The camels are not only used in the vineyards, they also carry tourists through the scarce landscape of the volcanic hills. But not every visitor likes being carried around – many come to the ‘island of eternal spring’ to run and bike and swim many, many kilometres. Lanzarote hosts an IRONMAN triathlon, and is also considered a perfect training spot, even boasting ‘bike roads’ and at some beaches laps are marked in the turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
Apart from eye-popping landscapes, triathlon and wine, Lanzarote is well-known for two more things: shopping and surfing. The Canary Islands, much closer to Africa than to Spain, are a tax-free zone which makes shopping much more fun than on the mainland.
Lanzarote is the most unique of the Canary Islands. Volcanic eruptions destroyed fertile land many centuries ago – but they winemakers of ‘La Geria’ have found a way to make tasty vintages.
Lava land. Lanzarote was created 15 million years ago after the African and the American continental plates broke up. The landscapes of the easternmost of the Canary Islands are as dramatic as those of Iceland or Hawaii.