4 interesting things you never knew about Lanzarote
is so much more than sun, sea and sand. While it does make for a fabulous sun holiday, there are so many more things to experience on Lanzarote. The island of “pure and spontaneous beauty”
is at times breathtakingly beautiful and at times simple, earthy and uncorrupted.
Believe it or not but the island is shrouded in mystery. Even the origins of the name “Lanzarote” are up for debate. So leave the resort for a couple of days, explore the countryside and venture into the unknown. To experience Lanzarote fully, you have to understand it so here are 4 things you never knew about this magical island:
It's a volcanic Island
Lanzarote has more than 100 opened mouthed volcanoes and an exquisite volcanic landscape where you can view petrified rivers of black lava and spurting fire. A visit to Timanfaya National Park
is a must and a camel ride through the park is highly advised. The landscape here is often compared to that on the moon and the area is home to species of flora that will not be found anywhere else in the world. The geothermal heat is so intense here that bush thrown into the ground will immediately catch fire.
The volcanic landscape is also responsible for creating La Cueva de los Verdes
, a spectacular underground cave system. At four miles long, it is one of the largest volcanic caves in the world. If you are staying in the north part of the island, a visit to the caves is a must for the whole family.
2. There’s plenty of great wine
Despite the volcanic soil indigenous to the island, they make surprisingly excellent wine on Lanzarote. Wine varieties include Malvasía Seco Bermejo
and our particular favourite Rubicon Tinto
. Take a wine tour
to really get a taste for the country and the agricultural ingenuity of its people. Or sit back and relax in one of the excellent coastal seafood restaurants where you can be served a delicious wine direct from a local vineyard.
3. It has a disappearing island
The mysterious disappearing island of San Borondon
or St. Brendan’s Isle is known as the phantom island of Lanzarote. Reportedly located between Africa and the west coast of Lanzarote, it was first mentioned in the ninth century in the Voyages of St. Brendan
. Many explorers have seen it over the years and it was even included on many maps around the time of Columbus who was said to have believed in the existence of the island.
4. El Golfo is a geological wonder
Lago Verde is the half-moon shaped lake at El Golfo which is pure green! The lake is made from the remnants of a volcanic cone which is filled with unique microorganisms and minerals that give the water its strong green tint. The area is surrounded by black volcanic sand which contains semi-precious olivine stones. Visitors are welcome to look for the semi-precious stones which can be used for jewellery making. This is truly a unique experience on the island of Lanzarote.
Visiting Lanzarote from Ireland
As the weather in Lanzarote is sunny year round, there is no optimum time to visit—whenever the mood takes you! For a couple, our favourite places to stay are in Puerto Del Carmen
. For a family, we have chosen both the Costa Teguise
and the Playa Blanca
for a quieter family break.
As well as flights from Dublin and Cork, Knock airport offers direct flights to Lanzarote so what are you waiting for? Get in touch with Jade on 01 8047154.
and search for our great offers to Lanzarote.