Lanzarote might not be the largest of the Canary Islands, but what it lacks in size it makes up in beauty. The island’s gorgeous beaches, whitewashed villages, and fish markets draw in visitors year round. Despite its popularity, Lanzarote remains an unspoiled destination unlike many of the other Canary Islands following the construction booms in the 1970’s.
Due to several volcanic eruptions in the 18th and 19th century, Lanzarote has an unconventional sense of beauty setting it apart from other beach destinations, including over 300 volcanic peaks. Timanfaya National Park, home to an active volcano, boasts unrivaled views and scenery. Also, don’t miss your chance to trek through the park’s underground lava caves that once served as a refuge for residents hiding from invading pirates!
Architectural buffs will enjoy Cesar Manrique’s influence on the island. His former home was converted into a quirky museum celebrating his life works. Even if you’re not into architecture, I would highly recommend a visit. It’s constructed on a lava bubble, and the interior design is other worldly!
If you can manage to peel yourself off your sun-lounger, exploring the island’s little fishing villages makes for a fun day taking in some turquoise views! There are several to choose from, but some local favorites include Playa Blanca and Pueblo Marinero.
Another Lanzarote must-see is Los Jameos del Agua. Logos Jameos del Agua is a pool of water nestled inside a volcanic tunnel, which formed following an eruption three to four thousand years While there are many volcanic caves on the island, del Agua is the most notable. The idea to transform Jameos del Agua into a visitor center and museum was originally Cesar Manrique’s. It is now one of the most popular tourist spots on the island and has a museum, tropical gardens, a swimming pool, an auditorium and restaurant all within a lava tube.
Inside the salt-lagoon, you can spot blind albino crabs, which glow in the dark and line the lagoon’s floor like stars. The auditorium is a wonderful outdoor venue for concerts and festivals, making for a unique concert experience! So, be sure to check out their event schedule before your visit!
Mirador del Rio is another fixture of Cesar Manrique, and one of the most popular viewpoints on the island. Located in the north-eastern part of the island and accessible by the LZ-202, it is a popular spot with cyclists and joy-riders as well. The café on the top offers stunning views as well if you’d rather avoid paying Mirador del Rio’s admission fee.
Another favorite spot in Lanzarote is La Geria Volcanic Vineyard. After several eruptions in the 18th and 19th centuries, the volcano’s agricultural development became a bit precarious. In the La Geria region of the island, farmers crafted their own method for growing grapes on charred land.
Farmers dug pits around 4-5 meters in diameter and 3 meters deep. The vine is then planted and protected by a small wall. Instead of soil, they used a unique substance that emerged during the volcanic eruptions. The result was a thriving vineyard with an alien-like landscape. Even if you don’t like wine, the landscape is a work of art in itself and worth seeing.
Best of all, Lanzarote is super easy (and cheap) to reach from mainland Europe thanks to budget airlines! I can’t wait to return to Lanzarote – if you’ve already been what did you love about this unique island destination!?
This is a sponsored post. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.