Sights and ideas for your own excursion on Lanzarote
- Regular berth: Muelle do los Marmoles or Muelle de Cruceros.
- Port shuttle: Chargeable e.g. with Aida - 6€, Mein Schiff - 7€. Destination: Parking lot at Ch6arco de San Ginés. Any number of trips. If you are at the Muelle de Cruzeros there is no shuttle.
- Taxis: Usually available at the quay.
- Buses: Central bus station (Estación de Guaguas) on Calle Rambla Medular.
- Car hire: Cicar, Ruperto Gonzalez Negrin 8.
- Car hire: Hertz, Avda Islas Canarias C.C. Marisol, 35509 Costa Teguise
- Car hire: Europcar, Aeropuerto Arrecife
- Post Office: Av. Gen. Franco
- Tourist Info: in the Parque Municipal
- Banks an ATMs: Calle León y Castillo
- Cruise Ship Berths
The Muelle do los Marmoles berth is located just outside the city. From the pier, a well-maintained, signposted footpath leads barrier-free into the city. It is about 2.4 kilometres long and you can plan on 40-50 minutes one way. You can find a bicycle rental shop about 200 metres from the ship by simply following the yellow signs. The cost per bike is about 10 euros per day.
- Shipwreck and Beach
In the immediate vicinity of the pier and directly on the shore, the wreck of the former cargo ship Temple Hall has been lying since 1981. Damaged off the coast, it was then towed to its present position. In the turning circle of Plaza Tenerife in Costa Teguise, a sculpture was constructed in 2009 from tree trunks taken from the last cargo of the ship. Not far away is Playa Costa Teguise / Playa Cucharas, a beautiful sandy beach that invites you to linger. There are plenty of bars and restaurants along the promenade. It takes 10-15 minutes by taxi to get there (about 6 kilometres).
- Cruise Ship Berths
The Muelle de Cruceros berth has a fairly central access to Arrecife via the marina. The distance to the city centre is about 1.5 kilometres. On foot, it takes 15-20 minutes one way. The Marina Lanzarote with its small shops, cafés and restaurants offers a shopping opportunity close to the ship. The general opening hours are Monday to Friday 08:00-20:00 and Saturday 08:00-14:00. Sunday is closed. However, open 7 days a week is Cine 6D from 11:00-22:00. The small cinema offers various short films in 6D. A "ride" costs 5 euros.
- Tourist Information and Taxis
There is a Tourist Information office and a car rental station at both berths. These are usually open for a few hours after a cruise ship has docked. The taxis available offer various tours and transfers to the popular beaches in Puerto del Carmen (south, 14-17km ~ 22 euros) and Costa Teguise (north, 6-9km ~ 10 euros).
- Centre and Shopping Facilities
The shuttle buses of the shipping companies usually stop at the seawater lagoon Charco de San Ginés. Often, a few vendors set up their stalls there. In addition, a large market takes place on the promenade every Saturday. The surrounding Av. César Manrique is home to a wide variety of restaurants and bars. The pedestrian zone in Calle León y Castillo is not far from the lagoon, which is dotted with fishing boats. Here and in the adjoining streets you will find shops and a few banks. Cosmetic articles are often available at a reasonable price.
Excursion offers and admission tickets from
- Church and Market
Nearby is the main church of the island's capital. The Iglesia San Ginés de Clermont was constructed in the Plaza de las Palmas. It is open daily from 09:00-13:00 and from 17:00-20:00. In the adjacent side street, Calle Libre, a small market is held daily, offering mainly fresh produce such as fruit and vegetables.
- City Beach
At the fine sandy City Beach Playa del Reducto at the 5-star Gran Hotel Arrecife, sunbeds and parasols are available for a fee. The beach itself is well protected by offshore reefs and the water is therefore quite calm.
- Fortification and Museum
Not far from the Parque Municipal, on the small, offshore island Islote de los Ingleses, is the castle complex Castillo de San Gabriel. There is a beautiful view of the city from the roof. It also houses a small Archaeological Museum. It is open Tuesday to Friday from 10:00-13:00 and from 16:00-19:00. Saturday then from 10:00-13:00. Sunday and Monday are closed. In addition to the modern access, which is mainly for motor vehicles, the island can also be reached via the rustic footbridge Puente de Las Bolas.
