Lanzarote... in a different way! Compact Travel guide 2019 - Andrea Müller - ebook

Lanzarote... in a different way! Compact Travel guide 2019 ebook

Andrea Müller



Completely revised and updated new edition 2019 Up-to-date, detailed information, insider tips, highlights and brilliant illustrations. The travel guide a different way! leads you specifically to the attractions of the multifaceted volcanic island: In the north from Mirador del Río you have a view of the picturesque neighbouring island La Graciosa with its fantastic sandy beaches. Explore the heart of the earth in the caves Cuevas de los Verdes and observe the worldwide unique albino crabs in the Jameos del Agua. See over 1000 different cactus species in the Jardín de Cactus and look from the pirate castle Castillo Santa Barbara to the old island capital Teguise. Visit the Fundación César Manrique, the famous house with the underground volcanic bubbles and don't miss the eccentric property of the actor Omar Sharif, the Lagomar. From the Farmer's Museum, with the Monumento al Campesino in the centre of the island, head south through the unique La Geria wine-growing region to the Fire Mountains in Timanfaya National Park. Experience a volcanic eruption simulation at the Timanfaya Visitor Centre, or rock through the breathtaking volcanic landscape on a camel ride. At the Timanfaya Restaurant El Diablo, try the specialities of the lava grill, which is powered exclusively by geothermal energy. Buy real sea salt on the spot, in the largest salt works of the Canary Islands, the Salinas de Janubio, observe the natural spectacle of Los Hervideros and after the green lagoon Lago Verde set off for a fish meal in the small fishing village of El Golfo. With the Lanzarote travel guide a different way! don't miss any of the popular markets and artisan markets to buy typical souvenirs from the island. They will also tell you where to go shopping, find the island's last basket weaver, purchase authentic Canarian ceramics, see the Jolatero metal boat builders and find the glittering olivine natural stones. Discover the small, snow-white bays in the north and the golden beaches of the Playas de Papagayo in the south. Experience all the spectacular sights of the unique island artist in one day on the great César Manrique Tour. With 4 interesting car tours you discover the fascinating volcanic island on your own: Look at the contrasting north, the northwest, the volcanic, fiery center and the south. Or make a detour to Fuerteventura, the island with its endless sandy beaches.

