5 unmissable landscapes in Lanzarote
Let’s travel to Lanzarote and be amazed by breathtaking landscapes to record in your retina. Here is our selection of the 5 essentials.
1 – La Geria
Valle de La Geria is a vast expanse of more than 5000 ha of volcanic ash in the south-west of the island and a Protected Natural Area since 1994. It includes five of the seven municipalities that make up Lanzarote; Yaiza, Tías, Tinajo, San Bartolomé and Teguise.
Research reveals that “conejero” farmers adapted their environment after the volcanic eruption that covered the area with lava, as they came up with an ingenious cultivation method based on “gerias”-funnel shaped hollows- dug in the thick layers of “picón”-volcanic ash-that allows the plant to reach fertile soil, retaining the moisture from the dew. These deep hollows and the dry stone walls constructed to enclose them served to shelter the vines from the island’s constant trade winds.
The landscape is strange and different, but at the same time wonderful, and one of the most characteristic of Lanzarote. The island is owner of the best production of volcanic malvasia wines, and we are not going to fool ourselves: this is the best feature if in addition to being a bicycle lover you like to taste good wine.
In the North of the island of Lanzarote, we find the Mirador de Haría. This viewpoint offers a breathtaking panoramic view on the natural landscape of this area; the Atlantic Ocean, the Corona Volcano and the town of Haría. It gained prominence in 1966, when the Canarian artist Cesar Manrique was commissioned to design a house on top of the massif that would serve as a resting place for hikers.
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The Mirador del Río is located high up the Risco de Famara Cliff, at an altitude of 474m, in the nothern most part of the island, offering a glimpse at one of Lanzarote’s most spectacular views: La Graciosa Islet, which we will talk about later, and on the Chinijo Archipelago Natural Park and the impressive Risco de Famara. The Mirador del Río represents one of the most unique architectural creations by César Manrique.
The building is barely preceptible as it is covered in stones, with spectacular windows through one can glimpse the wonderful views. In addition, there is also a pleasant café, shop …
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If you think that perfection and unspoilt paradises don’t exist, it is because you do not know La Graciosa. This islet of just 29 sqm is home to pristine golden beaches with incredible turquoise waters in an unbeaten volcanic landscape. Just walk through its sandy streets between white houses, without cars or pollution.
The only way to get to this stunning dream is by ferry, and once there you can tour the island on foot or by bike. Despite its small surface, La Graciosa Island has a great variety of landscapes worthy of being observed and experienced.
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The Timanfaya National Park is the result of volcanic eruptions, since it was previously a populated area that was forced to emigrate as a result of these eruptions. This volcanic paradise is unique and we believe that it must be the closest thing to stepping on Mars on our planet. And if you don’t believe us, check it out for yourself when you step on its red earth.
The set of volcanoes and its virgin lava fields form an area of 5000 ha, located along the western coast of Lanzarote.