Lanzarote is a unique destination. Long-travelled by sunseekers from northern Europe looking for delightful year-long clement weather, the island’s resorts are teaming no matter the season. But beyond the resort towns, tourist bars, and water parks is an otherworldly landscape. Few other islands offer dramatic craters, striking massifs, high sand dunes, and volcanic plains. Differing from other Canary Islands due to the recent nature of its volcanic activity (the most recent eruption was in 1730), the land offers a beguiling experience far removed from the beaches and palm trees.
Timanfaya National Park
Lanzarote’s finest natural attraction is Timanfaya National Park. A UNESCO designated protected biosphere, the park covers 20 square miles of volcanic landscape. Named for Timanfaya volcano, the area is still geologically active and this is best illustrated by the active geyser in the park. Formed by the eruptions in the 1730s, you can explore the amazing surroundings via camel, and afterwards try food in the local restaurant cooked by the heat of the ground!
Mirador del Rio
Easily the best view on Lanzarote, and one of the finest in the Canaries, Mirador del Rio is a viewpoint in the north of the island. Replete with a café bar and viewing platform, the beauty spot is reachable by car and provides stunning views out across the island of La Graciosa and the turquoise Atlantic waters. The structure was also designed by legendary island son Cesar Manrique, and is a classic example of his work.
Due to the island’s popularity with holiday makers, it can be tough to beat the crowd on Lanzarote. But there are still plenty of places where it can feel like you’re along on the island. One of these is the extinct volcano Monte Corona. One of the highest points on the island, the peak offers amazing views across the lunar landscape. The volcano’s dramatic caldera is also one of the best preserved in Lanzarote.
Cueva de Los Verdes
One of the longest volcanic tubes in the world, Cueva de Los Verdes offers a unique way to experience the Lanzarote landscape. Created thousand’s of years ago by another volcanic eruption, the result is a system of caves that have been open to tourists for 70 years. Lit by coloured lights the experience is an intoxicating one, and the caves even include a concert hall that can hold up to 500 people.
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