Lanzarote – Paradise on the Earth, our Lanzarote Experience Tours review.
Just back from one week in Paradise, or better told Lanzarote. A warm place, with 25 C degrees all year around. Once you go there you are guaranteed with great weather, volcanic landscapes, beautiful beaches, washed-white villages, and great treasures to see thanks to Cesar Manrique.
How to get to Lanzarote?
We flew from Barcelona. As Lanzarote is a Spanish island, there are a plenty of flights everyday to get there and back. This flight was a super deal from Ryanair. The flight with seats costed us 150eur for 4pax return tickets. More about how we get super cheap flights read our previous article.
Where to stay in Lanzarote?
As mostly of the times, we chose to stay in an apartment. We chose apartment for several benefits:
- We can have access to a full kitchen and save money on not eating every night.
- There is always an option for laundry.
- You can feel like home away from home. Kids enjoy changing homes so often.
On our next article I will share with you about how we find deals on hotels and apartments.
What to do in Lanzarote?
Our flight was late at night on last Saturday, and the only thing we really enjoyed on our first day was the super warm weather, that we haven’t seen in November during the whole our life.
Lanzarote isn’t a very big island. From one tip to the other it takes you about 1,5 hours of (comfortable) driving. It was our first time when we went on the island and didn’t take a car. We thought that the best way to enjoy the island would be a tour within the island, and the rest of the days to lay at the beach. Not bad at all. Our tour was kindly organized by Cristina from Lanzarote Experience Tours, and we are really thankful them for our experience.
First day with Lanzarote Experience Tours
Our guide Cristina was very keen to show us so many beautiful places within the island that we had to wake up early in the morning. We woke up almost at 7am to be ready to go out at 8am. Our first stop was Timanfaya National Park. Timanfaya National Park is a very touristy place, and there are a lot of queue every time. Thanks to Cristina we were first visitors of Timanfaya National Park. How cool is that?
National Park of Timanfaya. Timanfaya is an active volcano, which erupted almost 200 years ago. There is not growing vegetation, and animals do not live there as well. It can be visited only by bus, and there is no access for walking. All the way long by bus is spectacular. There you seem to be on Marte or any other planet. Very different landscape to what we are used to see in Barcelona. After a great bus tour through Timanfaya, workers at Timanfaya show you some experiments. Experiments consist of a display of the heat and power of the (still active) volcano. The guides at El Diablo set a ball of straw on fire, by simply pushing it down a hole in the ground. And then there’s pipes in the ground, that evaporate water into a fountain of steam within a second. It’s quite impressive to get a sense of the power of the heat underground, but nothing more than a 3 minute show. There is also restaurant where you can eat food prepared only due to the hot air of volcano. Amazing.
Camels. Just after exciting experience with Lanzarote Experience Tours at Timanfaya, we went to the park of dunes. We had a camel ride for only 12EUR per camel. Even though, both our kids were crying when the camel waked up, during our ride, both kids were screaming of happiness. I was always amazed by such radical changes of emotions that have kids sometimes.
Charco de los Clicos. This was our next stop after Timanfaya and Camels. It is also well known as ‘charco verde’. This place is formed as part of the old volcanic crater. The water is from the sea, but due to algas that are there it has green color. Apart of the amazing place with water, you can take just gorgeous shots of the ocean and the nearest village.
Cata de los vinos. This had to be our last stop on our first day. But our kids were overwhelmed and we decided to head up to the apartment and to have some rest after the flight and sooo many emotions during our first day trip. Cristina told us a lot of amazing things about Lanzarote. And here to mention, that Lanzarote is well known for their wines. Especially white ones.
Here our first day experience went to an end, and we had some rest at the apartment.
Second day with Lanzarote Experience Tours
Our second day, was a special one. We learned about projects of Cesar Manrique. He was the man who made Lanzarote a touristy paradise not only because of beaches and warm weather, but also for beautiful places created by nature.
