The Contrasting Beauty of Lanzarote

Of the seven Canary Islands, Lanzarote is one of the most popular and unique. The island is located off the coast of Northern Africa and has a warm and sunny climate year-round. Full of outstanding natural and cultural attractions, this island is brimming with places to discover.

The volcanic landscape of Lanzarote makes it feel like you are on another planet. The soil and sand are black and rocky, and the mountains have ribbons of brown and red. The island was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1993. At the Timanfaya National Park, time permitting we can witness the vast basalt landscape left by the massive volcanic eruptions from 1730 and see how they use the underground heat for cooking at the on-site restaurant. 

César Manrique, a prominent local artist, had a profound impact on the island. He created many artistic projects that enhance and preserve the natural environment. His style is characterized by smooth, white constructions that contrast with the black landscape and integrate natural elements and pops of color. You can visit his house in Haría or his foundation in Tahíche, where you can admire his works and unique design style.

If you’re looking for natural beauty, walk among the seaside rocks at Los Hervideros or venture into the lava tube cave called Cueva de los Verdes. Make sure to stop at the Mirador del Río viewpoint to enjoy the spectacular views of the neighboring island of La Graciosa.

Winemaking is an important part of the culture in the Canary Islands. Be sure to stop at one of the award winning wineries in the central town of La Geria to taste the crisp (mostly white) wines made from the volcanic terroir which is a sight to see. The local cuisine includes dishes like papas arrugadas (wrinkly boiled potatoes) with a spicy pepper sauce for dipping, fresh fish, and sweet, pudding-like desserts made with gofio, a traditional corn flour.

Lanzarote is home to breathtaking beaches, such as Famara Beach which is famous for surfing. Take a walk along its 5-kilometer expanse of sand with steep cliffs in the background, or head south to Papagayo Beach, where the water is clear and warm.

There’s lots to see, so let the Valesa team guide you in curating the best itinerary on this incredible island.