Sample the wines in Geria: Geria is Lanzarote's wine country, awash with bodegas (wineries) that produce some seriously good whites, reds and rosés. Make sure you're not the one driving and spend an afternoon hopping from one bodega to the next. Don't forget to pick up a bottle or two to take home.

Drive through Yaiza: For a journey that seems out of this world, drive through the deserted road leading from Yaiza village across the sea of lava and marvel at natural formations such as el Golfo, Lago Verde (volcanic crater filled with sea water) and los Hervideros (crashing ocean waves).

Eat fresh fish in Arrieta: Head north to the charming fishing village of Arrieta and sample the freshest fish at Amanecer restaurant, where you'll probably be the only non-local. Follow it up with a walk round the tiny harbor and a quick reviving dip in the ocean.


People-watch in Marina Rubicon: Head to the beautifully designed Marina Rubicon in Playa Blanca, with its wooden pontoons, quaint patisseries, boutiques and artificial ponds. Order a glass of cold beer, local wine or industrial-strength coffee, kick back and simply watch the world go by.

Stroll along El Risco de Famara: Park up near el Mirador del Rio, and enjoy a pleasant walk west along the cliffs towards Famara. Take in the spectacular views on your way, and, if you're brave enough, attempt the zigzag path down towards Famara beach (definitely not an experience for the feint-hearted).

Camel ride in Timanfaya: Opt for the eco-friendly alternative to the bus for touring the national park. Swap car for humped beastie for a full-on desert experience. Slow? Yes. Bumpy? A little. But great fun, and a very original way to get around.


A visit to César Manrique's house: As a local architect and environmental protector, César Manrique's name is literally everywhere in Lanzarote, and his home in Tahiche is nothing short of amazing. Built into five volcanic bubbles, it makes your home feel like the most boring place on earth.

Learn to surf: If you visit Lanzarote during surfing season (November-March), book a lesson with a local expert and try your hand in the stretch of water from Playa de Famara to La Santa -- one of the best surfing spots in Europe. For world-class displays and excellent tuition, head to La Santa.

Sample the delicious local goats' cheese: They've been making goats' cheese on Lanzarote since the 1400s -- no wonder they're so good at it. Made with 100% raw goats' milk, it's widely available in cafes and restaurants, and generally comes as an aperitif with olives. We guarantee you won't have tasted anything quite like it.


Pamper yourself in a spa: One of the newest spas on Lanzarote, Terma Europa, based at the Iberostar Costa Calero Hotel in Puerto Calero, offers affordable luxury. For just €12 you can enjoy the jet streams, the sauna, the Musiquarium -- lie back and enjoy underwater music -- and much, much more. Alternatively, pick out one of Lanzarote's many other pampering palaces for a day of complete bliss.

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