Guide to Lanzarote
For the third instalment of the Canary Islands blogs, Pullmantur Cruises takes a closer look at Lanzarote – the easternmost island of the archipelago. From November 2016 through to January 2017, Pullmantur Cruises will be operating a range of Canary Islands itineraries, providing passengers with an opportunity to soak up the sun this winter.
Volcanic eruptions have played a significant part in the history of Lanzarote, particularly during the 18th century when eruptions covered a quarter of the island’s surface and destroyed 11 villages. The island’s distinctive natural and cultural beauty has led to it gaining status as a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1993.
Timanfaya National Park
Between 1730 and 1736, more than 100 volcanoes rose within a 50km squared area of Lanzarote, completely devastating this part of the island. A general lack of rainfall since these eruptions has meant that the area has remained much the same as it was 280 years ago and, in 1968, the area was granted national park status. This Mars-like landscape is renowned for its desolate landscape that accommodates many rare plant species. Just a few metres below the ground, temperatures can often reach between 400C and 600C and – to prove just how hot it is – people can often be seen pouring water down a hole, which almost immediately erupts in the form of steam.
Mirador del Rio
Literally translated, the word mirador means “a lookout”, and this particular mirador is situated at the end of the Risco de Famara range, 479 metres above sea level. As well as providing a fantastic view out to sea, the Mirador del Rio also holds a strong historical significance. Throughout the 16th century, this spot was used by Spanish settlers to lookout for pirates, who raided the island on a continuous basis for nearly 200 years.
Jameos del Agua
From high above the land to deep beneath it – Lanzarote’s volcanic status becomes apparent at Jameos del Agua. This landmark is made up of a portion of a 6km long lava tube which was formed 4,000 years ago. Over time, parts of the roof of the tube collapsed, leading to a series of open-air caves. The Lanzarote-born artist and architect, Cesar Manrique, blended art with this former lava tube to create a unique cultural landmark. A staircase leads down into the cave, where visitors will find a restaurant and bar and a crystal clear natural lake, which is home to a species of blind albino crabs known as ‘Jameitos’.
Lanzarote is home to more than 100 stretches of sand, each of varying colour and size but all providing an ideal place to relax and soak up the sun. The volcanic beaches that have become synonymous with are present in Lanzarote, such as Playa Quemada, but there are also some golden-sand beaches – the highest regarded, of which, are Papagayo and Famara.
Temperatures throughout December and January are much warmer in the Canary Islands than elsewhere in the Mediterranean, with average highs in Lanzarote of 21C. These stunning volcanic islands each offer a distinctive sense of character and are best visited from with Pullmantur Cruises.
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