In the Atlantic Ocean, situated 125 kilometers off the coast of Africa, sits the island of Lanzarote. Lanzarote is the easternmost island of the Canary Islands group, and has been a popular destination for tourists of all ages for many decades. With so much to offer in the way of natural wonder, and the small village charm of the ports, many people choose to cruise Lanzarote in order to see as much as possible of this volcanically created island.
Lanzarote is a Spanish island and is estimated to be 15 million years old. It is the creation of an area in the Canary Islands that had an incredibly high amount of volcanic activity in years past. This volcanic activity is responsible for many of the features that make Lanzarote a truly wondrous destination.
Black Sandy Beaches
Lanzarote boasts 213 kilometers of coastline that is divided between rocky outcrops and sandy beaches. The thing that makes some of Lanzarote’s beaches stand out, however, is their sand. The black sand is a huge draw for those looking to see something a little different. Two of the best beaches to have your own black sand experience at are: Playa Quemada, which is near Puerto Del Carmen, or El Golfo, which is on the way to Playa Blanca.
If you happen to travel to El Golfo at the southwest end of the island to take in the picturesque black sands, you should definitely make another stop. In this small fishing village, there is the opportunity to hike to a viewing platform, situated halfway in an inactive volcanic crater. Half of the crater is long gone as it has washed away, but the other side will be soaring above you as you take in the view. Amongst the solidified red and black lava remnants, there is an emerald green pool of water. The green hue is due to the minerals that the volcano left from the days when it was active. These minerals mix with the water that flows in from the ocean via an underground channel, creating a beautifully bright lagoon in the crater.
The volcanoes, black sandy beaches and the green lagoon are all very impressive and make the trip worthwhile by themselves. However, there are other things that make Lanzarote special. This island is home to the Tunnel of Atlantis, which is the world’s largest underwater volcanic tunnel. There is also the variation in terrain, ranging from a desert, to towering mountains. The highest peak on the island is Penas al Cheche, which rises 670 meters above sea level.
Lanzarote has so much to offer tourists of any age. The villages that you will visit are welcoming and offer many opportunities to purchase handmade treasures as reminders of your trip. Anyone who has experienced Lanzarote will tell you that the experience is one of a kind. When you are planning your next vacation, why not try securing yourself one of the cruises through Lanzarote and the Canary Islands?
This is a guest contribution by Matt Watkins, a travel enthusiast and blogger on exotic holidays.
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