Don’t get stuck doing the same touristy things in Lanzarote as everyone else! Experience the unique and unusual so your vacation memories are the envy of your friends, rather than just another Instagram storybook.
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Fly a Kite on the Stratosphere
The natural rock formations at the Stratified City (or Mataburos) are a photographer’s heaven and make for a great stop on any northern sightseeing trip. The flat plains make it easy to walk around and tourists are known to bring a picnic or fly kites in the area. There are English-speaking guides available nearby, but you’ll probably have more fun exploring on your own. The gravel terrains are a bit rough, but you can rent a dune buggy too and take it to the next level.
Interpret and Understand Everything
Before you make your way to Timanfaya, be sure to stop by Centro de Interpretacion for an overview and valuable information. Entrance is free, and you can watch educational videos of the island’s volcano types, geology, flora, and fauna. There is also a volcano simulation, as well as a scenic walkway into the mountains.
Go Raise Your Own Red Flag
Hiking Montana Roja is a very manageable feat to conquer on your trip to Lanzarote. It’s just over 3 km (less than 2 mi) and can be appropriate for children as well. The trail is mainly used for trail running and hiking and has a difficulty rating of moderate. Surrounded by scenic views on the climb up, the summit panorama of the Yaiza area is the cherry on top.
Get Friendly with the Locals
Located just 1 km from Orzola, Pardelas Park is a, feed the animals petting zoo that is a treat for both children and adults. Guests are given animal feed to interact with various friendly creatures kept on the park’s land. Children are also offered clay to play with and lessons on how to shape it into different animals. This unique keepsake is often a treasured souvenir. The park also has a playground as well as a cafe and is a budget-minded, family activity that is generally crowd-free and peaceful.
Escape from Your Vacation
Puzzles are an enjoyable pastimes and Escape Room Lanzarote challenges the mind while encouraging teamwork. You have one hour to solve the lock-door mystery from one of three rooms that are available. While it is not the cheapest option for a fun time in Lanzarote, it does get less expensive with more players. The game is available in either English or Spanish and reservations are recommended but are not required.
Freely Go All Organic
If you’re wanting to learn a bit of agricultural history on your trip, the Museo Agricola el Patio is an ideal place to visit. Without a tour guide or a tour bus, you’re free to explore the land on your own time with the help of a property map. Wine and cheese are also available for tastings on the site. All the tools and facilities of an old farm are present to take you back in time to what it really would have been like to work on or run a farm in Lanzarote.
Get All Soft and Silky
The Museo de Aloe is a small, quiet museum with free admission that’s dedicated to describing the different attributes, cultivation, and history of the aloe plant in Spain. There are exhibits to watch informative videos about the medicinal properties of aloe, as well as the harvest and production of aloe gel. There are also a wide variety of different products that you could try in the museum as well. If you’re traveling with kids, try playing a game of spot the aloe plant on the drive home.
Hint: They’re everywhere!
Put on Your Pirate Hat
The Museo de la Pirateria details the history of piracy in a fun, engaging way for both children and adults. There are a variety of displays and mini-movies that explain the history of piracy in Lanzarote, plus a gift shop full of Lanzarote souvenirs. With a low ticket price and wonderful views of Teguise, it makes for a wonderful quick stop if you’re looking for a historical and fun adventure. You may want to get a taxi ride up the castle from town though as it’s a steep,1.5 km (1 mi) walk uphill.
Start Humming a Very Old Tune
There are eleven rooms in total in The Casa Museo Palacio Spínola which provide insights into the lives of nobles in older Spain and a glimpse into architecture, life, and musical culture. It’s no coincidence either that the museum is located in Teguise‘s aged city plaza, where the cobblestone streets and colonially designed buildings already create an old-world ambiance.
Currently, the museum also hosts the Casa del Timple exhibit dedicated to a Spanish guitar-esque instrument (the timple); an essential component in traditional Spanish music and cultural folk tales.
Get Down Right Naked
If you’re looking for a picturesque naturist spot on your next vacation, the Piscinas Naturales Coloseo at Charco del Palo is a great option. Stay in either of two resorts or go for a more low-key option with a villa or an apartment rental. It’s also one of the best sites in Spain for scuba diving as well and a long coastline suitable for beach activities. Note: this is not recommended for those uncomfortable being around other naked people.