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Must do's and must trys......

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Must do's and must trys......

I am visiting Lanzarote for the first time this September with my husband and 8 month old daughter.

We are staying in an apartment in Playa Blanca and will have a car to get around.

We are there for 10 days and for half of them plan to take advantage of the pool that we have, but for the other 5 would really like to get a taste of what Lanzarote is all about.....

We are looking at visiting so far:

Timanfaya national park, is this worth it and can we do it ourselves or does it have to be on a organised trip?

I have read/seen somewhere (but now can't find it and am beginning to think I dreamt it) a scret cove/pool that you can go to, does anyone know where I mean??

The Sunday market at Teguise.


Is there anything else that is a must do that we should fit in, otherwise we are just going to drive around the other resorts/villages.

My second question is what food should we try, either is the restaurants or to bbq ourselves, any local seafood that we can cook?

Finally, does anyone know a good bottle of Cava for us to try or is it trial and error (could be fun)

Thank you everyone in advance...

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1. Re: Must do's and must trys......

Yes the national park is well worth it. Quite stunning scenery. You can go to the park yourself..pay the entrance fee. The entrance fee includes a couple of demostrations and a bus tour with commentary around the volcano itself.

The caves will be Jameos del Agua. Definitely worth a visit.

Definitely worth visiting a tradational canarian fishing village on the island with my favourites - el golfo (near the national park), playa quemada (not far from pdc) or in the north Arrieta. I'd also visit Arrecife for a more traditional look at modern canarian life (suggest you use the bus as it's a nightmare with one way systems tbh). In Arrecife visit the star bar on the 17th fllor of the gran hotel for great views of arrecife, playa honda, airport and further depending on cloud - tallest building on lanzarote. Remember that Arrecife shuts in the afternoon for siesta.

Canarian foods - Papas arrugadas. Small canarian potatoes cooked in sea salt until all water gone. Served with mojo sauces. Local fish...usually just grilled. Rabbit with various sauces or just cooked with garlic. Goat stew...cooked on the bone. Local goats cheese.

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2. Re: Must do's and must trys......

Thanks for this, some great suggestions......

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3. Re: Must do's and must trys......

On the way to Timanfaya you will pass the camel ride centre, which is quite entertaining and takes you a little way into the lava fields, though not sure how easy it is with a baby.

The Sunday market at Teguise is a large flea market, about 40 mins from Playa Blanca, very hectic and bustling, but interesting as well.

There are two cave attractions at the top of the island, very close together, though can't remember the name of the other one besides Jameos del Agua, but it easy to find. Driving is easy, good wide roads(mostly) and decent signage plus not much traffic.

El Golfo with its green lagoon is an easy short drive from Playa Blanca and has the famous black volcanic sand which is worth a look also.

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4. Re: Must do's and must trys......

The other cave is Cueva de los Verdes. Both this and Jameos del Agua are definitely worth a visit.

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my advice don’t go to Timanfaya in the morning, we queued from about 11-30 am to 1-00pm to get into the car park, you then transfer to a bus for the tour after parking your car. If you go by coach on a tour then you have priority and go straight in. On the way out about 4.00pm the queue was quite short. Its only 8 euro an adult 4 euro for chilren

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6. Re: Must do's and must trys......

Papagayo beach is worth a vist and close to Playa Blanca.

Puerto Calero, take some bread and feed the fish!

enjoy your holiday


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7. Re: Must do's and must trys......

Thank you everyone, I will definitely look into these.

I am going to start another thread re the Cava to see if I get any responses from any specialists out there lol.

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8. Re: Must do's and must trys......

I'm visiting lanzarote this week for seven days and as a catalan, cava is a sparkling wine elaborated in my country Catalonia, I can give you little recomendations about cava. There are dozens of cava brands but the best well-known are Codorniu and Freixenet. Serve it chilled and if you find it too alcoholic try to mix it with natural orange juice: we call it aigua de valència (valencia's water). Enjoy it!

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