6 fantastic reasons to go to Lanzarote (Canary Islands)
Lanzarote is one of the least known of the Canary Islands! People come here not for enjoying the beaches, although they may. The major reason for thousands of foreigners is the opportunity to visit a fantasy movie scenery like “Alien land adventures”.
The case is that rather recently, about 300 years ago, 32 volcanoes erupted on Lanzarote! What is the most fascinating –it lasted for 6 years. Almost half of the island of fertile lands turned into a dump of hardened lava. And the craters of various forms are of reddish shades, as if the volcanoes are still burning.
And not only that impresses. So many colorful places of interest are there on the small island 60 km long and 13 km wide that you should see them all for sure.
So, the main reasons: Why Lanzarote is worth visiting?
1)The road along 32 volcanoes craters
Timanfaya park on Lanzarote is the only of that kind in the world. The largest number of island’s volcanoes is concentrated here. The park spreading for 50 km2 is completely covered with hardened lava. Feelings are incredible during passing along a narrow lava notch, whose walls are made of thick layers of diverse volcanic rocks. Amid the hardened lava and craters. Standing at the largest crater where the islanders have built a restaurant and cook on the grill, which is always heated from the underground (where the temperature reaches up to 600 degrees at the depth of 13 meters). The impressions of the landscapes are so unrivalled and stunning, that it’s worth to be added to your sightseeing list!
2) Most unique wineries of volcanic rocks
Since Lanzarote was burned by volcanoes, the residents were forced to grow the vine, which was being grown in this region before, in a new way.
Lanzaroters began to dig deep craters in lava to reach the ground; they built fences around each one protecting the plants from strong winds. And owing to the positive properties of the upper layer of lava absorbing moisture at night and avoiding its evaporation during the day, irrigation is out of question. And so specific and tasty Lanzarote wine is made. And the vine fields look like alien gardens!
3) the island – open-air museum by César Manrique
César Manrique is an incredible person, who being in love with nature and the unique beauty of his island managed to create beauty and unite all residents to emphasize all the benefits of Lanzarote and show it off to the whole world. Everywhere on the island can the César’s work be felt and seen for he developed projects of everything that’s most fascinating and most needed here. From logo to observation decks, from road along the craters to the airport. You should see for yourself this art for the sake of harmony of the nature and a man and learn more about this talented person.
4) 7 Wonders of César Manrique on Lanzarote
This artist, architect, and designer has managed to create incredible and creative designs revealing the island in very uncommon aspects and to transform former drawbacks into popular venues. Mirador del Rio located just above the abyss overlooking the neighboring island of La Graciosa. Los Hervideros cliffs where the paths are laid on a rock, where you can watch the incessantly attacking waves. Cactuses’ garden or deep lava caves Cueva de los Verdes with a lake and a concert hall. Lanzarote’s landmarks are rather varied and outstanding. It’ll be interesting and exciting here for sure.
Mirador del Rio:
Los Hervideros cliffs:
5) Amazing Papagayo beach
Lanzarote is the island of volcanic origin. Many landscapes are associated with hardened lava. A vast Papagayo beach spreads in the south of the island, near the Playa Blanca port at which everyone is sailing from Fuerteventura. Apart from golden sand and turquoise-blue ocean, the beach is surrounded by lava rocks. You can come up and watch the fantastic views along the coast overlooking the volcanoes’ craters. Dozens of brownish shades can be encountered here and the craters tops are purple here, like on the whole island. There is no greenery, except for the only valley that enjoyed miraculous survival. So the surprising contrast will be retained in your memory.
6) Acid lake and Los hervideros cliffs
Having arrived on Lanzarote in Playa Blanca, you can go right down the main road towards Timanfaya Park. The road runs through the hardened lava and volcanoes craters.
First you’ll come across Los Ervideros cliffs – this incredible abyss with high cliffs constantly embraces by huge waves. Scale is impressive and a spectacular show is being created.
As if on another planet further down the road you may reach a large and interesting crater with external and internal walls having unrealistic decor made by the wind and an acid greenish lake at the bottom. This landscape is truly fantastic and worth to be seen.
Go to Lanzarote and be impressed by everything around. Where the nature dominates over the architecture, where one person has made a popular island from the neglected one. Where the nature is of utmost importance and the residents are trying to keep it intact and live in harmony with it. There’s no other island like this not only among the Canaries, but in the whole world.
After these reasons you should have received an incentive to come here and see this wonder of nature.
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With love, RH.
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