7 irresistible outings when visiting Lanzarote this summer 2017

The warm August sunshine is already upon us. We’ve got our cameras and airbeds at the ready to visit the beaches, scenery and all of the amazing locations on our island, but if you like gastronomy, music, art and nature, let yourself go and check out our seven tips (many of which are exclusive events) for the vibrant 2017 summer ahead. Are you ready?

1. Experience Canarian cuisine and music at Jameos Nights.

Jameos Noche Lanzarote

If you’d like to savour exquisite regional dishes followed by live folkloric music at its best, then Jameos Nights has it all.

Jameos del Agua (a stunning volcanic tunnel reformed by artist César Manrique), offers a tempting evening package that includes a lavish Canarian dinner and an elegant live concert of traditional regional music.

The restaurant, nestled beside a small lake and encircled by volcanic walls, offers two specially designed menus from 19:30 onwards (the Classic and the Premium), creating a fusion of the typical local produce used in Canarian gastronomy, with a fine contemporary touch.

Then from 22:30 onwards, enjoy the captivating sounds of the timple concert amidst incredible volcanic acoustics, featuring well-known local musician Toñin Corujo on Saturdays, and quartets led by Alexis Lemes and José Vicente Pérez, who alternate on Tuesdays and Wednesdays

This is the perfect soirée with for either surprising your partner, enjoying a family night out or a reunion with friends, in a place like no other in the world. Click here to consult opening times, availability and to book a table.

2. Try a cactus burger in Lanzarote’s most authentic garden.

Hamburguesa de cactus Lanzarote

Yes, that’s right, cactus. This culinary innovation, that emerged earlier this year, is a fusion between fast food and highly nutritious local products. The burger consists of 50% cactus, grown in Teguise, and the other half made from potatoes, onions and corn, coated in a tomato bread crumb, along with smoked cheese, rocket and a goat’s yoghurt dressing.

The Cactus Garden (that recently received a new award), is the perfect – and only – place to try this: a beautiful plantation with 4500 cacti, carefully landscaped around a Canarian windmill.

3. Visit this fascinating exhibition in an 18th century castle.

Castillo San José reopened a 1976 thanks to an initiative by artist Cesár Manrique, who played a vital role in Lanzarote’s culture and economy. The castle was built between 1776 and 1779 at the request of from King Carlos III, and since then houses the MIAC (International Museum of Modern Art).

The museum hosts a permanent collection, as well as a series of temporary exhibitions throughout the year. The current exhibition, ’História de un incidente,’ is a true depiction of Manrique’s quest to convince the authorities and cultural society of the time, to convert an abandoned castle into an icon of contemporary art.

You can visit this exhibition at the castle until 15 December. More info here.

4. Enjoy the spectacular concerts of the ground-breaking Jameos Music Festival

Jameos Music Festival

Jameos del Agua welcomes back the sounds of disco, funk, soul and house this summer, in this unmissable and exclusive festival.

This unique experience, spread over five events, is a highlight of the cultural calendar this summer. John Morales, DJ from New York’s Studio 54, heads the line-up once again, along with the conjunction of brilliant artists from the UK, Sweden, Italy and Ibiza.

This is, undisputedly, your chance to move your body, enraptured in a wonderful volcanic atmosphere: thanks to César Manrique ‘the best nightclub in the world’

Whilst the first event of the series took place in July, there are still four more to come: on 4 and 18 August, and 8 September 2017.

Tickets are already on sale, starting at €26 for the first 200 people registered, up to €60 for those choosing the premium experience. Grab your tickets now, don’t miss out! Because they sell like hot cakes.

All of the information and buy tickets (including transport) is available via this link.

5. Learn to make ‘mojo’ sauce and gofio at Monumento al Campesino.

 

Monumento al Campesino

Photo by Josechu Pérez

Some tourists come to see Lanzarote and others come to ‘experience’ it. If you are one of the latter group, sign up for a workshop at the traditional Monumento al Campesino to prepare Canarian ‘mojo’ or create your own gofio patties, a famous regional food that comes in a savoury version made with fish sauce, as well as a sweeter version, infused with honey, cheese, dried fruits or banana.

Local craftspeople give workshops from Sunday to Thursday, usually between 11:00 and 13:00, but we do recommend that you confirm your dates in advance with our customer service department: info@centrosturisticos.com

6. Enjoying a light goat’s cheese snack admiring a magnificent panorama.

There is no place quite like Mirador del Rio to enjoy a relaxing afternoon snack during late afternoon. Originally a watchtower, and also redesigned by the multifaceted César Manrique, the centre is hidden amongst the volcanic rocks in the heights of the Famara cliffs. Mirador, itself a beautiful monument, blesses us with spectacular views over the ‘river,’ or straights, between the island of La Graciosa and Lanzarote. Contemplate awesome sunsets from its exterior balconies, or gaze from the inside, through its huge glass windows in the comfort of the cafe.

Enjoy the dizzying heights from tables laden with a soothing tea, a fresh fruit smoothie, pastries or a portion of goat’s cheese and locally-made jam (described here after my previous visit to Mirador).

7. Savour fresh fish and good music in a seaside castle.

Wondering what to do over the weekend in Lanzarote? Then book a late afternoon-evening at QuéMUAC, the scenic restaurant next to Castillo de San José – a must for your summer diary.

Sit and dine in front of its immense windows, admiring views of the port – Puerto de los Marmoles – and Arrecife bay, every Friday and Saturday from 19:00 onwards. The recently updated menu blends local produce such as fish, octopus and Lanzarote wines with tradition and state-of-the-art international cuisine. ‘Museum Nightsgo on until 01:00, with video screenings of artists and along with music by the resident DJ.

What are your plans for this summer?

Make the most of your well-deserved holidays in Lanzarote, remember your sunscreen and tell us which of these ideas inspires you the most!