One of seven Canary Islands belonging to Spain, located about 125 km off the coast of west Africa, the volcanic island Lanzarote is the most eastern of the seven. Often overlooked, Lanzarote has much to offer in the way of Beaches and Sports as well as it’s unique wine.
Some of the many sports which the island seems perfect for due to comfortable temperatures and little rain include cycling / mountain biking, hiking, golf, windsurfing, and scuba diving.
We rented a car and went inland on tour; it was a great time with lots to see and we were not disappointed. One of our many stops was the Timanfaya National Park. Unique landscapes and colours were the backdrop for camels meandering their way through the desert barren land.
Other areas worth visiting include:
- Mirador del Rio; 600 metres high with a fabulous outlook to the island of Graciosa.
- La Cueva de los Verdes is a 7 km long lava tube cave system with spectacular reflections
- Guatiza a 5000 m² garden featuring more than 1400 types of cactus
There are numerous beaches along the coast of Lanzarote – some more challenging / dangerous than others due to tides, some do not allow swimming because they are protected and some are pleasantly secluded. Offering up surfing, bathing, tanning, paddling and more, there is a beach for every whim and you should not be bored!
Viniculture is alive and well in Lanzarote. Malvasia dominates with 75% of the plantings; rich, black, volcanic soil, and protected by semi-circular stone walls, combined with the temperate climate, allow the grape vines to thrive. Wine tours are available and give one the chance to visit some of the numerous bodegas and taste their wares.