Towns and Places on Lanzarote
Ad well as manmade attractions Lanzarote is also home to some spectacular natural wonders, most of which are the legacy of extensive volcanic activity during centuries past.
The Green Lagoon at El Golfo provided the backdrop for a memorable scene in the movie One Million Years BC, when Raquel Welch emerged from the sea in a fur skin bikini. But the real attraction here is the emerald colour lake which has been created by an interaction between sea water, algae and volcanic minerals.
The Boiling Pots as they are known in English are located close to El Golfo and are another legacy of Lanzarote's volcanic past. Erosion has created a number of fissures and apertures in the coastal rock formations here which create spectacular chutes of water as the ocean beats in.
Valley of 1000 Palms
There aren't that many green spots on this arid volcanic island - but the Valley of 1000 Palms in the north of Lanzarote are a real exception. As here overnight moisture and a tradition of planting palms to mark the birth of local children has created an amazing oasis in and around the village of Haria.
Cities, Towns and Villages
Lanzarote is also home to a number of picturesque and atmospheric towns and villages, as well as a cosmopolitan capital in the form of Arrecife.
Arrecife is home to around 45,000 locals and is located right on the coast - so it also has the added bonus of an inner city beach! The capital's most historic buildings can be found in and around the El Charco region - which is known locally as The Puddle. Tourists will also find a good selection of bars, shops and restaurants here. But remember - everything runs on Spanish time in the capital so they all shut down from 2pm to 5pm.
Teguise was the capital of Lanzarote before handing this title over to Arrecife in the 1850's. The town prospered during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries and as a result boasts some impressive examples of original colonial architecture. The nearby Castillo de Santa Barbara is also home to the popular Pirate Museum.
Known as the miracle village this is the spot where the lava flow from Timanfaya came to a halt in 1736. This pretty little village is well worth a visit - although its main attraction is its atmosphere rather than any impressive buildings.
Regarded by many as the most beautiful village on the island Haria is located on the floor of the Valley of 1000 Palms. There's a great market held here every Saturday morning - and Haria is worth a visit at any time as it boasts bags of character and atmosphere, as well as a small art gallery and the final resting place of Cesar Manrique.
Playa Quemada translates as burnt beach in English and visitors will soon see why as this small coastal village is home to one of the islands few black sand beaches. Playa Quemada is a real favourite with the locals and is also home to a trio of decent restaurants, which focus on serving fresh fish.
Arrieta is a small and traditional beach resort - without any of the development found in towns such as Playa Blanca and Puerto del Carmen. There's a fantastic golden beach and a couple of restaurants located close to the sands. There are no hotels or apartment complexes here either - making this another favourite spot for the locals.