Our first stop was the volcanic cave – Cuevas de los Verdes. Here we were first visitors too. Love it. It was amazing to visit the cave that was created during eruptions of Volcan de la Corona. Interesting fact about this cave is that it can be seen as it was created. The only thing made by human was the floor and illumination. There is almost 6km as known to be created by lava, but only 1,5km are open to public. If you are lucky enough and you has the opportunity to buy a concert ticket, it is really recommended to enjoy a concert at Cuevas de los Verdes. The exquisite acoustics of this volcanic tunnel are unlike no other on earth.
Jameos del Agua. It was our next stop. Amazing place as well. This was another cave created on the eruption of volcano de la Corona, and the name is due to the interior lake that has a very special geological formation. Inside the lake you could clearly see very tiny crabs, that are as much as 5mm and are luminescent. Other things, like restaurants, cinema and the pool were created by human.
Both caves impressed us so much, that we couldn’t even express our feelings. So many beautiful things we have learnt in only one day.
The Jardin de Cactus, is one of stops that must be on your lists. And not only because there are a lot of cacti of different sizes, but also for spectacular views over the nearest village. The “Jardín de Cactus” features hundreds of different cacti species and you will be tempted to touch them all.
Before Jardin de Cactus we have asked Cristina, our guide, for a nice restaurant where we can enjoy some typical food, and enjoy the breath of the ocean. It took her few seconds to reserve the place and we went right there after our visit to Jardin de Cactus. Imagine, there is no village around, only roads and specific Lanzarote landscape, the ocean, and this restaurant. Soo impressive. We have had our table outside and enjoyed typical fish with papas and canary mojo. Great food, amazing people.
Our last stop for the day was a great surprise. It is a must-see place while in Lanzarote. El Mirador del Rio. The Northern part of Lanzarote is part of the Unesco Biosphere Park and protected for it’s landscape and wildlife. Most visitors of Lanzarote come to the North for the “Mirador Del Rio” – the famous lookout platform and restaurant built by César Manrique. It has the best panoramic view of the island, and you just have in front of you La Graciosa, another Canary Island.
Many thanks to our guide Cristina and to Lanzarote Experience Tours, for amazing 2 days trips through the island. Without you our visit to Lanzarote wouldn’t be as great as it was thanks to you.
Third day in Lanzarote.
Third day on the island, but our first day at the beach. As we didn’t rent a car, we choose public transport for getting out from our apartment. We went to Playa Blanca, and the specific beach Playa Dorada. Clear water, clean beaches and both our kid enjoyed it a lot.
Fourth day was dedicated to Playa Chica.
This beach is just very close to Puerto del Carmen. It has spectacular views, volcanic beach and clean water. At playa chica, Damian fed fishes and swimmed a lot.
After laying out at the beach we decided to have a walk through the bay, and it was lovely. We went till the Puerto del Carmen, a great place to visit while you come to Playa Chica.
Fifth day – Arrecife.
Arrecife is the capital of the island. Even though, we have had our apartment here, we left this place to discover for our last day, and just before our flight back home. This decision we took for a simple reason, logistics. Arrecife is only 5-7 km away from the airport and it is well connected with the airport. And with the simple walk you can get easily to the main places to see in the city.
About Lanzarote Experience Tours:
It is a young company, but with guides who have a great background in travel industry. Their goal is to show and share with tourists the beauty of Lanzarote in a very personal way. Lanzarote Experience Tours has the main objective small groups, families, as in such way they share a better experience. Even though, they are open to work with big groups as well. Just contact them and they will organize your tour in a best way.
All the tours they make you can find here. We have made tour in the south and the north, in 2 different days. What I liked the most about them, was that our experiences were organized very personal for our family with 2 little kids, and we were picked up directly at the apartment. It is a great way to enjoy Lanzarote if you do not rent a car.
Below you can see their tours and pricing:
As well, they have the best rating on tripadvisor, as one of the best company to offer guided experiences through the island. And I am proud to share this information, as Cristina is an expert of her work. Apart of the fact that she has Master Degree in Tourism and is professional of her job, she really loves the island and share with tourists the best of what you can see and feel about Lanzarote.
As on a final note, we would recommend you that you do not waste your time on reading top things to see and do while in Lanzarote. Let this work to do professional people for you. Enjoy your holiday as you deserve it.
Lanzarote made us one more time to approve that Canary Islands are worth to be visited. For more about our adventures, see about Tenerife.