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Table of Contents

1 Hint Lanzarote... in a different way!

3 General map of places and places of interest

4 Introduction travel guide Lanzarote

5 The abridged version from north to south

5.1 La Graciosa

5.2 Mirador del Río

5.3 Haría

5.4 Arrieta

5.5 Guatiza

5.6 Teguise

5.7 Tahíche

5.8 San Bartolomé

5.9 Arrecife

5.10 Puerto del Carmen

5.11 Puerto Calero

5.12 Montañas del Fuego

5.13 Yaiza

5.14 Femés

5.15 Playa Blanca

6 The visitor centres - Centros de Arte, Cultura y Turismo

6.1 Mirador del Río

6.2 Jameos del Agua

6.3 Las Cuevas de Los Verdes

6.4 Cactus Garden - Jardín de Cactus

6.5 House/ Museum César Manrique- Casa/ Museo César Manrique

6.6 Castillo San José- International Museum of Contemporary Art

6.7 Foundation César Manrique- Fundación César Manrique

6.8 Lagomar- Casa Omar Sharif

6.9 Pirate Museum in the Castillo de Santa Barbara - Museo de la Pirateria

6.10 Monumento al Campesino - The farm monument

6.11 Casa Amarilla - Arrecife

7 La Graciosa- The little pearl off Lanzarote

7.1 La Graciosa- The complete island tour

8 Vineyard La Geria

9 The Fire Mountains

9.1 Pilgrimage Church Ermita de Los Dolores

9.2 Timanfaya Visitor Centre- Centro de Visitantes

9.3 Timanfaya Fire Mountains - Montañas del Fuego

9.4 Isle of Hilario- Islote de Hilario

9.5 Timanfaya- Volcano route- La Ruta de los Volcanes

9.6 Timanfaya- Restaurant El Diablo

9.7 Timanfaya National Park - on your own or organized?

9.8 Camel Ride - Echadero de los Camellos

10 Lago Verde- Laguna de los Clicos

11 Los Hervideros

12 Saltworks of Janubio- Las Salinas de Janubio

13 Lanzarote- Fuerteventura

14 César Manrique- a unique artist

15 The Great César Manrique Tour

16 Beaches- Las Playas

17 Shopping - Shopping

17.1 Tobacco products- Cigarettes

17.2 Perfumeries- Profumerías

17.3 Pharmacy- Farmacia

17.4 Food

17.5 Vvalue added tax

17.6 Marina Lanzarote

18 Overview Markets- Mecados- Mercadillos

18.1 Teguise Market - Mercadillo Teguise

18.2 Arts and crafts market in Haría

19 Gastronomy

19.1 Products

19.2 Fishing

19.3 Traditional dishes

20 Tapas- the little delicacies

20.1 Restaurant recommendation Casa Félix- La Aulaga

20.2 Restaurant recommendation Restaurante Monumento al Campesino

20.3 Restaurant recommendation Bar Stop

20.4 Restaurant recommendation El Diablo-Timanfaya

21 Gastronomy Events

21.1 Canary Island Day - The capital celebrates its independence

21.2 Festival Enogastronómico in Teguise

22 museums

22.1 Museum Tanit- Museo Tanit

22.2 House of Timple- Casa Del Timple

22.3 Museum of sacred art in Haría- Museo de Arte Sacro

22.4 Open Air Museum El Patio- Museo Agrícola El Patio

22.5 Aviation Museum- Museo Aeronautico

22.6 Wine Museum El Grifo- Museo El Grifo

22.7 Museum of History in Arrecife- Museo de Historia de Arrecife

22.8 Cochineal Museum

23 Unique island artists

23.1 The last basket weaver of Haría

23.2 Autentica Ceramica Canaria in Haría

23.3 The German potter Birgit Groth

23.4 The Jolateros - boats and souvenirs made of recycled sheet metal

24 Selected Discovery Tours

24.1 Fascinating viewpoints

24.2 The Northwest

24.3 The contrasting north

24.4 The volcanic fiery center

24.5 The south coast

24.6 Hike Montaña Colorada

24.7 Hike Montaña del Cuervo

24.8 Volcano Monte Corona - view into the crater

24.9 Tramelan Hike - The Hike through the National Park

25 Cheese dairies- Queserías

25.1 Cheese dairy El Faro

25.2 Rubicón Cheese Dairy

26 Bodega Los Almacenes/ Mama Trina

27 German Bakery Andy Bread - Panadería Andy Bread

28 Aloe vera

29 Aquarium- Costa Teguise

30 Aquapark Costa Teguise

31 Aqualava Playa Blanca

32 Hop On- Hop Off Arrecife

33 Boat trip Puerto del Carmen - Puerto Calero

34 Pardelas Park- Pardelas Restaurant

35 Rancho Texas Park

36 Bodega La Querencia

37 Telamon- The Titanic of Las Caletas Bay

38 Rental car

39 Anti- Boredom Activities

40 Lanzarote with children

1 Hint Lanzarote... in a different way!

By Andrea Müller

The content of this paperback has been compiled with the greatest care. Nevertheless, errors cannot be completely excluded. The author assumes no legal responsibility or any liability for any remaining errors and their consequences. All trade names are used without warranty of merchantability and may be registered trademarks. All (also personal) illustrations were explicitly permitted only for this travel guide. A further use / passing on is expressly not permitted. The work including all its parts is protected by copyright. Any use - even in extracts - is only permitted with the consent of the author. All rights reserved.

Comments and questions are welcome:

Andrea Müller

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E- 35542 Punta Mujeres, province of Las Palmas, Lanzarote


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© 2019 by Andrea Müller, cover design: Andrea Müller

Number of pages Printing variant: 92 pages

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3 General map of places and places of interest

1= La Graciosa, 2= Mirador del Rio, 3= Haria, 4= Arrieta, 5= Guatiza, 6= Teguise, 7= Tahiche, 8= San Bartolomé, 9= Arrecife, 10= Puerto del Carmen, 11= Puerto Calero, 12= Montañas del Fuego, 13= Yaiza, 14= Femés, 15= Playa Blanca.

A= Mirador del Río, B= Jameos del Agua, C= Las Cuevas de Los Verdes, D= Kakteengarten- Jardín de Cactus, E= Haus/ Museum César Manrique- Casa/ Museo César Manrique, F= Castillo San José- Internationales Museum für zeitgenössische Kunst, G= Stiftung César Manrique-Fundación César Manrique, H= Lagomar- Casa Omar Sharif, I= Piratenmuseum im Castillo de Santa Barbara - Museo de la Pirateria, J= Bauerndenkmal- Monumento al Campesino, K= Casa Amarilla - Arrecife, L= Wallfahrtskirche Ermita de Los Dolores,

M= Los Hervideros, N= Saltworks of Janubio- Las Salinas de Janubio, O= Teguise Market - Mercadillo Teguise, P= Handicraft Market in Haría, Q= Papagayo Beaches

4 Introduction travel guide Lanzarote

Lanzarote is the smallest of the Eastern Canary Islands and captivates with 300 volcanoes, which are embedded in a uniquely fascinating, contrasting landscape.

