Lanzarote

Lanzarote is the Canary archipelago’s south-eastern most island. Although it covers no more than 800 square kilometres, it offers strikingly diverse landscapes. The legacy of the volcanic eruptions that took place in the 18th and 19th centuries is a spectacular scene of singular form and beauty. Next to unexpected landscapes made up of volcanic caves, lakes of lava and craters, lie beaches of golden sand and transparent waters.


What is more, the spectacular natural heritage has been jealously guarded by the people of Lanzarote; and not in vain, since the island was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1993. Furthermore, in 2015, it became the first destination in the world to receive Biosphere Responsible Tourism certification.

 

The  benign climate, with its average annual temperature of 22º C,makes Lanzarote the perfect destination for the practice of all kinds of outdoor activities

Walking on Lanzarote is quite different than other Canary Islands - with its volcanic landscape a constant reminder of the power of nature.

 

 

Lanzarote is a Spanish Island which lies approximately 125 km off the north coast of Africa . Lanzarote is fourth largest of the islands in the archipelago which make up what is commonly called the Canary Islands and is 60km long, 22km wide and the highest point being 671 metres.  Lanzarote is the second oldest of the Canary Islands being formed some 20 million years ago by volcanic eruptions and in 1993 the Island was declared an UNESCO Biosphere reserve. 

The amazing landscape that we see today on the island is partly a result of the massive Timanfaya eruptions between 1730 and 1736 - the longest lasting and most powerful periods of volcanic activity ever known. 

This island which has been destroyed so many times by its volcanos elemental forces and were reborn again , shows some of the most incredible landscapes you may find on this planet, opulent vegetation next to bizarre forms of petrified lava fields .The island is often referred to as the 'island of the 1,000 volcanoes' yet it is actually the least mountainous Canarian Island. However offers unbelievable walking opportunities with great diversity.

The famous Spanish artist, sculptor, architect and activist Cesar Manrique was from Lanzarote and of which his art and legacy has left an indelible mark on the island. Lanzarotes uniform white buildings and either green or blue shutters and doors and no high rise buildings were his models of intervention to safeguard the islands natural heritage and culture. His pieces of sculpture and art are dotted across the island with the notable EL Diablo statue of the Timanfaya National Park. 

Because of its position Lanzarote boasts good year long warmth which is why it makes a great place to visit during our UK winters. Lanzarote has its own micro climate and because it lies lower than the more mountainous islands to the west it has less rainfall, making it appear arid and desert like in many parts. Due to this Lanzarote offers little shade and it can be windy and occasionally lies in the path of dust storms from Sahara Desert giving you great sock lines!! 

Lanzarote on a detailed map, parts of it look unfit for human habitation, yet the island is ideal, and quite frankly unforgettable for human exploration which makes this a fantastic choice of holiday.

Why not take  the opportunity to see it for yourself. Join us on a super guided walking trip

 

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