Volcanoes and Caves: Full-Day Tour of Lanzarote
- Transportation included
- Duration: 10 hours
Diverse with flora and fauna on an unparalleled, volcanic landscape, Lanzarote offers a
plethora of sightseeing to visitors who are looking for the perfect getaway. Hike Fire Mountains, relax on sun-drenched beaches and simply enjoy tranquil island life.
Located on the southern coast, the former fishing village of Playa Blanca bustles with life
around its port. It's also near the pristine sands and waters of Papagayo Beaches.
A volcanic eruption formed a lava tube five miles long here 5,000 years ago. A 45-minute
tour leads visitors down two chasms, the Cueva de los Verdes, nearly one mile in length.
Upon reaching the Islote de Hilario lookout point amid the ""Fire Mountains,"" a magma
chamber 2.5 miles below the surface heats up pebbles a few inches underfoot to 212°F.
The five-island chain off the coast comprises a natural park, with the island of La Graciosa
boasting Europe's largest marine reserve. It's also the only one that's inhabited.
The 849-foot peak is all that's left of this once volcanic island of the archipelago.
Uninhabited and a sanctuary for marine birds, the private island sold for 9€ million in 2007.
150 different species live in the park, which also helps to save endangered animals. The
parrot show takes place at 12:00PM, followed by the penguin and otter feeding times.
A 50-foot sculpture of old water tanks is the work of local artist César Manrique. The site
provides a glimpse into the island's past, with the farm house showcasing daily life.
To relax and enjoy a nice vacation, consider a minimum of seven nights. If you have or want
extra time to explore many points around the island, then allow yourself 10 - 14 days in total.
The best way to see the island is to have a rental car. As for public transportation, there are
buses operating within the towns themselves and those that link the main cities (i.e. Arrecife
to Playa Blanca is 55 minutes away).
If you plan to take a day-trip from Playa Blanca to the town of Corralejo on Fuerteventura,
expect to pay no more than 20€ round-trip. You can book directly with companies at the port,
and the journey takes 35 minutes.
You'll find accommodations concentrated in the main coastal cities of Playa Blanca, Puerto del Carmen, Costa Teguise and in the capital city of Arrecife. However, there are also places scattered in small towns around the interior of the island.
José was an excellent host, both entertaining and knowledgeable. He arrived at exactly the time he suggested and then provided us with water and light snacks prior to the walk. Having advised us to bring wet weather clothing (which we didn't), he then handed us ponchos (which we needed). He walked at the pace of the group, wandering back and forth between the tortoises and the hares. He also incorporated plenty of stops en route to explain the history of certain plants, activities and landmarks. Finally, we ended up at Bodega Rubicon winery, sampling a few od the excellent Lanzarote wines, which we never even knew existed prior to this excursion. The entire 5 hour walk was well worth the money and is highly recommended.
This trip is great value. Its quite a long day with a trip around the National Park then onto the wine region area. This has a little stop at the shop. You then go onto lunch which is a buffet, not included in the trip price but costs €10 and is very reasonable. The last part is the caves.... really great day. The caves are a teeny trek and there's a bit of 'ducking' but highly recommed to see a whistle-stop of Lanzarote. The guides are chirpy, informative and helpful. We really enjoyed the whole trip.
We booked the half day tour as we only wanted to see the southern part of the island on a tour but due to a lack of numbers owing to the pandemic we were combined with the full day tour. This meant that we had a lunch stop but after the visit to the winery we returned to our hotels with the full day tour completing the remainder of their tour. The communication before the tour was excellent and the tour itself was great, as we expected. Definitely worth the money.
Great day trip if you’re not sure what to see or do out of all the options on the island. Probably perfect for any first time visitors. Saw such a variety, lovely guide with great language skills and personality!
The food was amazing. Views incredible and everything went smoothly. Only wish we had a tiny bit more time for each part of the journey. But overall - great value for a great day trip!