The evergreen, rugged and almost untouched north meets a sandy island center, which in the south changes into a volcanic moon and crater landscape with fire mountains.

To protect the natural beauty of the volcanic island and its cultural heritage, Lanzarote was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO on 07.10.1993.

Thanks to the important island artist César Manrique, Lanzarote was almost spared the serious building sins that took place on the neighbouring islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria in the 1960s and 1970s. Benefit from his unique commitment to discover the many small white villages and be impressed by his unique work.

Enjoy in the north the indescribably beautiful view from the Mirador del Río to the small picturesque island La Graciosa.

In the lava tunnel of the Cuevas de los Verdes you explore the flaming, cooled heart of the earth.

and discover in the underground lake in Jameos del Agua the unique small, white albino crabs.

Drive to Haría in the valley of 1000 palm trees to stroll through the authentic handicraft market, visit the artist of authentic Canarian ceramics, or watch the last basket weaver of the island at work. Don't miss to visit the Casa Museo César Manrique, the last house of the unique island artist.

In the picturesque village of Guatiza, marvel at the grandiose variety of cacti in the cactus garden, the Jardín de Cactus.

Stroll through the small alleys of the former island capital Teguise, plunge into the grandiose hustle and bustle of the Mercadillo de Teguise, the largest weekly market on the island, or look over the entire island from the Castillo Santa Barbara with the Pirate Museum, the Museo de la Piratería.

In the Museum Lagomar, the house of Omar Sharif, experience architecture like in a fairy tale from 1001 nights and let yourself be fascinated by the Fundación César Manrique, the house with the underground lava bubbles.

Contemporary art can be seen in the ancient Castillo San José with the Museo Internacional de Arte Contemporaneo.

Immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of the island capital Arrecife, stroll along the main shopping street Calle Castillo y Léon, enjoy the breathtaking view from the 17th floor of the Gran Hotel Arrecife at a café, or stroll around the Charco de San Ginés with its countless small fishing boats.

Explore the past in the Airport Museum, the Aéronautico Museum, the Agricultural Museum, the El Patio Agrícola Museum, the Ethnological Museum, the Tanit Etnográfico Museum, or the Wine Museum, the El Grifo Vino Museum.

In the geographical centre of the island, with the Casa Museo Monumento al Campesino and the striking fertility statue, you can enjoy tapas typical of the island after a tour.

Cross the unique wine-growing region of La Geria on the wine route and taste the island wines in one of the many bodegas.

From Mancha Blanca with the Ermita de Los Dolores, the patron saint of the island, via the Visitor Centre, the Centro de Visitantes, where volcanic simulations are shown, you can make your way to the fire mountains, the Montañas del Fuego.

Let yourself be impressed by the incredible volcanic landscape during an impressive drive through the Timanfaya area, experience fire and water demonstrations up close and taste food from the lava grill, which is powered exclusively by geothermal energy, in the restaurant El Diablo.

On the Ruta de Camellos you swing on the back of camels with a caravan through the mountains of fire.

Transfer from Playa Blanca to the neighbouring island of Fuerteventura in just 30 minutes to feel the fascination of the snow-white Caribbean beaches with crystal-clear water.

Purchase handmade sea salt in the Salinas de Janubio and be impressed by the rugged west coast with its magnificent natural spectacle in Los Hervideros.

Climb the Lago de los Clicos with the emerald green lagoon and stop for a fish meal in the picturesque fishing village of El Golfo.

Taste the delicious goat's cheese in the cheese dairies, homemade jams, mojosauces and wines of Mama Trina, or spoil your skin with Aloe Vera products of the island. Top addresses will lead you specifically to local cuisine, tapas and gastronomic events.

Start with the rental car to 5 varied routes: The great César Manrique Tour, with all the highlights of the island artist, the contrasting north, the northwest, the volcanic fiery center and the south.

On 4 selected hikes you will experience pure nature: Circle the colourful Montaña Colorada and the dark Montaña de Cuervo. Look into the highest mountain of the north, the Monte Corona and hike on the Tremesana tour through the Timanfaya National Park.

Take a day trip to the island of La Graciosa and let your soul dangle in the small bays or on the long sandy beaches, the Playas de Papagayo.

5 The abridged version from north to south

5.1 La Graciosa

The five islands of Alegranza, Roque del Este, Roque del Oeste, Montaña Clara and La Graciosa belong to the Chinijo archipelago. La Graciosa is separated from Lanzarote by the 1.5 km wide El Río estuary and is the only permanently inhabited island.

The settlement Caleta del Sebo, which is also the island harbour, offers restaurants, shopping and accommodation. In the interior, the volcanoes Las Agujas with 266 m and Montaña del Mojón with 188 m rise. Playa de las Conchas, located at the foot of Montaña Bermeja at 157 m, is considered the most beautiful beach on the island. A ferry regularly crosses from Órzola to La Graciosa in 30 minutes.

