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Lanzarote is the easternmost island found within the chain of Canary Islands to the east of Spain. This Spanish territory was actually rather underdeveloped until recent times due to its remote location as well as to the volcanic nature of the island itself. It was only frequented by a handful of artists and intrepid travellers. However, the rise of modern tourism has opened up a wealth of opportunities if you happen to be looking for a break from the norm within a tropical paradise. Another massive advantage is that other locations such as Tenerife and Gran Canaria are only a short boat ride away, so there is always something to experience. Let's take a look at essential travel information before moving on to examine the must-see locations that Lanzarote has to offer.
Lanzarote Airport is the primary hub which you will use to arrive here. One of the main benefits in regards to this location is that it is quite close to the large city of Arrecife. So, public transportation will never be an issue. More than 5.8 million passengers used this airport to visit Lanzarote in 2016 and this equated to just under 50,000 flights. Some of the main airlines which service this island as well as the surrounding regions include:
Thomas Cook Airlines
There are more than two flights a day leaving from London and the average duration is 4 hours and 15 minutes. This is naturally assuming that you are taking a direct flight. In the event that you have a layover in a city such as Lisbon, flights can last anywhere between 5 and 6 hours.
There is no doubt that Timanfaya National Park is the most popular attraction to be found within Lanzarote. This park has been shaped by ancient volcanic lava flows and its surface appears much like a Martian landscape as opposed to a place on earth. Some of the volcanoes here are still active and they are regularly studied by experts. While quite barren, the fact of the matter is that this same sense of isolation breeds a unique sense of beauty. You can partake in tours by bus, four-wheel vehicle and even by camel.
The Cactus Garden is a perfect example of how the locals here reclaimed previously unused land and turned it into something spectacular. It is said that there are more than 1,000 species of cacti here and some of these are indigenous to Lanzarote alone. You can stroll through the garden and if you are hoping to escape the heat, you can stop off in a cafe located within the area itself.
Cueva de los Verdes (Cave of the Greens) is another stunning example of how volcanoes have shaped the history of this island over millions of years. The caves walls are imbued with unique colours due to their mineral content and a tranquil boat ride will enable you to appreciate their beauty. In fact, there is even a subterranean concert hall to be found within these caves. As you may imagine, the sounds emanating from this hall are unforgettable.
As mentioned earlier in the article, many Spanish artists once called Lanzarote home. Much of their work has been preserved within a museum known as Castillo de San Jose. There are also shops and a cafe found within the museum. One interesting addition to this location is that its developers have included an indoor lake and garden; quite a stark contrast when compared to the barren landscape only metres away. Be sure to bring along your camera, for you will not want to miss out on the opportunity to snap a few pictures.
While the weather here is typically gorgeous, the one thing that you should keep in mind is that summers here can regularly rise above 40ºC. When this is combined with a desert climate, it can become quite hot. Should you suffer from an existing medical condition or if you are simply looking to beat the heat, it makes a great deal of sense to arrive in the autumn or even the winter. Winter temperatures rarely fall below 15ºC (even in the evening).