If you’re looking for a sun-drenched holiday with a difference, Lanzarote must be fairly high on your must-visit list.
This striking Canary Island, located just off the west coast of Africa, is so much more than just a beach break. Of course you can quite easily visit and spend a week on the beach or by the pool without exploring any of its star attractions or unique characteristics. But you could be anywhere – so why not spend some time getting to know this fascinating volcanic hotspot? It might just become your new favourite holiday destination.
As far as the scenery goes, ‘dramatic’ sums it up nicely. This is a volcanic island that was born out of fiery eruptions many millennia ago, and it shows in its bizarre twisting rock formations, soaring craggy peaks and lunar-like landscapes. For real evidence of its violent volcanic past, head to the sprawling Timanfaya National Park. It’s a protected nature reserve so you can’t just wander in willy-nilly – you’ll need to take an organised tour. But it’s well worth it. Discover its spectacular scenery, watch geysers burst into life, and see a geothermal barbeque in action. That means your lunch is actually cooked over volcanic heat from deep within the island’s core. Pretty impressive isn’t it?
Lanzarote is also famous for its many sculptured landscapes. The late Cesar Manrique was a visionary and a local architect, and he was responsible for creating fantastic tourist attractions such as coastal landscapes and exotic gardens on the island. For instance, at Jameos del Agua, he created a superb visitor centre and concert venue out of a network of caves at the foot of the Monte de la Corona volcano.
There’s all this and so much more to see, do and experience in Lanzarote. It’s certainly not your average beach break destination and is well worth a visit at any time of year.
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