Only a 10 minute drive from the airport and a short drive from Puerto del Carmen, Tias has a selection of shops, restaurants and tapas bars. This small village has retained a friendly community spirit and offers the ideal location for peaceful, sun-soaked holidays by the pool. Many fiestas and cultural events are held here, and local produce can be found in abundance, as well as the many Lanzarote wines. Tias is only a five kilometre drive from the bustling main resort of Puerto del Carmen, and a local bus service is also available.
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Like most of Spanish areas Tapas is a popular dish in Lanzarote and fresh sea food is always easy to come across. Some of the more specialised dishes for the Canaries are, Papas Crías (wild potatoes) which grow on the rocky hillsides, two kinds of sauces are always served with the papas arrugadas, the spicy red mojo which is based on chillies and peppers, and the green mojo which flavoured with parsley or coriander and which is served to complement fish dishes. Gofio is another vital staple of the island’s cuisine. Made from toasted corn and maize flour.
Tias is a quieter village with a relaxed evening atmosphere and is set around the centre of the village, offering a handful of typical Spanish bars and restaurants.
El Grifo is the oldest winery within the Canary Islands and among the ten oldest in Spain. This family run winery, since 1775, is well worth a visit and produces up to six hundred thousand bottles of wine per year. The museum is open all year round with guided tours available.
Rancho Texas is a spectacular animal park situated just outside of Puerto del Carmen, off the main road. The park is a great day out for families featuring a wide selection of animals such as mammals, birds and reptiles. There are also swimming pools with slides as well as canoeing and pony rides. Animal performances are also held throughout the year including birds of prey and the popular sea lions. After a busy day there are a couple of restaurants at the park including the Wildhorse Saloon and the fast food restaurant serving a wide range of food.
The Casa Museo del Campesino is a museum situated in the geographical centre of Lanzarote. Featuring a monument by Cesar Manrique, inside are a number of tools and objects related to the islands culture and agriculture. A gift shop and restaurant are also available.
The Timanfaya National Park is a must see when holidaying on the island. Declared a national park back in 1968, this site was once host to more than 100 volcanoes. The restaurant in the park serves traditional Canarian food that’s cooked using a cast-iron grill placed over a large hole in the ground. There is also the option to take a camel ride across the volcanic landscape.
If in need of some retail therapy, the Biosfera Plaza shopping centre is located within the old town of Puerto del Carmen. The centre has many boutique shops on offer including clothes, perfume, shoes and stationary, as well as a number of cafes and restaurants. Parking is available below the centre and on the top floor is a children’s play area, mini golf and pool room.
The Go-Karting track located in San Bartolome is an amazing track for go-karting enthusiasts and offers a bar and spectating area. The track is built into the hillside and has great views, it’s also open all year round and transportation is available from most resorts.