The Canary Islands have been package holiday central for a long time now, which is something that tends to put ‘real travellers’ off straight away. But there are plenty of reasons why you should visit these intriguing islands, and in this article, we are going to be focusing in more detail on just one of them: Lanzarote. The volcanic landscape may seem bare at first, but there is plenty to see and experience while you are out here.
Year-Round Great Climate
One of the most appealing aspects of the Canary Islands is the fact the temperature is good all year round. As we are fast-approaching winter, now may be the ideal time to start checking out villas on Lanzarote. The average temperature is 22C and even in the height of summer, it doesn’t tend to go much above the mid-twenties. Very few destinations in the world can boast a climate like this.
We have already mentioned volcanoes, but it is worth talking about them again. Timanfaya National Park is a major tourist hotspot and this may be one of the closest feelings to being on the moon that you can get. It is a fragile landscape made up of roughly 360 volcano cones. While you can’t explore the area unaccompanied, there are plenty of organised tour groups that will take you around.
Art and Architecture
All over the island, you can’t miss the influence of César Manrique, an artist and architect who saved the island from becoming overdeveloped. There are many places around the island which he had a hand in designing which are more than worth paying a visit to. Head over to his home if you are particularly interested about his life and work.
One of the main things that Lanzarote has become well-known for is its abundance of activity options. Perhaps the most popular is cycling, and a host of professional cyclists actually base themselves here because there are so many trails that you can take on. Alternative options include surfing, paddle boarding and hiking depending on your preferences.
You may expect that because of its volcanic landscape, the island is covered in black sandy beaches. But there are actually plenty of unspoilt golden beaches which are perfect for relaxing or taking on some water sports. On the northwest coast, well away from the resorts, there is Famar which is backed by some stunning coloured cliffs.
Another surprise of the island is the opportunity to try out some wine tasting. Wines have been produced in some of the oldest vineyards since the 18th century, so here is your excuse, if you needed one, to sample some of the fine glasses of vino and plates of tapas that are available.
So, if you had a negative impression of the Canary Islands before reading, hopefully this article has gone some way towards changing your mind. On Lanzarote, there really is something for everyone to enjoy.
This post is a collaborative effort. While not written by me, Diane, I liked the content enough to publish it here on Wife with Baggage. I hope it encourages, educates and entices you to travel more!