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
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Professionals of the Motor Vehicle Safety Institute and the Flight Mechanics Group (GMV) have successfully completed the mapping and data collection for the tourist volcanic coach tour in Timanafaya National Park. This is one of the first phases to introduce coaches without drivers which is a revolutionary project for the use of ecological transport.
The equipment to carry out the mapping of the Volcano Route included differential GPS, stereo vision cameras and light detection and ranging instruments which is a optical remote sensing technique that uses lasers to obtain a dense sample of the surface of the earth producing exact measurements in three dimensions. The data will be used to simulate the Route of the Volcanoes at the National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA) in Madrid demonstration vehicle and has already successfully passed the first technical tests to guarantee the viability of its use in the project. New tests will analyze the behavior of the simulation of this complex route to address the difficulties that this project has to face.
The completion date of this project is set for May 2020. It is intended that the vehicles will then make the regular 14-kilometer trips without drivers.
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!
The Lanzarote Cactus Garden (Jardin de Cactus) is an award winning haven of beauty and tranquility.
It was the last work of César Manrique that he created in Lanzarote and the famous artist could see the potential of the old quarry in Guatiza being surrounded by such a large cactus plantation.
Today the Cactus Garden has around 450 different species and a variety of 13 different families of Cacti.
The garden, with so many amazing green plants, gives a beautiful contrast against the Lanzarote blue sky and this is a must see attraction for visitors to Lanzarote.
The photo is courtesy of CACT.
The largest animated exhibition of animatronic dinosaurs will visit Lanzarote on Saturday.This prehistoric exhibition will be inaugurated under a large tent installed at the fairground at the Recinto Ferial in Arrecife where it will occupy an area of more than 1,500 square meters until Sunday 6 of January.
This traveling exhibition that has traveled more than a dozen European countries including Germany, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Norway, Poland or Romania will have thirty unpublished full-size pieces, some of them animatronic, which will simulate the appearance and behavior of dinosaurs. Visitors will be able to see the latest technological advances. For more information click here
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.
Lanzarote Halloween falls on the same day as the dead are remembered. The 31st October is the Christian festival known as hallows day. Halloween has become increasingly popular on the island and the American custom of trick and treating. Rancho Texas has a party every year which has areputation of being a very good evening
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