A Guide to Lanzarote, the Martian Canary Island

Lanzarote is one of the Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago located off the coast of Morocco. The island is one of the most popular beach destination.

How to get to Lanzarote

This island, located in the Atlantic Ocean, can be reached by plane. There are many low-cost flights available, and you can book your flight to the island in advance. There are several ferrys that connect Lanzarote to the other Canary Islands.

Where to Stay

Lanzarote is an island known for its natural landmarks and its beaches. If you are planning to spend your holiday on the beach, stay in one of the many resorts in the Costa Teguise area. There are several golf courses, an aquarium and a water park nearby.

Puerto de Carmen is an ancient fishing village that has been transformed into a resort town. Now it is known for its nightlife, with a wide range of bars, clubs, discos, pubs and restaurants.

Playa Blanca is a resort located on the southern tip of the island. The most famous beaches in the area are Playa Dorada and Playa Flamingo. Climb up to El Faro in order to enjoy views towards the island and the ocean.

What to Eat

Some of the most traditional dishes from the Canary Islands are papas arrugadas and seafood. Papas arrugadas are wrinkly potatoes boiled in sea water that are served with spicy mojo picón sauce and a green, olive oil-based sauce with garlic. A typical breakfast is gofio, a maize porridge. Try the pucheros and potajes stews that are made using local vegetables, lentils and meat.

Which Beaches are worth to Visit

There are many sandy and volcanic beaches on this island. Two of the most famous beaches are the scenic Playa de las Cucharas and Playa del Papagayo, a beach known for its white sands and clear waters. Head to the north of the island if you are into water sports, including surf and windsurf. Do not miss El Golfo, a natural cove with black sands formed after a volcanic eruption. Famara beach, with its golden sands and pink cliffs, is located on the northwestern coast of the island and is an ideal destination for those who want to relax.

What to Visit

There are many natural landmarks that are worth a visit on this island. Enjoy the Martian landscape of the Timanfaya National Park. Ride a camel around the base of the park and then climb to the top, where you will find a restaurant with views towards the island. The restaurant is known for its dishes cooked above a geothermal hole, the remnants of a volcano that partially destroyed the island.

There are many other landmarks that you can visit, including the Jameos del Agua and the Cueva de los Verdes caves. These caves were formed by volcanic lava. The Jameos del Agua set of caves have a large underground lake, and one of the grottoes has been transformed into an Auditorium.

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