Lanzarote is known as one of the most famous tourists islands in rhw Canary Islands. Located near the African west coast, it is hot all year round. In addition, it offer the Saharan Winds, as called by locals, which blow over from the Sahara desert. The warm seas as well as exceptional beaches, together with Saharan Winds, are what makes Lanzarote so well known. It is a destination that visitors always want to come back. Below are some major attractions in Lanzarote.
Cueva de los Verdes
Lanzarote is a volcanic island, the Cueva de los Verdes were created from an eruption over 3000 years ago at La Corona. The main feature of these caves is the colour the walls take on, and it is because of its Green tint that it gained its name Cueva de los Verdes or Green Caves in English. On touring the caves you will be stunned at how the calm water in some sections of the caves deceive you as it becomes so mirror like. It is only on breaking the water that you can see this deception.
Jameos del Agua
Located quite near to Cueva de los Verdes is a nice surprise. Jameos del Agua is a volcanic forms cave. Jameo refers to a cave with a collapsed roof. This complex looks completely tropical, with its white sand, turquoise pools and palm trees it is a must to visit and relax here.
Timanfaya National Park
Timanfaya National Park is 51sq kilometres of volcanic soil and landscape. The views that you will see at the park make you feel like you are on another planet, this place is unforgettable when you come here. Touring the park is an experience in itself. As you board the busses that take you around you are entrusting your life with the skilled drivers that know these very thin single track roads like the back of their hands. They weave you around craters up hills and take you to some of the best views that the park has to offer.
A Meal Cooked by Volcanic Heat
One of the most “have to be there to believe it” moments in Lanzarote happens at one of final stopping points on the coach tours, a stop off at the Restaurant el Diablo. Prior to going into the restaurant the guides like to prove to you that this is an active volcano. There are 3 ways they do this. There is a natural cavity in the floor that goes down a fair way; the first experiment you see is the guide placing some straw into the cavity. After what feels like a few seconds the straw turns to flames, all this with the natural heat that is there just a few feet below us. At the next experiment you see a tube in the ground again it only goes down a few feet. Into this they pour some water, after 3 seconds the water and steam shoots out in a geyser like fashion.
For the final trick you walk into the restaurant past a huge hole in the ground that has been converted to an oven, the natural heat that rises is hot enough to cook the restaurants food. You are allowed to look in and you can feel the heat of what’s below. You have to move quickly in this room as they have installed metal floors, this makes it all seem very slippy when the whole time the soles of your shoes are slowly melting. Then you finally sit down for your set menu while watching the sun set over the view of the lava fields. This all adds to a very memorable experience that only a Lanzarote holiday can give to you.
Martin Shane Jones is a Travel Writer in the UK. Martin works for a Beach Holiday special in the UK who offer cheap holidays, and like to consider themselves as the beach experts.
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