Become a visual storyteller under the guidance of your National Geographic-trained photography guide. You'll pick up invaluable insights on capturing the perfect shot, be it in terms of composition, lighting, or narrative. After introducing the competitive element of the day, your guide will take you to Timanfaya National Park, and the first vantage point – on top of a volcano. Timanfaya's lunar landscapes were formed hundreds of years ago, when a series of volcanic eruptions covered a quarter of the island in lava. Think rugged lava fields, brooding volcanic cones, and swathes of charcoal-grey ash. Travelling on to the fishing village of El Golfo, you will find a jumble of traditional buildings and bright boats which contrast with the black sand beach and the unusual green lake. It's a perfect location for capturing contrasting color. Then, it's time to discover the ancient salt flats of Salinas de Janubio, another landscape saturated with drama and stark appeal. This area is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and an important bird sanctuary - a paradise for your shutterbug instincts. With a specialist photographer at your side, you'll gain new skills and fresh inspiration, plus a collection of captivating images. As the day concludes on the terrace at Salinas de Janubio, unwind over a glass of wine or beer and a light snack, while your photography guide reviews the day's photos. The best image of the day gets crowned the winning shot, an exciting ending to an enriching photographic journey.
When Timanfaya's six long years of eruptions ceased in 1736, the farmers of La Geria believed their fertile lands were lost forever under a thick layer of ash. But the local families needed to make the land productive again, and through sheer hard work and determination, they succeeded in creating the vineyards of La Geria. You'll start off with a scenic walk, following trails through private vineyards belonging to the family-owned bodega of Nacho Romero, opened exclusively for National Geographic travellers. As you soak up the unique character of these landscapes where vineyards are surrounded by volcanoes, the owner will explain how the layer of volcanic ash, known locally as ‘picón,' has shaped their cultivation methods, which are unique in the world. If you are lucky enough to find them ripe, you might even get to pick grapes straight from the vine as you hear Nacho or his wife Luisa, both winemakers, talk about the characteristics of volcanic wine. Back at the bodega after the walk, you'll be able to sample one of the artisanal wines that Nacho and Luisa make in their home winery. Next, you'll head to Bodega La Geria – another important component of the ecological wine making movement. The winemaker himself will show you around the bodega. Find out the secrets of the hollows, called ‘zocos' which shelter the vines from the wind, and discover the different varieties of grapes that thrive in Lanzarote's volcanic terroir. To finish, savour a tasting of one of the estate's renowned wines with local cheese and crackers.
This half-day tour is Lanzarote in a nutshell. You'll call in at El Golfo lagoon, journey through Timafaya National Park and visit the Salinas de Janubio. We'll even throw in a wine tasting session to round off the morning.First up, you'll visit the waters of El Golfo - it's emerald waters have starred in many a Hollywood film over the years. But that's just an appetiser for the main event – the visit to Timanfaya National Park. Famed for its moonlike landscape is dotted with lava fields and black rocks, you'll see the ‘Fire Mountain', to name but a few.We'll continue the morning with a stop in La Geria for a sip of some local wine before we reach Salinas de Janubio, the largest salt flats in the Canaries. Snap a few selfies with the miles of cotton-white salt mounds as your guide fills you in on the history of this all-important island resource. You'll even get a chance to try some, too.
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Two very different Lanzarote experiences share equal billing in this half-day excursion. You'll get to spend time mixing with locals in Teguise's Sunday market – the biggest outdoor bazaar in the Canaries – and lapping up the Hollywood stardust of the mythical LagOmar.
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Lanzarote's volcanic scenery comes into its own at Timanfaya National Park. This corner of the island is all peaks and craters straight from a sci-fi movie set. And it's all even more dramatic at sunset. So on this evening trip, you're in for a treat.
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This grand tour of Lanzarote leaves no stone unturned. ‘You'll unearth the secrets of this volcanic island through the eyes of someone who has made it their home,' says Daria, one of our expert guides. Discover the island's spectacular green north and the volcanic south, visiting Timanfaya National Park, Jameos del Agua caves and a winery.
