|Lanzarote is a beautiful island with interesting scenery, lovely beaches and great weather throughout the year, presenting many reasons why this is such a popular tourist destination. Whether youíre coming to Lanzarote with friends or family youíll find thereís enough to keep everybody occupied. Among the top attractions on Lanzarote are the following:
Timanfaya National Park
One of the best known and most popular attractions on Lanzarote is the Timanfaya National Park. The park allows visitors to see the volcanic landscape that Lanzarote is so well known for, and itís a landscape thatís barely changed since the large eruptions that took place here between 1730 and 1736. This landscape actually covers around a quarter of the island and features rugged, yet beautiful hills. A national park was established in 1974, and in 1993 UNESCO declared a biosphere reserve that not only covers the national park, but the whole of Lanzarote.
Inside the park you can visit the visitorís centre and find out more about the origins of Lanzarote and what happened when the volcano erupted.
You should also see the Mountains of Fire section of the park. You can get here by car or bus then take a guided bus tour of some of the interior sections of the national park. The restaurant here is very popular and has great views.
Whales and Dolphins Museum
Based in the marina area of Puerto Calero you may think this is just another aquarium. In fact the Whales and Dolphins Museum on Lanzarote is not an aquarium at all but has many interesting exhibits on the evolution and whales and dolphins, including displays showing their skeletons, sounds they make and much more.
Mirador del Rio
As you travel around the island of Lanzarote you may see many references to a man named Cesar Manrique. Manrique was born on Lanzarote and was an artist and architect, responsible for creating some of the islandís most popular attractions. The restaurant in Timanfaya National Park for example was designed by him, and he obviously enjoyed working with volcanic landscapes because he also designed a whole entertainment complex within a volcanic cave!
Mirador del Rio is one of the best examples of his work. Itís a spectacular viewpoint in the north of Lanzarote that was designed by him and includes a cafť and shop.