San Bartolome, Lanzarote, Canary Islands
San Bartolome offers a traditional feel in a great rural location. Narrow streets with white washed buildings are on offer here. A great focal point for the area is the 18th Century Church that is in the main square.
San Bartolome is located in the centre of the island with each exit road leading to a diversity of attractions making it an ideal base for sight-seeing.
Things to Do
In San Bartolome itself you can soak up the authentic Canarian atmosphere in the charming squares and admire the attractive and traditional 18th century architecture. Follow the historical trail around some of the most important buildings and sights of interest including the Casa Mayor Guerra, the preserved Mill of Don Jose Maria Gill and the Casa Ajei art gallery and house museum.
Take a break at the Plaza de Leon y Castillo, in front of the San Bartholome Church and the Municipal Theatre or, at the outdoor gym at the Parque Felix Rodriguez de la Fuente. Visit the Museo Etnografico Tanit, which is set in a historic bodega, every inch of which exudes traditional Canarian architecture. The ethnographic museum is set out like a house museum and is very informative, with additional areas of interest including the cellar and original wine press, a little chapel, an art gallery and a charming courtyard.
The Museo Al Campesino is easy to find by the towering landmark Monumento al Campesino on the Mozaga roundabout, heading inland from San Bartolome (1.7km). Here you can spend time browsing the house museum at this reconstructed farm and wonder at the agricultural techniques employed to farm this volcanic land. There is also an Artesan Centre and a Canarian restaurant with attractive water features.
From the Monumento al Campesino, head south-west towards Masdache, through the La Geria wine country and in approx 3.5km you will spot the 18th century El Grifio Bodega. Here you can take a guided tour of the El Grifio wine museum, learn how the grapes are pressed and the wines fermented and stored, concluding with a tasting session.
Out and About
To the south you have the capital city of Arrecife (8km), with its cultural attractions including the International Museum of International and Contemporary Art in the historic Castillo San Jose through to its sweeping golden beach and the charming El Charco lagoon surrounded by water front restaurants and the artesan market.
To the east lies the charming town of Teguise (9km), known for its bustling Sunday market as well as the green caves (Cueva de los Verdes) and the picturesque Jameos del Agua; a little piece of paradise, designed by Cesar Manrique (30km).
To the west you will find the surfing beaches of Famara, along with spectacular views to the Chinijo Islands and to the east, the inimitable Timanfaya National Park.
For a family fun day out, there are water parks in Playa Blanca ( 35km), Lanzarote Gran Karting is just outside of Playa Honda (8km) and the Rancho Texas Park is just outside of Puerto del Carmen (11km).
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