Every one of the Canary Islands is impressive and each of them stands out for some reason, including Lanzarote. It is without a doubt the most special of all of them, the one that is most distinct compared to the others. It is not by chance that it should be known as the Island of Volcanoes. Lanzarote features spectacular, unique nature, being as it is an island with much more on offer than just sun and beach.
If you have the time, don’t be afraid to take a car and ‘get lost’ around the island. Travel it north to south, east to west—every nook and cranny, every cliff, gulf or beach will leave you mesmerized. Now if what you want to do is to get down to business, here goes my list of ‘essentials’, those places that you must see when travelling to Lanzarote:
The gulf and Charco de los Clicos, better known as the charco verde or green pond, is a lagoon inside an ancient volcano crater. Abundant marine algae are what give this lagoon its special green hue.
Near the green pond you’ll find Los Hervideros, where you can admire what millions of years of waves have done to the stone. There is a specially created stairway that you can go down to enjoy the sight.
The National Park of Timanfaya is the main attraction on this island, together with its beaches. National Park of Timanfaya is the current name of the Montañas del Fuego (Mountains of Fire), an impressive volcano landscape formed by the eruptions that took place between 1730 and 1736.
The César Manrique Foundation is the great Cultural Center of Lanzarote. We strongly recommend that you spend some time admiring the works of art of this genius. This includes the Mirador del Río, one of the works by César Manrique that you will surely visit. It is located on the top of a hill known as Risco de Famara, 474 meters above sea level. It offers you the best view of Lanzarote, being a great vantage point to plan your visit to La Graciosa: north of Lanzarote is the Chinijo Archipelago, made up the islets La Graciosa, Alegranza, Montaña Clara, Roque del Este and Roque del Oeste. Today they make up Europe’s best marine reserve, and La Graciosa is the most peculiar of the Canary Islands. With a mere 600 inhabitants, it is surrounded by dreamlike beaches.
In the town of Haria you must visit the Cueva de los Verdes. This cave consists of a tunnel made up by the Volcano of la Corona, being one of the largest and most interesting caves in the world. During the tour you will see up to 16 jameos, openings leading to smaller cavities. Right there, in what is known as the Tunnel of la Atlántida, you will find the Jameos del Agua, a lake that is a singular geological formation with vegetation, volcanic stone, decorative elements… a true stimulus for the senses.
The little town of Yaiza is well worth a visit, with its characteristic buildings, low whitewashed houses with green or blue windows and doors, and crops growing in the volcanic soil, sheltered from the wind.
What about the beaches? Well of course! In my opinion the best beaches in Lanzarote are the Playas de Papagayo, near Playa Blanca but to the east. They are in a Protected Natural Area and are actually eight small beaches in succession. These are the best beaches, but there are others such as Playa Blanca, Playa Honda, Playa Grande, El Golfo and Famara that are worthy of a plunge in their waters!
Thus ends my list of ‘essentials’. Of course not everything worth seeing is included here, there is a lot more, but if you are subjected to time constraints these recommendations should provide you with a general view of the greatest hits on this wonderful island.
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