Top Five Ways to Unwind in Lanzarote

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Top Five Ways to Unwind in Lanzarote

Flying out to the Canary Islands, you’re instantly struck by how isolated both Lanzarote and Tenerife are. Sitting off the coast of Africa, the Atlantic Ocean acts as barrier between this Spanish archipelago and the next major mass of land – America. Lanzarote’s serene landscapes make it the ultimate spot to relax, here are five ways you can do so…

Timanfaya National Park

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Like much of the Canaries, Lanzarote is famed for its otherworldly landscapes. Head to Timanfaya National Park and spend an afternoon exploring, although the park itself is over fifty square kilometres in size, so tackle it in chunks! Hike to the top of Islote de Hilario for unrivalled views of the park and surrounding areas. Alongside the panoramic Insta-flicks, you can reward yourself with some grub from the restaurant on the summit. Chefs here grill meat using the geothermal heat from a dormant volcano – a speciality you’ll struggle to find elsewhere!

Terrace Barbecues

Once you’ve exhausted yourself discovering Timanfaya National Park, it’s time to relax back home. One of the best things about Lanzarote is its favourable climate, so take advantage and have a BBQ! On the off chance the weather’s bad, don’t despair. If you’re staying in a holiday rental (companies like Villa Plus have luxury villas across the island) then you can always grab some local ingredients and cook up a storm from your kitchen. Lanzarote’s markets are full of interesting produce you might not find back home, making for a tasty self-catering getaway.

Scuba Diving

This can be a truly rewarding way to experience Lanzarote’s surrounding ecosystems. Trips operate from Puerto del Carmen, and introduce divers to Lanzarote’s various bays. You’ll come across everything from shipwrecks to rockfish, and no doubt return to dry land with exciting tales from the deep. Much like above sea level, Lanzarote’s coast is packed with caves which make for a real adventure – if you’ve got the courage to submerge beneath them!

Beaches

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Swim ashore, and you’ll surface to beaches purer than pearls. Or, emerge to black volcanic sands, which have a charm all of their own. Kick back with a good book and gaze out onto the ocean, or let the crashing waves take you to a far-off place. Feeling adventurous? Wind surfing is a popular activity on the island, and the Atlantic currents provide the perfect environment for it.

Mirador del Rio

Lanzarote is full of viewpoints over the island and nearby coastlines. Hike up to El Mirador del Rio, an ancient vantage point which sits nearly 500 metres above the ground. It was previously used to seek out local pirates, but now it’s a tourist hotspot. When you hike out here, you really start to realise the magnificence of Lanzarote’s landscapes. Dedicate a few hours to learning about its naval past, before heading back down to the resorts and bars of the seaboard.

For a relatively small island, Lanzarote packs in attractions like no other – embrace it.

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