Lanzarote excursion to LagOmar, Jameos del Agua, Aloe Vera Plantation and the Cesar Manrique Foundation (optional)
On this excursion through Northern Lanzarote, enjoy a journey that captures the personality of the region and discover part of the legacy left by the great artist Cesar Manrique.
We will begin our tour by travelling through the scenery of La Geria, the island’s vineyard region par excellence. In this territory, which is of volcanic origin, the vines are grown semi-submerged between small volcanic rocks and protected by the wind by walls of even larger volcanic rocks. This is one of the most ingenious examples of how man is capable of using every last resource offered by nature to his advantage.
That is precisely what the great artist César Manrique admired about the island’s farmers, and that’s why he built the Monumento al Campesino (Monument to the Farmer) in the geographic centre of Lanzarote. It is where we will make our first stop of the day, and where you can also take photos and visit the house of the monument, which we can enter in order to get something to eat in its cafeteria.
We will continue our route by visiting another work designed by César Manrique: Lagomar House. This house, which was owned by the actor Omar Sharif, is one of the island’s most impressive residences, since it is embedded in a mountain quarry.
As the story goes, the actor Omar Sharif (famous for his role as Doctor Zhivago) was in Lanzarote filming The Mysterious Island. On one of his trips around Lanzarote, he discovered this house and fell completely in love with it, so much so that he bought it. However, only a day later, he used it as a wager while playing cards and lost it. That did not prevent it from being known thereafter as the Omar Sharif House, also known as Lagomar House.
In our Jameos Tour, our next stop, we will visit Los Jameos del Agua, César Manrique’s masterpiece. The jameos are the gaps naturally created in the volcanic tunnel, which originated after the eruption of the Corona Volcano more than 4,000 years ago. This volcanic tube is below sea level, which means that water from the nearby ocean is filtered here and has formed an underground lake, creating spectacular and unique scenery.
César Manrique knew that combining nature and art in this place would turn it into one of the most visited and emblematic places in the Canary Islands. Thus, we will enjoy his vision with the three jameos, the small interior lake, the gardens, the underground auditorium, the artificial pool and the volcano museum. You can also take the opportunity to see part of the volcanic tunnel known as the Tunnel of Atlantis, or get to know the small albino, blind and endemic crabs that inhabit the lake and that are popularly known as “los jameitos.”
We will continue our route by heading toward our next stop: an aloe vera farm that grows the Barbadenses miller species, the type of aloe most beneficial for health. During this visit we will discover the characteristics of this plant, its medicinal properties and why Lanzarote is one of the best places to cultivate this type of aloe.
We will eat lunch in a restaurant before continuing with our excursion through the island. Although the food is not included in the price of the excursion, you can get a menu from the guide once on the bus.
After eating, we will go to the Lookout of the Helechos, from where we can observe the northern coast of Lanzarote and its most well-known towns: Arrieta, Punta Mujeres and Haría.
Our final stop on the tour is the César Manrique Foundation House. Although this visit is optional and its entrance (8 euros) is not included in the price of the excursion, we recommend going inside what was once this great artist’s house. Much of his work is displayed there, and he was always inspired by much of the scenery that we have seen throughout our route.
This house stands over five volcanic bubbles, where all of the talent of this world-famous Lanzarotan can be appreciated. It’s the most suitable finale for our guided tour of the landscapes in Northern Lanzarote: lands, towns, crops and houses that definitely have a unique and captivating charm, which you will have discovered.
What time is pick-up and drop-off?
Upon reservation, you’ll find the exact information about the closest pick-up point and time to your accommodation.
In any case, you can find the approximate pick-up and return times here from the various tourist areas:
|Area||Pick up time||Return time|
|Puerto del Carmen||09:25-09:50||18:10|
*Return times are approximate under normal conditions.
How much will it be between being picked up and when the tour starts?
Faced with the option of creating a single meeting point for our convenience or of defining several collection points so you can be picked up at your accommodation or close to it, we have chosen to offer the second option for your convenience. The service is slower, but it will be much more comfortable.
It should be considered that the areas further away from the starting point of the tour are normally the first pick-up areas and the last ones to be dropped off.
Can the described route vary?
On special occasions the routes may vary. Due to road closures and other types of force majeure situations, the itinerary may be modified. In these cases, we’ll try to inform you as far in advance as possible.
Are there stops to eat? When can I reserve my food?
We will make a long stop to eat. Throughout the excursion, the guide will inform you about the restaurant and mealtimes, as well as the different menus that you can reserve.
Restaurants have been selected considering 3 factors: 1.- It should lie within the tour route, so we don’t waste time traveling to other places. 2.- It should have the capacity and space to feed 50 people at the same time in the shortest time possible. 3.- Quality/price of the service.
What Covid measures apply to the tour?
Covid measures are applied at all times in accordance with the regulations imposed by the Canary Islands Government.
There may be restrictions on the number of passengers on the bus, the number of people who can enter the Lanzarote Art and Culture Centers, or the restaurants may require a Covid certificate.
In any case, the excursion will be done while following the current measures and restrictions.
How is the reservation payment made?
If there are less than 5 people, an amount will have to be paid as a guarantee when making the reservation and the rest will be given to the guide, in cash, when boarding the bus.
If there are more than 5 people, the entire reservation will have to be paid when booking.
How can I pay for the reservation?
Reservations can be paid by credit or debit card or through PayPal
What happens if I get an error message when booking?
Occasionally there may be a problem with your credit card or PayPal account. Please try to reserve again if an error appears, try with another browser or device.
If the reservation is still not completed correctly, contact us through our customer service channels.
How will I know that the reservation was made correctly?
At the end of the reservation, a locator or reservation number will appear and, in less than 5 minutes, you should receive the booking voucher in your email inbox.
What happens if I have not received the reservation voucher?
If you haven’t received an email in your inbox, follow this procedure:
- Check your spam or junk mailbox.
- Contact us.
How long in advance should we book?
We always recommend booking as far in advance as possible since places are limited, and you could miss out on the excursion.
What happens if, when booking, there are no more places for the day I want to go on the excursion?
If you notice that you’re trying to book in a day shaded orange, that’s because there are no more places left. Try to book for another day or click on that day and fill in the form to add yourself to our waiting list in case there’s a cancellation. In more than 50% of the cases we usually find a solution.
How many stops does the tour make?
We make quite a few stops to see the places we’ve planned to visit and others to go to the bathroom from time to time.
How will the babies go on the bus?
Babies don’t have to pay for this excursion and will go on their parents’ lap.