Lanzarote airport undertakes intensive cultural activities to bring the airport closer to citizens and to promote the island of Lanzarote, declared a world model of sustainable development by the World Tourism Organisation.

The Lanzarote Airport Aeronautical Museum has been opened as a space in which to learn about the development of aviation on the island, as well as the evolution and functions of the airport facilities.

The Environmental Classroom, intended for all ages and particularly for children and young people, displays very clear environmental messages which can be put into practice and help to raise awareness of the importance of respecting nature and the environment.

The airport offers an interesting programme of joint visits to different facilities. Also, all content is offered in three languages, to suit the educational programmes of different schools.

Lanzarote Airport Aeronautical Museum

The historical development of Lanzarote is closely linked to the history of aviation. The beginning of air transport in the second decade of the 20th century radically transformed the economic and social standing of the island.

The Aviation Museum was established in response to public interest in learning about the aeronautical history of Lanzarote, and makes it possible to preserve a historic, iconic building.

The Museum is located in the first passenger building built at Lanzarote airport in the early 1940s. Its most notable architectural features include the square form of its floor plans and spaces, the simplicity of its decoration and the individualisation of its elements.

The main lobby offers a chance to admire the original 1959 mural by the Belgian painter Jean P. Hock, untitled. The reproduction of the work titled "Lanzarote", by César Manrique, is displayed in room 3 of the museum. The Hock mural remains in its original location, although the Manrique work was dismantled and transferred in 1994 by the César Manrique Foundation. The work is acrylic on wall, painted in 1953, with metaphors and references describing the social and cultural reality of the island at that time.

This museum offers the possibility of school or college visits, with its interactive and participative options, computer applications, audiovisuals and multimedia. The content is illustrated with an extensive selection of photographs and objects, displayed on panels and in glass cases, and model planes from different periods.

The museum has a special promotional programme and guided tours geared especially for the residents of Lanzarote, schools and education centres on the island, specific groups (disabled, elderly, residents' associations and others), tourists and groups specialising in tourism, air transport and airport activities.

Exhibition rooms

  • Room 0. Reception
  • Room 1. Regional history: the beginnings
  • Room 2. Lanzarote's first flights
  • Room 3. The first passenger terminal: 1946-1970
  • Rooms 4 and 5. Audiovisual
  • Room 6. Transport and communications 1946-1970
  • Room 7. Aeronautics: general and specific history
  • Room 8. Tourism, transport. Airport
  • Room 9. Control tower
  • Room 10. Meteorology.

Open from Monday to Saturday, 10:00 to 14:00. Tours (independent or guided) are offered in three languages.

Phone No.: 928 846 365

Environmental Learning Centre

In 2010 Lanzarote Airport opened the Aena Environmental Classroom, coinciding with the 4th anniversary of the Aeronautical Museum.

The 1st Phase of the Environmental Classroom, located next to the Museum, is divided into four themed galleries dedicated to the four basic elements of life: water, air, fire and earth. Different environmental activities will be performed in this space, such as conferences, seminars, presentations, projections, etc. The contents are mainly aimed at children and young people with very clear environmental messages they can put into practice and which will help them to become more aware of the importance of respect for our natural surroundings, especially when living on an island declared a Biosphere Reserve by Unesco.

At present, the Classroom has expanded its content for school students with basic concepts about recycling, alternative energy sources, tides, the sounds of nature, and other subjects. This activity also serves as a teaching and learning space, complementing the school visits organised by the Aeronautical Museum.

The setting up of the Environmental Learning Centre has had the collaboration of the Lanzarote Island Council and Lanzarote Observatory and the photographic works have been loaned by: the Tourist Board, the Photo Library of the Regional Ministry of the Environment of the Canary Island Government, the group of photographers of Forum94 and the Cala Blanca Diving Centre.

