Top 5 Sight Seeing Spots at Lanzarote

June 4, 2014 | By | Reply More

 

For those of you who are visiting Lanzarote for the Sun, Sea, please note there is a lot more to see and do. In my earlier posts I have given the list of Top Beaches and Top Theme Parks to see. In this post I wish to inform you´ll of the 5 Must- See places for you to definitely visit and not miss :

Los Jameos de Agua – Nº 1

 

Los Jameos de Agua is amongst the most visited sites at Lanzarote. Located in the Northern part of the island, it is one of the key cultural centers visited by millions of vistors.  It is one of seven main centres of Art, Culture and Tourism of the Cabildo de Lanzarote.

 

Los Jameos De Agua

 

It is the first creation of the famous artist of Lanzarote, Cesar Manrique. The whole creation is a completely natural and artisitic theme developed by the artist  created almot completely from nature.  The Jameos are located in tunnels created by volcanic eruptions. Jameos del agua are located very close to the sea almost along the coast.  Los Jameos are formed by three openings in the ground (Jameos). the artist Jesus Soto, is the architect of the spectacular lighting he has also done the lighting for the Cueva de los verdes.

Los Jameos de Agua 1

 

Jameos Chicho (Small)

Jameos Grande (Big)

La Cazuela Jameo (Jameos of water) 

Los Jameos de Agua 2

 

You can see in this creation of Cesar Manrique a perfect harmony between nature and artistic creation.

The center first opened for public in 1966 however it underwent several improvements and by 1977 the auditorium was made ready. Another decade later by 1987 new facilities were developed to house a museum dedicated for the study of Volcanlogy. This museum is called the Casa de Volcan (House of volcanos)

This center is also a very important ecological spot. The Jameos has a unique Crab species which are blind. It is an extremely rare specpies and very sensitive to noise, light or even to rusted metal. They are so sensitive that any imbalance or rusted metal can kill them. It is thus strictly forbidden to throw coin in the water.

 The tour

 Just at the entrance is a small reception built completely with stone  with white walls and remains of the ribs of a boat. After crossing a small door, we descend a spiral staircase made of volcanic stone and wood entering the the “Jameo Chico”. In this space you will see the abundant vegetation and ornamental elements. The “Jameo Chico” is part of the first phase of the refurbishment of Jameos that is open since 1966. Originally the idea was to have a lounge with a marble dance floor.

 Inside the enclosure you will find a natural lake with unusually clear and transparent waters. This space preserves the structure shaped barrel vault volcanic tunnel itself with a hole in the top on sunny days, it projects a beam of light right into the water.

After this we find a foot bridge to cross the lake side and, after ascending through a wall garden we gain access to the Jameo Grande.

The ingenious artistic treatment of this area differs from the rest of the visit. This is a lush and exotic flowers garden where amazing vegetation of palms, cactus, and fig trees, surrounding a white pool of water deep blue in colour. The white enameled pool contrasts with the dark and rough rock making it look like a true oasis.

 

Los Jameos de Agua - Auditorium

 

 

When one walks further we find a spectacular auditorium within a volcanic cave.

In the summer months (July, August and September), due to increased influx of visitors, it is recommended that individual visits are made between  m (15:00 h to 18:00 h) to avoid crowds.

 Los Jameos de Agua 4

Entry Price:

Adult: 8,00 euros

Child: 4,00 euros (7-12 years)

Adult night: 9.00 EUR

Minors night: 4.50 eurs (7-12 years)

 

Hours:

Daytime: 10:00 h to 18:30 h

Restaurant Hours : from 12:00 pm to 16:30 pm (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday)

Night (Tuesday and Saturday): From 19:00 to 24:00 h

Restaurant Night: (Friday and Saturday): From 19:30 to 23:00 h

Information / Reservations  Tel :  (+34) 928 848024

 For more details watch this Youtube Video

 

2) Taro de Tahiche – Nº 2

 

The César Manrique Foundation (GCF), is located at Teguise and was established in 1983. It was only in 1990 however that the foundation became functional. The house in which Cesar Manrique lived started being converted into a museum. The modifications of old statutes and paperwork enabled the re-modeling of the house of the artist which carries the name Tahiche Taro. The museum houses an exhibition of his paintings and sculptures.

