The new facilities created with state-of-the-art technology make the visitor experience real-time experiences related to the marine environment. Rancho Texas Lanzarote Park expands its current facilities and inaugurates next April 22, the new Environmental Classroom.
A new enveloping space, equipped with the latest technologies, takes the visitors at Rancho Texas to the beginning of time, some 35 million years ago when underwater volcanos built the foundations of the Canary Islands.
For informative and entertainment purposes, the new attraction recreates the interior of a volcanic cave and its underwater life, with the contents defined by professionals in Biology and Geology at the University of Las Palmas. Inside the cave different sensory experiences can be experienced thanks to an audiovisual thematic project that manages to immerse the visitor in the seabed of the islands together with species that inhabited these waters millions of years ago. By combining several state-of-the-art technologies, the Environmental Classroom creates a unique system that allows the space to tell the different stories. As the visitor travels the route, large-format 4K projections, adapted space supports, light effects, surround sound systems and computerized mechanical systems, create real-time experiences, with interactive posts that delve into the information visual that is presented.
The capital of Lanzarote is an interesting place to look around if you have exhausted all the other attractions on the island. You could buy an Arrecife Experience ticket which will take you on a train tour and visit to the Castillo de San Jose which is a historic fortress which has been transformed into an International Contemporary art museum. A complementary tapa and drink is included in the price of the ticket. The train passes by the main monuments 24 hours a day and you can hop on and off as you make your way around the city. For more information or to book, please click here
Lanzarote is a great place for hiking and you can’t beat a walk along the beautiful Lanzarote coastline.
Some fantastic recommended routes would be as follows:
Puerto del Carmen – Puerto Calero- Playa Quemada.
You could start this walk in either Puerto del Carmen and stop off half way for some refreshment in Puerto Calero before finishing in Playa Quemada for lunch in only of the great fish restaurant at the seashore.
Set off from the village of Famara and head towards the stunning cliffs. You will pass a small white house which is the last occupied building and if you go far enough you will reach the “Casa del Agua” (the house of water) Enjoy the fantastic views!
For those of you who like a bit of plane spotting, you cannot beat the lovely coastal walk from Puerto del Carmen through to Playa Honda. In the middle you will pass the airport and you get really close to the planes landing and taking off. Playa Honda also has some great beachside restaurants for some lunch in the sun.
Charco del Palo to Arrieta
A beautiful coastal walk from the naturist village of Charco del Palo in the North of the island through to the village of Arrieta. It’s a flat walk but wear sensible shoes as the path isn’t paved. Look out for a small pebbled beach about half way there!
Flintston’s Bike Hire is located in Matagorda in Puerto del Carmen. It was established in 2006 and is a family run business offering a wide range of bikes for hire. They also can offer organised cycling routes, Routes on Segway and also electric E scooters.
Their goal is to offer an unforgettable experience to everyone and take pride in the quality of their products and at the same time support a friendly environment.
All accessories are included (such as helmets, repair kits, pumps and locks) and they also offer an SOS contact number from Monday to Saturday from 9am -18.00.
Don’t worry if you are staying in another area of the island because they also offer a pick up taxi service.
You can contact them on the following email Flistonbike@yahoo.it or tel number (0034) 928 512 046 / 928 077 408
If your at a loose end during your stay and are looking for something to do that is not going to cost a lot, why not take a bus into the capital Arrecife and jump on the hop on and off train that circuits the city. For just 4€ you can take a look at the points of interest. There are 2 lines to choose from
The Red Line starts from Charco San Ginés stopping at Calle Real, El Almacen, Playa El Reducto, Intercambiador Guaguas / Cabildo, Arrecife Gran Hotel, Real Club Nautico, Castillo de San Gabriel (History Museum), Marina Lanzarote and finishing at the Castillo de San José (International Museum of Contemporary Art).
The Blue Line Starts from Charco San Ginés stopping at the Castillo de San José (International Museum of Contemporary Art), Estacion de Guaguas, Teatro Insular, Intercambiador Guaguas, Arrecife Gran Hotel, Real Club Nautico, Castillo de San Gabriel (History Museum), finishing at Marina Lanzarote.
A quick way to see the island without actually moving from the same spot is hopping on the virtual flight island tour which has been cleverly designed by drone captured aerial cinema footage combining the very latest in computer controlled simulation to bring a unique virtual tour around the island of Lanzarote. On this tour you can fly over the volcanoes, glide round the cliff tops and splash down under the sea.
Known as Skyride this tour features a large screen HD quality
motion picture, synchronised with a in-cinema multi-movement simulation system, offering a host of real world effects.
For more information click here
Its difficult not to see the influence Cesar Manrique has left on the island of Lanzarote. Most people that visit Lanzarote will hear or see his name whilst travelling around if they are sightseeing. If you are particularly interested in architecture, art or the developement of Lanzarote then following this artist will give you agreat insight and will answer many questions. One way of getting the information is through a guided tour that will take you to some of the important structures and view sights such as the Monument of El Camesino, Valley of the thousand palms, Mirador del Rio, Green Caves and Jameos del Agua, Jardine de Cactus and the Cesar Manrique Foundation one of his homes. This interesting and informative tour can be booked by clicking here
We were lucky enough to experience this fantastic day known as a “Crazy David Day” last week.
It’s certainly an excursion with a difference and it is ideal for regular visitors to Lanzarote who have already seen the usual touristic spots and would like to see new places on the island.
We have lived on the island for 20+ years and they were also new places for us!
“Crazy David” specialises in taking you to off the beaten track locations that you cannot normally access by car. As it’s a private excursion, he will cater the day to your needs and interests and he is a wealth of information and knowledge about the island of Lanzarote.
We don’t want to give away too much and spoil any of the anticipation but suffice to say we can thoroughly recommend this day trip to all and you can click here to contact David through his website.
Cycling on the island is very popular, so much so that there are plenty of cycle lines especially on the coastal path of Puerto del Carmen which can take you through Playa Honda and on to Arrecife capital. It’s also very popular amongst mountain bike fanatics as the interesting terrain and dirt tracks make for a exciting day out.
A mountain bike tour starts in Puerto del Carmen and there is a choice from a 3km and 8km ride with downhill and uphill stretches. There are also shuttle services to Timanfaya, La Geria and also the north of the island to Orzola and La Graciosa for the rural adventures. The routes have a grade of difficulty so you would need to choose carefully depending on your experience but most of the routes do have alternative short cuts. A grade table can be found by clicking here.
For more information regarding the tours please see the Lanzarote Cycling Website
Lanzarote is perfect for diving and which is why the island is home to so many dive clubs. The clean waters make it a perfect place to observe the many types of marine life that can be found in this part of the Atlantic. If you are on the island you may like to take advantage of a 2 day course with an open water dive. The course will introduce you to the wonders of exploring off the shores of this island. If you are interested in giving it ago you can take a look of what to expect and book by clicking here