Lanzarote, the spectacle of nature
Punta Papagayo, Lanzarote
People say that Lanzarote is the most "volcanic" of the Canary Islands to look at. Its "lunar" landscape, covered in craters, canyons and valleys of solidified lava, is one of its main attractions, but not the only one. Why not come and discover them?
Lanzarote is one of the oldest islands in the Canaries. It is the result of volcanic activity that began in this part of the Atlantic Ocean 22 million years ago. The passing millennia have taken care of moulding its landscapes and structure, giving it truly spectacular countryside, a UNESCO designated Biosphere Reserve. Its warm year-round climate means that you can discover the island's wonders in any season, while you also enjoy the excellent range of accommodation and services on offer. Access to the island, by plane or boat, is via the capital, Arrecife. To get around the inland part of the island, you can either hire a car or use the regular bus services, known locally as "gua-guas". This is a convenient way of getting to know the island, given that its two furthest points are only 71 kilometres apart. You can also travel to the other Canary Islands by air or by sea, using scheduled inter-island transport services.
One of Lanzarote's prime attractions is its coastline. Whether with black or golden sand, in urban zones or protected nature areas, the contrast and beauty of the island's beaches are things you will never forget. Nevertheless, what you really should not miss on this island is its biodiversity and unusual, stunning landscapes. You will find unusual spots such as the Los Volcanes Nature Reserve and the Timanfaya National Park, home to a wide variety of countryside and volcanic formations that date back to the 18th century, as well as ecological gems such as the Chinijo Archipelago Nature Reserve, a refuge for numerous species of marine birds.
At the Art, Culture and Tourism Centres you can also discover the special relationship that exists between the local population and the island's unusual volcanic surroundings. This is a network of seven centres created to protect and promote the island's heritage. Each one of these places is different from the rest. Together they offer an essential look at local culture. Los Verdes Cave and the Jameos del Agua (volcanic formations) are just two of these extremely interesting places to visit. If sports are your thing too, you will find a host of possibilities on this island: you can play golf amidst volcanic lava and cacti; go scuba diving and discover the beautiful ocean bed; surf with waves that are considered Europe's best; go deep-sea fishing in the local waters, famous worldwide.
Lanzarote has lots going for it. From the local gastronomy, with delicious rabbit and fish dishes, to regional fiestas, packed with tradition and colour, such as those in Arrecife, along with the great atmosphere for leisure and entertainment in villages like Yaiza. A holiday in Lanzarote is bound to be unforgettable for many different reasons. Come and discover them.
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