Exploring Lanzarote off the Beaten Track

One of the best things about going on holiday to a different part of the world is the chance to really get to explore and discover your chosen holiday destination, and what better way to do this than discovering the traditional and natural sides of Lanzarote.

The resort areas of this great island are great, and their facilities are so extensive that you may find yourself never wanting to leave, and yet Lanzarote is such a beautiful island that it’s well worth taking the time to get out and about and be adventurous.

For example why not exchange half a day of sunbathing for some camel riding? Exploring the Timanfaya national park on camel back is an experience not to be missed, getting up close to the red mountains and the volcano will expand your knowledge of the geography of this incredible part of Lanzarote. If you don’t fancy camel riding, then there are guided tours and organised excursions for those who want to explore without getting saddle sore!

Another part of the incredible and unusual Lanzarote landscape is the natural features found at El Golfo. ‘The Gulf’ is the natural amphitheatre that was created by the volcanic eruptions nearly 300 years ago.  A visit here gives you the opportunity to experience the incredible volcanic rock formations with their many colours, and to witness the natural phenomenon of the green lagoon. The flood filled floor of the crater gets its appealing and intriguing colour from the algae that live in it.

Heading up to the North of the island is a must as you get to see and experience being on top of the world at Mirador del Rio.  Located 400 meters up on the top of the Risco de Famara this inspiring construction traverses the Risco de Famara cliffs and the Corona Volcano.  It was designed by Cesar Manrique with the intention of being able to experience and enjoy the incredible view at the top. With concave windows enhancing the panoramic view, and the restaurant with glass walls offering another way of enjoying the vista, not to mention the viewing platforms you won’t have experienced anything like this. Just don’t forget to bring your camera to capture this amazing place.

With so many amazing things to see and do, getting off the beaten track is highly recommended.  We also recommend hiring a car in Lanzarote to get out and about around the island.  If you want to combine comfort with a 4 wheel drive adventure away from the main roads,  there are plenty of 4×4 vehicles that you can rent.

Have you explored the traditional Lanzarote? Have you been to any of the places we’ve talked about here? Let us know in the comments below, we’d love to hear your reviews and recommendations.

Andrew Jones (11 Posts)

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