|Lanzarote is an island of true natural beauty which has been shaped by two major factors, one being the world’s longest volcanic eruption which lasted from 1730 to 1736 and the other being the world famous artist Cesar Manrique.Manriques’ vision of Lanzarote was an island devoid of high rise buildings and advertising hoardings, an island where the natural beauty is allowed to be seen, and this is evident when passing by the towns and villages of Lanzarote which all consist of whitewashed buildings with mainly green or blue woodwork.The former home of Cesar Manrique is open to the public and is built around and in the site of five collapsed volcanic bubbles. There are examples of Manriques work to be found all over Lanzarote including the Mirador del Rio, which is located at the top of volcanic cliffs with fantastic views of Isla Graciosa and the Rio which separates Lanzarote from Graciosa.
Another of Manriques more famous creations is the Jameos del Agua, which has been formed in a volcanic lava tube and was once described by Rita Hayworth as “The Eighth Wonder of the World”. Jameos del Agua consists of a subterranean auditorium with tropical gardens, bars and a restaurant surrounding an underground lagoon which is home to a unique species of blind albino crab.
Lanzarote is one of only four islands in the world to have received the Unesco Reserva de la Biosfera in recognition of its unique ecosystem and the need to conserve the islands landscape. A trip to the Timanfaya national park will give you a tour of this landscape and how the earth must have looked when it was formed as the lava fields look exactly as they did after the eruption, nearly 300 years ago. The heat below the surface is still so intense here that the restaurant in the park uses an opening in the ground to grill all the meat and fish that they sell barbecue style.
Lanzarote has three major tourist resorts: Playa Blanca, which is home to the Marina Rubicon. Puerto del Carmen, just a short ride or walk along the coastal path from Puerto Calero, and Costa Teguise, world famous for windsurfing competitions.
A short trip inland will show you the heart of Lanzarote, with typically Canarian villages, mouth watering cuisine, and friendly people. People from all over the world have made Lanzarote their home – and after visiting the island, you’ll understand why.
The seas around Lanzarote are home to 27 different species of whales and dolphins and a visit to the Whale and Dolphin Museum in Puerto Calero is a must for those interested, as it provides a great wealth of information on what you may see at particular times of the year and also gives an insight into the marine conservation and environment of the Canaries. If you fancy getting a closer look at the underwater environment, Lanzarote is one of the major diving locations in Europe but if you do not want to get wet then take a submarine trip from either Puerto Calero or Marina Rubicon, these submarines dive to around 25 to 30mtrs where the water is still clear and you get a great view of many different species of marine life.
Lanzarote is an unspoilt island with a great variety of things to do and see, and where better to see them from than the comfort of a luxury yacht sailing through the crystal clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean, but don’t take our word for it – come and see for yourself!