Tandem paragliding flights over northern Lanzarote
There is something intrinsically compelling about flying in the open air. Match this with the opportunity to float over Lanzarote’s unique volcanic landscape and azure oceans, taking in sounds, colours and sometimes accompanied by local seabirds, and you may well find it hard not to return…
Volcano Fly pilots have over 25 years’ experience and are selected for their ability to recognise and gently allay concerns, to help ensure that you thoroughly enjoy the experience. Perfect for first-timers, no technical skills are required and the age limit starts at 5 years upwards. Take sensible shoes and sun cream. For more information on over 7 different flight options and rates and to book the pick-up service, please visit volcanofly-lanzarote.com
Book directly between November and April: (Use the code provided at check-in to obtain a Lava Resorts 10% discount): Tel: +34 620 82 06 23 | firstname.lastname@example.org
With very limited spaces, we kindly request that if after having booked a flight, you expect to be unable to make it, that you please advise the pilots the night before.
An essential component of being away, eating out can also be a fun introduction to the local culture. Lanzarote’s gastronomy is simple and reflects the location with plenty of fresh fish and
shellfish; pulses and goat’s cheese. Signature highlights include the refreshing dry and aromatic white wines and small, tasty, salt-encrusted potatoes with cilantro or hot pepper dips (mojos). In the style of warm Mediterranean destinations, eating out with friends and family is about slow living and savouring the place, the company and of course the food!
Below we offer you a small selection based around where you might be staying, with other suggestions should you want to venture slightly further afield. It is far from a definitive guide and the island is rich with options (try El Golfo, La Geria, Famara, etc) – we’d be delighted to hear your recommendations!
Mercado Municipal De Abastos This fresh produce market is a heart-warming place to buy local agricultural, dairy products and fresh bread. Enjoy the community feel and stock up for an afternoon’s hiking. Pop into the “Taller de Artesanía” next door to see local craftsmen and women working and exhibiting their products. Open daily (closed Sundays) from 9:00 – 16:00
La Puerta Verde Great cuisine, creatively inspired by local products and attractively presented. The restaurant is known for its friendly service and the level of service makes it a good choice for an evening out. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Centro Socio Cultural La Tegala Open every day from 9am -11pm (one of the recommended “teleclubs” – see below.)
Less than 20 mins by car or under an hour’s bike ride
Jameos del Agua is one of island’s emblematic Art and Tourist Centres, created from the famous Túnel de la Atlántida, a 6-mile long lava tube. A recipient of Manrique’s vision and dedication, this spectacular cavern with its serene lagoon is a magnet for visitors. Open daily from 10:00 – 18:30, the special time to go is in the evening (19:00 – 01:00) on Tuesday and Saturdays for live music and dinner in a spectacular setting. Look out for events taking place in the theatre.
Casa de la Playa (Arrieta) Right on the beach, this is a perfect place to head after a swim. Fresh fish with local and Spanish dishes and a lovely relaxed atmosphere. Open every day from 10:00 – 22:00.
Mirador de Los Valles (Los Valles) Offering spectacular views over the hillsides and out to sea, this restaurant specialises in local dishes, providing a good and friendly lunchtime service. Open every day from 11:00 – 19:00.
Bar La Piscina (Punta Mujeres) This Teleclub sits at the edge of some of the area’s glorious natural seawater pools. Take your swimming costume and sit down with the locals to enjoy great local fish, typical tapas and some delicious paella. Open from 8:00 – 20:00 (closed Tuesdays)
Levain For breakfast, elevenses, teatime (oh who needs an excuse!), this bakery and café hits the spot. Local breads, cakes and pastries to feed a king. Open from 7.30 – 20:00, closed Monday and Tuesday.
Los Aljibes Open now for 6 years, the team took over an abandoned lot featuring one of Manrique’s lauded architectural structures and created a niche and quirky restaurant, specialising in grilled meats and with a brewery and taproom serving lighter snacks. The restaurant includes a pretty and spacious patio for eating alfresco. The craft beer is disturbingly moreish and the restaurant dishes are generous. Good salads for vegetarians. We recommend walking rather than driving… Closed Mondays but open daily otherwise from 13:00 – 10:30.
Less than 20 mins by car or under an hour’s bike ride
Teleclub Nazaret Open from 1pm to midnight; closed Mondays. (one of the recommended “teleclubs” – see below.)
