El Golfo Beach in Lanzarote, a hidden jewel on the island.

If you are looking for a dream-like spot that could double as the background for any scene in a film, El Golfo Beach in Lanzarote should be your next destination.

And that’s not just because we say so. This landscape is so distinct regards any other site that you’ve visited, that it attacts the attention of Image professionals year after year.

It is named after the crator of the volcano where it is located.

As time went by, wind erosion helped to create its half-moon shape (the other half was engulfed by the sea).

The part that remained on the surface is the beach we are talking about today.

However, it is not considered to be a typical beach, one of those where you can spend more time in the water than under the sun during the day. It is surrounded by such strong currents that swimming there is actually prohibited.

Even though you won’t be able to enjoy a dip that day, you can search for and find some semi-precious stones from this area that are used for making the typical island jewellery. They are called “olivinas” because of the green colour of the minerals they are made from.

Views of El Golfo.

If you go on a two-minute walk from the fishing village that bears the same name, you will get to a half-moon that has not been flooded by the sea and you will see a black volcanic sand beach in this small cove.

However, that won’t be the first thing you see as there is something else that will catch your attention, something that you haven’t seen before.

It is a lake with emerald green waters that, for a few seconds, will appear to be a mirage.

It is Lago Verde (Green Lake), one of the biggest treasures we have in Lanzarote.

Known among the locals as the Charco de los Clicos, its waters contain a high concentration of sulphur because of the volcanic nature of the island, as well as a sea weed known as “ruppia marítima” that produces chlorophyll and gives this bright green colour to its waters during the entire year and may come seem extraterrestrial in origin.

It is just a few inches deep, but it sprawls over 7,000 square metres.

Cinema fans will remember Raquel Welsch starring in One Million Years B.C. (1966) coming out of the green waters of this lake.

Almodovar didn’t want to miss out on this landscape either for a scene in his film Broken Embraces in 2009.

If you visit with sufficient spare time, don’t go without seeing the sunset and the colourful scenes it creates each early evening.

Next to this surprising jewel of nature is the amazing Parque Nacional de Timanfaya

While you are nearby, you can visit other places of great tourist interest, such as the Bermeja Mountain, Yaiza or the Rubicon Marina.

Where is the beach located?

El Golfo beach is located within the southeast area of Lanzarote.

If you are coming from Playa Blanca, you will arrive on the LZ-2, so when you pass Salinas de Janubio go towards the LZ-703 and you will see it after los Hervideros. You will get to Avenida el Golfo seaside promenade..

However, if you depart from Yaiza, take the LZ-404 which will bring you directly to El Golfo.

You will see an unpaved parking lot at the entrance where you can park and a path on the left. If you walk up it, you will enjoy a panoramic view of the entire El Golfo area.

A sea of opportunities.

This unparalleled enclave has not only been of interest to film and image professionals.

Each year visiting tourists just can’t not leave comments on social networks, so it will be very easy for you to discover opinions on this beach left by those who have visited it before you.

Most opinions mention a charming place, a place where you just have to stop and one which is extraordinary.

It is clear that the Charco de los Clicos won’t leave anyone unimpressed, and all you’ll hear will be people talking about a landscape like no other, one that will remain forever in your memory.

We recommend you eat at this area because of the excellent quality of its restaurants, especially when it comes to fish, with a special mention for Casa Rafa, El Caleton or Siroco.

This article was written with all the love we feel for Lanzarote. We hope that you enjoy your visit to El Golfo Beach as much as we have enjoyed writing this section.

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