Lanzarote has been a popular tourist destination for many years thanks in large to its warm and welcoming climate all year round. The islands charm however, is not just its fine weather but also its hidden artistic gems, numerous natural wonders and striking scenery that you might not find out about while you bask in the sun on the beach.
If you are going to Lanzarote for a holiday this guide will help give you an idea of some of the sights that are not to be missed. If you are considering taking a trip to the island be sure to visit cheapflights.co.uk to find the best prices on flights to Lanzarote.
Timanfaya National Park
Easily the island’s number one visited tourist attraction; the Timanfaya National Park is a sight that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. The scenery of the park was created by volcanic eruptions that lasted just over six years and created some extraordinary terrain that seems to belong on another planet. Before the eruptions, the park was fertile farm land while now it is an expansive exhibit of petrified lava.
There are many options that you can take when deciding how to explore the park but for those who want to get the most information then the guided coach tour is the best way. The guides offer detailed and interesting commentary of this natural attraction and also include eye witness accounts of the eruption nearly three hundred years ago.
Jameos Del Agua
The Jameos Del Agua is a brilliant example of art working at one with nature and Lazarote’s most famous resident and artist, Cesar Manrique, is the genius behind it. Naturally formed from a collapsed lava tube and later improved by the artist, the Jameos Del Agua is an underground lagoon that is perfect for entertainment and relaxing.
The lagoon has a concert hall that is carved out of the volcanic rock that makes up the structure of the island and there is also a pool, although this is reserved for the King of Spain’s personal use only. Many tourists who come here make use of the various bars and restaurants around the Jameos Del Agua while admiring the tropical gardens and local wildlife.
The Cactus Garden at Guatiza
Another of Lanzarote’s attractions that was influenced by Manrique, the Cactus Garden is located in a disused quarry and is now home to over one thousand different species of the prickly plant. While the many of the cacti that you will find here are no longer native to the island, the garden will give you an insight to the industrious history of Lanzarote while plant lovers will enjoy some of the odd looking plants.
Cesar Manrique’s House
For a man who influenced and shaped much of Lanzarote’s landscape and history, Cesar Manrique’s home is also a big tourist attraction here. The house was designed by the artist himself and was built from five volcanic bubbles. Eventually being completed in the late 1960’s winning various architectural awards for how the building was incorporated with the local nature.