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Travel to Lanzarote
Lanzarote is the eastern most island of the Canary Islands, which sits just about 100 kilometers off of the coast of Africa. Belonging to Spain, this island’s name in the native language translates pretty closely to the “red mountains,” according to some experts anyway. This island has an incredible biodiversity and the arts scene is thriving there as well, making it a wonderful place to visit on your next holiday. Here are some of the essentials that this island has to offer!
Simplistic, Beautiful, and Emerald Are the Beaches of Lanzarote
The Canary Islands have long offered amazing vistas to travelers and settlers alike, and none may be more spectacular on the island than Papagayo Beach. It’s not the largest beach in the world, nor does it have the impressive landmarks that so many other famous beaches might have. It just offers gentle access to emerald waters from a light half-moon cover, an expansive blue sky when the day is clear, and the chance to experience a slower pace of life.
For a little more adventure, the lava fields are a fun place to explore as well and they’ll give you a wonderful view of the Fire Mountains off in the distance. You’ll want to head toward Timanfaya National Park in the southwestern part of the island, which in some ways is a lot like a miniature Yellowstone from the United States. Geysers regularly erupt in the area due to the ongoing volcanic activity, but know ahead of time that visitation is strictly regulated. For a fun experience, why not enter the park by camel?
Not All of This Island’s Wonders Are Above Ground
Because this island is still active volcanically, there are also a number of opportunities to explore craters both above and below the ground. The crater and laguna in El Golfo provide a brilliantly colorful experience for visitors who want to have it all: a rustic beach, a beautiful crater, and of course the photographic opportunities of a lagoon!
Journey below the ground for more spectacular sights at the Cueva of los Verdes, which is actually a large lava tube that you’ll be able to access in the Haria municipality. More than two kilometers of the cave has been developed for exploration and one of the best rooms in the cave is its concert hall, which is near the beginning of the tour. Nearly 500 people can comfortably fit into this underground room at the same time!
Are you planning a visit to Lanzarote or the Canary Islands in the near future? If you are, then get ready for some adventure because this island has plenty of it awaiting you. Pack some comfortable shoes, bring your hiking gear, and don’t forget your camera because you will have the time of your life exploring this island. Start today!
Travel and vacation in Lanzarote, Spain
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Best of Lanzarote
What to see and do in Lanzarote ?
Whether you are in to land, sea or air sports there is plenty of everything here like Cycling, Go-Karting, Golf, Horse-riding, Jeep Safari, Quad-Bike Safari, Rancho Texas & The Tropical Park, Boat Cruises, Catamaran, Fishing, Submarine or visiting an Aquapark, Flight Tours, Hand-Gliding & Parasailing are possible for the more thrill seeking tourist
If you prefer the more cultural aspects of a location, then you have to come to ‘heaven’. This side of Lanzarote is best summed by the mere mention of one mans name – Cesar Manrique, a man whose influence can be seen all over the island at places like Castillo de San Jose, Ceuva de los Verdes, Fundacion Manrique, Jameous Del Aqua, Jardin De Cactus, Mirador Del Rio, Museo Campesino and the fantasic Timanfaya (“Fire Mountain”).
The park is located in the north of the the island at the foot of Mount Corona, an extinct volcano which is the highest point of the island, close to the Famara Cliffs and 400 meters above sea level, with spectacular views to the islands of La Graciosa, Alegranza and Montaña Clara.
The park covers 11 acres of land (45,000 square feet) and includes gardens, waterfalls and lakes. The park has many species of bird (around 300 species in total), including Ostriches, Flamingos, Cranes, Hornbills, Toucans, Cockatoos, Macaws, Pheasants, Ibis, Ducks, Pigeons & Doves. There are also many species of the smaller birds like Finches, Cardinals and Love Birds. There is also a large walk-through aviary, some 3/4 of an acre (about 3200 sq. meters) with six species of Weaver Birds that breed naturally in the area. It is quite fascinating to watch them building their hanging nests within the aviary. In the same area you’ll find Parrots and many other small birds that fly free in a this almost natural habitat. Within this aviary there is a lake of some 70metres by 7metres full of Koi Carp, some measuring a length of nearly a meter. You will also see Mandarin and Carolina Ducks swimming around between the fountains. A fascinating area of the park which must not be missed. The Parque is known to have a successful breeding program of macaws, cockatoos, african greys and other species of parrots. Also with various doves, finches, pheasants, ornamental ducks, ostriches, rheas, trumpeter hornbills and many other small birds.
In the gardens you’ll find many different varieties of plants, shrubs and trees in the park, many of which have been labelled with interesting information about their particular uses and countries of origin. There is a cactus walk on the hillside with a large variety of cacti and where a waterfall drops down into the flamingo, duck and swan pool below.
