Duration: 8 hours
Departs: Lanzarote, Spain
Price from USD 42.40
Spend a day exploring northern Lanzarote and escape the well-trodden tourist trails of the islands south! With a friendly local guide, discover the islands ancient capital of Teguise village (Villa de Teguise), and ogle impressive views from the Peñas del Chach vantage point. Visit Lagomar and LanzaAloe, an aloe vera plantation in Orzola; savor lunch at a traditional restaurant; enjoy free time at Jameos del Agua, a swanky cave-turned-resort; and visit the César Manrique Foundation (own expense) to learn all about the much-loved local artist.
After a pickup from Puerto del Carmen, Playa Blanca, Costa Teguise, Puerto Calero or Arrecife meeting points, travel onward through Teguise village, the islands ancient capital. Admire its historical architecture and hear about Teguise in the 16th century when the village is thought to have been founded.
Continue to Peñas del Chach, one of the islands highest peaks, near the cliffs of Famara on the islands northwestern shores. Hop out of your coach for a photo, and gaze down at views of the undulating coastline set against the blue waves of the North Atlantic Ocean. With your guide, look out for the oasis of Haria, a lush little area known locally as the Valley of a Thousand Palms. Locals traditionally plant palm trees at the spot to mark the birth of a child.
Visit Lagomar, one of the island's most renowned places which is a museum, art gallery, bar and restaurant. This astonishing property was conceived by Cesar Manrique, Lanzarote's greatest artist and architect. Its design was based on the One Thousand and One Arabian Nights tale, with its white stone walls integrated into the volcanic scenery and vegetation of the area.
Afterwards, head to Orzola and visit LanzaAloe. Here, see acres of fragrant aloe vera plants being grown and harvested. Learn about the soothing properties of the plants and hear how the Canary Islands climate and terrain is well suited to aloe vera production.
Continue with lunch at a traditional Lanzarote restaurant. Enjoy a buffet with loads to choose from: grilled chicken, alitas (chicken wings), curry, various salads, meatballs, fried fish and papas arrugadas (Canarian wrinkly potatoes), to name a few.