Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Lanzarote lies 60 miles off the coast of Africa and has a population of less than 100,000. The island is 37 miles (60km) long and 12 miles (20 km) wide, making it the fourth largest island in the Canaries. Whilst tourism has overtaken more traditional aspects of the economy, the Island has successfully maintained its heritage and charm. It is a tribute to the conservation effort seen on the island, that Lanzarote was declared a world Biosphere by UNESCO in 1993. Due to its location on the Tropic of Cancer, Lanzarote boasts sunshine all year round. The Island has several resorts that offer beaches of golden sand. Lanzarote has numerous opportunites for sightseeing, and its scenery, culture and history make it an ideal holiday location. Whether you wish to lie on the beach, surf or visit places of interest.

Lanzarote enjoys a mild dry climate with average daytime temperatures ranging from about 21°C in January to 29°C in August. Annual rainfall is just 140mm (5.5 inches). This makes Lanzarote the perfect year-round destination.

As with the other Canary Islands, Lanzarote is Volcanic in origin. Due to the recent eruptions during the 18th and 19th Centuries, many parts of Lanzarote appear to be from another world, often described as 'lunar' or 'Martian', so much so that parts of 'Planet of the Apes' were shot here.
The dry climate (and lack of erosion) means that the Volcanic Landscape appears much as it did just after the eruptions.

Amongst the many stunning Volcanic features of Lanzarote is the longest Volcanic Tunnel in the world, the Atlantida Tunnel, which is over 7 km long and includes the La Cueva de los Verdes and Jameos del Agua.

Despite the Volcanic nature of the island, Lanzarote has several beautiful white beaches such as at Playa Blanca and Papagayo.

Isla de Lanzarote

Isla de Lanzarote capital, Arrecife, as with Cueva de los Verdes & Jameos del Agua are probably the main attractions. The first is a 1km (0.6mi) long chasm that is the most spectacular part of an 8km (5mi) lava tube, formed by an eruption 5000 years ago. There is a beautiful azure lake in the middle of the Jameos del Agua, another lava tube. Bars and a restaurant have been installed around the lake as well as a concert hall seating 500, with wonderful acoustics. Tiny, blind crabs live in the water.

The Parque Nacional de Timanfaya on the south of Lanzarote experienced one of the world's greatest volcanic eruptions in 1730. The eruption lasted for six years and spewed thousands of tons of molten rock into the air. The 52 sq km (20.3 sq mi) park is almost like a scene from a science fiction movie, with twisted and swirling mounds of solidified lava sticking up like warped licorice sticks, punctuated by volcanic cones. The restaurant in the park cooks its food on a volcano-powered barbecue. A few kilometres south along the road that crosses the eastern edge of the park is the Museo de las Rocas, a geological museum that will fill you in on the park's full details.

Lanzarote is 200km (124mi) north-east of Gran Canaria, and you can fly there from many international destinations and from the other islands in the archipelago. Ferries make regular connections with nearby Fuerteventura, and less regularly with Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.



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