Lanzarote’s Top Attractions, Best Island Vacations in Spain, Lanzarote Travel Guide
The small Canary Island of Lanzarote is a hot holiday favourite with tourists from across Northern Europe and mainland Spain. Attracting around 1.5 million visitors every year. And as well as great weather, the island also boasts loads of wonderful attractions – which tempt tourists away from their Lanzarote villas and hotels to enjoy a spot of serious sightseeing.
The Timanfaya Volcano Park
The undisputed star of the show on Lanzarote is the Timanfaya National Park. Which was formed back in the 1730’s by an explosive six year period of volcanic eruptions.
This cataclysmic process created over 300 new volcanoes and carpeted around a quarter of the island in a sea of molten lava. Decimating rich agricultural land and forcing emigration upon many Lanzaroteños.
Today the eerie terrain of Timanfaya is Lanzarote’s leading attraction. Nearly one million tourists visit the park every year to witness the decimation caused by these eruptions. With the vista of strange twisted lava shapes and spent volcanic peaks stretching for mile after mile.
The Timanfaya Volcano Park is open daily from 10.00 to 17.45. Admission costs €8 per adult and €4 per child.
The Mirador Del Rio
Enjoy a breathtaking view of the neighboring island of La Graciosa, from the amazing lookout point created by the local artist Cesar Manrique.
The Mirador del Rio is located around 450 metres above sea level and as a result had been used as a lookout point by the islanders for centuries. As Lanzarote was once ravaged by repeated pirate attacks.
In the 1890’s this spot was turned into a naval gun battery as Spain went to war with the USA over Cuba. And in the 1970’s Manrique transformed the gun emplacement into a remarkable restaurant with incredible views.
The Mirador del Rio is open daily from 10.00 to 17.45. Admission costs €4.50 per adult and €2.25 for children.
Lanzarote boasts over ninety beautiful beaches. But none can quite match the raw allure of Famara. An 8km long horseshoe shaped bay with huge swathes of golden sand.
Famara is located well away from the main tourist resorts on Laznarote’s raw north east coast. And is particularly popular with locals. Indeed this is the spot where the young Manrique’s imagination was first fired by the sheer beauty of his surroundings.
Famara is best enjoyed during the autumn months when the trade winds that blow across the island have subsided.
Valley of 1000 Palms
Lanzarote is an island of contrasts. A point nowhere better illustrated than by the Valley of 1000 Palms – which provides a verdant and green antidote to the arid volcanic south of the island.
Tradition has it that the locals here once planted one palm tree for every new born baby girl and two for a boy. Creating a scene that is redolent of an African village. With small whitewashed houses framed against a backdrop of swaying palm trees.
The Valley of 1000 Palms is located in the north of the island and is best approached via the LZ-10 road.