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Lanzarote

Lanzarote, a disembodied island that falls in love

Lanzarote desde el espacio

Lanzarote is the Canary Island located further east and further north. It is the one with the largest number of islets around it, being the island of La Graciosa the only one inhabited. Lanzarote is the fourth largest, the one that is crowned with the lowest altitude peak, just 671 meters above sea level in the Peñas del Chache and the one with the largest population in fact, as a result of the importance of the island tourism sector.

After Fuerteventura, Lanzarote was the second island of the Canarian Archipelago about 19 million years ago, as a result of volcanic activity in the earth’s crust. However, Lanzarote is known for its recent volcanism, especially for the trail left by the volcanic eruptions that today form the Timanfaya National Park and the Tao area (1730-1736 and 1824). It occupies part of the municipalities of Yaiza and Tinajo.

Timanfaya
Parque Nacional de Timanfaya

In Yaiza you can also visit El Golfo, with its iconic green lagoon by the sea, and the historic Salinas del Janubio. In Tinajo, there is the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Los Dolores, patron of the Lanzarote and last-minute ‘resource’ of the natives to conjure up the disasters caused by eruptions in Las Vegas and in local agriculture.

A volcanic activity that Lanzarote has taken advantage of for its benefit. There are the vineyards of La Geria to prove it. Its substrates of volcanic ash (picón) and its stone walls arranged in an arc collect the moisture that carries the trade, the dominant wind, to deposit it in the surroundings of the vines. Lanzarote wines are unique because of the natural conditions in which the vines develop and San Bartolomé de Lanzarote is the ideal place to appreciate them.

Underground tubes

Tubo volcánico en Lanzarote
Tubo volcánico

To the north, Malpaís de la Corona hides in its subsoil a crisscrossed network of volcanic tubes of which the Cueva de los Verdes and Jameos del Agua are the best known. These are two unique spaces that were recreated by the ingenuity of the local artist César Manrique.

The capital of Lanzarote is Arrecife, port and commercial city on the east coast of the island. In Arrecife, the Charco de San Ginés, urban beaches such as the Reducto or the castles of San José and San Gabriel can help to understand the role of the sea in the economy and in the fears of Lanzarote. The sea was a source of progress for its people, with fishing and with the exploitation of resources such as those of salt, but also the origin of the continuous pyro assaults that followed for centuries.

La Geria
La Geria

However, it is Teguise, the historical capital and which concentrates a good part of the local architectural style of Moorish roots. In Teguise, we must not miss the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Santa Bárbara Castle just on the edge of the Guanapay volcano and the Spínola Palace. Strolling around in Teguise, in towns like Uga or in towns like those of Guatiza, Mala or Nazareth is an opportunity to make virtue of healthy curiosity.

In the north, you should visit Haría in its Valley of the Thousand Palms. In its heights you have to be seduced by the incredible views of La Graciosa and the islets from the Riscos de Famara. Images to always remember.

Lanzarote, a stark island that falls in love.

El Golfo
El Golfo
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