunar beauty: Over 300 now-dormant volcanoes left behind petrified lava seas and deep layers of volcanic ash. Today, visitors to these "Mountains of Fire" ride camels through the lava beds and even enjoy a volcano-broiled steak at the park's restaurant. (Subsurface temperatures still reach 800F in the park.) Despite the seemingly barren land scape, island farmers grow abundant crops of tomatoes, onions, melons, and figs in addition to Malvasia, a clear yellow wine produced from malmsey grapes. Lanzarote's rugged landscape, its warm climate, its lack of rainfall, and its beaches have proved attracted to travellers: Tourism dominates the island economy with some 2 million visitors arriving annually.

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Points of Interest

  • Timanfaya National Park
  • Jameos del Agua
  • César Manrique Foundation
  • Mirador del Rio
  • Jardin de Cactus
  • El Castillo de San Jose/Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Bodega
  • Puerto del Carmen

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  • Timanfaya National Park

    Covering over 12,600 acres, this lunar landscape looks much like it did after violent volcanic eruptions spewed chunks of molten lava over the entire area.

  • Jameos del Agua

    This massive four-mile long volcanic tunnel was formed by molten lava and turned into a lush tropical garden, pool, bar and 600-seat auditorium.

  • César Manrique Foundation

    The artist's former house and studio sits on top of a volcanic trail, its interior built around five volcanic bubbles. Since 1982, the Foundation has worked for the conservation, research and promotion of Manrique's work.

  • Mirador del Rio

    Lanzarote's most famous viewpoint is situated on Famara Cliff. The stone structure's semi-circular shape and large domed roof offer breathtaking views over the northern coastline, and the island's oldest salt plains.

  • Jardin de Cactus

    Built on an old quarry of volcanic ash extraction, the garden features 10,000 types of cactus from over 1,400 distinct species. Outside the entrance stands the towering 26-foot tall green metal cactus, Manrique's last work.

  • El Castillo de San Jose/Museum of Contemporary Art

    Erected in the 18th century to defend the island against pirate attacks, César Manrique renovated the castle in 1975 and today it holds the International Museum of Contemporary of Art.

  • Bodega

    Translated as "wine cellar," a bodega is a warm and welcoming wine shop, tasting room or marketplace where visitors can sample or purchase wine.

  • Puerto del Carmen

    Just south of Lanzarote, this tiny fishing village boasts warm, golden beaches that overlook the Atlantic. Renowned as the most tranquil in the Canary Islands, the water is perfect for swimming and other water sports.

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Puerto del Carmen Beach Getaway for Families

4.5 hours | Lanzarote (Arrecife) | A C E - 9 8 5
  • Puerto del Carmen

Get away to the town of Puerto del Carmen and discover why it's Lanzarote's most popular beach resort. Set your own itinerary while you enjoy its calm waters, golden beaches, water sports, shopping plazas, and outdoor terraces that overlook the marina and the distant volcanic peaks.

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Easy Lanzarote

3 hours | Lanzarote (Arrecife) | A C E - 2 9 0
  • Timanfaya National Park

Perfect for guests who prefer to see the sights with minimal walking, this panoramic motorcoach adventure explores the impressive landscapes of Lanzarote and includes a photo stop in the wine-growing area of La Geria. Continue through picturesque Timanfaya National Park and take in the Monumento al Campesino, the Peasant Monument.

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Craters, Lava Tubes & Cactus Gardens

4 hours | Lanzarote (Arrecife) | A C E - 2 0 5
  • Jameos del Agua
  • César Manrique Foundation
  • Jardin de Cactus
  • El Castillo de San Jose/Museum of Contemporary Art

Discover four stunning attractions designed by modern artist César Manrique. Begin your guided tour at the cavernous lava tubes at Los Jameos del Agua. Then, marvel at the 26-foot tall metal cactus that towers over Jardín de Cactus before visiting the César Manrique Museum and International Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Jameos del Agua & The Valley of a Thousand Palms

3.75 hours | Lanzarote (Arrecife) | A C E - 2 1 5
  • Jameos del Agua
  • Mirador del Rio

Enjoy a leisurely guided tour to Mirador de Haria and its spectacular views over the "valley of a thousand palm trees." Then, marvel at Mirador del Rio; designed by César Manrique, it affords views over the northern coastline. Finally, tour the volcanic tunnels at Jameos del Agua.

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Timanfaya National Park & Camel Ride

4 hours | Lanzarote (Arrecife) | A C E - 2 2 5
  • Timanfaya National Park
  • Bodega

Hop on a camel for an exhilarating ride through a solidified sea of lava and exploded craters that make up Timanfaya National Park and the famed Montañas del Fuego. Then, travel to the wine valley of La Geria for a wine tasting.

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Lanzarote Wine Route

4 hours | Lanzarote (Arrecife) | A C E - 3 0 0
  • Bodega

Wine enthusiasts will savor a day discovering the unique vineyards of Lanzarote and the unique artisan wines produced from this volcanic terrain. Visit several local wineries, peruse a small wine museum, and participate in tastings while taking in the region's unique landscapes and wine-making heritage.

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Lanzarote by 4WD

4.5 hours | Lanzarote (Arrecife) | A C E - 4 6 0
  • Timanfaya National Park
  • Bodega

Get off the beaten track and discover Lanzarote from the seat of a rugged 4x4 Jeep. Your journey includes lots of photo stops like the massive Tinguation volcano. Enjoy free time in Teguise, the ancient capital of Lanzarote followed by a wine tasting at La Geria Cellar.

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Best of Arrecife

7.5 hours | Lanzarote (Arrecife) | A C E - 1 0 0
  • Timanfaya National Park
  • Jameos del Agua
  • Mirador del Rio
  • Bodega

Explore Lanzarote on a full-day excursion that takes in some of the island's most fascinating attractions. Marvel at the lunar landscape of Timanfaya National Park. Enjoy wine tasting before lunch at a restaurant in Haria. Visit Mirador del Rio, Lanzarote's most famous viewpoint, and tour the world's longest volcanic tunnel.

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Best of Arrecife in Small Groups

7.5 hours | Lanzarote (Arrecife) | A C E - 1 1 0
  • Timanfaya National Park
  • Jameos del Agua
  • Mirador del Rio
  • Bodega

Explore Lanzarote on a full-day excursion that takes in some of the island's most fascinating attractions in a small group of 25 privileged guests. Marvel at the lunar landscape of Timanfaya National Park. Enjoy wine tasting before lunch at Monumento al Campesino ´s restaurant. Visit Mirador del Rio, Lanzarote's most famous viewpoint, and tour the world's longest volcanic tunnel.

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Arrecife Private Vehicle Half Day with Guide

4 hours | Lanzarote (Arrecife) | A C E - 9 0 0

Vehicles with an English-speaking guide are available on a half-day basis. This is a perfect solution for passengers who wish to tour privately or who want the flexibility of designing their own itinerary.

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Arrecife Private Vehicle Full Day with Guide

8 hours | Lanzarote (Arrecife) | A C E - 9 0 5

Vehicles with an English-speaking guide are available on a half-day basis. This is a perfect solution for passengers who wish to tour privately or who want the flexibility of designing their own itinerary.

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