Lanzarote: a Perfect Day

Photo by Paul Shawcross

Fine beaches, dromedaries and a green lagoon on Lanzarote

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Even though Lanzarote is an easy island to find your way around, it is advisable to obtain a good map before setting off. This Itinerary begins at the center of the island. However, you could just as easily start this one day tour at any of the highlighted points of interest. However, if you wish to dwell a while in the attractive resort Playa Blanca, then take a couple of days over it.

At the junction of the LZ20 and LZ30 roads right at the island center you can’t miss the Monumento al Campesino. The striking monument pays homage to the peasants of Lanzarote and is designed by the island’s most famous son, César ManriqueAfter admiring his work, head south on the L730 to Uga and join the LZ701 toward Playa Blanca, passing through the attractive village of Yaiza.

On arriving at Playa Blanca park in one of the car parks and head down toward the beach. Here you have the choice of a walk along the coast toward the beaches at El Papagayo or taking some refreshment at one of the many cafés and bars on the promenade. You could of course do both!

Boiling Waters and a green Lagoon!

From Playa Blanca take the L72 toward Yaiza and Timanfaya but just before Yaiza turn left into the  LZ703 towards El Golfo. On the left you will see the the famous salt pans of the Salinas de Janubio, which you can visit and perhaps buy a packet of salt. Continue toward El Golfo and you will come to Los Hervideros, where the waters of the Atlantic ocean boil through the rocks to their heart’s content.

Having enjoyed the “Boiling Waters” continue to El Golfo, park up at the entrance to the pretty white village and enjoy the beauty of the Green Lagoon. From El Golfo take the LZ704 toward Yaiza. Follow the LZ701 into the pretty village of Yaiza following the directions to the still active volcano of Timanfaya.

Fire Mountains on Lanzarote

As you approach the Montañas del Fuego, or Fire Mountains, from the South you may surprised to pass some dromedaries on the road side. They are used to transport tourists so far up Timanfaya and unsurprisingly always look a little weary. You can park up to get a better look at them but don’t get too close. They can be quite surly beasts and, to be frank, I really don’t blame them!

The Volcano is in the Parque Natural de Timanfaya and the entrance to the park is just up the road.  Park at the top and take a bus tour around the lunar landscape created by eons of volcanic activity.

Return to the Monumento de Campesino following the signs for Arrecife via the LZ46 and the LZ20.

Alternatively you can do this route in reverse. Go to Timanfaya first and take the volcanic tour followed by an  appetizing lunch cooked by heat of the volcano!

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