Exploring the Natural and Cultural Attractions of Lanzarote

by deborah on November 22, 2016 · 2 comments

in Culture, Travel

Exploring the Natural and Cultural Attractions of Lanzarote

Renowned for its beaches and blissful sunshine, you can pack so much more into a trip

to Lanzarote than just lazing around on the golden sands.

This Canary Island boasts cultural attractions and sights of scenic natural beauty to melt

the heart of even the most hardened beach lover.

 

“When you’re in Lanzarote, you’re not

short of places to see or activities 

to entertain yourself.

The island simply spoils you!”

 

 

Here are a few to check out.

Visit Timanfaya National Park

Exploring the Natural and Cultural Attractions of Lanzarote

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You simply can’t set foot in Lanzarote and not visit Timanfaya National Park, situated in the west

of the island.

This volcanic landscape is a quintessential part of any visit to the island, and why not?

You have volcanic landscapes offering up superb photo opportunities, and you can dine at El Diablo

restaurant, which cooks its food with a unique twist: the food is cooked using the heat from a volcano.

Note that you should book in advance to eat at the restaurant, as it’s immensely popular.

See the César Manrique Foundation

Exploring the Natural and Cultural Attractions of Lanzarote

Pay a visit to the César Manrique Foundation, which is established in Taro de Tahice, in the home

of the late artist and architect César Manrique.

A concern and respect for Nature and the environment was at the center of Manrique’s work.

The objective of the foundation itself is to study and preserve the work of Manrique and spread

awareness of it, as well as to run activities that encourage respect for the environment.

Manrique’s house itself is built on top of the resultant volcanic trail from an eruption that occurred

in the 18th century.

Visit Arrecife

Exploring the Natural and Cultural Attractions of Lanzarote

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While you’re , you should visit the island’s capital, Arrecife, which is just

15 minutes from the popular resort of Puerto del Carmen and only 35 minutes from the resort

Playa Blanca.

If you’re looking for cultural attractions, and if you have a good level of Spanish, as the exhibits

are presented in Spanish only, then you can visit the Museo de Historia de Arrecife, the city

history museum.

This is situated in the 16th century San Gabriel castle and provides insight into pre-Hispanic life

on the island as well as on Lanzarote’s geology, wildlife and flora.

For further culture in Arrecife, take a wander around the Museo Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo,

a contemporary art museum.

The museum charges a small admission fee and rewards you with access to works by eminent artists

such as Eusebio Sempere, Antoni Tàpies and Joan Miró, as well as by César Manrique, of course.

Originally, the museum was a castle, built in the 18th century to fend off pirates, and was then

converted into the museum it is today by the César Manrique Foundation.

Punta Mujeres

Exploring the Natural and Cultural Attractions of Lanzarote

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If you find yourself in the north of the island, pay a visit to the village of Punta Mujeres.

Here you’ll find some lovely, natural, little rock pools that are perfect (and popular) for bathing in,

and run along the southern bay of the village.

The good news is the climate is a little milder and there tends to be a bit of a breeze, so you will

always feel hot and sticky while you’re in Lanzarote.

Why not give the pools a try?

 

“This Canary Island boasts

cultural attractions and sights

of scenic natural beauty

to melt the heart of even

the most hardened

beach lover.”

 

 

One thing’s for sure: when you’re in Lanzarote, you’re not short of places to see or activities to

entertain yourself.

Exploring the Natural and Cultural Attractions of Lanzarote

Image bysalomon10 

The island simply spoils you!

 

Exploring the Natural and Cultural Attractions of Lanzarote

 

 

What do you like most about Lanzarote?

Are you ready to add Lanzarote to your vacation list?

Share your thoughts and comments with us.

 

Image credits:

Image bysalomon10 <https://www.flickr.com/photos/german-traveler/14039187813/sizes/m/>, used under Creative Commons license2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/>

Timanfaya National Park wikipedia By Andreas Tusche – Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=178676

César Manrique Foundation http://guardianlv.com/2014/12/lanzarote-art-in-nature-a-visit-to-the-cesar-manrique-foundation-video/

Image byikerlaes <https://www.flickr.com/photos/13844565@N07/4942121467/sizes/m/>, used under Creative Commons license2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/>

Punta Mujeres https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Punta_Mujeres_on_Lanzarote,_June_2013.jpg