 

Taro Tahiche Painting Room

The former home and now museum of the artist himself, is built on a lava flow eruptions that occurred on the island between 1730 and 1736. His style is inspired by traditional island architecture. The house has some fascinating style rooms formed from subterranean volcanic chambers built in a series of underground rooms located inside volcanic bubbles, and an open-air swimming pool. The architecture and design incorporates all aspects of his artistic vision and beliefs. The house is built on a huge natural terrain where the artise used his full imagination to craft things beautifully like he did for the entire island of Lanzarote.

 

Taro Tahiche Car

 

Her majesty Queen Sofia of Spain chairs the Honorary board of the foundation. The board also appointed a working president of the school and the museum. The president in turn appoints an executive committee to oversee all activities of the foundation.

The tradition is that the Minister of Culture of the local administration is the working president of the board.

In Lanzarote it is almost mandatory to visit this home/ museum of this most famous son of Lanzarote.

 

Taro De Tahiche 

 

The ticket price is 8 euros

Children under 12 entry is free

Hours: Winter (1 Nov – 30 June): Mon – Sat incl. holidays 10:00 to 18:00 hours. Sunday 10:00 to 15:00 hours.

Summer (1 July – 31 Oct): All days incl. holidays 10:00 to 19:00 hours

Address:Taro de Tahíche, s/n

Phone:928 843138

Watch this Youtube Video for more details :

 

3) Cueva de Los Verdes – Nº 3

La Cueva de Los Verdes, is located in the north of Lanzarote at the district of Haria. It is a part of the underground tunnel of volcanic formation of lava tubes about 6 kms in length.

 

Cueva De Los Verdes

The caves and galleries emerged during a prehistoric eruption of the volcano Mount of La Corona, more than 4,000 years ago. A wide stream of lava rushed towards the east coast deep into the sea. Once it met the sea the lava solidified. The lava streams cooled on top,  developing a solid crust, before the lava drained away leaving the top part as the roof of a cave. In about 20 spots, the roof of the cave collapsed, forming a cavern known locally as a Jameo. The caves extend for 6 kms above sea level and for another 1.5 kms below the sea which is called the Tunnel de la Atlantida.

 

CUEVA DE LOS VERDES 1

 

In 1964 a 2 kms portion of the total area was developed for tourim purposest.  A sophisticated lighting lends theatrical effects to this natural monument. The cave is also famous for its concert hall which is located near the entrance  / exit of the cave. The concert hall has about 15 to 20 rows with 26 seats in each row, allowing up to 500 people in the concert hall at once. The famous lighting expert Mr Jesus Soto has also designed the lighting for this monument giving it a brilliant effect.

 

CUEVA DE LOS VERDES 4

 

Cueva de los Verdes derives it name from its former owner the “Verdes” family. The cave lies within the Monumento Natural del Malpaís de La Corona, a protected area of Lanzarote.

 

CUEVA DE LOS VERDES D

 

 

Location: Haria.

Phone: (+ 34) 928173220

Hours: Daily from 10:00 to 18:00 hours.

Last entrance at 17:00.

Recommended Time: from 15:00 to 17:00 (to see the same peacefully)

Watch this Youtube Video for more details of the place :

 

4) Mirador del Rio – Nº 4

 

The Mirador del Rio is located in the northern cape of the island, 479 meters above sea level and facing the northwest over the Risco de Famara. It was developed by the Lanzarote ´s famous artiste Cesar Manrique. It overlooks the islet of Graciosa.