- Castillo and Museum
The Castillo San Jose, easily visible from the ship, houses a small International Museum of Contemporary Art and a stylish restaurant and bar. The continuously glazed front allows very beautiful views of the harbour and the sea. Completed in 1779, the building was originally constructed to defend the harbour. It can be reached from the berths in 5-10 minutes by rental car or taxi. The museum is open daily from 10:00-20:00 and admission costs 4 euros. Children between the ages of 7 and 12 are charged 2 euros. The restaurant serves international and Canarian dishes. The cafeteria opens at 10:00 and the bar closes at 01:00 at night. The restaurant area is open Tuesday to Saturday from 12:00-16:00 and Friday to Sunday from 19:00-23:00.
- Bus Transport
Most scheduled buses in Lanzarote meet at the Central Bus Station, Estación de Guaguas de Arrecife, on Calle Rambla Medular. There is a shopping centre and a stadium nearby. The slightly smaller Intercambiador Bus Station can also be found at Av. Fred Olsen 29, near the city beach. Many places on the island can be reached easily and cheaply by bus. The most important lines usually run every 20-30 minutes. However, smaller towns are often only served 1-2 times a day. Tickets are available at the bus station or from the bus driver. Bus timetables and departure times are usually only posted at the bus stations. So it is better to check the times in advance on the bus operator's website.
- Casa Lagomar
About 12 kilometres north of the moorings, you can visit a former estate of the actor Omar Sharif. Casa Lagomar is located in Nazaret, a district of Teguise, and can be reached by car in 15-20 minutes. The impressive complex was designed by César Manrique and, due to its altitude, offers a super view, partly as far as Arrecife. The caves of the old quarry, the gardens and the many staircases are partly arranged like a labyrinth. The former home now serves as a small museum. It is open daily from 10:00-18:00 and admission costs 6 euros per person. The restaurant integrated into the grounds offers Mediterranean cuisine and is open Tuesday to Sunday from 12:00-23:30. The bar La Cueva opens Tuesday to Sunday in the early evening at 18:30. The restaurant and bar are closed on Mondays.
- Lava Caves
In the north of Lanzarote you will find the cave system Cueva de los Verdes. These are solidified lava passages that were created by an eruption of the volcano La Corona. Some of the caves are open to the public today. Temperatures below the earth's surface are around 18°C all year round. A guided tour through the passages takes 45-50 minutes. Parking and toilets are available. Open daily from 10:00-18:00. In the summer months until 19:00. Regular admission costs 4.50 euros each for children aged 7-12. Adults pay 9 euros.
You can save some money on entrance fees if you want to visit several attractions on Lanzarote. For this purpose, a Discount Coupon is offered with which you can purchase combination tickets. This is only accepted in paper form and is not valid electronically on the smartphone. So print it out beforehand if necessary. Free Wi-Fi is also available at many sights.
- César Manrique's Natural Work of Art
A few kilometres further east, another part of the lava tube is open to visitors. At this point, the lava tube coming from La Corona volcano and ending in the sea, the ceiling became brittle over time and partially collapsed. César Manrique turned this place into an inviting centre for art, culture and tourism. The Natural Work of Art Jameos del Agua was opened in 1966 and still impresses visitors today. Rare albino crabs live in an underground lake, a grotto has been turned into a concert hall and the Túnel de la Atlántida, flooded with seawater, stretches up to 50 metres deep towards the coast. A restaurant and snack bar cater to visitors' physical well-being. Jameos del Agua is open daily from 10:00-18:30. Regular admission costs 4.50 euros each for children aged 7-12. Adults pay 9 euros.
- Viewing Platform
Almost in the far north of Lanzarote is the Mirador del Río Viewpoint. The on-site café with its outdoor platform has been skilfully integrated into the rock at an altitude of over 400 metres. César Manrique has also done an impressive job here. The view of the offshore islands is magnificent. It is open daily from 10:00-17:45. In the summer months, it closes one hour later. Admission costs 4.50 euros per person. Children aged 7-12 are charged half price. Special prices are granted in case of bad weather.
