Spend the day exploring Lanzarote's lunar-like countryside, formed centuries ago by now extinct volcanoes that left grottoes, craters and mountains in their wake.
Your full-day excursion begins with a drive due west across the volcanically formed island of Lanzarote. Arriving at your first stop, the National Park of Timanfaya, you'll explore its fascinating, otherworldly terrain, where just a few feet below the surface temperatures approach 1,000ºF. Rarely will you ever see countryside so beautifully desolate.
Amazingly, plants can grow here in this volcanic landscape, even grape vines. At the nearby Bodega La Geria, you'll see white Malvasia grapes flourishing in the center of the many craters dug out of the black volcanic soil. It's a strange sight; one you'll gain an even greater appreciation for once you taste the winery's excellent vintages, which typically have lemony tones and tropical scents.
Next, it's on to a local restaurant where you'll be treated to a lunch of traditional Canarian cuisine. Afterwards, you'll re-board your coach and drive to Mirador del Rio. Once used as a lookout for pirates and then as an artillery base in the late 19th century, the mountaintop area was redesigned for sightseeing in 1973. The views from here are simply stunning and clearly showcase the peculiarities of Lanzarote's terrain.
Before returning to the pier, you'll make a final stop at Jameos Del Agua, a series of underground grottoes formed by volcanic activity 3,000 years ago. A "jameo" is a cave created when a volcanic tunnel collapses, and these are quite unusual. While here, you may also see some blind albino crabs scurrying about, a crustacean that's been depicted in cave drawings by a local artist.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 3 hours of easy to moderate walking/standing that includes some gravel surfaces. Additionally, there are some steps to negotiate at the wine cellars. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather-appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.