Insider Tips - Lanzarote

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Our top insider tips for Lanzarote:

 

Heavenly drinks 

Star’s City serves up not just a stunning view, but great cocktails too! At night there’s a sensational view from what is the highest building on the island, but it’s just as good during the day when the eye is drawn to wave-battered reefs, beaches and the southern peninsula. The pub/café is located on the 17th floor of the Arrecife Gran Hotel. Open daily | Parque Islas Canarias s/n | www.arrecifehoteles.com | Budget

 

A visit to Nazaret, Costa Teguise

Hidden away in a former quarry is this eccentric, fortress-like estate. The complex, which today bears the name LagOmar, was built in the 1970s, before Lanzarote had appeared in any holiday brochures. Its first owner was the actor Omar Sharif, of Dr Zhivago fame, who it is said gambled it away in a high-stakes game of bridge.

Now the place is a ‘museum’. You can walk through caves and tunnels, set at different levels around an artificial lake, as you pass the Sharif Room. On display here are posters recalling the great actor’s heyday; there is even a photo of that fateful card game. During the day, the café-restaurant serves tapas and dishes of the day, but in the evening it’s more high-class Mediterranean-style dining. The cave bar in lounge style (Chillout-Bar La Cueva: closed Mon | Ap. Casa Sharif | Tel. 928 84 54 60 | Expensive) is perfect for upmarket relaxation.

Magical evenings at Bar La Cueva begin at 8pm, when the volcanic rocks are transformed into deep red, with candles and subtle lighting creating a special ambience. Try a mojito or a daiquirí! In addition, set into the rock are two apartments with modern furnishings. Amenities include a terrace and pool, plus an expansive view over Lanzarote’s central plain. Museo & Restaurant LagOmar: closed Monday | Calle Los Loros 6 | Tel. 928 84 56 65 | www.lag-o-mar.com | Admission 5 euros | Budget–Moderate

 

In the old harbour

If you are looking for a quiet and intimate setting in a delightful spot against the maritime backdrop of Puerto del Carmen, and want to enjoy a fine meal at the same time, then the Casa Roja restaurant is the perfect place. On a long and narrow terrace just above the water in the old harbour basin, the perfect place for a romantic meal. There’s hardly a better way of watching the sun go down. Open dDaily | Plaza Varadero, Puerto del Carmen | Tel. 928 51 07 03 | Moderate

 

Partying by the sea

The DJs at Biosfera in Arrecife stoke up a torrid atmosphere beneath a giant awning that opens out onto the promenade. Situated south of the Playa del Reducto near the island’s government buildings, the large dome faces out to sea. Revellers spill out on to the promenade when it gets crowded. Central bar, all the latest pop music, pool tables, darts and other forms of entertainment. Only really gets going after 2am. Fri–Sun from 10pm | Avda Fred Olsen s/n | www.lanzaroteisland.com/labiosfera

 

Underground music

The lava caves at the Cueva de los Verdes rank among Lanzarote’s highlights. Even more impressive is a visit to the caves for one of the rare concerts in the auditorium. Information from the tourist office and www.centrosturisticos.com 

 

Top class wine-makers

The wine-makers at the Bodega Stratvs have had to work hard to nurture these delicate vines. Drop in for a tasting and judge for yourself how successful they've been! After only a few years on the market this cool and ultra-modern winery has won an incredible number of international awards. What is so striking about the winery is the architecture. Take the guided tour to see the vast, church-like presentation area with its line of towering wooden vats, then stroll along panoramic galleries into the heart of the winery. Guided tours are held several times every day (10 euros incl. tasting | Phone in advance for an appointment). Tel. 928 80 99 77 | www.stratvs.com   

 

Shopping

Ladies fashion, mainly in linen but also in other materials, form the basis of the collections by Romy B in Playa Blanca – exciting clothes and accessories made in Lanzarote. Calle Limones 67 | www.romyb.info

Market madness - at the weekend mercadillos (Saturday markets) specialising in crafts and farmhouse products and produce pop up everywhere. Probably the Saturday market in Haría has the liveliest atmosphere. Haría (population 5000) is also worth a visit as it's known as the friendliest place on Lanzarote. It is where you will see how Lanzaroteños used to live. Take a stroll through the village to discover old villas with luxuriant patios, small shops and bars. The Plaza León y Castillo with its shady weeping fig trees opens out in front of the church and is the perfect place for a break. The small Museo Sacro Popular in an old but pretty house on the square near the church displays sacred sculptures and paintings, but it is only open during the Saturday market.

 

Cuba meets the Canary Islands

Musicians flock to the Os Gallegos restaurant on Sunday to eat with Señor Antonio and to play samba and salsa. Good music and good seafood! On Sunday and public holidays from 2pm, when the locals arrive, a band plays Canarian and Cuban folk ballads. But people don’t just come to Órzola to eat. Almost every hour, little boats shuttle between the port and the island of La Graciosa. Os Gallegos | Open daily | Calle La Quemadita 6, Órzola, Costa Teguise | Tel. 928 84 25 02 | Moderate 

 

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