We all love Lanzarote. It has great hotels and beaches which is why we go back time and time again. But have you really explored it and tracked down those hidden gems?
It’s the easternmost island within the gorgeous Canaries, enviously situated just 80 miles or so off the west coast of Africa. The archipelago was created by volcanic activity many moons ago and this history provides so many spectacular things to do and see. We’ve uncovered some hidden gems so you can get something a bit different from your next holiday to Lanzarote.
Cueva de los Verdes
In the north of Lanzarote are the Green Caves. Formed by the lava flow from a prehistoric eruption, today they are a series of tunnels within a cave system that are perfect for exploring! A few centuries ago, when pirates were roaming the seas, the locals used the caves as shelter to hide from them when they’d come to loot the nearby towns.
You can find plenty of guided tours so you and the family can have an adventure through the lava tubes. You don’t need to be a gymnast to get through it but there are some tight squeezes and tricky paths along the way. So it’s best to check before going if you’ve got any back problems. You should probably give it a miss altogether if you suffer from claustrophobia.
Costa de Papagayo
The beaches in Costa de Papagayo are some of the most beautiful beaches in Lanzarote. They are tucked away, almost out of sight, right at the southern tip of the island but they’re definitely worth tracking down.
If you’ve hired a car, search for Playa de Papagayo on the Sat Nav and make your way there at your own leisure. If not, you can take a water taxi there from Marina Rubicon, which isn’t too far from Playa Blanca. Or you can book a tour that will pick you up from your accommodation and take you all the way there!
Just make sure you take sun screen and a hat because there’s not really any shade. The beach is known for being clean and peaceful so it’s ideal for a quiet afternoon with a good book. So, shhh, let’s keep this one between us!
Timanfaya National Park
Definitely not hidden but most certainly a gem, the Mountains of Fire within Timanfaya National Park are a gorgeous reminder of how Lanzarote was formed. The national park is made up entirely of volcanic soil and still contains one active volcano – Timanfaya.
If you’re planning on visiting, make sure you ask your tour guide to show you the geyser trick. You’ll need to grab your cameras and be quick on the button because they’ll pour water down a hole in the volcano so it gets projected straight back up into the air.
Black Sand Beaches
Just to the south of the awesome Timafaya National Park are the black sand beaches of El Golfo. The area itself is a fascinating sight. Small black pebbles have created wonderful black sand beaches that look prehistoric.
One of the main highlights of the area is the Green Lagoon. It is sea water that has become trapped and turned green due to the algae. The striking colour contrasts with the black sand, blue sea and the crimson terrain to make a beautifully eerie landscape.
Castillo de San Jose
A great thing to do if you’re staying in Arrecife is visit the Castillo de San Jose. The fortress was built to protect the city from those pesky pirates we mentioned earlier but it sat purposeless for years before being turned into a contemporary art museum. It’s a stunning building in itself but the museum inside is great too. There’s also a bar if you’d prefer to give the paintings a miss and sit enjoying the refreshing views instead. Either way, it’s worth a visit.
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