It got this nickname for a big reason: from a bird’s-eye view you can spot over 300 volcanic cones, which give it quite a peculiar appearance. All you have to do is search the Internet and take a look at satellite photos of the easternmost island in the Canary Archipelago. If you have the time, I invite you to count all craters that you see.
If you’ve finished counting them, let’s continue.
Just like Fuerteventura, Lanzarote does not have very elevated islands, so the clouds often skip both of them, making them quite dry and not too green, except for the oases formed by the tourist resorts.
However, this is a minor detail that does not detract a thing from its value.
More than a quarter of Lanzarote’s surface is badlands, remains of solidified lava, which provide a unique appearance and beauty to the island and create landscapes that seem to be from a science fiction film.
Watching Lanzarote’s lava fields is like viewing a sunset from Mars. I invite you to stand very still, waiting for a roaring dragon to show up at any time, or a some strange creature from afar, carrying a ring towards an active volcano.
Be that as it may, it has an essence that captivates and you wouldn’t want to miss out on any details.
Apart from spectacular landscapes, Lanzarote has various Tourist Centres where you can become better acquainted with the island’s history and the creative path of one of its favourite sons: Cesar Manrique, who was able to perceive the beauty of its native land and enhance it with his art.
Its white-coloured villages stand out against the black undertones of the ground and offer a striking contract with the blue waters of its coasts.
Moreover, if you like to walk, Lanzarote offers trails of different distances and difficulties for a family or solo hike, depending on your preferences.
And, if you’d like to stretch out in the sand and enjoy the sea, here are some most inviting beaches to do it: from the magnificent beaches of Papagayo at the south and up to the mythical Famara, where you will also find yourself in the middle of the island’s surfing hotspot.
Would you like to do something different?
Well, Lanzarote has one of the most visited diving points in Europe: Playa Chica. It’s the perfect spot for diving into its waters and observing the amount of marine life that goes on beneath the surface.
What else could Lanzarote offer you?
A big point in favour of this island are its distances, because, at its longest point, it measures no more than 60 km or 37 miles. This makes all journeys on the island quick and painless, especially for the little ones in the family.
With some good planning, you can visit the most important points of interest in Lanzarote in four days and you’ll still have time to kick back and relax.