Despite its small size, Lanzarote is ideal for the offbeat traveler. There are a few activities that no guidebook will list, just because they seem too strange to be true.
  • Climb a Volcano: It’s prohibited in most areas, and certainly avoided by many tourists. However, the national park Timanfaya in the center of the island offers bus trips up the Mountains of Fire, Lanzarote’s primary chain of volcanoes. Don’t be afraid of taking this spectacular journey – the last time the chain erupted was in the 1800s.
    If you want to get even closer to this volcanic landscape, consider participating in the rare but spectacular Ruta de Tremesana hike.
  • Visit a Windmill: Visitors have largely ignored the beautiful, historic windmills that tower above Lanzarote’s rolling hills of lava rock. Since Lanzarote has no rivers or forests, islanders have come up with some creative ways to generate natural energy. For centuries, the solution has been wind power. Lanzarote’s constantly blowing wind is ideal for powering windmills, which were used to push water uphill and perform other tasks. Today some mills have been adopted to produce electricity, and can be found all over Lanzarote, especially on the coast of Teguise.
  • See the Carnival: Many tourists attend feast days, but few witness the carnival procession that winds its way from Arrecife all the way to Puerto del Carmen in late February. It is a tradition for islanders to wave the intestines of a fish above their heads as they march in the parade – this is thought to have derived from an early pagan ritual.
  • Visit Puerto Calero: The most beautiful marina in the Canary Islands. Take a stroll and admire the yachts, visit the dolphin museum. Also the home to Catlanza and Submarine Safaris.

Just a comment regarding See the Carnival:  It appears from notes that the carnival procession actually goes from Arrecife to Puerto del Carmen, whereas Arrecife's procession is usually on a Monday evening (change date each year related to beginning of lent). Then there is a procession called the Burial of the Sardine, usually on the following Wednesday evening - this is a much smaller procession  of a paper mache fish on a lorry (carro) followed by weeping women (or are they?) dressed in black and some fancy dress and party goers and some floats and bands and this denotes the end of  Arrecife's carnival.

 Have never ever seen anyone waving the intestines of a fish above their heads in any parade.  Puerto del Carmen's Carnival procession is usually the following Saturday.  All the processions are fun to watch, especially in Arrecife, because of local participation - men love to dress up as women at this time of the year but some 'fun' outfits.  Arrecife's procession can be very long.