A Different Track – Exploring More than Just Beaches in Lanzarote

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Sure it’s got beaches and glorious sunshine, so that any tourist who takes the time to trek to Lanzarote won’t return home feeling disappointed. And fabulous as all that is, there are people out there who want to experience something different in Lanzarote, want to venture further than the nearest beach. Seek and you will find. If that’s you, read on and learn what else there is to explore.
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Fundación Cesare Manrique

No visit to Lanzarote would be complete without taking in the work of artist Cesare Manrique. It’s primarily thanks to his campaigning that the island was declared a UNESCO-protected biosphere in 1994. His own home and studio provides a perfect example of his work: fashioned out of naturally occurring lava bubbles, it’s testament to his desire to make the best of Lanzarote’s unique terrain.

Park Nacional de Timanfaya

Although arguably still on the main tourist trail,Timanfaya National Park is a trip you can’t afford to miss while you’re on your Canary Island adventure in Lanzarote. The park was created nearly 300 years ago thanks to volcanic eruptions lasting six years. The effects can still be seen all over the island, which is home to a number of examples of unique volcanic terrain.

Puerto Calero

The Puerto Calerois the location of a 450 berth yachting harbor situated within close proximity of two of the island’s most luxurious hotels. If you fancy an upmarket bar or restaurant to have a sophisticated night out, you’ve come to the right place.

Caleta de Sabo

Home to little more than 600 inhabitants, Lanzarote is the ideal destination for a hiking trip. One of the best options is to undertake the two-hour journey from the island’s only inhabited village Caleta de Sabo to the Playa del Concha.

Carnival

One of the reasons people escape to Lanzarote is the sunshine. If you happen to be on the island in late February, make the most of your good fortune and take in the carnival procession that makes its way from Arrecife through to Puerto del Carmen. One of the traditions is for islanders to wave fish intestines above their heads as they march. This custom is thought to be pagan in origin.

Lanzarote is a fantastic place for a holiday — and there’s nothing wrong with a day or two lounging in the sun, of course. But if you get bored of your paperback novel, there’s a whole world out there just waiting to be explored, and explore you should!

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31 Mar '13

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