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What you can’t miss in Lanzarote

Places you really have to visit in Lanzarote to properly experience the Canary Islands

The island of Lanzarote, the easternmost of the Canary Islands, is characterised by its peculiar red and black volcanic landscape that is sometimes reminiscent of the surface of Mars. A unique environment that hides infinite secrets, from curious vineyards growing on volcanic soil, where we can taste truly unique wines, to salt flats full of colour, magical underground galleries and beautiful spaces designed by the artist César Manrique. Unforgettable places that you have to visit.

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Timanfaya National Park is one of the most visited parks in Europe, an extraordinary visual wonder that nobody would want to miss. You take a bus the 14 km to the centre of the park, a stunning trip that goes through lava fields and ends in a demonstration of the high temperatures that exist near the surface of the Earth. Outside the park limits, there are trails to follow on foot or on a camel.

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They’re two of the most attractive tourist destinations in Lanzarote. Both are very close to each other and came into existence after the eruptions of Timanfaya, which created an underground world of caves, tunnels and galleries with a surprising range of colours on their walls and ceilings, or lakes where endemic species live, such as the blind albino cave crab.

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Perfectly integrated into its environment, the views from this natural space designed by César Manrique are majestic. La Graciosa and the islands that make up the Chinijo Archipelago, the stretch of sea that separates them from Lanzarote, known as ‘El Río’, the fantastic beach and cliffs of Famara, the immense, unending ocean… It’s unforgettable.

 

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Vast, wide, covered in fine golden sand, trapped between the Atlantic and the imposing cliffs… That’s Famara, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Canary Islands. A paradise for wind and wave sports, but also for anyone who enjoys long walks along the beach with the sunset as a backdrop.

 

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Papagayo is a cove with white sand and calm, turquoise waters that are ideal for snorkelling in. One of the most beautiful parts of the island, far away from the noise, where you can enjoy a relaxing day at the beach. Behind us, the austere landscape of the Los Ajaches Natural Monument; ahead of us, views of the island of Fuerteventura and Lobos Island.

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In Teguise, you can feel the history. A walk through the city centre, declared a Site of Architectural, Historical and Artistic Interest, with its cobbled streets, between stately buildings and homes that still preserve their traditional architecture, conjures up a splendorous past. The lively market that is held here every Sunday, one of the most popular in the Canary Islands, is the cherry on top for this unique day out.

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In this Protected Landscape, the black volcanic earth contrasts with the green of the vines, creating a beautiful one-of-a-kind image. The Malvasia wines produced here using traditional growing techniques are internationally renowned. It’s unbeatable to simply experience sipping one as you contemplate the landscape stretching out before you.

 

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This salty landscape with its stunning colours is yet another unforgettable place that Lanzarote has to offer, declared a Site of Scientific Interest due to its enormous value. These are the most extensive salt flats in the Canary Islands and they are still in use. In their small shop, you can buy some of the types of salt—of astonishingly high quality—that is produced in this great lake fed by the ocean water. A great gift for taking home!