Situated just a few miles off the coast of Africa, Lanzarote is the most easterly of the Canary Islands. Declared as a Biosphere Reserve by Unesco in 1993, Lanzarote watches over the conservation of its environment. All over the island, you see the influence of the visionary artist, architect and environmentalist César Manrique, who saved Lanzarote from the ravages of rampant development. His extraordinary creations accentuate the unique geology of the island and are now its main tourist attractions.
Aquasport’s suggested excursions
Volcanoes Road : Timanfaya National Park
Because of the spectacular fields of solidified lava that make up the island of Lanzarote, Timanfaya is the land of volcanoes. From the natural viewpoint of Montaña Rajada you can observe a vast sea of lava that spreads out to the coast. It is simply impressive: undulations, spectacular shapes formed by lava…
The West Coast : El Golfo, Los Hervideros and Salinas de Janubio
Coming from the south, the road leads you to a small car park, from where you can approach El Golfo by foot, following signs for a short walk around the headland. At the foot of the crater wall is Lago Verde, a half-moon-shaped striking green lagoon filled with volcanic minerals and micro-organisms that are believed to be unique in this lake. A short distance along the southwest coastline from the exciting Los Hervideros is another natural example of the power of Mother Nature. The Laguna de Janubio is a large, emerald-green saltwater lagoon located at the Salinas de Janubio, the only operating commercial salt works on the island.
The wine valley of La Géria
The valley of La Geria is Lanzarote’s main wine-growing region. This area produces most of Lanzarote’s excellent wines, of which 75 per cent are made from the Malvasía grape, one of the oldest known grape varieties. In order to protect them from the constant winds and drying out, they built low, semicircular walls around them
This unique cultivation method results in a prosperous wine industry, renowned for excellent wines, which can be sampled and purchased in a number of local winegrowers’ bodegas (wine shops).
The North: Cactus Garden, La Cueva de los Verdes, Jamaeos del Agua, Mirador del Rio
On the outskirts of Guatiza, situated at the very centre of the cactus fields, you will find César Manrique’s last landscape monument, the Jardín de Cactus (the Cactus Garden). This huge garden is filled with specimens from all over the world, including the Canary Islands, America and Madagascar. La Cueva de los Verdes is a labyrinth of caves that was once used by inhabitants as a secret hiding place from pirates back in the 17th Century. Today, it is a popular attraction that also features the longest lava caves in the world, called Tunel de Atlántida. Jameos del Agua is one of the main attractions in the north-eastern part of Lanzarote. Just a short walk from the sea, this ‘natural wonder’ consisting of caverns and partially collapsed volcanic tubes was transformed into a unique entertainment venue by César Manrique. Enjoy breathtaking views from Mirador del Río, Lanzarote’s most famous viewpoint, located 1,630 ft (497 metres) above sea level. It overlooks the northern coastline, the straits of El Rio and the Isla Graciosa.
Also, La Graciosa, Playa Blanca, Punta del Papagayo, Teguise Market, the Caleta de Famara, the Monumento al Campesino…