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Lanzarote

Spain

Wonderful beaches, beautiful scenery, intriguing geology and an ideal climate make Lanzarote one of the best Canary Islands to visit. The island first emerged about 15 million years ago, a product of volcanic eruptions and solidified lava streams.

Where to go in Lanzarote

Like its other Canary Island cousins, Lanzarote is known for its breathtaking volcanic landscapes and dramatic black beaches. What makes Lanzarote stand out, however, is the Timanfaya National Park, which covers a quarter of the island's surface. A highlight in the park is the Montañas del Fuego (Fire Mountains), which were created between 1730 and 1736 when more than 100 volcanoes erupted and covered this part of the island in lava, resulting in an otherworldly landscape reminiscent of the moon.

Another natural wonder worth visiting is the Cueva de los Verdes, a series of caverns formed by an underground river of lava. The cueva is located in the Haria municipality on the northeast coast of the island.

For sun, sea and sand, there are plenty of beaches to explore on Lanzarote, from the family-friendly resort at Playa Blanca to the secluded Playa Francesco, which was supposedly the setting for Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. You can expect to see surfers and windsurfers braving the waves when it gets rough.

If you're craving a spot of shopping and drinking, spend some time in the Puerto del Carmen, which is located southwest of the capital city Arrecife. There's a whole host of bars in Puerto del Carmen that serve up drinks and local wines with live music in the background. The Biosfera Plaza shopping centre has four floors of shops that are sure to provide you the retail therapy you're after.

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