Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain
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Approximately 8 Hours
Lanzarote is known as the Mythic Island for its breathtaking landscapes of lunar-like beauty, sculpted from volcanic reliefs.
On departing the port of Arrecife, capital of Lanzarote, and headed for the southern part of the island, you'll drive past the San José Castle. This old fortress was built at the end of the 17th century to protect the bay from piracy. It is now the International Museum of Contemporary Art.
Continue to the Montañas del Fuego, the fire mountains, located in Timanfaya National Park. Here, you can appreciate the park's unusual landscape -- the result of continuous volcanic eruptions that took place on the island from 1730 to 1736.
Take a camel ride around the crater of the volcano before heading back to the coach for an overall impression of the natural catastrophes that once took place here.
A typical wine tasting follows at a bodega in the La Geria area. Pause for lunch at a local restaurant at the Monumento al Campesino, designed by the famous Lanzarote architect Cesar Manrique,
Proceed to the Mirador de Haria, overlooking the valley of Haria and the Village of A Thousand Palms, before passing Teguise. This town was the island's original capital city.
Continuing to the Mirador del Rio for a spectacular view of Graciosa Island and the colorful salt pans at the foot of the cliff.
From here, head for the nearby Jameos del Agua volcanic cave, formed when water from the Atlantic came in contact with hot lava. In this volcanic tube, you'll view an underground lake inhabited by blind, albino crabs, as well as an outdoor pool surrounded by subtropical vegetation, and an indoor auditorium.
Your intriguing tour concludes with a scenic drive back to the capital.