Sites you can’t miss in Lanzarote
The Centers of Art, Culture, and Tourism (CACT) of Lanzarote are a group of facilities managed by Lanzarote´s Island Council. They are a set of tourist attractions spread throughout the island, created by local artist César Manrique. These centers merge art, architecture, and nature, reflecting the geological and cultural richness of Lanzarote. Among the most well-known CACT centers are:
Timanfaya National park (Fire mountains)
Timanfaya National Park, located in Lanzarote, is a geological marvel that spans over 51 km² of volcanic landscape. Originating from eruptions in the 18th century, this terrain seems otherworldly, with its fire mountains, fields of solidified lava, and conical craters. The red, black, and orange hues create a stunning visual spectacle. The park offers geothermal demonstrations, showcasing the heat that still emanates from the ground below. The Route of the Volcanoes, a guided tour, allows visitors to immerse themselves in this unique environment. Despite its arid appearance, Timanfaya hosts various species adapted to this extreme ecosystem.
Location: Timanfaya National Park is located in the southwestern part of Lanzarote. It is situated near the municipalities of Yaiza and Tinajo and is easily accessible via main roads from different parts of the island. The park’s unique location in an active volcanic region makes it one of the main tourist attractions of Lanzarote and a prominent example of the natural and geological beauty of the Canary Islands.
Description: An astonishing volcanic expanse that offers the opportunity to explore an incredible lunar landscape, unique in the world.
This is the information you need to know to visit Timanfaya National Park:
Visitor and Information Center: Provides detailed information about the park, its geological history, and local flora and fauna.
Guided Tours: Offers bus tours along the Route of the Volcanoes and guided walks to explore the volcanic landscape.
Geothermal Demonstrations: Live displays that showcase the heat emanating from the ground, including artificial geysers.
El Diablo Restaurant: A unique restaurant that uses geothermal heat to cook food, offering a distinctive culinary experience.
Parking: Ample parking areas for vehicles and buses.
Souvenir Shops: visitors can purchase souvenirs and local products.
Restrooms: Sanitary facilities available for visitors.
Accessibility: Although the terrain may be challenging in some areas, efforts are made to provide accessibility to people with reduced mobility in certain parts of the park.
Viewpoints: Strategic spots to enjoy panoramic views of the stunning volcanic landscape.
Children 7 to 12 years old: €6
Every day from 9:30 to 15:45 hrs.
Summer schedule (Until September 15):
9:00 – 17:30 hrs.
Cueva de los Verdes
The Green Cave (Cueva de los verdes), located in the north of Lanzarote in the municipality of Haría, is a fascinating natural cave. This geological wonder was formed from the eruptions of the Corona Volcano, creating a vast expanse of underground tunnel spanning 6 square kilometers.
The experience includes a guided tour of approximately 1 km that is completed in about an hour. Throughout the tour, an expert guide from the park reveals the history and interesting facts of this impressive natural landscape. There’s a mystery waiting to be discovered, so be sure to include the GREEN CAVE in your travel plans to Lanzarote.
Location: Near Jameos del Agua, in the northern part of the island.
Description: An astonishing volcanic tunnel that offers the opportunity for unforgettable excursions.
Here is the information you need to know to visit the Green Cave (Cueva de los Verdes):
Free Parking: Visitors can enjoy free parking for vehicles and bicycles, making access to the site easy without worrying about additional parking costs.
Outdoor Restrooms: There are sanitary facilities available outside, specifically in the parking area. This provides convenience for those who need to use these services during their visit.
No Bar-Cafeteria Services: It’s important to note that the center does not offer bar or cafeteria services. Visitors may need to plan ahead if they wish to have meals or drinks during their visit.
Children aged 7 to 12: €5
Every day from 10:00 to 17:00 hrs.
Summer hours (Until September 15th): 10:00 – 18:00 hrs.