 

Mirador de Rio

Work on this monument began in 1969. The main building was inaugurated two years later in 1971. The architect Eduardo Cáceres designed Mr Cesar Manrique´s visión and thoughts into reality. The artist Jesus Soto was also involved in the Project jointly. Cesar Manrique built in two big domes to give it the appearance of an observatory.

 

Mirador De Rio 1

 

 

At the entrance of the Mirador is a metal sculpture of wrought iron. It is half fish and half bird. It is a metaphor of two elements of nature that have strong presence in this landscape namely water and air. This main building is barely noticeable from the outside because it is subtly camouflaged under a heavy stone that blends with the environment. Once inside you enter through a winding corridor you will find some traditional pottery made by artise Juan Brito.

 

Mirador de Rio Symbol

 

 

From the mountain top you can get a wonderful view of the area comprising the Chinijo archipelago (islands of Graciosa, Montaña Clara , Alegranza, Roque del Este and Roque del Oeste). You also can see a view of the island of Lanzarote. The Mirador has several terraces and barring the roof is almost completely made of glass to give you a great view on a clear day.

In the 19th century this mountain top had artillery position to protect the island from the invaders. The island, was militarily used as a coastal defense battery unit during the Spanish – Cuban – American (Cuban war)

From the cafetería you can access the upper floor via a spiral staircase where you will find a soveniur shop and continuing up the staircase it leads to the roof terrace offering the best view of the surrounding area.

 

Isla de Graciosa (2)

 

If you observe carefully the structure´s perimeter railing is made of iron and wood giving the appearance of the bow of a ship. Symbolically, the island could become a ship sailing into the Atlantic Occean.

 

Mirador De Rio 3

 

Entrance Price: Adults: 4.50 Euros, children 7-12 years: 2.25 Euros

Hours: Daily from 10:00 h to 17:45 h

Bar Cafeteria : 10:00 h – 17:45 h

Summer hours (until 30 September): 10:00 h – 18:45 h

Summer Bar Cafe: 10:00 to 18:45 hours

Shop: 10:00 to 17:30 hours

During the summer months (July, August and September) are recommended individual visits in the afternoon due to the increased number of visitors.

Phone: (+34) 928 526 548

Watch this Youtube Video for more details :

 

5) Castillo de San Jose – Nº 5

The Castle of San Jose, Arrecife lies to the north of the capital. It is one of the major Touristic attractions of the city. Situated between Muelle (Port) of the Marboles and Puerto Naos and its walls raise over a promontony from which it obtains a splendid view over the sea. This fortress, built on the orders of Carlos III in 1799, directly overlooks the entrance to the harbour and the town.

It was also called, The Castle of Hunger, beacause at the time of its construction the inhabitants of Lanzarote were undergoing severe hardship due to no work. The monarch, Carlos III ordered this fortification to give employment to the locals suffering due to the volcanic eruption at the island. as also to errect a protection against invaders. The project was supervised by the military engineer Alejandro de los Angeles, work began on the building in a corner of Puerto de Naos.

 

Castillo De San Jose

 

 

 

In modern times the local artist, César Manrique, converted part of the Castle into an art gallery, known as the Museum of International  Contemporary Art. (MIAC). One of the large halls is now used for concert recitals and cultural meetings.

The museum was inaugurated on 8 December 1976. Exactly 200 years after 1776 when construction of this fortress had commensed.

 

Castillo De San Jose 1

 

It also house a lovely restaurant was also built and the area air conditioned.

 

MUAC RESTAURANT 1

The bar  is open daily from 10 – 20 hours. On Friday and Saturday they are also open from 21:30 hours to 01:00 hours with DJ and live music on the weekend.

MUAC RESTAURANT 2

 

The Restuarant is open : Tuesday to Thursday : 12 – 16 Hours

and on Friday & Saturday they open in the evenings too from 19:00 – 23:00 Hours.

It is a great place for a romantic evening out or even with the family.

For reservations call : Tel 928 812 321

 

Watch this Youtube Video on Castillo de San Jose (Castle of San Jose)

 

 

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