Natural attractions in Lanzarote, one of the most beautiful places in the Canary Islands. Our trip was for 7 days, but we were actually on the island for five days, because in general the road is about two days with the stay at the airports. In winter, this is probably the warmest place for Europeans to rest. It is located quite close to the continent of Africa, which partly explains the landscapes of the island of Lanzarote.
This is a rather strange place, somewhat similar to Santorini island, where we were last year. There is an interesting mix between the volcanic nature of the island and the whitewashed houses of the locals. You will definitely not regret it if you decide to visit it. As already mentioned, and this is the main purpose of this travelogue is the natural attractions of Lanzarote.
Here we can list the craters of the volcanoes around 300, fortunately inactive, the lunar landscape, the black rocks and the red beaches. It's amazing to climb to a higher point on the island and watch the waves of the Atlantic. The island of Lanzarote has been a Spanish possession since 1402.
We settled in Playa Blanca in the south of the island. We managed to tour all the interesting places about which we will tell you in detail. We start with Timanfaya National Park with an area of 50 sq. Km.
Here the main attraction is camel riding and a tour of the volcanoes in this area. They made a demonstration of the geothermal activity under the soil surface. They put dry grass in a metal bowl and it starts to burn after a few minutes. El Golfo is a natural amphitheater overlooking the sea.
It was formed by volcanic eruptions in 1730. The lake itself is green in color, as we were told, due to the algae that live in these waters. The lake is fenced with a fence that should not be crossed, and bathing in it is prohibited. Mirador del Rio is located in the northern part of the island. One of the highest panoramic sites 480 meters above sea level, which are made for observation of flora and fauna.
We also visited the Jameos del Agua cave and saw blind albino crabs. My photos could not be good, so we did not put in the article. There is a lake in the cave with clear water, a little blue in the light. In general, the island of Lanzarote is a place of contrasts. The dark volcanic soil and sandy beaches that stand out on the black lava cooled for centuries.
Most of this place is a nature reserve from 1993, natural architecture, which can be seen from my panoramic photos. The culture of the island is well preserved from the period before the arrival of the Spaniards. Aboriginal Guanches with African roots lived here. Some of their food is preserved and easy to prepare. For example, gofio is made from roasted beans and salt.
Fish stews and roast pork leg, as well as the traditional Sancocho and "wrinkled" potatoes are served with a spicy "mojo" sauce. Be sure to try everything produced on the island, wine, cheese and fish delicacies. I end this story of natural landmarks in Lanzarote with a reminder not to be tourists but travelers, meet locals and exchange information and look beyond your nose.