In a lot of ways, you can see where the name comes from. The influx of tourism was a great boost to the island but as it set in and many tourists made themselves at home the once picturesque landscape was drastically transformed.
Over the past few years, a lot of investment has been put back into moving the island away from the stereotype that has deterred a lot of people from taking flights to Lanzarote. As part of this, people have been encouraged to get out and explore the island.
Before the busy resorts there were many amazing things to see – many of these remain today and are just as amazing.
Timanfaya National Park
The Timanfaya National Park is a natural place to start, and why not do it on the back of a camel? Like many of the Canary Islands, Lanzarote has a unique micro-climate and the Timanfaya National Park is a great place to appreciate this. The red mountains and volcano are obvious attractions but doing it on the back of a camel adds to the experience – and it’s probably better than doing it in a car.
Visit The Gulf
El Golfo or affectionately known locally as ‘The Gulf’ is a natural amphitheatre created by an eruption by the island’s volcano 300 years ago. The results are an eye-dazzling green lagoon and different coloured rocks. It is this volcanic past that also gave the island its different coloured sands.
A Restaurant On Top Of The World
If it is views you want then Mirador del Rio in the north is the must visit area – you will quite literally feel on top of the world. It is 400 metres up on Risco da Famara and connects with the Corona Volcano. There is even a restaurant up there. It really is a magnificent part of the island.
Despite picking out some of these natural wonders found on the island, they shouldn’t be pursued at the exclusion of everything that the busy resorts have to offer. The resorts were built with tourism in mind and they provide a wealth of opportunities and things to do.