Hotel THe Mirador Papagayo lies in Lanzarote, declared Reserve of the Biosphere by the UNESCO in 1993. This place is pure magic: natural paradisiacal landscapes where the golden sand meets the crystal-clear waters of the Atlantic, wild volcanic scenes and a unique tropical vegetation. This island is pure contrast, it is fusion of art and nature. It is a place of moon-like landscapes of an unrivalled beauty.
However, if there is an emblematic place of Lanzarote, the worthy ambassador of the dreamed land, that's the Timanfaya National Park.
This impressive and mysterious place lies between the municipalities of Yaiza and Tinajo, and was declared a National Park and protected area in 1974, Reserve of the Biosphere by UNESCO in 1993, and Special Area for Protection of Birds in 1994.
Although the volcanic landscape produced by the eruptions covers a total of 174 km², the protected area of the park only occupies just over 50 km² and embraces more than 25 volcanoes, including the famous Montañas del Fuego (e.g. Mountains of Fire) and Montaña Rajada. This infinite blanket of lava and ashes appears desolate, and is stained by red, ocher, black and orange colors. Oddly enough, this rugged landscape hides a great biological richness and a large number of endemic plants and animals. Undoubtedly, it is a unique place of exotic beauty and strange lunar landscapes. Here, time seems to stand still. Inside the park you can explore the “Route of the Volcanoes”, a stretch of about 14 kilometers created under the direction of César Manrique and specially designed to watch every highlight of the park.
If there is an emblematic place of Lanzarote, the worthy ambassador of the dreamed land, that's the Timanfaya National Park.
With its average annual temperature of 22° C, Lanzarote is the perfect place for practicing water sports like surf or windsurf. Nevertheless, Lanzarote is a fascinating world of grottos, bends and riffs that can be discovered among beautiful colors. Lanzarote´s sea bottom enjoys a great biodiversity of an incalculable value, which has led to its denomination of Marine Reserve. That is why an amazing underwater world is waiting for all those who get immersed into it – by snorkeling or professionally diving. Puerto del Carmen, El Muellito, Playa Chica, Veril de los Fariones or the one called Catedral (cathedral) are just a few examples of the most popular diving spots. However, possibly the most impressive attraction of Lanzarote is the Atlantic Museum, which was created by Jason de Cayres Taylor. The museum is located in Bahía de Las Coloradas, approximately 15 meters deep and quite a spectacle. The coves, bays and shores of an exceptional beauty that guard Lanzarote are a must for those who just want to enjoy a refreshing dip. The caleta de Famara (Famara´s cove), the beaches of Papagayo, the beach Bajo el Risco, the coves of El Pozo or Malvas de Tinajo are just a few examples of the spots to be discovered.
In Lanzarote, the volcano has left us a precious heritage. Over this blanket of lava is La Geria, a unique winegrowing region worldwide in the Southwest of the island, bordering the Timanfaya National Park and neighboring the triangle of Salinas de Janubio, Los Hervideros and Charco de los Clicos. This protected natural landscape and emblem of Lanzarote is characterized by its uniqueness: it impresses due to the greatness of volcanic ash born from the eruption of Timanfaya between 1730 and 1736. From desolate and inhospitable appearance, this territory is nevertheless rich thanks to the contrast of temperatures and the humidity, which ensure the best grapes. On the island, black wine types grown are the Listán Negro and Negramoll; among the white ones, there are the Listán Blanco, Moscatel and Diego. However, in this area a characteristic and unique grape of high quality is abundant, known worldwide for its balance, flavor and bouquet: Volcanic Malmsey.
In La Geria is the wine museum, placed in the ancient cellar of “El Grifo”, built on volcanic lava in 1775. In this ethnographic museum, the different tools and machinery that have been used in wine production throughout history are exposed. You can make an interesting tour through the wine cellar and its library, leisurely take a stroll through the vineyards, and in the cozy tasting hall - with cheese on the table – savour our wines recognized and awarded nationally and internationally.
Lanzarote is only to be understood regarding the figure of César Manrique. Surrounded by the island´s white colours and reds of the volcano, Lanzarote´s favorite son dreamed of creating a different place. Thanks to its innovative vision and his works of art-nature his dream came true. Manrique, a lover of the abrupt nature of the island of volcanoes, created impeccable and delicate works created merged with the landscape, using natural resources of Lanzarote. Los Jameos Del Agua, the entrance and the restaurant "El Diablo" in Timanfayas National Park, the Monumento al Campesino, the Mirador del Río and the International Museum of Contemporary Art are some of his most famous and acclaimed interventions. The artistic works of Manrique have been recognized nationally and internationally, receiving awards such as the World Prize for Ecology and Tourism. Of course, his trajectory and his loving caring for the environment influenced the declaration of Lanzarote as a Biosphere Reserve in 1993. Manrique created the Taro of Tahíche taking advantage of the natural space resulting from five volcanic bubbles. This was his home, and is now the Foundation of César Manrique as a tourist center in Lanzarote.