The first, and possibly the most convenient option, would certainly be the door to door service offered by any of the
numerous taxis waiting outside of the arrivals hall, who would typically charge around 20€ for the journey.
Taxis on Lanzarote do represent very good value for money by European standards, and can instantly be recognised
as being the eggshell/white cars with a large red stripe on each front door.
However, a standard taxi on the island is only licenced to carry a maximum of 4 passengers plus
a "reasonable" amount of luggage.
So, for larger groups of travellers, or those with special needs,
it is our recommendation to make provision for a pre-booked taxi to be waiting for you at the airport,
and clearly specify at the time of booking that a larger, or specially adapted, vehicle is needed for
The second option would be to pre-arrange for the collection of a hire car from one of the numerous
agencies based at the airport.
Driving over to Mala should be fairly stressless for most drivers, once you have
remembered which side of the road to drive on, as you leave the airport facility you will automatically join the LZ2,
the Carretera de Arrecife de Yaiza, at which point you need to head north east towards Arrecife.
As you approach Arrecife take the LZ3, Carretera de la Circunulacion, which is the Arrecife northern ring road,
where you will need to keep a sharp lookout for the LZ1, Avda del Campoamor, which takes you inland through the
villages of Tahiche and Guatiza leading you all the way north to Mala.
If needed, a more detailed version of this route, complete with links to maps where appropriate, is available from the
link on the left hand frame of this page.
Whatever method of transport you ultimately decide upon for this journey, it would be very difficult to miss the fact that
Mala is surrounded by a landscape made up almost entirely of prickly pear cactus, or indeed the 8 metre high sculpture of a
cactus that marks the entrance to the Jardín de Cactus, which is situated a few miles south of Mala on the outskirts
of the village of Guatiza.
As you have just discovered Mala is situated in the heart of the island’s cochineal cultivation. Cochineal is an insect
whose female lives on the cactus, and which produces the natural dye carmine. Carmine is widely used as a colouring
for a range of products including lipstick, sweets and toothpaste along with the drink Campari.
Unlike so many other towns and villages on the island, Mala is certainly not a purpose built tourist resort,
but more of a traditional Canarian town that makes few, if any, concessions to the small numbers of tourists
who visit here each year, and somewhere where you will have the sense of being an invited, but welcome guest,
to another way of life.