Lanzarote’s Top Attractions, Best Island Vacations in Spain, Lanzarote Travel Guide

April 11, 2009 by  
Filed under Spain Best Beaches, Spain Vacations

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. Read more

Discover Lanzarote, Top Destinations in Spain, Best Island Vacations in Spain

The small Canary Island of Lanzarote is one of the most popular vacation destinations in Spain.  Attracting over 1.5 million foreign tourists every year.  The bulk of them from Britain and Eire – who account for well over 60% of all tourist visits made to the island.

The key to Lanzarote´s popularity as a holiday destination lies in the fact that this island located just seventy miles off the coast of Africa enjoys a great climate all year round.  So even in the depths of winter when Northern Europe is shivering, visitors are able to enjoy a beach holiday in the sun here.  As temperatures average 20 Celsius all year round – even during December and January.

Lanzarote was first conquered by the Spanish in the early 1400´s – and rapidly became an important strategic trading post between the New World and the Old.  As Spanish galleons crossed the Atlantic with Inca silver and returned with African slaves.  Stopping off at Lanzarote and the other Canary Islands to refuel and restock. Read more