Lanzarote is a well known package holiday destination but this trend is changing now a growing number of independent tourists are starting to visit the island.
Attracted by its great year round climate, breathtaking beaches and stunning surreal scenery Lanzarote boasts lots of natural wonders which were created during the 18th century by some seriously large scale volcanic activity.
Lanzarote is the fourth largest of the Canary Islands and has been a popular holiday destination since the 1970´s. It’s still going strong today too – welcoming millions of foreign tourists every year. And whist many are here to enjoy the glorious sunshine on the beach or by the pool most still find plenty of time to explore too.
The island however boasts enough stunning sights to lure them away from their Lanzarote holiday apartments behind for at least a days exploring and touring. Whilst being a relatively small island Lanzarote simply brims with activities both on, under and off the water as well as diverse culture just waiting to be explored. With so much to do it can be hard to choose what to do or where to go, but many peoples lists include:
The Aqua Park
Fun, fun, fun for the whole family. The park boasts an excellent selection of water slides and although None of the pools get heated as the weather is so great this is not a problem although it may be a bit cool on days that are overcast (not that there are that many). You may find yourself paying for lockers and sun beds so make sure you budget for this.
The Timanfaya National Park
Here visitors can view Mother Nature’s handiwork up close. As coaches wend their way through the Timanfaya Volcano Park seven days a week. Whilst also observing just how hot it still is just beneath the earth’s surface here. As whilst the volcanoes are all now dormant the temperatures below ground level still reach up to 400 degrees Celsius. As park wardens are only too happy to demonstrate.
The Cactus Garden
It is hard to find attractions on Lanzarote that do not seem to somehow miraculously blend in with the very fabric of the island and this Manrique developed creation is no exception. Not as you would expect an average garden to be Manrique has once again used his skills to great effect.
The display of cacti here is stunning and neatly landscaped in amphitheatre like terrace style that gives great exposure to all the species displayed.
The Green Lagoon
If you pay a visit to fire mountain around fifteen minutes further to the north lies Lanzarote´s Green Lagoon, which is situated just outside a small village called El Golfo. The Green Lagoon (El Charco de los Clicos) has starred in a number of major motion pictures over the years – most famously One Million Years BC. As this was the spot where Raquel Welch emerged from the sea in her animal skin bikini.
The north of the island offers another spectacular green surprise – in the form of the Valley of 1000 Palms. Where villagers from Haría have created a huge swaying oasis by planting a Canarian palm for every new born child here.
A recommended activity in Lanzarote
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