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Lanzarote – The Island of Fire

March 8, 2010 by admin  
Filed under Travel Guide, Travel Tips

The fourth largest of the Canary Islands is called Lanzarote. It is often referred to as the Island Of Fire, which stems from it’s history of violent volcanic eruptions. The island has become a hot spot for tourism from people all around the world. However, because of many local laws and regulations, most of the island remain untouched and retains its natural beauty.

In the 18th century, there was a series of cataclysmic volcanic eruptions that completely changed the geography of the island, especially the south side. This resulted in an are that looks completely alien. In fact, the area is so pre-historic in looks that the film ‘1 Million Years BC’ was filmed there, along with parts of ‘Planet of The Apes’. NASA astronauts involved with lunar landing were shown the area in order to prepare them for what they would see on the moon.

Luckily the volcanoes are no longer active and the island is thriving. There are three main areas that attract the most visitors, Puerto Del Carmen is often considered the main hub of the island even though the capital is Arrecife. Playa Blanca is an area filled with some of the most beautiful white sand beaches in the world, and Costa Teguise is situated very close to the capital city.

The volcanic eruptions left many natural rock formations that have become attractions that are visited by thousands each year. There are also many other natural caves such as the Jameos del Agua which houses a natural concert hall and underground lagoon. You can take guided tours through most of these areas if you really want to enjoy the natural beauty of the island.

The alien surface of the south side of the island, coupled with the tropical paradise that covers much of the rest, add up to create a truly unique experience. Whether you want to get away from the worries of life, or you want to marvel at natural beauty, a Lanzarote vacation should be in your future.

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