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Canary Islands & Lanzarote

The Canary Islands are one of the seventeen Spanish counties and one of the most beautiful regions outside the European mainland. The Canary Islands are located on the Northwest of the African continent.

Our archipelago is volcanic in origin, and they belong to the geographic area called Macaronesia, formed together with other islands such as: Cabo Verde, Azores, Madeira and Salvajes.

The Canary Islands consist of seven main islands: La Gomera, El Hierro, La Palma, Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote.

Lanzarote is located at the northeast of the archipelago. The island is known as La Isla de Los Volcanes “The volcanoes’ Island” by its volcananic mantle that extends along much of its surface caused by volcanic activity that occurred in the eighteenth century.

Lanzarote is 140 Km far from the northwest African coast and 1000 Km from the European continent.

The total area of Lanzaote is 846 Km2 and approximately 139.300 inhabitants. There are seven towns and the capital city is called Arrecife.

At the Noth of the island we can find several smaller islands, those islands are: La alegranza, La Graciosa, Montaña Clara, Roque del Este and Roque del Oeste, which together form the archipelago Chinijo.

The tallest mountain is Peñas Del Chache elevating 670m above sea level.

In 1993 Lanzarote was declared a Biosphere Reseve by Unesco and “Timanfaya” its National Park was recognized as a Protected Natural Space.

Lanzarote´s climate is defined as subtropical in regard to its temperatures and dry on rainfall. The temperature of the island does not experience large variations in the different seasons and between day and night thanks to the mild action of the ocean that surrounds it. The coldest month is January and the average temperature at sea level is 17º Celcius, the warmest month is August with 27º celcius average.

CÉSAR MANRIQUE

César Manrique, sculptor, painter, landscape architect, urban planner and environmentalist was born the 24th April 1919 in Puerto Naos, a neighborhood of the island´s capital. He was one of the pioneers of abstract art in Spain and in the sixties he made many exhibitions in Spain, Germany, England, Sweden, Italy, Austria, Brazil, Japan, USA and Finland.

Lanzarote itself is the biggest piece of art Marique ever made; he managed to get the balance between the volcanic nature of the island and art. For many islanders César Manrique is the one man that has made Lanzarote what it is now days.

His creations are perfectly integrated with nature. His emphasized simplicity has made him earn the recognition of both intellectual and aesthetic critics. It is said that he achieved a perfect harmony between space and volume.

The César Manrique foundation is the main cultural centre of the island where apart from his own art jobs you can also enjoy his private collection with master pieces of other artists such as Picasso, Miró, Klee, Chillida, etc.

This museum is located in el Taro de Tahiche, which was Manrique´s Home and adapted by the artist to his current role as a museum.

César Manrique died the 25th of September 1992 when he was 73 years old in a traffic accident near his own home.

ATTRACTIONS

  • PARQUE NACIONAL DE TIMANFAYA (TIMANFAYA PARK)
  • This natural park was born from violent volcanic eruptions for six consecutive years between 1730-1736 which covered the entire island with ash and volcanic material destroying villages and crops. These eruptions explain the emergence of hundreds of craters that can be seen today in this unusual place.

    Timanfaya was declared a natural park in 1974. It covers an area of 52 km2; among its most known volcanos we can find: La Montaña del fuego, la caldera del Corazoncillo y Montaña Rajada where there are hot spots on the surface which reach 100-120º Celsius or up to 600º Celsius just 13 meters deep.

    Timanfaya is inhibited by different species that live off organic matter carried by the wind and has little vegetation.

    After all eruptions, Lanzarote´s volcanoes sleep and they are not active anymore.

  • LOS JAMEOS DEL AGUA
  • Los Jameos Del Agua was the first attraction designed by César Manrique, 1968, consisting of tube caves which are considered the most interesting caves in the whole world.

    Los Jameos Del Agua is the tip of the lava tube that connects the sea with Cueva de los Verdes and a mountain called La Corona. Inside Jameos Del Agua you can find a natural lake which is inhabited by so-called “blind crabs” that have become the undisputed symbol of this place.

    In this fantastic place we can find a great natural scenery and architecture where concerts are offered with a wonderful sound quality.

    César Manrique did seek to impact the visitors and he succeeded with the introduction of a minimum number of plants or the swimming pool which have become a part of Los Jameos.

  • MIRADOR DEL RIO (RIVER´S VIEWPOINT)
  • This viewpoint is the most important of all of César Manrique´s work. Situated on the northern tip of the island at 480 meters from sea level from where you can watch the archipelago Chinijo which has been declared a marine reserve.

