Step this way for an evening of whip-cracking Wild West entertainment at Lanzarote's Rancho Texas Park.The night begins when you're met by a posse of horseback cowboys and Indians and welcomed to the ranch by friendly saloon girls. Then help yourself to an eat-as-much-as-you-like barbecue buffet served with complimentary beer, sangria and soft drinks. The drinks keep flowing from then on - just ask for refills when your glass is empty. And once you're seated, it's time for the main event. Think awesome horse riding displays, a whip and lasso show, comedy skits and thigh-slapping dance demos.You can also try out line dancing, ride a bucking bull and dance the night away to the Country and Western band. And once you're all yee-hawed out, we'll even steer you back home.
Enjoy a day out at this popular, beautifully maintained Wild West, animal and water park. Near Puerto del Carmen, its 60,000 square metres of desert and gardens bristle with great animals, shows and cowboy and Indian adventures that'll keep everyone smiling. See the gorgeous white tigers and majestic lynxes. Peer at armour-plated armadillos, plodding tortoises and sleepy iguanas. There's also a petting farm, pony rides, a medicine man's cave and an Indian Village where the kids can play in wigwams, paddle kayaks and even pan for gold at a working wooden waterwheel.But the biggest draws are probably the shows. Running throughout the day, they include breathtaking birds-of-prey displays where eagles and hawks fly inches above your head, funny parrot tricks and a sea lion show. Then cool off at the Pool & Splash Zone where you can laze by the pool, compete in water games or race down the slides set within rocks and lava typical of Lanzarote. You're free to rove around and take in everything as you please.
This half-day tour is Lanzarote in a nutshell. You'll call in at El Golfo lagoon, journey through Timafaya National Park and visit the Salinas de Janubio. We'll even throw in a wine tasting session to round off the morning.First up, you'll visit the waters of El Golfo - it's emerald waters have starred in many a Hollywood film over the years. But that's just an appetiser for the main event – the visit to Timanfaya National Park. Famed for its moonlike landscape is dotted with lava fields and black rocks, you'll see the ‘Fire Mountain', to name but a few.We'll continue the morning with a stop in La Geria for a sip of some local wine before we reach Salinas de Janubio, the largest salt flats in the Canaries. Snap a few selfies with the miles of cotton-white salt mounds as your guide fills you in on the history of this all-important island resource. You'll even get a chance to try some, too.
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Become a visual storyteller under the guidance of your National Geographic-trained photography guide. You'll pick up invaluable insights on capturing the perfect shot, be it in terms of composition, lighting, or narrative. After introducing the competitive element of the day, your guide will take you to Timanfaya National Park, and the first vantage point – on top of a volcano. Timanfaya's lunar landscapes were formed hundreds of years ago, when a series of volcanic eruptions covered a quarter of the island in lava. Think rugged lava fields, brooding volcanic cones, and swathes of charcoal-grey ash. Travelling on to the fishing village of El Golfo, you will find a jumble of traditional buildings and bright boats which contrast with the black sand beach and the unusual green lake. It's a perfect location for capturing contrasting color. Then, it's time to discover the ancient salt flats of Salinas de Janubio, another landscape saturated with drama and stark appeal. This area is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and an important bird sanctuary - a paradise for your shutterbug instincts. With a specialist photographer at your side, you'll gain new skills and fresh inspiration, plus a collection of captivating images. As the day concludes on the terrace at Salinas de Janubio, unwind over a glass of wine or beer and a light snack, while your photography guide reviews the day's photos. The best image of the day gets crowned the winning shot, an exciting ending to an enriching photographic journey.
When Timanfaya's six long years of eruptions ceased in 1736, the farmers of La Geria believed their fertile lands were lost forever under a thick layer of ash. But the local families needed to make the land productive again, and through sheer hard work and determination, they succeeded in creating the vineyards of La Geria. You'll start off with a scenic walk, following trails through private vineyards belonging to the family-owned bodega of Nacho Romero, opened exclusively for National Geographic travellers. As you soak up the unique character of these landscapes where vineyards are surrounded by volcanoes, the owner will explain how the layer of volcanic ash, known locally as ‘picón,' has shaped their cultivation methods, which are unique in the world. If you are lucky enough to find them ripe, you might even get to pick grapes straight from the vine as you hear Nacho or his wife Luisa, both winemakers, talk about the characteristics of volcanic wine. Back at the bodega after the walk, you'll be able to sample one of the artisanal wines that Nacho and Luisa make in their home winery. Next, you'll head to Bodega La Geria – another important component of the ecological wine making movement. The winemaker himself will show you around the bodega. Find out the secrets of the hollows, called ‘zocos' which shelter the vines from the wind, and discover the different varieties of grapes that thrive in Lanzarote's volcanic terroir. To finish, savour a tasting of one of the estate's renowned wines with local cheese and crackers.
