Lanzarote: Mars on Earth – Best Things to Do

by Gavin Darvell

Lively tourist resorts are two a penny around the sunny spots of Europe. Lanzarote is one of them, but don’t just expect sandy beaches and lively tourist resorts when you visit here. Oh no. This Canary Islands is on a different level altogether. Land here and you’ll feel you’ve arrived on Mars! Welcome to the volcanic tourism themed island.

Lanzarote has been welcoming sun-seeking tourists for many a decade and continues to be one of the Canary Islands chains’ most visited destinations. Look past the whitewashed houses and welcoming, bustling resorts and there’s a dense volcanic landscape. Lava fields of black and red contrasting with the deep blue sea and the little sleepy villages. It’s quite the scenery.

Enjoy those sandy beaches, the all-inclusive resorts, but head out and explore the island, for you’ll discover there are many treasures in both the north and south of the island. Let’s look at the best things to do in Lanzarote. South and the North.


Lanzarote lunar landscape

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Southern Region:

Timanfaya National Park

The lunar landscapes are a sight to behold. Make no mistake, head out on a tour of the Timanafaya National Park and you can expect to see rugged landscapes filled with black lava fields, craters and colourful volcanic cones. Look out for places like Fire Mountain, you’ll soon see why it’s so called.


La Geria

For a totally different landscape you need to head for La Geria. It’s the wine-growing region, where the rugged black landscape allows vines to grow. Sample the local tipple, which you’ll find is fruity.


El Golfo

From the fruity to the green. El Golfo is a vivid green lagoon set inside a crater. And there’s more natural fun to be had at Los Hervideros. You are by the coast here and it’s where the waves have forced the water to create a labyrinth of caves. Lanzarote is a nature loving treat.


Road leading to Lanzarote

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The Northern Region:

If the Southern region is all rugged black volcanic imagery, then the North has a softer, greener hue. It makes for quite the contrast. There’s the valley of 1,000 palms, and peppered throughout you’ll find peaceful, quaint villages.

The town of Haria and the viewpoint at Mirador del Rio give you a glimpse out into the Atlantic Ocean. You have a genuine sense that here you are, miles from the nearest land.

Other natural features of this region include the volcanic rock caves of Jameos del Agua. Among the natural highlights, you’ll find it’s home to species of blind albino crabs! Quite the place.


Ultimately, Lanzarote is a destination for relaxing on the beach, having fun in the water, soaking in the Spanish vibes, but with such a varied and interesting landscape, it’ll be amiss of you not to explore. Welcome to Mars on Earth!

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