    El Mirador Del Río has several points to observe: a corridor that surrounds the building, a circular window and a roof terrace which is accessed via a spiral staircase.

    El Mirador was built in 1973 and consists of a building of two huge domes buried to disguise the edifice.

  • LA CUEVA DE LOS VERDES (LOS VERDES´ CAVE)
  • La Cueva de Los Verdes is located in the north of the island and it is a system of underground tunnels about 6 km long and it is one of the most interesting formations on the island and one of the the longest volcanic tubes of the world.

    The caves and galleries arose with the eruption of the volcano Monte de La Corona, more than 4.000 years ago.

    These caves are possible because a large lava flow moved toward the east coast of the island, entering the sea. First, the lava cooled rapidly solidifying while the river of molten lava continued to flow below this layer.

    In the seventeenth century, the caves served as refuge for the islanders from pirates and slave hunters.

  • MONUMENTO AL CAMPESINO (MONUMENT TO THE FARMER)
  • Monumento al campesino was also created by César Manrique, it is in La Geria. It was built as a tribute to the hard work of the rural community because it is not easy to obtain agricultural products in a land so arid.

    The museum used to be an old farmhouse that was restored and expanded in which you can find a collection of tools which were used by the peasants of the time, so the visitor can understand a little more the story that the exhibition aims to tell. It is also interesting to say that there is a craft workshop and the former kitchen is full of antiques.

    The monument, which can also be called the “Fertility Monument”, was made from old fishing boats´ water tanks which were welded together and painted white. The monument was built over a rock´s platform.

    At the monument we can find a well known restaurant which offers a great variety of local dishes such as fresh fish, traditional stews, etc.

  • JARDÍN DE CACTUS (CACTUS GARDEN)

This spot, located in the municipality of Guatiza, is one César Manrique´s latest works. It is built in an old quarry turned into a plantation that shows nearly ten thousand different kinds of cactus.

The garden also has one of the old windmills of Lanzarote, a small restaurant with terrace and a craft store.

  • SALINAS DE JANUBIO (SEA SALT NATURAL PRODUCTION)

The construction of Salinas de Janubio began in 1895 with D. Vicente LLeo Benlliure.

Today the Lleo family operates the salt production, a job they have been doing for over 50 years. The fishing industry uses all its salt production.

  • MERCADILLO DE TEGUISE (TEGUISE MARKET)

In the municipality of Teguise we can find one of the major markets of the island.

Every Sunday morning the town is transformed into a special market where you´ll find a wide selection of products: pottery, lace, leather chairs, goat cheese… at the heart of the market near the church you can enjoy folk groups performances.

BEACHES

In Lanzarote´s 169 km coastline you can find a large number and variety of beaches. There are beaches for all tastes, fine white sand, golden sandy beaches or volcanic rock beaches, crystalline water beaches… from one end to the other, Lanzarote is beach and fun.

  • PLAYA DE PAPAGAYO

At the edge of a volcanic mountain there are four beaches which are very relaxing and far away from civilization. The sea water is cristal clear and calm, also you can practice nudism in one of them.

  • PLAYA BLANCA

It is about 100m long with white sand and calm water. It is the perfect place for scuba diving, a place where you would be delighted with its beautiful seabed. The seafront has numerous restaurants with terraces overlooking the sea.

  • PLAYAS DE TINAJO
  • These beaches are considered one of the best locations in Europe for surfing and body boarding. It hosts surf championships annually where some of the best international surfers compete.

  • PLAYA DE LOS CHARCOS
  • This is one of the main beaches of Costa Teguise. Its beauty is the white sand and its waters, which, despite being a windy beach are quiet. This is because of the breakwaters that protect the beach from the sea currents. Beach umbrellas and deck chairs are available to rent.

  • PLAYA DE FAMARA
  • Famara is 6 km. long, the largest beach in Lanzarote. It is a very windy beach and there is always heavy swell which makes it a very dangerous place for bathing because of its waves and currents but it is ideal for surfing.

  • PLAYAS DE PUERTO DEL CARMEN:
PLAYA GRANDE:

Playa Grande is over 1 km. long and 100m wide, it is a very well known spot of the island and it provides surveillance, showers, toilets and changing rooms.

PLAYA DE MATAGORDA:

This beach is 850m long. It is a windy beach but with calm waters and golden sand. Beach umbrellas and deck chairs are available to rent.

PLAYA DE LOS POCILLOS:

Playa De Los Pocillos is a mile long of golden sand. Its surface is slightly inclined so when the tide is high you can see puddles in the middle of the beach offering a curious and unique landscape.