Lanzarote, the island of volcanoes in the Canary Islands
Lanzarote, popularly known as “the Island of the volcanoes” due to the 25 volcanoes it houses, is one of the islands of the Canary archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean. It becomes the third most populated island after Tenerife and Gran Canaria. It has a subtropical climate and its temperatures throughout the year range between 17º C and 24º C ..
This island has a spectacular nature when it comes to landscapes. It has 13 protected natural areas, among which is the Timanfaya National Park. This national park is surrounded by a second protected area, the Los Volcanes Natural Park, also buried by the Timanfaya eruptions.
Lanzarote apart from its natural beauties has a lot of history. It emerged at least 15 million years ago breaking continental tectonic plates in America and Africa. The last major eruption for which information is available occurred between 1730 and 1736, in what is now known as the Timanfaya National Park.
Let’s see some of the impressive places to see in Lanzarote.
Timanfaya, the national park of Lanzarote
This sublime volcanic landscape seems taken from another planet. There we can find the Fire Mountain, Rajada Mountain, Hilario’s islet, La Caldera del Corazoncillo or the Rodeos and Senalo Mountains among other places.
It is very common to go around it by bus, as well as to take camel rides.
Jameos del Agua and Cueva de los Verdes
It is the volcanic tube produced by the eruption of the La Corona volcano in Lanzarote and which has been spatially intervened to turn it into a tourist reception center. Visiting the Cueva de los Verdes will allow us to enter part of that incredible tunnel.
The Gulf and the Charco de los Clicos
The Green Lake (Charco de los Clicos) is located in the fishing village of the Gulf. It is the crater of a volcano partially invalidated by the ocean. It has another half moon, occupied by a black sand beach and a lagoon with emerald green waters.
On the southwest coast of Lanzarote, we find some extraordinary caves. Its physiognomy is the result of contact with the lava expelled by the Timanfaya volcanoes between 1730 and 1736, in contact with the Atlantic Ocean. Los Hervideros allow you to admire the repeated onslaught of the sea and witness how the water bounces off the rocks until it generates a cloud that is suspended in an instant in the air.
These beaches are the jewel in the crown of Lanzarote’s beaches. It has fine golden sand for almost two kilometers where we find different coves such as Caleta del Congrio, Mujeres beach or El Pozo among others.
Lanzarote natural pools
Enjoying the riches of the sea in waters as calm as those of the natural pools is a great experience that you should not miss. In Punta Mujeres we can find a reference in terms of natural pools. And if what we want is a more secluded relaxing bath, then Los Charcones is a great option. But we would also have one of the largest in the town of Guatiza, called Cueva del Agua with almost ten meters in diameter.