As a nation, we are well known for taking our holidays in Spain, especially in the Costa del Sol and the island of Majorca. Yet there is a group of islands that is slightly further afield, but can offer a longer season when it comes to lovely sunny weather. The Canary Islands are located just off the northwest coast of mainland Africa, approximately 100 kilometres west of the border between Morocco and the Western Sahara. This amazing position is worth the extra flight time, and makes for a great destination even during the spring and autumn months.
If you are tempted to book a holiday to these islands, you might want to consider Lanzarote. It is perfect for families, as well as for older travellers, groups of friends and couples. There are plenty of things to do on the island so you will never have the chance to be bored. Here are just a few of the top suggestions that you should keep in mind:
Timanfaya National Park
Lanzarote’s number one attraction is Timanfaya National Park, an awe-inspiring area that dates back to 1730. Here you will find Montañas del Fuego, known as the Fire Mountains. These volcanoes haven’t erupted since 1824, but the area hasn’t changed much since then due to low rainfall levels. This much is exciting enough for visitors, but there are also rare plant species and a restaurant that serves local cuisine using geothermal heat. This appeals to a lot of tourists who want to see food cooking on a cast-iron grill placed over a large hole in the ground. Finally, you can also take a ride on a camel if you are happy to pay a little extra.
Cesar Manrique Foundation
If you want to enjoy a bit of culture on your visit, you might appreciate a visit to Cesar Manrique’s old home. This famous artist is known for lobbying for strict planning rules on the island, and actually built his home based on his own guidelines. It is now a museum run by a foundation in his name and is full of fascinating objects and really unique rooms. The home was built into volcanic caves which makes it all the more impressive. Over 300,000 people visit the museum each year.
Rancho Texas Park
Families will love Lanzarote’s largest theme park, Rancho Texas Park. As you can probably tell by the name, it is based on the Wild West theme and has many related rides and attractions. There are also plenty of animals to see such as giant tortoises, crocodiles and donkeys. When it gets really hot, there are also a couple of water rides ideal for cooling down.
Los Jameos del Agua
If you are lucky enough to be on the island during the Festival of Visual Music (usually in October) you will be able to take advantage of Los Jameos del Agua. This place is an underground grotto that has been transformed into an auditorium. Los Jameos del Agua is the work of Manrique who is mentioned above; his influences spread far and wide on the island of Lanzarote.
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