The highlight of our trip to Lanzarote was definitely the Timanfaya National Park located in the southwestern part of the island.
This volcanic area is a palette of rich colors set on a black lava canvas. It landscape can trigger the eye of anyone and is able to reveal the personality and identity of Lanzarote.
Its greatness has the ability to evoke thousands of emotions able to take us in some way to a primitive world, where solitude and austerity are combined with grace, beauty, and peace.
Our next stop was Los Hervideros where the sea crashes on the solidified lava flow developing magnificent shows which are never repetitive. On our way to it, we passed by a crater of an extinct volcano that submerges into the Atlantic ocean forming a green lagoon known as the “Charco de los Clicos“.
We got stunned with the color contrasts of this place and only after we get to know, its green color is caused by the algae at the bottom.
We did a short stop at the Salinas de Janubio, another representative scenario of the island with contrasting shades of white salt, gray, pink, with the blue waters of the Atlantic and the black earth.
Playa Blanca was the only place of Lanzarote that didn’t really caught our attention. Is a major tourist area full of stores, bars, and restaurants, but if you are looking for some nightlife and do shopping, this is definitely the place to go. Here you also can catch a boat to other Canary Islands.
On our way back to the north, we passed by the valley of La Geria, Lanzarote’s main wine-growing region. The Islanders found an indigenous way of cultivating vines on this arid and hostile ground. In order to protect it from the constant winds and drying out, they dug thousands of funnel-shaped hollows and built low, semicircular walls around them. It looks like a gigantic and spectacular piece of landscape art. A stop to appreciate it and try the island wine is a must.
Finally, we were back to one of our favorite places of Lanzarote. Famara Beach a hot spot for water sports, especially, surf and kite surf.
The dramatic surroundings make the beach extremely popular among locals, and there are several opportunities for exploring, like walking in the sand dunes, hiking across the cliff tops of El Risco (The highest peak of Lanzarote) or eating fresh seafood in the traditional fishing village of Caleta de Famara.