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Lanzarote Tourist Information 

Red mountain near Los Hervidos

My Lanzarote walk pages have proved unexpectedly popular so I thought I would include some general tourist information about the island. The table below provides the links to the individual pages and is repeated on each page. To differentiate from my walk related pages, the Lanzarote Tourist Information titles are on a blue background.

 

I must stress that this is not intended to be the definitive work on tourist information for the island but is merely a very brief collection of my own thoughts and pictures on some of the places I have visited. I do not claim to have visited everywhere worth seeing and if you want more information than I have provided, the best source is a guide book

 

As a general tourist guide, I used to recommend the Lanzarote and Fuerteventura (AA Essential Spiral Guides Series), because it would lay flat but I think this might now be out of print. Marco Polo produce a spiral bound which may be similar. Also popular with visitors to this site is  the normal format Marco Polo guide and there is much on line. The best map I have located for Lanzarote by far is the Lanzarote Tour and Trail Map 1:40,000 scale produced by Discovery Walking Guides Ltd. This shows sights, walking routes and is an excellent road map. The super durable edition is virtually indestructable. It gets 5 stars from around 75% of purchasers on Amazon. Links to obtain all these publications are below.

 

If you want a checklist to take with you and a sketch map showing the approximate locations of the various places, print off this PDF file.

 

In relation to all tourist attractions, I recommend visiting in the mornings, before the majority of the tourist coaches begin their meanderings.

 

Lanzarote is something of a “Marmite” island (love it or hate it!). The majority of people I have encountered who have said “never again”, have tended to be those who have spent all their time in a resort, usually by the pool and the only bit of the island they have seen,  is from the transfer coach, airport to resort – in which case I can understand their opinion. Lanzarote benefits from exploration. Have an open mind and enjoy an amazing volcanic landscape which you cannot otherwise see, other than via long haul flights.

 

As one tours the island, one is struck by how well kept everywhere is. The islanders clearly take a pride in the place. Even some roundabouts are like gardens. I find it better kept than the other Canary Islands I have visited - which is all the major ones apart from Fuerteventura.

 

The roads are good quality in the main and traffic is mostly very light and of moderate speed (in contrast to the relative manic motoring on Tenerife – or the UK!). For anyone nervous about driving on the “wrong side”, Lanzarote would be a great place to start.

 

Lanzarote has a lot for which to thank the artist and architect César Manrique (1919-1992). He returned to his native Lanzarote after a spell in America and set about influencing events on the island to preserve its beauty and protect it from the ravages of mass tourism which have ruined many Spanish holiday areas.

 

In the main, buildings are limited to a maximum of two storeys and have to be painted white with woodwork colours limited to a restricted palette.

 

César Manrique’s name crops up in connection with a whole variety of things on the island and sculptures of his are scattered throughout.

 

There are three main tourist centres on the island, Playa Blanca, Costa Teguise (not to be confused with the inland, old town of Teguise) and Puerto del Carmen. I have only stayed at Playa Blanca and although I have visited the other two, know little about them in any depth.

All information on this site is given in good faith and no liability is accepted in respect of any damage, loss or injury which might result from acting on it.