The opening of the Environmental Classroom was supported by the collaboration of the Cabildo de Lanzarote and the Lanzarote Observatory, and the photographs were loaned by other bodies, such as the Tourism Board, the photographic library of the Canary Islands Government's department of the environment, the Forum 94 photographers' group, and the Cala Blanca diving centre.

At present the 2nd Phase of the Environmental Classroom is awaiting development. Where the first phase is more technical, this will be devoted to spaces for environmental practices and interactive techniques, raising visitors' awareness of respect for the environment in its broadest sense. Guided tours can be arranged in three languages, and may be customised for each visit.

Phone No.: 928 846 365

Cultural Activities

The interest Lanzarote airport has taken in offering a wide selection of cultural activities has given rise to several events organised throughout the year, including:

Fiesta del Viento

This initiative began in 1996 and is intended for the general public and for tourists visiting the island. La Fiesta del Viento (the Wind Festival) is designed to be a fun day to bring the airport closer to local people and the environment, while promoting the sport of kite flying for all the family.

This event used to take place on the Playa del Reducto beach (Arrecife), in collaboration with the Town Council. Since 2006, it has taken place with the collaboration of San Bartolomé Town Council, on Playa de Guacimeta beach, near the airport.

During the day there are workshops on sustainable materials and best practices in the manufacture of kites, windmills and wind toys. Each one is led by technicians or artists specialising in each subject, so that the activities end with practical kite-flying classes and displays by Spanish and international kite-fliers who come to the island each year to take part in the event.

Every year a local artist paints a large kite with a different subject. Last year's edition was dedicated to the 18th anniversary of Lanzarote being declared a Biosphere Reserve, and enjoyed the collaboration of the Cabildo Insular and the Biosphere Reserve Observatory.

Schools painting competition

Competition for children at primary school and in the first cycle of secondary; it began in 1996 and has sometimes had the collaboration of local institutions.

Its terms and conditions are posted on the Internet each year to provide maximum publicity and importance. The jury, made up of artists and teachers as well as representatives from Teaching Centres and Aena, select the winning works in the different modalities and categories. The decision of the jury and the presentation of prizes take place on the same day, in the presence of the media, and the winning entries are displayed in the exhibition gallery of the Inter-island Flights Terminal (T2) and the Aeronautical Museum.

Aeronautical Museum

The Aeronautical Museum, housed in the airport's first passenger terminal, was opened in 2006. As well as free guided tours in three languages, it organises a series of parallel activities, such as open days, conferences, book presentations, exhibitions, business conventions, airport events, tourism events, school tours, etc. All these events take place on the scene of the first chapter of the history of aviation in Lanzarote, the foundation for the commercial, industrial and tourism development of the island.


Next to the mural by the local artist César Manrique, in the Inter-island Terminal T2, there is an open-plan space which has been converted to an exhibition gallery. It is home to creations by local, Spanish and international artists who find this the ideal place to display their work.

Various exhibitions have been presented here, including: the Elder Museum of Science and Technology of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria; the Cabildo de Lanzarote, on farming cochineal, the peculiarities of viticulture and winemaking on the island; the Association of Mouth and Foot Painters; and the Orden del Cachorro Canario en Lanzarote, with exhibitions on the Salinas saltworks, the sea and fishing, traditional architecture, etc.

Different authors have also presented exhibitions of photography, painting, ceramics, craft techniques, sculpture made from recycled materials, marquetry, tapestry, etc., including: Déborah de León, José María Barreto, Sergio Morales, Jesús Carreño, José Goñi, Mickie Ferrer, Elisabeth Delgado, Francisco Medina, Jesús Yagüe, Martín Alonso and Santiago Martín, among others.

Cultural tours

Throughout the school year, Lanzarote Airport offers the children of the island prearranged tours of the airport facilities.

The itineraries followed during the tours depend on the age group of the students and the educational programmes of the teachers. Visits are personalised according to the interests and aims of each group.

Schools interested in this activity should contact the Aeronautical Museum to register and coordinate the number of students, age group, and day on which they would like to visit.

Phone No.: 928 846 365