Introduction to Lanzarote
Lanzarote is a volcanic Island, next to Africa and part of the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. The capital on the island is called Arrecife and provides the only airport on the island. In 1993, the island was a biosphere reserve by UNESCO. It has a subtropical-desert climate and even in winter it has very comfortable temperatures. Lanzarote contains volcanic grounds and therefore the island is black. Quite a spectacular contrast. There are not as many sandy beaches as the other Canarian islands. Many of the shoresides are rocks or the grounds are covered with stones. Apart from some palmtrees and plants, you will not find too much vegetation. However, the caves, the variation in colors and the nature this island has to offer makes it an extraordinary place to visit. You either love it, or hate it.. ;)
Lanzarote is something else..
Due to its volcanic undergrounds this island is different from any other that you have ever seen before.. The contrast of the black grounds, white houses and green plants makes it an exceptional sight. The lack of green, makes the island almost look like a different planet. The Aloe Vera presence makes you feel closer to nature and when you are taking a tour to one of the hill tops, you feel like you are standing on the edge of the world. Houses that are built into the rocks, turquoise waters and the skies so clear, will change your perspective on island travel and create a memory for a lifetime.
Lanzarote basic tips:
- Visit one of the Aloe Vera plantation, the specialists there will explain you about the wonderful traits of this plant and how it is grown. You can purchase the product in its most purest form in their shops
- Take an excursion to Jameos del agua, a cave with clear blue water part of a lava tunnel coming from the volcano Cueva de los Verdes
- Jump on a boatride, watch the Island skyline while sipping on your drink and take a dive into the Atlantic Ocean
- Explore the little villages and Playas de Papagayo, even though these beaches are not the easiest ones to reach it is worth a visit for their beauty and almost untouched habitat
- Learn about the influence of César Manrique on the island's architecture and the lack of high rise hotels, visit his foundation and his art gallery