Exploring Lanzarote in the Canary Islands is unlike some of the other islands in the group, it is not spoiled by mass tourism.
Even though it is a popular tourist destination, it still has many hidden attractions for those who want to get off the beaten path.
Lanzarote is a small island, but it receives more than 1.3 million tourists every year. Even so, the main tourism developments are focused on the South-East coast and especially around the popular resorts of Puerto del Carmen and Playa Blanca. Even if you stay in these resorts, you can hire a car and drive around the island to visit some beautiful attractions away from the crowds. There are hiking paths, quiet beaches, small villages and eco-tourism initiatives around Lanzarote.
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Soft Adventure Activities
Lanzarote with crystal-clear turquoise waters, is a great destination for scuba diving and snorkeling. Other excellent sea and beach oriented activities include deep-sea fishing, surfing and windsurfing. Windsurfing in Lanzarote with its steady trade winds all year round, is considered to be one of the best in the world. Not interested in getting wet? Venture out along the beach on horseback or take a bike trip along its beautiful shoreline.
The Valley of 1000 Palms
The Valley of 1000 Palms is a green and lush area and completely different from the dry landscape in other parts of the island. The Haria village in the valley is a lovely place to visit and a good place to buy local foods on the weekly market, or to sample traditional cuisine. There are hiking paths for different levels of fitness and the valley is also a popular destination for cycling and mountain biking. Nearby is El Bosque, a scenic forest and a popular local spot for barbecues and picnics.
The Timanfaya National Park
The Timanfaya National Park is home to the Fire Mountains (Montañas del Fuego). There are more than 300 volcanoes in the park and although the volcanoes have not erupted since the mid-19th century, the landscape is still stunning. Guided walks are offered on designated routes (book these in advance), camel rides are available and there are also coach tours into the park.
La Graciosa Island
One of the best ways to get off the tourist route in Lanzarote is to take a ferry from Orzola beach to the small island of La Graciosa. The ferry trip takes less than half an hour and the ferry leaves you on a beautiful small island that is home to just 600 people. There are quiet beaches, walking paths and just one inhabited village on this peaceful island.
Lanzarote offers accommodation for all budgets, from affordable tourist hotels to luxury resorts. Many European low-cost airlines fly to Lanzarote from several UK airports and from major European cities
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