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The Spanish island of Lanzarote forms part of the beautiful Canary Islands. Boasting hilly regions and a coastline teeming with wildlife, visitors to Lanzarote are rewarded with scenery of unbelievable beauty. No matter what type of traveler you are, you’ll find something to suit your tastes, whether that’s exploring nature, relaxing on the beach or taking part in sporting activities!
Absorb the Lanzarote Culture
With a long, deep cultural history, there are opportunities galore to soak up some of the local history and art of Lanzarote. Start your day at the Museum of International Contemporary Art. There you can view modern day art within an 18th century castle. Or, head down to the Museo del Campesino, where you can immerse yourself in the artisan history while visiting a renovated farmhouse. You can also see the art of native-son artist Cesar Manrique which is featured throughout the island.
Garden lovers will want to visit LagOmar — Oasis de Nazaret to see the tropical fauna in the lavish gardens. There are a number of caves for you to check-out and a restaurant and bar to enjoy. You might also want to visit the El Grifo Wine Museum where you will learn about the process of making wine and, of course, try a sample. For another fun day out, take the kids to the The Pirate Museum; the kids will love learning about Lanzarote’s pirate history and admission is free for children.
Foodies Flock to Lanzarote
If food is your passion then you’ve come to the right place! With lots of local produce on offer, the fun bit is discovering the island through your palate. On Mondays and Fridays you’ll find an artisan market and a fish market at Arrecife, open between 9.00 am and 1.00 pm. You can sample more of the local produce on Saturdays at the Market Tias, where trade begins at 9.00 am and continues through till 2.00 pm. With these same hours on Sunday, you can enjoy local fresh fruit and vegetables at the market in Mancha Blanca.
Hikers Love Timanfaya National Park
Fans of the outdoors and lovers of exercise find Lanzarote to be right up their alley. There’s a whole load of terrain to cover with a variety of walking opportunities, both along the coast as well as inland. Be careful when you’re close to the lava fields as the ground is sketchy at best. It gets pretty hot on the island too, so be sure to carry a big bottle of water in your backpack. And, a visit to Timanfaya National Park is a must. You can reach the park by several different routes, including a coastal path walk. Adventurous folks might want to book a volcano trek. Trekers will be able to take in the awesome landscape and get some good photos out of it as well.
A Beach-lovers Paradise
As you’d expect from an island, Lanzarote has lots of coastline and pristine, white-sand beaches. Get your adrenalin pumping with some diving, jet skiing or water skiing. Or, you can just laze around on the beach and soak up the sun. It’s all just a matter of finding your favorite beach. Playa de Papagayo is a great collection of beaches which are located off the beaten path. Or, You could head to Aka Pila de la Barilla to see wildlife in its natural habitat. The water is particularly calm here, which makes it a haven for divers looking to catch a glimpse of the world beneath the waves.
And, be sure to take a cruise to Playa Blanca. There are plenty of places to eat, so you might want to stay for dinner!
With these recommendations in mind, you’re sure to enjoy your visit Lanzarote. So, book your flights to Lanzarote as soon as you can; it’s a magical place. Hint: If you plan your itinerary before you arrive, then when you step off that plane you’ll be ready to make the most of your time here.
Darlene Meredith is a retired travel journalist with a special passion for Mediterranean countries. She also enjoys learning languages.