Jameos del Agua
Jameos del Agua, located in the northeast of Lanzarote, is more than just a tourist destination; it’s a masterpiece where nature meets art. Thanks to the talent of the renowned artist César Manrique, this enchanting place blends natural caves and a mysterious underground lake with modern design touches. Imagine walking through volcanic tunnels, where openings, called “Jameos,” lead you to an auditorium, a cozy restaurant, an elegant swimming pool, and serene gardens. But the crown jewel is the underground lake, where unique albino crabs greet visitors with their delicate beauty. At Jameos del Agua, every corner invites you to pause and admire how art and nature can come together in a perfect dance, offering an experience that will be etched in your memory.
Location: Near the northeast coast, close to Punta Mujeres.
Description: A series of caves and an underground lake, designed by the artist César Manrique.
This is the information you need to know to visit Jameos del agua:
“Restaurant in a volcanic cave, ‘Casa de los Volcanes’ Museum, shop located at the end of the tour, bar-cafeteria with views of the blind crabs’ lake, auditorium inside a volcanic cave, free parking for vehicles and bicycles.”
Adults: €10; Children aged 7 to 12: €5
Every day from 10:00 to 17:00 hrs.
Summer hours (Until September 15th): 10:00 – 18:00 hrs.
Mirador del Río
The Mirador del Río is one of the most famous attractions in Lanzarote, located 474 meters above sea level on the Risco de Famara. Designed by César Manrique, this viewpoint offers breathtaking views of La Graciosa island and the Chinijo Archipelago. Harmoniously integrated into the volcanic landscape, its architectural design and panoramic views make this place a must-visit for those looking to experience the natural and cultural beauty of Lanzarote.
Location: Located in the north coast of Lanzarote.
Description: A panoramic viewpoint on Lanzarote’s northern coast, designed by César Manrique, offering stunning views of the Chinijo Archipelago
This is the information you need to know to visit Mirador del Rio:
Free Parking: There is free parking available for vehicles and bicycles, making access to the viewpoint easier.
Cafeteria: For those wishing to enjoy a drink or a snack, there is a cafeteria on site.
Shop: There is also a shop at the viewpoint where visitors can purchase souvenirs and other items.
Children aged 7 to 12: €2.50
Every day from 10:00 am to 4:40 pm.
Jardín de Cactus (Cactus Garden)
The Cactus Garden in Lanzarote is a masterpiece by the artist César Manrique. Located in Guatiza, this garden houses over 1,100 species of cacti in a space that resembles an amphitheater. The architecture and design blend seamlessly with the surrounding volcanic landscape, creating a unique oasis. The entrance, crowned by a giant cactus, invites visitors to explore the winding paths and enjoy the beauty and diversity of these spiky plants. A must-visit for nature and art lovers in Lanzarote.
Location: The Cactus Garden is located in the town of Guatiza, in the northeast of Lanzarote.
Description: A stunning work with a very natural character, The Cactus Garden was designed by the famous local artist César Manrique and is one of his last works on the island.
This is the information you need to know to visit Jardin de Cactus:
Shop: There is a shop on-site where visitors can purchase souvenirs, gifts, and other items related to the Cactus Garden.
Vegetarian Cuisine Specialty Bar-Cafeteria: For those interested in vegetarian food, there is a bar-cafeteria offering specialized vegetarian cuisine options, allowing visitors to enjoy healthy and tasty meals.
Free Wi-Fi: Visitors can access the Internet for free via the Wi-Fi connection available on-site. This can be useful for sharing moments on social media or looking up additional information during the visit.
Free Parking for Vehicles and Bicycles: The free parking for vehicles and bicycles makes access to the Cactus Garden easier, allowing visitors to come and go without worrying about parking costs.
Children aged 7 to 12: €3.25
Every day from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Museo del Campesino
The Farmer’s Museum in Lanzarote is a tribute to the agricultural tradition and the farmers of the island. Designed by the famous artist César Manrique, the museum features unique architecture and a monumental sculpture at its entrance. Visitors can explore exhibits displaying ancient tools, farming techniques, and rural life. There is also a restaurant that offers local cuisine. Located in the center of the island in the municipality of San Bartolomé, the Farmer’s Museum is a link between the past and the present, celebrating the culture and history of Lanzarote.
This is the information you need to know to visit museo del campesino:
Restaurant with excellent culinary offerings
Accessible for people with reduced mobility.