Lanzarote is the "island of fire", the island whose landscape is characterized by the volcanic origin. A highlight of the island are the volcanic landscapes of the Natural Park Parque Nacional de Timanfaya, where hot fumes are still rising from the craters. Lanzarote is the perfect choice if you want to combine a beach holiday with a cultural experience.
One of the most internationally known artists of the Canary Islands is César Manrique. Painters, architects, sculptors and environmentalists - all of this was the talented Spaniard born in Arrecife, Lanzarotes capital. He made a name for himself in the international arts scene and also exhibited his art in New York, where he was inspired by new artistic directions such as Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art. In collaboration with the government of Lanzarote, he developed a uniform architectural image for the island: the traditional white houses with the green doors. A concept that has been carried through to the present day and has shaped the image of the island.
The north of the island is more fertile and green, and a trip to Haría, a valley of thousand palm trees, is recommended. The beautiful palm grove is surrounded by gardens and fields. It is one of the most fertile areas of the island. Potatoes, legumes, cereals and vegetables are grown here. More than 10,000 palm trees have been counted, many of which belong to the endemic palm tree type Phoenix canariensis, found only in the Canary Islands.
A trip to Haría can be combined with a visit to the famous Cueva de los Verdes (a lava tunnel where the inhabitants of the island once hid from pirates) and Jameos del Agua, an architectural masterpiece originating from César Manrique. Further to the north you can admire the viewpoint Mirador del Río, which has also designed Manrique, and can enjoy the spectacular view of Fuerteventura.
In the center of the island you should visit the beautiful and quiet town of Yaiza with its church from the 17th century and the wine-growing area La Geria, with its unique landscape and the famous vineyards.
Playa Blanca in the south of Lanzarote, was once a small fishing village, today it is one of the most popular destinations of Lanzarote. The place is ideally located on the southern tip of the island, near the beautiful beaches Playas de Papagayo. The long beach promenade connects the local beaches of Playa Blanca, Playa Flamingo and Playa Dorada. On the south-west coast of El Golfo you get an idea, as it may have been in Playa Blanca, an exceptional place by the sea with the green lagoon Charco Verde.