Marco Polo’s list of the top 10 things not to be missed on Lanzarote! Our best recommendations – from the top down – help you to plan your tour of the island’s most important sights.
1. PARQUE NACIONAL DE TIMANFAYA
Head to the “Fire Mountains” and you’ll feel as if you’ve landed on the moon – the region was shaped by a volcanic eruption in the 1700s.
A jewel from the Colonial Era. The island’s former capital with its well-preserved centre is a wonderful place for a stroll.
3. JAMEOS DEL AGUA
This “eighth wonder of the world”, a complex created by César Manrique in a collapsed volcanic tunnel, is one of the best-visited attractions on the island.
4. LA GERIA
Created by an eruption in the 18th-century, the black lava fields of Lanzarote’s most significant wine-growing region are littered with walls to protect vines from the wind.
5. FUNDACIÓN CÉSAR MANRIQUE
You can see work by César Manrique and his artist friends displayed in his former home. The house itself, now the headquarters of the César Manrique Foundation, is an architectural masterpiece in its own right.
6. PLAYAS DE PAPAGAYO
Named after a parrot, these beaches in the south are the most beautiful on Lanzarote. They boast several swimming bays, light-brown sand and crystal-clear water.
Head to the island’s capital to experience a taste of urban living. Visit the small museums, enjoy some drinks, go shopping and take a walk through the streets and alleyways.
8. CUEVA DE LOS VERDES
This network of lava tunnels was created by volcanic activity many thousands of years ago – it’s a fantastic subterranean world.
9. PUERTO CALERO
Welcome to this watery wonderland! You can spend time admiring yachts in the marina, take a day trip aboard a catamaran, or dive right down to the bottom of the sea in a submarine.
The most beautiful town on neighbouring Fuerteventura. Once the island’s capital, it’s home to some handsomely restored colonial houses that hark back to a bygone golden age.