5.2 Mirador del Río

The Mirador del Río is a vantage point located in the north of the island 475 m above the cliffs in a former military post. The building, designed by César Manrique, offers with its outdoor terraces and the view through the "eyes" a fantastic view of La Graciosa.

5.3 Haría

The municipality of Haría in the north of the island still lives from agriculture. Potatoes, onions, peas and wine are grown all around. The Mirador de Guinate offers beautiful views of the coastal landscape and the island of La Graciosa.

From the viewpoint Mirador de Haría, one has a fantastic view to the "Valley of the Thousand Palms", the biggest palm grove of the island. In the town centre there is the shady green avenue, León y Castillo, which leads to the church. Every Saturday there is a large handicraft market with exclusively homemade objects and products from the island. A little away from the centre are the last residence of César Manrique and the workshop of the last basket weaver of the island.

5.4 Arrieta

The former fishing village of Arrieta, situated on the east coast, and the neighbouring village of Punta Mujeres are characterised by whitewashed houses. The Jameos del Agua cave is part of a 6 km long lava tunnel that runs from the La Corona volcano to the sea and continues 1.5 km further under the seabed. Inside there is a lagoon in which a white, blind crab, unique in the world, lives. The Cueva de los Verdes belongs to the same part of the tunnel, a tunnel that is accessible on different levels.

5.5 Guatiza

The small village of Guatiza was the center of scale insect breeding on the island, growing prickly pears to make the red dye fireplace. In the meantime the village is experiencing a revival, characterized by the reforestation of the old cactus fields and the new museum where the history is presented. Worth seeing is the cactus garden designed by César Manrique, the Jardín de Cactus, with over 1400 cactus species. From the windmill above the cactus terraces you have a wonderful view over the whole complex.

5.6 Teguise

The historic town of Teguise, once a bishop's seat and administrative capital of the island until 1852, is still called La Villa, the town, by its inhabitants today. In the centre is the church of San Miguel with the Virgin of Guadelupe, restored at the beginning of the 20th century. In the church square there is the Zenthaus La Cilla, a former church granary from the 17th century and the Palacio Spinola with a timple exhibition. Every Sunday the largest market on the island, the Mercadillo, takes place here with over 500 stalls.

The former fortress, the Castillo Santa Barbara with a pirate museum, towers over the city on a volcanic mountain. The municipality of Teguise includes the large holiday resort of Costa Teguise, which lies directly on the sea.

Worth seeing is the former estate of Omar Sharif, the Lagomar in Nazaret.

In the fertile valley of Los Valles, on a hill, is the church of Ermita de las Nieves, from where you can enjoy a fantastic view over the island to Fuerteventura.

At the 4 km long beach Playa de Famara windsurfers and kitesurfers get their money's worth.

5.7 Tahíche

The town of Tahíche is called the suburb of Lanzarote's capital Arrecife. In Taro de Tahíche there is the Fundación César Manrique, the house with the underground lava bubbles.

5.8 San Bartolomé

The small town of San Bartolomé is situated on the edge of the most important agricultural area of La Geria, between the villages of Tías and Uga, with the largest wine-growing area of Lanzarote.

In the geographical centre of the island there is a replica of a picturesque old farming village, the Casa/ Museo del Campesino with the fertility statue dedicated to the island's farmers.

The agricultural museum El Patio in Tiagua shows different types of mills as well as field and handicraft equipment.

The Museo Etnografico Tanit, the ethnographic museum, exhibits a collection of objects that have been collected on the island over almost 100 years.

5.9 Arrecife

The capital and port of Arrecife is the seat of the island government and was home to the largest fishing fleet in the Canary Islands.

The former disgrace of Arrecifes, a 17-storey skyscraper converted into the Grand Hotel Arrecife, is the most striking point of the island. From the café on the 17th floor you have a wonderful view over the city to Puerto del Carmen and Fuerteventura. In front of the hotel is the city beach, Playa de Reducto, which is a feast for the eyes at high tide.

A landmark of the city is the spherical bridge that connects the city center with the fortress, the Castillo San Gabriel. The large cannons in front of the entrance come from the former military post of the Mirador del Río. From here, the long shopping street, Calle León y Castillo, invites you to go shopping and visit the Casa Amarilla with its insular changing exhibitions.

Worth seeing is the church San Ginés with the figures of the patron saint of the city and the Madonna of the Rosary. At the adjacent picturesque Charco de San Ginés, one has a view from small restaurants to countless fishing boats.

On the northern outskirts of the city, the fortress, Castillo San José