Thursday, December 2

Five postcards of Lanzarote to discover its eternal spring

Famara beach, north of Lanzarote

Famara beach, north of Lanzarote

There is an island that contains all the islands: surfing, volcanic, gastronomic, exuberant, desert, beach, family, lonely … It is Lanzarote, an island that shines with its own light, especially when it comes to showing the world that its eternal spring it is more than just a promise. Visiting it in autumn is doing it in one of its best moments, ideal for discovering unique landscapes between virgin beaches with crystal clear waters, small white villages and roads that hide a postcard in each straight.

1- Papagayo Coves and Famara Beach

Crystal clear waters in one of the coves of Papagayo, south of Lanzarote

Lanzarote is not a sun and beach destination to go to in the summer and en masse. It is sun and it is a beach all year round and, above all, the possibility of enjoying by default not being aware of who plants your umbrella next to you. Some crystalline and serene. Other turquoise and rebellious, the island is surrounded by spectacular beaches, but if we have to choose two, we are left with the coves of Papagayo in the south, to the shelter of the trade winds, and the beaches of Famara in the north, whose waves have made it a surfer mecca.

2- La Graciosa

One of the white houses facing the sea in La Graciosa One of the white houses facing the sea in La Graciosa.

An island within an island. Due to its landscapes and that extra bit of tranquility, perfect for those who need to lose sight of any trace of stress and crowds, La Graciosa is a must-see to do by ferry from Lanzarote. In La Graciosa, where it is also possible to stay, you will also find the Chinijo Archipelago Marine Reserve, the largest in Europe, which makes it one of the most attractive destinations for divers and explorers of the seabed.

3- Timanfaya and Mountains of Fire

Views of the Tamia mountain, in the Timanfaya national park

If volcanoes have always fascinated us, the eruption of Cumbre Vieja has raised volcanic tourism to a new level. Safe on the neighboring island of La Palma, located at the other end of the Canary archipelago, Lanzarote has one of the most impressive natural parks of volcanic origin in the world: Timanfaya. The perfect opportunity to see their activity live is in the Mountains of Fire, a postcard with which the traveler will doubt whether he is stepping on Earth or the Moon.

4-Cactus Garden

The Garden of the Cactus, in Teguise.

This garden contains more than 4,500 specimens of 450 different species grouped from 13 families of cacti arrived from the five continents. The Cactus Garden is the latest intervention by Cesar Manrique. The most international artist from Lanzarote turned the degraded space of a quarry into a shelter for cactus flowers from all over the planet, leaving his unmistakable artistic mark on it. Its deep green contrasts with the blue of the sky and the black of the volcanic stone in a landscape of great beauty that is also a refuge for small birds and insects.

5- The Valley of the Thousand Palms

Haría, in the Valley of the Palms.

We keep the green and give it a plus of leafiness and exuberance when we move to Haría, a beautiful town of white houses that is located north of Lanzarote. This enclave is in itself an oasis: due to the unmistakable silhouettes of the hundreds of palm trees that dot it and run through it, as well as the special microclimate that makes its land the greenest on the island. Haría also houses the César Manrique House – Museum and is the best point from which to approach the natural pools of Punta Mujeres and enter the Jameos del Agua.

How to get?: Vueling offers a direct flight from Alicante to Lanzarote.

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