Sightseeing on Lanzarote
Many people travel to Lanzarote to sit back and enjoy all-inclusive services that include cocktails on the beach and delicious meals. It can be easy to miss the rich cultural, scientific and historical attractions that set Lanzarote apart among the Canaries.
Timanfaya National Park is in the south western part of the island and the parkland is entirely composed of volcanic soil. Although the last recorded eruption from the volcano was in the 19th century, underground activity continues, and an impressive geyser of steam is an attraction for tourists (this may be the source of the name, which is Spanish for Fire Mountain).
Cueva de los Verdes is a colourful lava tube or volcanic gallery that is said to be one of the longest conduits in the world. Found near the town of Haría on the Malpais de la Coruna, this cave was created approximately 3,000 years ago from a volcanic eruption that continued flowing unabated. Home to a truly unique concert hall that seats up to 500 people, the cueva hosts concertgoers who appreciate the unique acoustics of hardened lava.
The volcanic nature of Lanzarote provides great opportunities for snorkelling in shallow areas off the coast of the island where bream, parrot fish and stonebass are plentiful. It’s also possible to rent equipment and book lessons with qualified instructors and venture deeper out to sea to encounter dolphins and the occasional whale as well.