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Lanzarote: the land of fire

Lanzarote is one of the last islands to have had major volcanic eruptions, in 1570 and the most recent in 1824. Both in the area declared a Nature Reserve of the Timanfaya volcanoes, the island's main tourist attraction, whose landscape will not leave you indifferent. The narrow roads that cross the surrounding areas will make you feel as if you were on another planet. When I first saw its volcanoes, its black, grey or reddish earth, I was completely fascinated by the landscape, to which the odd cactus and palm tree gave a touch of colour. So if you come to this island, you can't miss this magical place, very different from anything you've seen before.

Tourist attractions of Lanzarote

Some of the most outstanding tourist attractions on the island are the Cueva de los Verdes and Jameos del Agua, both of which are part of a volcanic tube originating from the eruption of the Corona volcano. The jameos are the parts of these tunnels that sink and are left uncovered. In both there are parts with underground water and in the jameos there is an endemic species, the white blind crab. Further north we also have the viewpoint of the river with impressive views from a terrace located on the cliff to observe the island of La Graciosa from the heights. In the Cactus Garden you will find specimens from all over the world in an enclosure with an old windmill.

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Other places of interest are the wine cellars in the area of La Geria, with their characteristic undercuts where the vines are cultivated, and the nearby Volcán del Cuervo volcano. Also the castles of San Gabriel or San Jose, nowadays converted into a museum of contemporary art. The monument to the Peasant, an old hacienda converted into a museum that will take you back in time and give you a deeper understanding of life in the Lanzarote countryside. Finally, you can also visit the house of the Nobel Prize winning writer José Saramago or César Manrique, a multidisciplinary artist from the island who was involved in the creation of the island.

The most beautiful municipalities of Lanzarote

Ordered starting with the most beautiful:

  • Teguise: One of the first colonial settlements and former capital of the island. It preserves many historical buildings such as the Church of Guadalupe or the Catillo de Santa Bárbara. It is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. On Sundays there is a market that attracts a large number of visitors.
  • Yaiza: the first settlement on the island with traditional Canarian architecture. Close to the Timanfaya natural park, lava was on the verge of reaching here.
  • San Bartolomé: central village on the island known for its vineyards and wine cellars.
  • Tinajo: close to Timanfaya and with a spectacular volcanic landscape.
  • Arrecife: the current capital with colonial buildings that are not to be missed. It is essential to walk along the promenade, see the castle of San Gabriel, the parish church of San Ginés and the "charco" filled with small boats.
  • Haría: located in what is known as the valley of a thousand palm trees, which creates a beautiful landscape of white houses among palm trees.
  • Órzola: small fishing village from where you can take the ferry to the island of La Graciosa.
  • El Golfo: small fishing village near the Laguna Verde, a semi-submerged crater that creates this lake in front of the sea.
  • Caleta Famara: small village at the beginning of the spectacular Famara beach and in front of its cliff.
    Punta Mujeres: colourful village with several natural pools near the Cueva de los Verdes and Jameos del Agua.

The beaches of Lanzarote

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Another of the island's charms are some of its beaches, particularly those in the southwest, which are located in the Punta de Papagayo Natural Park. Another beach not to be missed, although swimming is forbidden due to its currents, is Famara beach, with its imposing cliff in front of it, which creates an incredible portrait. Playa Grande and Playa Chica are other unmissable beaches in Puerto del Carmen and the latter is a must if you like snorkelling and scuba diving. In the north you have another natural beach of golden sand in Órzola, where the cliff in front of the island of La Graciosa ends. Here you can see our complete guide to Lanzarote's coves and beaches.

Highlights in Lanzarote