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Lanzarote is the most easterly located of the Canary Islands and is the 4th largest of the 7 major islands of the archipelago. Lanzarote is also only 11km from the island of Fuerteventura and around 125km from the African coast.

Lanzarote has 213km of coastline but the vast majority of it consists of rocky outcrops as Lanzarote is a volcanic island. Just 10km are sandy and a further 16.5km are beach and together make for a fascinating landscape and dramatic geography. Lanzarote is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve protected site which is a conservational designation awarded by UNESCO.

The mountainous area of the island is home to the Timanfaya National Park at the south-west tip of the island, an area rich in volcanic activity such as geysers or springs of hot steam but the last eruption was in 1824. The park is made up of volcanic soil and visiting tourists can take coach rides around the volcanic landscape and also learn about the “Tunnel of Atlantis” which at 7km long is the world’s largest submerged volcanic tunnel. 

With temperate climates and some gorgeous beaches of white, golden and even black volcanic sand, tourism has overtaken the island’s original main economy of agriculture to ensure Lanzarote is the 3rd most visited of the Canary Islands.

Away from the beaches the volcanic nature of the island also created the much visited Jameos del Agua on the north side of the island. The Jameos del Agua are volcanic caves formed thousands of years ago and are also home to an underground salt water lagoon and are open daily from 9.30am. These are also not the only caves on the island and you can also visit the caverns and tunnels of the Caves of Los Verdes, a few hundred metres inland from the Jameos del Agua caves.

For some fun in the sun above ground visit the Lanzarote Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the Canary Islands which has no fewer than 33 aquariums that are home to hundreds of species both native to the waters around the island and also to more tropical marine life.

There is also a dive tank and those with qualified diving qualifications can enjoy 20 minute dives into tanks full of sharks and rays, among others for 250 euros. For more wildlife you can also visit the Guinate Wildlife Park on the north side of the island or for a fun-filled adventurous day visit the Western theme park, Rancho Texas Park, located just outside Puerto del Carmen.

Shopping is also a popular pastime on the island as the Canary Islands enjoy a special Duty-free tax status meaning that prices of tobacco, perfume, alcohol etc. are cheaper than on the Spanish mainland.

Public transport is not overly reliable on the island and does not serve all of the tourist attractions you should visit on the island so Lanzarote car hire is advisable. The island has relatively cheap car hire so you should be able to book your Lanzarote car hire and enjoy an affordable trip that will allow you to see the best of the island as soon as you hop in the car.

 

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