Information about Lanzarote
The Canary Islands and Lanzarote
As the northern most of the Canary Islands, Lanzarote lies approximately 70 miles from the west coast of Africa, and yet is only 4 hours flying time from the UK. It is ideal for either a short term break or a longer rest, and can offer year round sunshine, spectactular scenery and beautiful beaches. With its bustling capital - Arrecife - to the extraordinary lava fields at Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote also offers a unique history and fascinating culture.
Places of Interest in Lanzarote
1. Mirador del Rio
Meaning River View this a lookout point located in the north of the island on top of a cliff, 479m above sea level.
Created by Cesar Manrique, the views of the neighbouring island (belonging to Lanzarote) La Graciosa and the Canary island of Montana Clara is breathtaking. The artist excavated an opening in the top of the mountains to house a restaurant with a domed ceiling.
2. Cueva de los Verdes
Formed again by the eruption of the volcano Las Coronas these caves are one of the longest volcanic galleries in the world stretching 6km long.During the 17th century these caves acted as a refuge to the local Canarian people from pirates and slave hunters.Spectacular lighting adds to the effects of the caves and they also boast an optical illusion.
3. Jameos del Agua
Designed by Cesar Manrique in 1968 Jameos del Agua is an underground lava bubble converted into an auditorium and theatre. It was created by the eruption of the big volcano in the north called La Corona approximately 3000 years ago. The word Jameos means a lava bubble, which occurs when the ceiling of a lava tunnel collapses, or when gases accumulate and explode literally leaving a bubble underground.
Visitors enter through a winding staircase made out of the surrounding rock and enter into Jameo Grande, a roofless volcanic bubble 100m long and 30m wide. This then leads to a garden and swimming pool. A dance floor and bar has been created out of the surrounding volcanic rock. At the end of Jameos Grande is the concert cave with its wonderful acoustics seating 600 people.
4. Cesar Manrique Foundation
Originally the studio and house of Cesar Manrique it was inaugurated in 1992 as a private, non-profit, self financed cultural foundation engaging in the promotion of artistic, environmental and cultural activities as well as the private works of Cesar Manrique. Highly recommended.
5. Jardin del Cactus
Created by Cesar Manrique this area was originally an old quarry. Cesar Manrique strived to show how beauty could be created using natural resources and the gardens show the indigenous flora of the island.
6. Museum of Contemporary Art
This is situated in the Castle of San Jose in Puerto Naos, Arrecife. It was originally a fortress built between 1776 and 1779 by King Carlos 111. It not only contains pieces of modern art but also works from Cesar Manrique who was one of the honorary directors.
7. Museum of Emigrants
Standing on Guanapay hill overlooking the old capital of Teguise the Castle of Santa Barbara started as a watchtower guarding the island on both coastlines. It was originally built by Sancho de Herrera in the 16th century but was fully converted to a fortress in 1588 by the Italian engineer Leonardo Torriani.
Up until 1960 the castle had had a long period of deterioration but then a group of people headed "Friends of Castles" started restoring it to its former glory. It has since had a further restoration in 1977 by the Fine Arts association. Nowadays it is used as a museum for the history of the Canarian Emigrants many of whom went to South America and includes passports, family letters and postcards along with scale models and texts.
8. Timanfaya National Park
This area was devastated by volcanic eruptions over a period of 6 years 1730-1736. Here visitors can appreciate not only the awe inspiring scenery of "Devil's land" caused by the geological phenomena but also a land coming back to life with its 180 different plant species.
Cars park by the side of the "Devil" restaurant where visitors can go in and see how food can be cooked over the heat of the volcano and can watch the geothermic experiments.
A coach ride of about 45mins is included in the entrance fee where visitors are taken around the volcano route and can listen to the story behind this unusual island.
9. El Golfo
On the west coast of Lanzarote on the coastline of the Timanfaya National park is El Golfo known as the Green Lagoon. It is actually a volcanic crater, which has been filled by underground seawater. Algae have inhabited the water causing the green colour, which against the black volcanic sands is an unusual sight.
Today the crater is half its original size and has been declared a protected area. In the surrounding area you will also find the naturally occurring semi precious stone called Olivina, a green stone and you will find it lying on the beach and rocks.
About Playa Blanca
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Playa Blanca is the jewel of Lanzarote and the Canaries. It is located in the south of the island, and consequently receives the best weather on Lanzarote, with the summer months cooled by the northerly sea breezes. In Playa Blanca, there is a fabulous selection of both new and resale property available, plus commercial units and businesses. Playa Blanca is also the gateway to Fuerteventura, and ferries depart daily on a frequent basis. The views across the Bocaina Strait to Isla Lobos and Fuerteventura are superb, and many properties for sale have these stunning views.
Playa Blanca also offers the best beaches on Lanzarote with the world famous Papagayo beaches, plus a selection of smaller beaches along the 10 kilometre promenade which runs from the Papagayo beaches to the lighthouse in the west. The new Marina Rubicon is firmly established as a world class boating destination and offers clients the best in cuisine, shopping and a Saturday market. There is also a host of other restaurants to cater for all tastes. Playa Blanca has another market every Wednesday, and the there is a varied shopping selection in the high street. For the sporty types, there is a 9 hole pitch and putt course, diving, sailing, snorkelling, tennis, squash, mountain biking, swimming and many more activities.
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