Lanzarote travel story
Lanzarote is considered island of volcanoes for the countless extinct volcanoes that are hiding behind every mountain or hill. The density of volcanic cones and most impressive, and a part of them, well 30, have been developed on the occasion of eruption which began in September of 1730 which shook island and its inhabitants for 2056 days.
This is the nature of Lanzarote means that the island is present to the tourist as a reality bare, sometimes wild almost devoid of vegetation. A context seemingly little pleasant but with different aspects evocative and sometimes hidden where nature has found a balance that Unesco wanted to preserve declaring the volcanic area of Timanfaya National Park biosphere reserve. This park is the most significant natural island, is located in the west and is characterized by a volcanic landscape, perhaps unique.
Lanzarote is therefore not a strong attraction if it were not for its coastline offering beaches will satisfy many tourists in search of natural areas not too crowded. The centers known and most popular are those of Puerto del Carmen, Costa Teguise and Playa Blanca. In these three places tourism has developed especially with the inevitable development of villages and large hotel frequented mostly by Englishmen but by Germans. One of the most beautiful areas is represented by costs of Papagayo in the extreme south of Lanzarote. Here the union due to the contrast between white sand, dark rocks and sea green / blue kidnaps tourists. The area is easily accessible and is deliberately controlled and left wild, so no infrastructure that would have definitely ruined. Leaving these places, the rest is made up of small towns, small beaches often deserted or unfrequented sometimes clear sandy other dark sand or pebbles as one prefers better. These places are ideal for lovers of peace and good read and typical restaurants of prevailing fish.The only exception to this is the Playa de Famara which is located in the north of the island on the Atlantic coast near Caleta de Famara. Here develops a long beach that is discovered and plays so conspicuous with the changing of the tides. The depths of this coast are favorable for the formation of the waves near the shore so the beach is popular with surfers.
The inside island offers some resorts that try to offer to the tourists with their characteristic houses strictly white, with clean streets, buildings and manicured historical recovery where possible. Among these I quote Teguise, Haria and Yaiza small town which you should visit for their pleasant weekly markets in which they are proposed local agricultural products and handicrafts of Lanzarote. To note the Santa Barbara Castle in Teguise structure that has been well restored and houses the Museum of Piracy, plague that has afflicted the island for centuries. The castle is located on top of a hill and enjoys a very nice view over the island. A feature that can not fail to notice turning the interior of the island is growing grapes. Environmental conditions marked by the trade winds that blow constantly and the presence of a difficult land to cultivate, has led to the development of a vine which yields the Volcanic Malvasia, a white wine very special and appreciated. The screw is kept very low so you can take advantage of moisture coming up from the ground and is protected from the wind by walls made of lava stone and realized, mainly, in a semicircle.
To the north of Lanzarote is a small group of smaller islands that form the archipelago Chinijo whose Graciosa, the closest and largest, is inhabited and visited by tourists, mainly daily. The island is of volcanic origin, like the rest of the entire Canarian archipelago is characterized by lines from the Atlantic beaches and is mainly desert. It is easy to reach and requires a fast transfer of the ferry leaving from the town of Orzola This allows you to spend a whole day on the island on a hike on foot or by bike to turn it all, or you can stop at the nearby beaches of the center town of Caleta del Sebo, where the sea water takes beautiful colors. Last but not least I mention the Mirador del Rio a place easily accessible by car instead of a high cliff to the north of the island opposite the Graciosa. The view from here is extraordinary and the best time is in the morning. Under favorable conditions you are above the clouds, a view of the entire area north of Lanzarote that you can not lose.