Volcanic landscapes, red and black earth, deserts, sharp rocks, natural parks, cactuses and beaches form the profile of Lanzarote, the wildest island in the Canary Islands.
It is an island of silence to be discovered slowly, which, for its wonderful nature, has been declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. If you are thinking of reaching this Spanish island, we have produced a useful guide to what to see on the island, the most beautiful beaches and how to get there.
Lanzarote is the most northeastern of the islands of the Canary Islands archipelago and is located right next to Fuerteventura. It is famous for the volcanic landscape of the Timanfaya National Park, which is the most incredible of the lunar landscapes of the Canaries. Its heterogeneous forms have only recently been created: they date back to the 18th and 19th centuries, when a series of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions modified the island.
Lanzarote is famous among surfers, but it also has sheltered beaches, villages to visit and some of the most curious natural places on the planet.
WHAT TO SEE IN LANZAROTE
What to see in Lanzarote? Below you will find a selection of things to do and see in Lanzarote.
Jameo del Agua
One of the most unusual places to see in Lanzarote is Jameo del Agua. It is a huge underground tunnel formed by the eruption of the Monte Corona Volcano. A wooden staircase leads into the tunnel where there is a restaurant that fits perfectly into the natural landscape and overlooks a natural green pool.
Mirador del Rio
In Lanzarote, the mixture of art and nature, nature and culture is a concept that always returns. One of the most famous artists of the Canary Islands, Cesar Manrique, has done much to enhance Lanzarote by building points of interest that harmonize and even emphasize the dramatic nature of Lanzarote.
One of these is the Mirador del Rio, rightly on the list of things to see in Lanzarote, which is also one of the most beautiful viewpoints in Lanzarote. There is also a special café with scenic views.
Cesar Manrique House Museum
The genius and contribution of Cesar Manrique to the well-being and landscape of Lanzarote is celebrated in the Cesar Manrique Museum house, located in the middle of a beautiful palm garden and obtained by restructuring a traditional farmhouse, but keeping intact the features of comfort and contact with nature.
Jardin de Cactus
The Jardin de Cactus is a cactus garden located beneath an old mill that revitalises one of the largest desert areas in Lanzarote.
Timanfaya National Park
The Timanfaya National Park is one of the most important points of interest in Lanzarote and the Canary Islands. It is a huge volcanic area that has only recently been created and where you can watch the spectacle and power of nature. Pouring water on some surfaces of the park immediately turns into geysers. You can also eat in a restaurant (designed by Cesar Manrique) where the meat is cooked with the heat of the earth.
Salinas de Janubio
Le Salinas de Janubio is another of the best destinations in Lanzarote. These are large salt pans that are located in the area between El Golfo and the cliffs of Los Hervidores.
Geria is a volcanic area where the vines grow unexpectedly in the barren soil. The area produces an excellent wine and you can visit the cellars and admire the surreal landscape of the vineyards of La Geria.
From Lanzarote don’t miss a visit to La Graciosa island, a small strip of volcanic land north of the Canary Islands archipelago. The island, separated from Lanzarote by a portion of the ocean known as El Rio, is located in the Chinijo archipelago of the Canaries and is part of the integral nature reserve of Los Islotes and the Chinijo Natural Park.
BEACH AND SEA
- Beach of Femara
- Las Conchas
- Carcho de Palo
- Playa Papagayo
- Playa de Las Mujeres
- Caleta del Mero
- Montaña Bermejo
- Chargo de Los Clicos
CLIMATE AND METHOD
The climate in Lanzarote is one of the most pleasant in the world. Summers are warm but windy, winter practically does not exist and is replaced by a long, eternal, spring. On the island, as on all the islands of the Canaries, it is possible to go to the sea even in winter if you find beaches sheltered from the wind and sunny. In winter the sun sets early and in the evening the weather temperatures drop, but with a bit of luck you can stay at the beach all day.
Lanzarote is particularly exposed to the trade winds that blow constantly all year round, from the north-east, especially in the afternoon. Sometimes it can blow a hot and dry wind from Africa that brings with it the sand of the desert and an abnormal heat, especially in the interior of the island. Here you will find all the information on climate and weather in the Canary Islands.
HOW TO GET THERE
You can get to Lanzarote by plane. Ryanair flies from the airports of Milan-Bergamo, Bologna and Rome directly to Lanzarote. There are also flights to Iberia, Vueling, Air France and Air Europa. From the port of Cadiz ferries depart for Gran Canaria and Tenerife. From here you can take the ferry to Lanzarote. The best way to get around Lanzarote is to rent a car. The island is also easily accessible by bike, preferably MTB, or on foot for tireless walkers.
In Lanzarote there are iconic landscapes in which the imaginative soil forms, created by volcanic eruptions, are tinged with brown and reddish colors. The Canary Islands sky is one of the most suitable for stargazing because it is almost completely free of light pollution. For this reason, you can take beautiful photos in Lanzarote, both during the day and at night.