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Mother Nature's imprint isn't the only one that looms large in Lanzarote. This half-day tour takes a close look at one of the island's most famous sons. You'll visit his Jameos del Agua and Mirador del Rio viewpoint. And you'll also discover the Valley of the Thousand Palm Trees and Teguise. Cristina, one of our expert guides, says, ‘Local artist Cesar Manrique was to Lanzarote what Gaudi was to Barcelona. His architectural vision and activism left us a unique style in harmony with our volcanic landscapes and also helped preserve the island – he was opposed to high-rise hotels, so very few were built.'The discovery begins at the Manrique-designed complex built around the Jameos del Agua volcanic caves. He converted them into a nightclub in the 60s. The stage is still in use, but the stars nowadays are the rare white crabs in a saltwater pond. Next, we'll cut through dramatic volcanic landscapes to the Mirador del Rio – another Manrique masterpiece. At almost 500 metres above sea level, it offers unbeatable views over the island of La Graciosa and its volcanoes.After calling in at an Aloe Vera producer to learn the secrets of this versatile plant, you'll pass through a string of pretty villages and cross the Valley of the Thousand Palm Trees en route to Teguise. As the former capital of the island, this history-steeped village boasts a number of eye-catching palaces, convents, chapels and churches – all within walking distance of each other. Enjoy free time to wander around and take snaps in the town's atmospheric centre.
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This fantastic family adventure gives you an up-close look at the Canarian camel. You'll enjoy a scenic ride in the fringes of Timanfaya National Park and visit a museum on the breed as well as the park's visitors' centre. Juana, one of our export local guides, says, ‘Camels were brought by the conquistadors to be used in farms, and have been an integral part of the island's countryside since. A camel ride lets you explore the nature reserve in a fun and easy way – the kids will love it.'Your experience kicks off with a 25-minute camel ride on the slope of Macizo del Fuego volcano, the only authorised trail in Timanfaya National Park. You'll be helped on to wooden seats harnessed to the single-humped camel as a handler guides you around. Sandbags to balance weight differences ensure your safety. The lava-scarred landscape and a string of almost linear craters offers a backdrop straight out of a sci-fi movie. Plus, you'll drop into the small museum dedicated to the Canarian camel, known locally as ‘tachos'. Juana adds, ‘Because camels are buoyant thanks to their stomachs, they were originally brought over tied to boats, floating behind them.'And to round off your morning, you'll have an hour to wander around the fascinating visitors' centre. Learn all about the volcanic origin of Lanzarote as well as the park's flora and fauna. There are themed exhibitions to suit all tastes in the family, including geodynamics and volcanism and the internal structure of the Earth.
Captivating scenery and natural works of art can be found in the northern corner of Lanzarote thanks to its extraordinary geology. During this tour, you'll visit the Green Caves, Jameos del Agua, Mirador del Rio, Haria, Mala and more. A hard-to-beat selection of must-sees.
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This tour covers Lanzarote from its tranquil vineyards to its explosive ‘fire mountain' in one blockbuster day. And along the way, you'll visit other star attractions such as Jameos del Agua and El Golfo lagoon as well as cross palm-studded badlands.First up are the Jameos del Agua volcanic caves, which were spruced up by local architectural legend Cesar Manrique. Prepare for jaw-dropping scenery as we then cross the Corona ‘badlands' and Valley of One Thousand Palm Trees en route to the whitewashed village of Haria.In the afternoon, there's a wine tasting at the renowned Bodegas Rubicon winery followed by a tour of Timanfaya National Park and the haunting lava-scarred landscapes of its ‘Lunar Route' Rounding off the day is the green lagoon of El Golfo, which is surrounded by black volcanic sand.
Lanzarote's volcanic soils are the key to its excellent wines. This morning tour takes in two award-winning wineries to taste organic wines. You'll the visit Monumento al Campesino for a tapas tasting washed down with more local wine.
With its vine-laden lava fields, exuberant architecture and otherworldly landscapes, Lanzarote looks and feels like something from a sci-fi movie set. This exclusive half-day tour takes in the Cesar Manrique Foundation and his Cactus Garden, followed by a visit to Casa Museo del Campesino. Rosa, one of our expert local guides, says, ‘Manrique convinced his fellow islanders to invest in tourism without overdevelopment, making sure any human impact is in harmony with our volcanic landscapes.'Manrique was admired by many in his lifetime, and his influence on Lanzarote's culture lives on. He was a versatile artist producing paintings, sculptures and architectural works, bringing sustainability to the forefront of his creations, long before it became a buzzword. You'll first tour his Jardín de Cactus where 1,100 species of sculptural succulents are grown. You can see instantly how Manrique's skill and vision enhanced the barren landscape. Similarly, the Fundacion Cesar Manrique demonstrates that harmony between the built environment and nature can succeed. A visit to the artist's home-studio, built into a lava field, is ample proof. Then, we'll head to Casa Museo del Campesino for a look around. This museum stands as a testament to the spirit of Lanzarote's agricultural heritage, gracefully intertwining Manrique's craftsmanship with the natural beauty of Lanzarote. You'll end the day here, with a peek into Manrique's gratitude to the hard-working farmers on the island.