Thursday, July 29, 2010

"Exploring The Island Of Lanzarote"

Exploring The Island Of Lanzarote

The holiday island of Lanzarote is one of the seven Canary Islands that are known to most simply as a package holiday hot spot. However, with self tailored tourism on the increase these islands still attract increasing numbers of more independent travellers too. This is primarily due to the introduction of budget flights to the Canaries by the major operators that serve this part of the world, and surprisingly prices are now so low it is possible to fly from most of the key British airports for not much more than it costs to stay in a reasonable hotel for a single night.

General tourism on the island of Lanzarote is mainly focussed around the plentiful beaches and coves but whatever part of the island you choose to stay in there are plenty of little surprises just begging to be found. The island is renowned for having little gems tucked away just off the beaten track waiting to be re-discovered by travellers prepared to explore what the island really has to offer, and quite often these can be found not to far from your resort or holiday villa, especially in the more rural areas.

This unique little island is home to diversity of little known of beauty spots as well as a wide array of artistic and natural attractions that seem to have been sewn into the rich tapestry of the islands landscape by the famed local artist C├ęsar Manrique.

Arguably, Lanzarote´s most talked about attraction has to be the 300 plus volcanoes that can be found here. These were created by a spell of seismic activity during the 18th century that continued for a period over six years. As a result the interior of the island today looks like the moon - with lots of lava fields and spent peaks and unless you have been tucked away in isolation over the past few months, you will be well aware of the amount of debris and ash just one volcano can produce.

This left the area with very little in the way of flora and fauna able to grow or survive here so it comes as something of a surprise to discover that this arid island can actually sustain its own wood. Visitors taking the trouble to explore the north of the island will find El Bosque perched on the Famara massif range of cliffs. The wood is not too easy to find but is populated with Canarian pines and acacias and also delivers an impressive view of the local bay so make sure you do not forget to bring your camera or camcorder to capture this unique beauty spot.

El Bosque is also situated not to far from the other better known green zone here on the islands, which of course is the Valley of 1000 Palms. The area is said to resemble the picture that most people would conjure up in there minds of a desert oasis with palms gentle swaying back and forth and the rustle of palm fronds in the warm Canarian breeze.

If you visiting the Island of Lanzarote try and reserve a few days to get out and about so you can experience the other delights the island has to offer apart form its delightful beaches.


Lanzarote is not just a holiday sun destination, but it also has a year round cultural calendar and a number of hidden gems just waiting to be explored by visitors whose horizons extend beyond the sun kissed beaches. Travel information for independent travellers can be found on the website

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