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Located in the Canary Islands archipelago, Lanzarote benefits from a subtropical climate. In winter the temperatures are mild, and never drops below 54°F. Its unique landscapes make it a biosphere reserve. These are excellent reasons to explore this beautiful island in winter! But where to start? Here are 5 ideas that will delight you!

Enjoy the many beaches

The most beautiful beaches of the archipelago are in Lanzarote. Whether you look for golden or black sand, you have plenty to choose from. And for those of you who are more sensitive to the cold, you should know that the temperature of the water does not go below 68°F.

The Playa Mujeres is part of the nature reserve and is ideal for wilderness lovers. Beneath the cliffs of El Risco de Famara, the Playa Famara stretches for 3,5 miles. There are generous waves and winds for surfers and kitesurfers. The Playa el Golfo is not a beach for swimming but rather for dreaming. Its black sand beach contrasts with the green hues of its lagoon. With its white sand that stands out from the black of the volcanic rocks, the Playa Caletones will also attract the curious ones. In addition, the heavenly blue water is home to a remarkable marine flora. 

Playa Famara at Lanzarote
La Playa Famara – Pixabay
Playa el Golfo à Lanzarote
La Playa El Golfo – Pixabay
La Playa de Los Francese by One Two Treck a sustainable tourism actor in Lanzarote
La Playa de Los Franceses in La Graciosa © One Two Trek

Finally, if you want to discover beaches with few tourists, you should go to the beaches of the island of La Graciosa. After a 40-minute boat ride, you can enjoy these stretches of fine sand bordering a turquoise water.

Walk on the land of volcanoes

Lanzarote island is three-quarters covered by lava produced by its volcanoes. These eruptions are among the most significant in the history of volcanism. They destroyed many villages and farmland, resulting in a lunar landscape. But little by little, life took over this arid climate. First moss, ferns, then small bushes colonized the Malpaís, the “bad land”. Numerous birds have chosen to live in this unwelcoming land. 

Timanfaya National Park at Lanzarote island
Timanfaya National Park by Gernot Keller – Wikipedia

In 1974 the Timanfaya National Park was created to preserve this natural area. It became a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1993. The park is only accessible by bus to preserve nature. But there are two trails to do with a guide. And other walks are possible nearby, in the natural park of Los Volcanes.

The volcanoes of Timanfaya by One Two Treck a sustainable tourism actor in Lanzarote
The volcanoes of Timanfaya and the vineyards of the Geria © One Two Trek

Admire the work of César Manrique

Lanzarote, would not be the same without the painter and architect César Manrique. As an ecologist, he understood the importance of preserving the natural heritage of Lanzarote island. Born on the island, he battled for all constructions to be made in the traditional way. Considered one of the oldest in the archipelago, the village of Teguise is a perfect example. Here you will not find any advertising signs because, they have been banned!

Iglesia Matriz de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe – Pixabay
Plaza Reino Ico à Teguise – Pixabay

The map below locates all of César Manrique’s facilities.

Rise to the top

Standing 1,550 ft above the sea, the Mirador del Río offers a remarkable panorama. It was designed by César Manrique. From the outside, it is barely perceptible because it blends in with its surroundings. But inside, a café welcomes you with its huge crystal windows. The space is comfortably arranged to admire the landscape in total tranquility. Below the cliff are the Río salt marshes, the oldest in the Canary Islands. In the distance you will see the eighth island of the Canary Islands, La Graciosa.

The cliffs of Famara © One Two Trek

Feast your palate

Canarian cuisine is simple, but it promotes local products wich Canarians love to simmer. The sancocho Canario is a Lanzarote island typical dish. It is a stew made of smoked sea bream and potatoes seasoned with herbs and spices. The recipe for papas arrugadas con mojo is very simple but tasty. The papas are small potatoes that have adapted to the volcanic soil. For the recipe, they are cooked in water and then accompanied by the mojo sauce. It is a sauce made with garlic, oil and vinegar to which green or red peppers are added. On the dessert side, the frangollo is a milk pudding made from corn flour, raisins, almonds and cinnamon.

This article has been enhanced by beautiful pictures and well-appreciated advice from Gilles One Two Trek.

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