- César Manrique's Accommodations
In the municipality of Haria, at Calle Elvira Sánchez 30, you can visit a former home of César Manrique. In today's Casa Museo César Manrique, you can get an insight into the life of the artist. The house is open daily from 10:30-18:00 and admission is 10 euros per person. Children up to 12 years pay 5 euros. There is also a combined ticket for 15 euros, together with the Fundación César Manrique in Tahiche. The artist lived in this residence, which was integrated into a lava flow, for 20 years. It is open daily from 10:00-18:00 and admission costs 8 euros per person individually. Half price for children.
- A Garden full of Cacti
A very beautifully designed Cactus Garden can be found in the north of the village of Guatiza. The Jardin de Cactus de Lanzarote was established in an old quarry. More than 4500 different cacti can be seen here. A restaurant takes care of the physical well-being. From the corn mill, which stands on a hill, you have a great view of the very beautiful garden. It is open daily from 10:00-17:45. In the summer months already from 09:00. Regular admission costs 2.75 euros for children aged 7-12. Adults pay 5.50 euros.
- Lunar Landscape on Earth
The Timanfaya National Park (Parque Nacional de Timanfaya) is located west of Arrecife. Guided and interesting tours of the impressive lunar landscape are offered at the main eruption zone of the volcanoes. You can go on hikes with local guides, ride a camel through the ash fields and/or take part in a 45-minute bus tour. The buses normally leave every 30 minutes on the Ruta de los Volcanos, a route not approved for public transport. The fare is already included in the park entrance fee. Explanations are given in various languages, including German. The best views of the park landscape are on the right side of the bus.
It takes 40-45 minutes by Taxi or Rental Car to get to Islote de Hilario. There is a car park, the El Diablo restaurant designed by César Manrique, and the tours start by bus. The restaurant serves tasty dishes, some of which are cooked on a natural grill that draws its energy from an active crater. It is strictly forbidden to move off the paths in the entire park. Entrance to Timanfaya costs 9 euros per person. Half price is charged for children aged 7-12. It is open daily from 10:00-17:45. In the summer months it closes one hour later. The camel tour (dromedaries) takes about 20 minutes. Start and finish is at LZ-67 at Echadero de los Camellos.
- Crater Lagoon
In the west of the island and south of El Golfo, you will find the crater of the volcano Montaña de Golfo, which is open to the sea. A crater lake has formed there, and the algae it contains give it a green colour. Unfortunately, the Charco de los Clicos Lagoon has been receding for some years and is now only a fraction of its original size. The viewpoint at the edge of the crater offers a good view of the sight. It is forbidden to swim in the lagoon.
- Excursion Portals and Excursion Providers
Via the tour and excursion providers GetYourGuide, Meine Landausflüge and Viator, you can book various excursions, activities, tours, tickets and entrance tickets on Lanzarote, which are often offered at much lower prices than comparable excursions by the shipping companies. Thus, if you book in good time, you can realise a large number of excursions on your own.
A small pre-selection of shipping company independent excursion offers
for, in and around Arrecife, we have put together for you here.
- Cruises and Special Offers
If you haven't booked a Canary Islands Cruise yet, but would like to get to know Lanzarote personally and go on excursions on your own, you will find great offers with the major cruise operators in the German-speaking region. Aida, Costa and Tui Cruises - Mein Schiff offer charming itineraries with their modern cruise ships, along with other interesting destinations. Book your next dream holiday directly with your favourite cruise line at fair conditions.
All ocean and river cruises can also be booked conveniently and inexpensively online with the cruise specialist Kreuzfahrten-Zentrale Astoria. You can choose from a wide range of daily offers from various shipping companies. These include AIDA Cruises, Carnival, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean and TUI Cruises. The popular special offers are also attractive, with which you can travel particularly cheaply and possibly also get a great bargain.
- Post office opening hours: Monday to Friday from 08:00-20:00, Saturday from 08:00-13:00
- Bank opening hours: Monday to Friday from 09:00-14:00
- Tourist information opening hours: Monday to Friday from 09:00-15:00
- Country code: +34
- Taxi Arrecife: Tel. 928 800 806
- General emergency call: Tel. 112
- Police: Tel. 091/092
- Emergency doctor: Tel. 061
- Fire brigade: Tel. 080
- Vaccination recommendation: Tropical Institute Spain
- Safety advice: Foreign Office Spain
- Bus timetables: Arrecife bus connections
- City map: Arrecife Map
- Port occupancy: Cruise ships in Arrecife
- Local currency: Euro, 1 Euro = 100 Cent
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