An appreciation of Lanzarote’s aesthetically stark contrasts and Biosphere Reserve status starts with an introduction to César Manrique, born a century ago and yet vastly ahead of his time with a sustainable vision that has served to preserve and celebrate the island’s most intrinsic cultural values.
Manrique’s hand is easily acknowledged in these spectacular visits that include:
- Vast and spectacular caverns that form part of geological curiosity, the Túnel de la Atlántida: Cueva de los Verdes and Jameos del Agua
- The ochre and amber hues and geothermic thrills of the Timanfaya National Park
- Jardin de Cactus: a garden dedicated to cacti species
- El Casa-Museo del Campesino, a salute to typical agricultural customs, with a lunch-time restaurant, farmers’ market and the chance to try your hand at local crafts. (Free entry)
With a plentiful supply of wind and waves, Lanzarote has some superb spots for surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. Try the spectacular beach of Famara where beginners or those wishing to improve their skills can join a class with experienced instructors from Lavaflow Surf Lanzarote [link to partner]. Just a few minutes’ drive from the base, windsurfers can hire gear or take lessons from Windsurfing Club Las Cucharas [link to partner] in nearby Costa Teguise.
Lanzarote’s underwater world is a genuine paradise with volcanic reefs creating some stunning scenery and a rich marine biodiversity offering plenty to see. Check in with Rubicon Diving [link to partner] for guided visits to one of the many sites, including Museo Atlántico: Jason deCaires Taylor’s underwater museum and aquatic marine project, with sculptures offering a sensitive appraisal of some of today’s socio-political issues.
Kayaking is another way to enjoy a gentle coastal and beach tour or set out to find some more challenging Atlantic conditions! Join or tour or rent equipment with Kayak del Mar [link to partner]
Get out and experience Lanzarote’s fantastic year-round climate and some truly dramatic scenery:
Hire road bikes, mountain bikes or e-bikes from our partner Renner Bikes [link to partner] or join tours with fellow cyclists through exciting terrain.
During the winter months, a unique way to appreciate the landscape is tandem paragliding. Book with Volcano Fly Lanzarote [link to partner] for an experience to remember.
Join a hiking tour with Eco-Insider [link to partner] and benefit from fascinating insight from geologists as you tour some of Lanzarote’s emblematic craters.
Local culture: Wine tours
The popularity of Lanzarote’s prize-winning wines has been synonymous with a surge in interest in broadening the island’s gastronomic identity with a tantalising array of craft cheeses and conserves. A visit to Lanzarote’s wine district in La Geria reveals however a series of surprises regarding the curious factors and emphatically nature-led processes involved in the creation of the island’s best wines. [link to wine blog]. Contact Eco-Insider [link to partner] for a tour that includes wine tastings and an engaging introduction to this unique viniculture.
Download this guide prepared the Lanzarote’s tourist board. [link to tourist board wine upload]
As an offshore island, with its surrounding uninhabited islets, vast cliffs, desert plains [link to bird-watching blog] and saltpans, Lanzarote is an extraordinary place for birdwatching. Marvel at the survival skills of some captivating endemic species and enjoy the chance to spot a myriad of migrant raptors and passerines. For a great day out and some top tips on where to go next, contact Eco-Insider [link to partner]
Please find further useful information at the Biosphere Reserve office websiteRead More