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Inner Secrets - Off The Beaten Track on Lanzarote

May 10, 05:25 pm

Tourism on Lanzarote has changed dramatically over the last ten years. Whereas most visitors used to book a package break on the island the advent of the internet has resulted in a massive growth in independent travel, which has in turn helped to spur an upsurge in interest in both rural travel and the island’s more hidden attractions.

Whilst the bulk of visitors to the island will find themselves based on the south eastern shoreline away from the coast lies an island of amazing, if unconventional beauty, which is most evident in the volcanic region. But Lanzarote is also home to lots of other amazing natural scenery, much of which lies well of the usual tourist track.
Views from El Bosque in Lanzarote

The North of the island is for example home to some of the best natural sights on the island and here visitors can explore Lanzarote’s very own Bosque – or small forest. Which comes as a most unexpected surprise to many on this otherwise arid and largely barren island. The Bosque is located up a dirt track that can be accessed on the main road running from Teguise and Los Valles towards Haria. The dirt track is located on your left, just before you reach the Mirador de Haria restaurant on your right.

Drive along the track for about five minutes and you soon come to a dense colony of acacia trees and Canarian pines, sitting some 450 metres above sea level. The views up here are just amazing and the spot is very popular with locals who often visit for a picnic or barbecue. This is also an excellent spot for walking enthusiats, as here on the Famara massif you can trek across the hill tops from the church at Las Nieves right along to the cliff tops above Haria.

More spectacular views can also be enjoyed by scaling Monte Corona, which is one of the tallest and oldest volcanoes on Lanzarote. Head for the village of Ye to find the footpath up to the summit. And once you’re there you’ll be able to enjoy breathtaking views, along with the amazing sight of the volcano’s crater.

Elsewhere on the island in the Natural Volcano Park you can also walk into the burnt out shells of now extinct volcanoes. Or walk around the perimeter of stunning cones such as Montana Colorada. Unlike the Timanfaya National Park, which is carefully protected, you can get much closer to the volcanoes here, providing a fascinating insight into the destructive forces of nature which were unleashed on the island back in the 1730’s.

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