Teguise – Penas del Chache
(highest point in Island with fabulous views)
– Valley of a thousand
palms. A really neat old village with some beautiful scenery. The valley
is appropriately named; traditionally a palm tree was planted for every girl
born in the village, and two palm trees for every boy.
Guinate Tropical Park – Parrots and other exotic birds. Really good if you
like that kind of thing.
Jameos del Agua
– A subterranean lake formed by water trapped in a lava tube. The pool is
home to a species of blind albino crab that lost its vision due to millions of
years being in total darkness. Quite a beautiful place, and very interesting
if you are into that stuff. Entrance is
Manrique Foundation – one of the homes of Cesar Manrique, it was built
into lava flows which appear to extend into the various rooms. One reason not
to take the bus tour is that you could spend hours in this place, viewing the
various art work, and the pure creative genius of Manrique. €7.50 per
is provided on most of the bus tours
If you drive North instead of taking the bus tour, you really
need to add
Mirador del Rio
– another Manrique design, built into the mountains on the north side of the
island. For my money, this is the one thing that everyone should see on this
island. As you walk up to the entrance, you will wonder what all the fuss is
about, but when you get inside, the views of La Graciosa are simply
spectacular. Cost is
but the ticket includes a free drink in the restaurant.
Famara, La Santa and
Orzola – great little towns, picturesque,
great place for lunch, with wonderful beaches. Be cautious of swimming, there
is a serious undertow.
The Cactus Garden.
Built in an old quarry, it really surprised us how beautiful and artistic
this garden was. Well worth the two hour investment.
Cuevas de los Verdes – The green caves. Really interesting underground tour
of a lava tube approximately 8km long. You only see the first 1km, but it is
most impressive. €8 per person.