Lanzarote, the nothernmost and easternmost of the Canary Islands,
is situated in the Atlantic Ocean, 115 kilometres off the coast
of Africa. It has a surface area of 795 square kilometres,
and an average population density of 75 inhabitants per square
kilometre. The climate, dry and mild throughout the year, is
highly suitable for all kind of outdoor sports.
The offering on Lanzarote ranges from the most sophisticated
international cuisine to moderately priced tourist menus of
remarkable quality. Canary Island cooking is simple but tasty
and healthy. A typical meal might start with white cheese and
a toasted maize gofio, followed by a local variety of fresh
fish, like Canary Island gilthead (grilled or parboiled), grouper
or red sea bream. This would be accompanied by "wrinkled" potatoes
with either green or hot mojo sauce, as well as a salad of
locally-grown tomatoes. Those who prefer meat are advised to
try the kid and the wild rabbit. Canary Island bananas are
just the thing for dessert, and nothing goes better with a
coffee than a frangollo, a sweet made of milk and maize. The
wine can only be a Lanzarote, an appellation controlee that
was granted quite recently. El Grifo, Mozaga and La Era are
the labels most renowned for their quality, particularly when
it comes to white malmseys, which are suitable for aperitifs
and for accompanying fish.
Timanfaya National Park. Five thousand hectares of volcanic
landscape. The Mountains of Fire with their three hundred craters,
the Valley of Tranquillity and the beaches of black lava are
just some of the sights of this unforgettable place.
Cave of Los Verdes. This is only one section of the complex
network of underground galleries stretching for over seven
kilometres between the volcano La Corona and the sea. One of
the galleries has been turned into a concert hall.
Jameos del Agua. A complex comprising caves, volcanic bubbles
and a subterranean lagoon, all cleverly and artistically linked
up in accordance with Cesar Manrique's designs. One of the
natural grottoes is now a concert hall with perfect acoustics,
while other are used as restaurants and bars. There is also
a museum of vulcanology.
El Rio Lookout Point. Cut into the sheer cliffs of Fariones
Point, the lookout platform offers views of the north of Lanzarote
and the island of La Graciosa, where Tasso situated the garden
Castle of San Jose. A 17th-century fortress converted into
a Museum of Contemporary Art. Works by Picasso, Mompo, Miro,
Tapies, Millares and others. The restaurant is highly recommended,
both for its food and for its views over Arrecife Harbour.
Cactus Garden. This garden in Guatiza, in the north of the
island, was also designed by Cesar Manrique, and contains nearly
one thousand five hundred species of cactus and a total of
almost ten thousand plants. Very interesting as well as beautiful.
Cesar Manrique Foundation. Cesar Manrique's dream come true.
It was inaugurated in 1992, a few months before his death.
Those wishing to find out about the artist and his work -especially
painting- should also visit his house, which stands on the
black lava of Tahiche.
Castle of Guanapay. At the top of an extinct volcano with
the spectacular views of the area.
Information and Tourist Office.
Avenida Generalisimo Franco,
Tel: (928) 80 15 17. Arrecife.
Tel: (928) 81 17 62. Arrecife.
Avenida Rafael Gonzalez, 2.
Tel: (928) 81 03 58. Arrecife.
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