Summer is here in Lanzarote (even though it never really went away). More hours of sunlight, relaxation and leisure: perfect for experiencing the different things CACT has to offer. From the classic visits to tourist centres to the most avant-garde art, music, and even diving experiences. Check out these seven summer suggestions, once for each day of the week
1. Experience Canarian cuisine and music at Jameos Nights.
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 quartets Alexis Lemes José Vicente Pérez and Toñín Corujo on Tuesdays,Wednesdays and Saturdays,
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.
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.
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).
Museum Nights is the ultimate way to spend a romantic and cultural Friday or Saturday evening at the QuéMUAC Restaurant, in Castillo de San José, Arrecife.
Savour avant-garde cuisine overlooking Arrecife Bay from a cosy restaurant set in the heart of MIAC – International Contemporary Art Museum – while listening to smooth tunes from our house DJ. Fine yet unpretentious cuisine for all types of people and tastes. Book here
Exhibitions: Possibility of a Museumand Shangri-Laat Castillo de San José MIAC has some avant-garde collections for you this summer.
- Possibility of a Museum: What if museums were not exactly as we thought? Possibility of a Museummakes us raise this question and see museums from another angle. The temporary exhibition rooms at MIAC, at Castillo de San José, gather a range of different artistic ideas from painting to sculpture, videos or conferences. The common central theme is the new concept of museums for the future. Drop by and admire the permanent exhibition every day between 10:00—20:00h, and Fridays from 20:00h. There are also alternative activities, whether conferences or performances, that propose new forms of communication adapted to the present time. Check the programme here.
- Shangri-La:Brazilian anthropologist and Lanzarote resident, Marianna Lopes, brings us an interactive exercise which culminates with a collection of sound memories. You simply go into the cabin, orally answer a series of questions or sing a song you remember, all of which will form part of a collective document. It’s just as complex as time travel. Participation is free for My favourite sound albums from within, which finishes on 7 August. Don’t miss out!
4. Enjoy the spectacular concerts of the ground-breaking Jameos Music Festival.
If you like disco, funk, soul or spiritual music, or if you just fancy hitting the dance floor to enjoy a diverse range of house music in a mysterious and magical setting, then the Jameos Music Festival is a must for you. Make a note of these four hot summer dates:
- 28 June: Joe Clausell drops in from New York, accompanied by Kwenya Carreira, Hector Mingues and DJ Isaacb.
- 19 July:Osunlade headlines the second edition with spiritual house and is a major global influence in deep and afro house. He’ll be joined by British DJs Phil Asherand The Mighty Zaf and local artist Checo Tambo will represent Lanzarote.
- 23 August:Marshall Jeffersonwill shake the house with his legendary track Move your body followed by Natasha Diggs, the Latin rhythms of José Marquezand Lanzarote local The Piri Experience.
- 20 September:The customary climax of this new edition is headlined by the godfather of Jameos Music Festival himself. Also putting on a show in this last of four nights will be Melvo Baptiste, Ian Friday, the smooth voice of Giselle SmithandONEche Djs.
Ah! And you won’t have to worry about transport, as there will be a special bus service to take you to the party and back. More info here
5. Experiences MAS (local market).
Delve into the secrets of Lanzarote’s traditional food, wine and culture at Casa Museo del Campesino. Soak up years of wisdom and history, all in one place. Learn how to make your own Canarian mojo, prepare gofio, make your own traditional pottery, embroider a rosette as a souvenir or paint a postcard from vibrant cochineal dye. You can take part in these workshops from Monday to Saturday for only €3, with the help of local craftspeople. The most authentic journey through Lanzarote tradition you’ll ever find. Why not round it off by sampling La Geria wines and other local gastronomical treats.
More information here.
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. Dive in the first Underwater Museum in Europe.
Swim in Summer in the Atlantic Ocean and enjoy the beautiful beaches of Lanzarote is one of the greatest pleasures, but if you also like art, nature and water sports,The Museo Atlántico is an irresistible plan that you should not miss . A museum located 12 meters deep in the area of las Coloradas Bay (Playa Blanca) created by the British artist Jason deCaires Taylor. A beautiful place with more than 300 sculptures full of life, where they also develop citizen science projects such as the Sebadales project.
How can I visit the Museo Atlántico?
Unlike other museums, this is underwater and your visit is managed from the official centers of the Museo Atlántico, which arrange from the entrance (€ 12), transportation, the material to perform the dive (freediving or diving) and if you do not have a diving license, they prepare you in a 1-day course. The price will vary depending on the services contracted. You can get information on the Museo Atlántico website