Montañas del Fuego
The Montañas del Fuego (Fire Mountains), to give them there proper name were created in the 1730’s when more than 100 volcanos in what is now the National Park, rose up to devastate the southern part of the island. Eruptions lasted for six years and several villages were completely destroyed. The last eruption on the island was in 1824. Because Lanzarote has such low rainfall (and therefore a lack of erosion) the area appears much as it did at the time and in 1968 the area was declared a national park “Parque Nacional de Timanfaya”.
Eat on top of an active Volcano
El Diablo restaurant, another creation of the famous artist, Cesar Manrique. Here you will get traditional Canarian food cooked using geothermal heat, a cast-iron grill placed over a large hole in the ground so the heat to cook your food comes from the volcano itself.
Photostop at Mirador Del Rio
Go north on the LZ-2 via San Bartholme and Teguise into the mountains in the north and make a photo stop at the Mirador Del Rio. This is a cafeteria cut into the mountains in the north and has the most spectacular views of the island you could possible want to see.
Jameos del Agua
A visit to Jameos del Agua. Enchanting, mystical and magical, the three most common words used to describe a place created as a result of a formation of gas explosions within a volcanic bubble. Over the years, seawater has flooded the tunnels so that eventually a lagoon has been left behind. A lagoon that is home to thousands of tiny white crabs that have become blind through many years of living in poor light, a lagoon that has a bar and a restaurant and even a nightclub three times a week !
La Cueva de los Verdes
Not far from Jameos del Agua you will find La Cueva de los Verdes, one of the longest volcanic galleries in the world, almost 6 kilometres, please note you need to be reasonably fit and healthy as you need to climb several stairs and bend over in order to get under many low recesses.
Jardin de Cactus
Jardin de Cactus where you can see more than 1,400 different cactus species all planted together in a small area of land to create the beautiful cactus garden.
Rancho Texas features amongst its attractions, an Indian amphitheatre, a Nature Park, a Goldmine Where the big water-wheel runs water to gold-bearing sands and where the children can try to find hidden treasure and an Indian Village. The Nature Park, host to a wide variety of Animals and Birds. This area includes ‘The Opera’- A round enclosure with a great variety of singing birds where you can experience amazing sounds, ‘The Promenade of colour’ – with its sensational variety of birds and colours, ‘Liliput Farm’, where the children can hold the worlds smallest farm animals and see much larger ones in the form of Turtles, Iguanas, Armadillos and Prairie dogs.
Best Beaches in Lanzarote
Beaches near Playa Blanca
Punta de Papagayo, to give it its full name, is located at the most southerly tip of the island and is actually a collection of small beaches (Playa Mujeres, Playa del Pozo, Playa de Papagayo, Playa de La Cera, Puerto Muelas and Caleta del Congrio), with golden sands of between 100m and 400m in length and separated by high cliffs. This unspoilt, undeveloped area is surrounded by stunning picture card landscapes, with volcanic ash cliffs, crystal clear waters and fine white & golden sands and is made up of several small bays and coves. It is the best beach on the island and one of the best in Europe.
Beaches near Puerto Del Carmen
Playa Grande with a magnificent promenade of bars and restaurants running along its kilometre of golden sand (100m wide). The placid waters is this part of the island make it ideal for windsurfing. If you don’t want to use the bars and restaurants, it won’t be long before a ‘beach seller’ offers you drinks, ices or fresh fruit. One of the most popular beaches on the island, it has lifeguards, showers, changing areas, washrooms, rentals for beds/parasols, boats and water sports equipment. You can get to it by guaguas (bus).
Barrilla, measuring 90m long and 22m wide. It consists of fine golden sand and offers good parking, a scuba diving centre, has a lifeguard present, has first aid on site and is accessible by guaguas (bus).
Fariones (next to hotel Fariones), measuring 60 m by 5m and consisting of fine toasted sand and calm waters. It is accessible by guaguas (bus).
Playa de Los Pocillos, is located at the more exclusive end of Puerto Del Carmen. The beach has fine golden sand and forms part of the development known by same name. It is more than a kilometre long (1,23 m) and 150 m. wide. High tide leaves pools of sea water on its flat surface. It is quieter than the main beaches, but there is a still a good choice of quality bars and restaurants on hand. When the wind picks up this beach is popular with windsurfers. Windy on occasions, but with calm waters, it is very popular and offers good wind surfing conditions, it has rentals beds/parasols, good parking facilities, signage, boardwalk, a commercial zone, showers, litter bins, has good access for wheelchairs and has first aid and washrooms on hand. You can get to it by guaguas (bus).
Playa de Matagorda, a windy beach measuring 850m and 40m wide, consisting of fine golden sand and calm waters, which make it a popular resort for windsurfing, particularly those of limited capability or beginners. This beach has rentals for beds/parasols and a variety of water sports on hand. You can get to it by guaguas (bus).
Peña Grande measures 40m long by 5m wide, consisting of fine white sand. Despite it’s small size, it is nevertheless a windy beach with calm waters and offers full services including lifeguards, showers, first aid, bars/restaurants, showers, parking and telephones. It also has a small promenade and can be reached by guaguas (bus).
