It looks very inviting but do you think you have the stamina to reach the beautiful beaches at the base of the Mirador del Rio. There are steps that lead you down the 600m drop to the base of the mountain. The deserted beaches and aqua blue waters make it look very worth while. This route used to be a regular causeway for the wives of fishermen who used to take this route to trade fish from the island of Graciosa many,many years ago
The Caldera Blanca is one of the highest peaks created in the volcanic eruptions in 1736 and located in the centre of Lanzarote around the region of Timanfaya National Park. Its a popular walk for hiking with a route starting from the church of Dolores and lasting 10 kilometres along a combination of pathways which are suitable for anyone to use crossing the volcanic lava fields with spectacular views of the crater. Its another way to explore this volcanic region for which Lanzarote is well known for and take advantage of seeing a volcano up close.
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The Lanzarote Cactus Garden (Jardin de Cactus) is an award winning haven of beauty and tranquility.
It was the last work of César Manrique that he created in Lanzarote and the famous artist could see the potential of the old quarry in Guatiza being surrounded by such a large cactus plantation.
Today the Cactus Garden has around 450 different species and a variety of 13 different families of Cacti.
The garden, with so many amazing green plants, gives a beautiful contrast against the Lanzarote blue sky and this is a must see attraction for visitors to Lanzarote.
The photo is courtesy of CACT.
Nativity Scenes are a very popular Spanish tradition that date way back to 1223.
In Spanish it is called a “Belen” which actually means Bethlehem in Spanish.
They will consist of life like little models of Bethlehem, the scene of birth of Jesus and other typical stories from the bible such as the Three Kings being guided by a star and the Angel visiting the Shepherds.
If you are on holiday in Lanzarote you will find one is most of the islands villages but they can vary considerably in size and details. One of the best “Belens” on the island is in the village of Yaiza. If you do get to see one, don’t forget to look out for little man with his trousers down who is often hidden. This is another funny tradition and is always present in a Spanish Nativity Scene.
The latest attraction at the Biosfera Plaza Shopping Centre in Puerto del Carmen is no other than a Skating Rink!
The synthetic rink is environmentally friendly and is a hundred square metres large. It’s located on the top floor of the shopping centre together with the Cine 6D, Jurassic Park Crazy Golf and Open Air Cinema.
A great attraction for all ages and it is open from 10am until 10pm every day. Tickets cost 5 euros for 30 minutes and children under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult.
The Insular Emergency Consortium has invested 14,500 euros in new solar warning lights which can be found on the beach of El Reducto in Arrecife. This new machine is designed to measure radiation and offers a various elements aimed at preventing skin injuries caused by radiation. These warning lights are already in operation in the Balearic islands of Mallorca, Formentera and Ibiza and also in Malaga south of mainland Spain.
The lights have been named solar traffic lights and are what can be described as visible totem poles easily seen by the public with five luminous elements, in a gradual scale of colors (green, yellow, orange, red and violet). They inform in real time the existing level of solar radiation. At the base there is an explanatory table about what each color implies in order for the user to take preventive measures against the sun.
A computer allows you to make personalized assessments thanks to an interactive system. It will advise you on the maximum recommended time in the sun without prior application of preventive products such as sun tan lotion. The idea is help to set off expense in the healthcare system for health complaints which are sun related. There are plans to instal more machines in the tourist resorts and on the island of Graciosa
The main British airlines are planning to offer more than 600,000 seats between airports in the United Kingdom and Lanzarote during the current winter season which will last until the end of March, with an increase of 8.2% compared to last winter season. The boom is expected to serve, albeit at the expense of closing contracts, so that British tourism continues as the first support of the tourism sector in Lanzarote in the short and medium term and has been announced at a press conference. The German sector of tourism has planned 200,000 seats which is an increase of 27%
The new ferry route between Lanzarote and Grand Canaria is proving to be a success. The old route consisted of an 8 hour journey which has now been reduced by more than half to 3 hours 30 minutes with the introduction of a catamaran which made its first trip on 15th October. The ship of 115 m. of length, built in the Australian shipyards of Austal in 2011, is currently positioned as the world’s largest active high-speed catamaran. Initially designed to meet the demanding requirements of the Baltic Sea, it has a design focused on avoiding sways in adverse conditions, which together with its operating speed of 38 knots, guarantees maximum comfort for passengers.