La Palmera Teguise abounds with charm and cool places to eat. The local Sunday tourist market attracts huge crowds and if this isn’t your thing, best explore the island’s original capital from Tuesday to Saturday. La Palmera is one of our favourites for its tasty locally-inspired dishes and snacks, splendid mojitos and chilled setting. For market day (Sunday) La Palmera becomes a festive bar with live music
Emmax (Playa Honda) Lanzarote has some great waterfronts for strolling or cycling with one of the best-prepared examples extending from Puerto del Carmen to Arrecife. Midday along this route, the long stretch in front of Playa Honda is a perfect place to stop and eat next to the seashore. Fresh and creative gastronomy with Mediterranean and Asian influences and a great choice for vegans and vegetarians, Emmax offers a charming service and the assurance of good food. Open daily from 11:00 – 23:00 (21:00 on Sundays). Closed Tuesdays
Restaurante Lilium (Marina Lanzarote) A short bus ride will take you down to Arrecife, the island capital. The Charco San Ginés volcanic lagoon becomes the place to be for local islanders on Fridays and Saturdays and a superb selection of restaurants surrounds the lagoon. Just next door is Marina Lanzarote with one of the island’s most highly regarded restaurants: Lilium, celebrated for its creative use of traditional ingredients. Well worth a visit! Open daily from 14:00 – 16:00 and 20:00 – 23:00. Closed Sundays
Los Aljibes Mojos
Mercado de Abastos Haría
Mercado de Abastos Haría
Mercado de Abastos Haría
Eat like a local
Representing excellent value, the village social clubs have acquired a growing tourist status; previously being the almost exclusive domain of locals. Good typical dishes in a relaxed and unpretentious setting, often with outside seating.
Centro Socio Cultural La Tegala (Haría) – open every day from 9am -11pm
El Chiringuito (Teguise) – open every day from 9.30 to midnight
Teleclub Nazaret – open from 1pm to midnight; closed Mondays.
Bar La Piscina (Punta Mujeres). Open from 8am – 8pm (closed Tuesdays)
Casa Tahiche and Finca La Picolisima are both only a 10-12-minute walk from the two of the most popular cultural attractions in Lanzarote. The Fundacion César Manrique (Tahiche) and the Casa Museo (Haría) stylishly house marvellous art collections and tell the tale of Lanzarote’s most famous and influential son.
2019 marks the centenary of César Manrique; an artist with an extraordinary vision who was able to an undistinguished arid island into a celebrated destination. Visiting the Fundación with its serene subterranean lava bubbles and tender study of local architecture offers a keen insight into the character of a vivacious and spirited individual with a remarkable respect for the traditions and identity of his homeland.
He believed that the role of the artist was not just as an interpreter of the landscape, but by appreciating and helping communicate the essential ways in which man lived with and from the
landscape, could and should extend to stewardship. He became Lanzarote’s greatest defender, forging the island’s cultural identity and transmitting her inherent beauty through art, studies and magnificent reframing of the landscape’s most iconic geological structures.
Beyond the Fundación and the Casa Museo, Manrique’s influence can be seen in the low rise, homogenously painted white houses with the colour-codes doors and window frames (green/brown for inland with a blue option for coastal properties); the island’s respect for agricultural traditions, local flora and urban planning and of course the awe-inspiring monuments to Lanzarote’s geology with must-see visits such as the Cueva de los Verdes, Jameos de Agua and the Timanfaya National Park.
Haría’s Saturday artisan market is a fantastic place to explore traditional crafts and buy local gifts to take home. One of the exhibitors is the Milana Association, selling silk and woollen accessories which have been hand-dyed using locally-harvested cochineal, an insect that breeds on prickly-pear cacti. Fields of these cacti are a recognisable sight around the island, particularly in Guatiza and Mala. The fruits are particularly rich in vitamin C and are popularly conserved as cactus jam.
Cochineal arrived in Lanzarote in 1825, where ideal climate conditions created the means to develop a very profitable income for the island until the arrival synthetic dyes disrupted the market, with reduced production costs decimating its commercial value.
Recently however, cochineal has come back into favour, in part due to its lack of toxicity.
The Milan Association was created in 2005 to recover the art of using cochineal and both study and promote its use. They organise workshops, guided tours and exhibitions.
On their stand, representatives from Milana demonstrate the process of converting the cochineal beetle into this famous red colourant and show how the dye is used to create inks and colour clothing, by drying the beetle and the crushing to a powder. They have generously given us permission to reproduce their methods which are set out below:
Dilute the ground cochineal in a container of water
Heat the solution to a temperature of 60-70º C for 30 mins.
Filter the preparation to obtain the colourant.
Soak wool or silk, etc in a colour fixative (aluminium sulphate, lemon juice, vinegar, salt, tartaric acid, etc) diluted in hot water for 20 mins.
Soak the treated wool or silk in hot colourant for 30 mins.
Rinse with water.
Stop by their stand to learn more or visit their website (currently only in Spanish): asociacionmilana.com