Lanzarote, the northern and easternmost of the Canary Islands, is situated in the Atlantic Ocean, 115 kilometres off the coast of Africa.
It has a surface area of 795 square kilometres, and an average population density of 75 inhabitants per square kilometre.
The climate, dry and mild throughout the year, is highly suitable for all kinds of outdoor sports.
Lanzarote with its extraordinary lunar landscape covers some 813 square kms. The massive volcanic eruptions in the 1730s lasted for six years and covered one third of the island in a sea of lava. The so-called Fire Mountains (Montañas del Fuego) were created in the proximity of the ill fated village of Timanfaya. Another eruption in 1824 produced a new volcano "Tinguatón" which spewed molten lava over the southwest part of the island. The lava fields of Lanzarote, the so-called malpaís which consist of thick black layers of ash and pebbles are pitted with a multitude of craters. Despite this volcanic inheritance, the land is fertile enough to grow crops. In "La Geria" for instance grapevines have been planted. The grapes produce an superb light white wine with a characteristic bouquet.
Timanfaya National Park
Five thousand hectares of volcanic landscape. The Mountains of Fire with their three hundred craters,
the Valley of Tranquillity and the beaches of black lava are just some of the sights of this unforgettable place.
Cave of Los Verdes
Or the Green's cave,(named after a family who lived there. This is only one section of the complex network of underground galleries stretching for over seven kilometres between the volcano La Corona and the sea.
One of the galleries has been turned into a concert hall.
Jameos del Agua
A complex comprising caves, volcanic bubbles and a subterranean lagoon,
all cleverly and artistically linked up in accordance with Cesar Manrique's designs.
One of the natural grottoes is now a concert hall with perfect acoustics, while others are used as restaurants and bars.
There is also a museum of vulcanology.
El Rio Lookout Point
Cut into the sheer cliffs of Fariones Point, the lookout platform offers views of the north of Lanzarote and the island of La Graciosa,
where Tasso sited the garden of Armida.
Castle of San Jose
A 17th-century fortress converted into a Museum of Contemporary Art. Works by Picasso, Mompo, Miro, Tapies, Millares and others.
The restaurant is highly recommended, both for its food and for its views over Arrecife Harbour.
This garden in Guatiza, in the north of the island, was also designed by Cesar Manrique, and contains nearly one thousand five hundred species of cactus and a total of almost ten thousand plants.
Very interesting as well as beautiful.
Cesar Manrique Foundation
Cesar Manrique's dream come true. It was inaugurated in 1992, a few months before his death. Those wishing to find out about the artist and his work - especially painting - should also visit his house,
which stands on the black lava of Tahiche. Castle of Guanapay. At the top of an extinct volcano with the spectacular views of the area.