Beaches near Guacimeta
Guacimeta is a 1,050m stretch of beach of toasted sand and calm waters is quite exceptional as beaches go, except that it’s a bit too close to the airport for my liking. Parking was good and it can be accessed via guaguas (bus). There are Shops, Bar/Restaurants, Public telephones and a pleasant promenade.
Playa Honda is 1,900m.long and 85m wide it is the biggest in this area and consists of medium grained golden sand and calm waters making it ideals for families and creating good conditions for windsurfing.
Beaches near Arrecife
La Concha beach is next to the development of the same name just on the outskirts of the capital, Arrecife. Good parking again and accessible via guaguas (bus). Her you will also find a promenade of shops and bar/restaurants.
El Reducto is a picturesque European Union, ‘Blue Flag’ beach set in an almost enclosed bay and measuring half a kilometre by 45m wide with calm waters and fine golden sands. To one end of the beach you will find a park with palm trees and benches designed as a monument of a ship wreck. If you’re looking to get away from the crowds, this beach is for you as it is frequented only by locals rather than tourists.
You will also find excellent services from its coastal promenade including showers, public telephones, bar/restaurants, wheelchair access , parking and is easily reached by guaguas (bus). One of the major attractions of this beach is the “Charco de San Gines” lagoon, a natural pond formed by sea water housing a collection of small boats belonging to inshore fishermen, who live around the lagoon.
El Cable. This beach measures 315 m and 18m wide and consists of fine golden sand. El Cable is windy with moderate waves which makes it good for windsurfing and be found next to the development of the same name. Services include showers, public telephones and bars/restaurants.
Beaches near Teguise (Costa Teguise)
Famara, measuring 6 kilometres long by 100 m (the biggest beach in Lanzarote). Fine golden sand, a constant wind and ever present strong swells against a backdrop of mountains makes this worth visiting, but the strong currents in this area can be a problem, so keep small children well within your reach. The surf in this part of the island is world famous (so it’s hardly surprising that Famara is often referred to as the Hawaii of Europe). Large waves crash into the beach, and roll up the fine white sand towards the beach road, making it a surfers paradise. Behind the road you’ll find a large area of sand dunes, a perfect sheltered base. Close to the village of La Caleta, it can be reached by guaguas (bus).
Ensenada de la Calleta, 400m long by 12 m wide and fine white sand. This beach is located alongside Arrecife and the port area of Mármoles. This beach is much visited, for its calm waters despite the wind that blows constantly. You can reach this beach by guaguas (bus) and there are several services available including hammocks/parasols, restaurants/bars, parking and showers.
Las Cucharas is in the main holiday resort of Costa Teguise. This sheltered beach is 640 m long consisting of fine sand and placid waters., surrounded by big hotels and apartments where architecture and landscape have been harmoniously integrated. The beach is nevertheless ideal for windsurfing and offers a full range of services from hammocks/parasols to bars/restaurants along its promenade to telephones, parking, good wheelchair access, bus stop and rental of a wide range of sports equipment.
Los Charcos. At 250 m long and 30m wide and consisting of fine white sand, clear water and cooling winds, it’s hardly surprising. This beach is is on the coastline alongside Puerto del Carmen. The tranquillity of the sea in this area is due to the breakwater which shelters it from the strong waves and currents. There is a docking area and seaside boardwalk, together with services including hammocks/parasols, parking, quaquas (bus).
Beaches near Malpaís de la Corona (“badlands”)
The entire coastline is known as Malpaís de la Corona (“badlands”) and is strewn with white and golden sand which mingles intimately with volcanic magma forming small sheltered bays, which are ideal for swimming. This preominently rural area harbours many of the natural marvels of Lanzarote such as Jameos del Agua and La Cueva de Los Verdes.
La Garita, measuring 810m long and 5m wide and consisting of fine white/golden sand. Calm waters make this a good practising ground before you take on the stronger waves elsewhere in the area. Unlike the other rural beaches, this one is in a semi-urban area, has a boardwalk and services such as restaurants, refreshment stands, telephones, parking area, washrooms and even a children’s play area. It is accessible by guaguas (bus).
El Risco, measuring 845m long and 8m wide and consisting of fine white sand. This beach gets very windy, although Isla Graciosa shelters it to a degree from the rougher seas. It is a 400m climb down, so not for the faint hearted. The waves are moderate.
Caleta Caballo, measuring 60 m long and 7m wide and consisting of white sand with pebbles. It is windy with moderate waves offering good conditions for windsurfing. This is accessible by guaguas (bus).
El Caletón Blanco (“The big inlet”) measuring half a kilometre long and 9 m. wide, consisting of fine white sand.
Caleta del Mojón, measuring 100 m long and 13m wide and consisting of fine white sand and picon (the small black lava stones often found in gardens).
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