With its stunning natural landscape, superb architecture and beautiful coastlines, there are several reasons why so many tourists choose to visit Lanzarote. But compared to other popular holiday destinations, this particular Canary Island has tried to minimise the environmental impact of tourism.
For this reason, it is ripe for exploration and adventure, especially if you hire a car. So to fully appreciate Lanzarote holidays, make sure you embark on one or more of these dramatic drives.
Explore Lanzarote’s lunar-like landscape, which was formed by early volcanic eruptions, with this beguiling route. Start off in Playa Blanca, then head north to the salt areas of Salinas de Janubio. Follow the coastal road as it meanders through lava fields on the way to the wave-battered shoreline of Los Hervideros.
You’ll then hit El Golfo’s marvellous green lagoon in the heart of Timanfaya National Park. From here, head back inland towards the Yaiza area and the Fire Mountains. Before you finish, be sure to visit the La Geria region’s vineyards and sample some traditional wine along the Uga to San Bartolome road.
Notable artist and campaigner Cesar Manrique is the main reason why Lanzarote has retained its natural beauty. Therefore, it seems fitting to discover more about the island’s most celebrated son on a scenic drive. Begin with the Fundación at Tahiche, a former residence that is constructed on top of five volcanic bubbles.
Then from Arrecife, follow the road to Teguise towards San Bartolome and you should come across his famous house. On the way, you may even see his wind sculptures on roundabouts dotted around the island. Manrique’s childhood home is near the sea at Caleta de Famara while the old island capital town of Teguise has gift shops dedicated to his work.
For insight into how Lanzarote used to be, visit Teguise and head north to the quaint village of Los Valles. If you carry on going, you’ll see the church of Ermita de las Nieves perched on top of the Risco de Famara.
Continue on the twisty road down to the Valley of Haria and follow the signs for Guinate and the cliffs of Mirador Del Rio. From here, you can get to the popular Green Caves, which were used by residents to shelter from pirate attacks.
So, there you have it. Three scenic drives that will help you understand and discover this fascinating island.