It is not a secret that the Canary archipelago is a true star on the Spanish tourism scene; Its special and powerful gastronomy, the warmth of its people and its exuberant landscapes have won hard on the lists of favorite destinations of travelers, whether it is to enjoy with the family or undertake adventures alone.
Much of the magic of these islands resides in Lanzarote, the distant sister of the basaltic Iceland —except for the extremely icy climate of the latter, since Lanzarote has a privileged tropical climate that allows its inhabitants to enjoy Christmas away from the scarf.
With these grateful temperatures, we have everything we need to discover the true essence of Lanzarote, which is submerged under the water.
Discovering the marine’s bottom – Diving in Lanzarote
Considered one of the best diving destinations in Spain and Europe, this island paradise offers an unbeatable marine topography, along with a rich variety of fauna ranging from the presence of 30 different types of cetaceans, to a huge number of native species, among which we find the lizard fish, parrot fish (known to the locals as old), octopuses, fireworms, and a long etcetera.
Those passionate about underwater life will not be dissatisfied, since magic comes not only from the hand of nature, but also from the man: Lanzarote is home to the highly acclaimed Museo Atlántico Lanzarote, which has placed the island as the cherry of the cake in the world of living. It has more than three hundred sculptures by the artist and ecologist Jason deCaires Taylor, located in the south of the island, next to the Bahía de las Coloboradas and it is accessible for the divers of all levels.
Other submerged wonders that are worth visiting are La Catedral, an impressive cave whose natural architecture simulates that of a cathedral, as its name indicates, and the famous Blue Hole, known for sighting more complicated species to see.
And the beaches?
Although Lanzarote is pure beauty under the water, its surface is not left behind. Among the more known beaches, we can find La Playa del Papagayo, accessible with a private vehicle, of calm waters and a bright blue where snorkel can be done, keep diving or simply seize of a good bath and take a stan in its white and fine sand shores.
In addition to this beach, we also can find the Caletón Blanco beach, in the municipality of Haría, also with white sand and paradisiacal images, however, the degree of occupation is somewhat higher since it is accessible by public transport. Other beaches of interest are the different coves of La Graciosa, a small island to the north that is worth exploring and where La Cocina beach is located, known for the yellow mountain that reigns on its coast, Caleta del Sebo, ideal for practicing kayak and enjoy a day at the beach with the family, since it has a beach bar where you can eat and have a drink, and the Playa de la Francesa, a totally virgin cove where you will only find nature and, of course, sailboats.
The most known beach of the island and the more visited, is the Dorada Beach, located in the Playa Blanca municipality, the touristic zone for the antonomasia, where it can be found an endless number of restaurants with the best local food offer. More than the fantastic beaches, also it can be found naturals pools as the Punta de las Mujeres in Haría, or the Chacones del Danubio en Yaiza.
Obrigatory visits in Lanzarote
A part of the beaches and for those who like to combine the physical activities and tourism, it can´t be missing an excursion by the Parque Nacional de Timanfaya, the unique national park of geologic character of all the country, and it is characterized by its lack of vegetation and its landscapes “from the other planet” once the constant volcanic eruption build an singular territory.
Inside the park, we can find fire mountains, a mountain range done by volcanic lava, and and two interesting walking routes, the coastal route that runs along the coast, and the Tramesana route, about 2km approximately.
Another place of interest to visit in Lanzarote is La Santa, a small coastal town whose adjacent waters are strong and therefore suitable for practicing water sports such as surfing or kitesurfing, its small port offers charming views, a perfect place to enjoy a good evening, with a good dinner and a local wine while enjoying the panoramic view of the coast.
To the west, between the Volcanoes Park and the Timanfaya, you can visit the Natural Park of La Geria, known for its curious volcanic physiognomy and for its use in the cultivation of the vine, specifically in the Malvasía variety. An important point of the island that is worth visiting is the Puerto Calero marina, especially if our transport to the island is by sea. It is one of the most emblematic marinas in the archipelago, it has dreamlike landscapes characterized by the volcanic origin of the island, it has 420 moorings that accommodate large ships that are also worth admiring if we are visitors by foot.