What to See in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
As the fourth largest of the Canary Islands, and the closest to Africa, Lanzarote's landscape is by far the most dramatic. If all you want is sun, sun, and more sun--be it in secluded little coves off stunning blue water, or on pristine stretches of golden sand--any one of Lanzarote's 99 beaches is bound to suit.
Immerse Yourself in Timanfaya National Park
As the volcanic birthplace of Lanzarote, and Spain's third most-visited national park, this expanse is quite simply like nothing else on earth. Most visitors leave their cars and tour the area via a 45-minute bus ride, however walking trips and even camel rides are available if arranged in advance.
Ride the Waves at Playa de Famara
Brave visitors to idyllic Playa de Famara attempt to walk the zigzag path down from the cliffs (definitely not for the faint-hearted) to the beach. If you want to try riding the waves along the stretch of water between here and La Santa -- one of Europe's best surfing spots--book a lesson with a local expert.
Explore the Jardin de Cactus
Created by local architect César Manrique, this top attraction boasts over 1,000 species of the spiky plant. Beautifully presented on circular terraces, some of the cacti flower, some grow huge, and some are downright weird. Stroll through the gardens, check out the windmill, and be sure not to miss the volcanic ash statues.
Relax in the Peaceful Coves of Punta de Papagayo
For many, Lanzarote's greatest appeal is the promise of year-round sunny skies and gorgeous sandy beaches. If it's tranquility you're after, make your way south and bounce along a 3km dirt track to Punta de Papagayo for the island's best assortment of secluded coves.