Five must see attractions in Lanzarote

Posted by on June 2, 2013

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Unless you’ve travelled to another planet, you’ve never been anywhere like Lanzarote. Formed by fiery volcanic eruptions over 15 million years ago, the island still boasts Luna-like solidified lava flows and dramatic rock formations.

Apart from this stunning scenery, Lanzarote is also home to some of Europe’s best beaches, beautiful seaside villages and, of course, year-round sunshine. So if you’re heading to this Atlantic outcrop this year, here are five attractions not to be missed

Timanfaya National Park

The Timanfaya National Park covers an area of around 51 square kilometers on the southwestern part of Lanzarote. Made up entirely of volcanic soil, the park’s unique landscape forms the core of the UNESCO biosphere that covers the whole of the island. Access to the park is restricted in order to protect the delicate balance of flora and fauna but it is a definite ‘must see’ if you’re on the island.

Timanfaya National Park

Timanfaya National Park

Papagayo Cape

Composed of almost 2 kilometers of beaches and coves, the Papagayo Cape offers some of the best sunbathing and swimming opportunities on the Lanzarote. Spend hours lying on the sandy shores or explore the coastline on foot. The rocky outcrops also make perfect spots to snorkeling, so there really is something for everyone.

Papagayo Cape

Papagayo Cape

Jameos del Agua

Created by an ancient lava flow that formed a sort of tunnel down to the sea and then collapsed, the site was transformed by famous architect César Manrique into one of the most unique restaurant, bar and club venues in the world. An incredible complex of tunnels, open cavities and tropical gardens, this place has to be seen to be believed.

 

Jameos del Agua

Jameos del Agua

Bajo el Risco Beach

If you’re looking to escape the crowds during your island break, then there is nowhere better than the Bajo el Risco beach. Accessible only by boat or by following a trail down to the shore, the effort that it takes to get there will be rewarded by the spectacular scenery and perfect solitude.

Bajo el Risco Beach

Bajo el Risco Beach

Mirador del Rio

Located 498 metres above sea level, the Mirador del Rio is one of the best spots for viewing the landscape of Lanzarote and the neighbouring island of Graciosa. Perfect for enjoying an idyllic sunset, a trip here will be the ultimate ending to your holiday in Lanzarote.

Mirador del Rio

Mirador del Rio

Getting there

Apart from being a fantastic holiday destination, Lanzarote is also easily and cheaply accessed from most airports across the country – including those in London.

Visit http://www.monarch.co.uk/canary-islands/lanzarote/flights to find out more about what is on offer or have a look at the other fantastic destinations serviced by reputable travel firms such as Monarch.

Photos: Granton Chaz , mokshaexperienced , roba66 , vacationandtravelphotos , Jon Attaway

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