Lanzarote Island

 Leading Attractions

Lanzarote-Papagayo  

There are many reasons why Lanzarote has emerged as a popular tourist destination over the last forty years.  Thanks to its location off the west coast of Africa the island enjoys an amazing year round climate, whilst also boasting over 100 beaches where visitors can soak up all of this sun.  

But as well as wonderful weather and pristine playas the island is also home to an impressive combination of breathtaking natural wonders and man made attractions, which is the main reason why so many tourists return to this unique Canary Island year after year.

Lanzarote-Famara

Lanzarote-Volcanoes

Lanzarote is just a four hour flight from the UK and welcomes about 1.5 million tourists every year.  There are plenty of accommodation options available, ranging from five star hotels and luxurious Lanzarote villas, through to great value apartments and studios.  But wherever visitors choose to stay they are advised to get out and explore – as it boasts so many great attractions.

Timanfaya National Park

The undoubted star of the show is the Timanfaya National Park located in the heart of the island's amazing volcanic region, which was created by enormous eruptions during the 18th century.  Today this region resembles a set from a lavish science fiction movie.  With lava fields and dormant volcanoes dominating the weird and eerie landscape.  Visitors tour this breathtaking scenery in coaches before disembarking at a restaurant where their food is cooked on giant grills by the heat emanating from a dormant volcano below.

Valley of 1000 Palms

Lanzarote is certainly an island of contrasts.  And this is perhaps best epitomised by the juxtaposition between the arid scenery of the volcanic region and the lush palm packed valleys of the north.  The Valley of 1000 Palms is the greenest and most verdant of these valleys and has been created by locals from the village of Haria.  Who have been planting a palm to mark the birth of a new born baby here for centuries.

The Green Lagoon

The Green Lagoon – located just outside the village of El Golfo - is another volcanic wonder.  Where tourists can enjoy the novel sight of an emerald coloured, land locked lake, sitting right next to the blue waters of the Atlantic, on a black sand beach.  The Green Lagoon has been created by an interaction between sea water and volcanic minerals and should certainly feature on any visitor’s itinerary.

Manrique Magic

The influence of the local artist César Manrique is inescapable on Lanzarote.  As he had an enormous hand in developing modern day tourism on the island.  His main aim was to create ecologically friendly visitor attractions that worked with the island's volcanic landscapes.  And he certainly achieved this at the Jameos del Agua in the north of the island.  Where he transformed a gigantic collapsed lava tunnel into an amazing underground concert venue.

This article was written by Nick Ball the editor of Lanzarote Guidebook, the in depth island information guide. He has been living on Lanzarote for ten years and also writes about travel and tourism there for a number of travel websites and magazines.

 

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