Home to Lanzarote's only salt-water wave pool, Aqualava Waterpark in Playa Blanca promises plenty of water-soaked action. You'll be picked up at your hotel and brought to the park to enjoy its slides, pools and daredevil rides. An action-packed day out for all the family.All the pools are heated using geothermal energy, so you can expect every inch of Aqualava to blend in with Lanzarote's volcanic landscape. But it's made all the more exciting with water slides, chutes and pools suitable for all family members as well as adrenaline-pumping rides for the bravest. And when you want to take it easy, you can float along the lazy river or hit the sun loungers.There are all the facilities you'd need for a day out. What's more, attractions are adapted for guests with limited mobility, including the use of an amphibious wheelchair, and free Wi-Fi is available to share your holiday snaps.
Home to Lanzarote's only salt-water wave pool, Aqualava Waterpark in Playa Blanca promises plenty of water-soaked action. There are slides, pools and daredevil rides for all ages that'll have you grabbing the sides of your float and clinging on until the last drop. It's an action-packed day out for all the family.All the pools are heated using geothermal energy, so you can expect every inch of Aqualava to blend in with Lanzarote's volcanic landscape. But it's made all the more exciting with water slides, chutes and pools suitable for all family members as well as adrenaline-pumping rides for the bravest. And when you want to take it easy, you can float along the lazy river or hit the sun loungers.There are all the facilities you'd need for a day out. What's more, attractions are adapted for guests with limited mobility, including the use of an amphibious wheelchair, and free WiFi is available to share your holiday snaps.
Kids will yell “yeehah” at the chance of a day out at Rancho Texas. This Wild West-themed fun park is 60,000 square metres of desert and gardens bristling with adventure. There are waterslides, pony rides and kayaks, plus a whole line-up of shows sure to keep your cowboys and cowgirls smiling.See the gorgeous white tigers and majestic lynxes. Peer at armour-plated armadillos, plodding tortoises and sleepy iguanas. There's also a petting farm, a medicine man's cave and an Indian Village where the kids can play in wigwams, paddle kayaks and even pan for gold at a working wooden waterwheel.But the biggest draws are the shows. They include breathtaking birds-of-prey displays where eagles and hawks fly inches above your head, funny parrot tricks and a sea lion show. And at the Pool & Splash Zone, you can laze by the pool, compete in water games or race down slides set within rocks and lava typical of Lanzarote.
Aquapark Costa Teguise is the place to go to for adrenaline-fuelled hydrotherapy. You'll spend the day sliding and frolicking on the tubes, flumes, spirals and rapids. This is proper fun in the sun. What's' more, there's a go-kart track for the kids, too.
Lanzarote's colours radiate beauty at any time of the day, but they're on a different level come sunset. This two-hour-long cruise takes to sea at the best time of the day. Sip on a sweet and tangy mojito as you enjoy Mother Nature's show from the decks.After pick-up, you'll head to Puerto del Carmen to hop on a catamaran. Nurse your mojito as we glide along a coastline with a spine of more than a dozen volcanoes silhouetted against the horizon – a unique panorama. You'll also be able to munch on tasty canapés and enjoy a complimentary beer, sangria or soft drink.Sit back and relax as the sky changes colours and the contours of Lanzarote's volcanic landscapes come into their own. Feel the salty sea breeze and watch the sun slowly set to the sound of the waves lapping against the hull. A perfect way to end the day.
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Fuerteventura is just a 30-minute ferry ride away from Lanzarote. It makes for an ideal and alternative day trip. Both islands are volcanic but the contrast in landscapes is evident straight away. You'll be picked up and brought to Playa Blanca harbour to catch the boat to Corralejo for free time – make sure to check out its famous dunes.
They say that laughter is the best medicine and this hilarious evening of comedy drag performance, with an inclusive three-course meal, is just what the doctor ordered.This is a night that certainly does not take itself too seriously. Right from the go, the resident, oh-so-glamorous drag-divas, perform side-splitting comedy sketches and belt out all your favourite show tunes.Sit down to a three-course meal, as the sequined glam-queens strut their stuff on stage – singing dancing, and performing hilarious parody sketches of other famous stars. Things get a little risqué at times, but all in the spirit of a fun-filled evening that creates great bonhomie amongst the audience – and a theatre filled with laughter and good cheer. This is a night that's bound to have you dancing in the aisles.