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You'll be in for many surprises when you're on the Spanish island of Lanzarote. This island is a part of the archipelago of the Canary Islands located in the Atlantic Ocean and covers an area of 800 square kilometres. As you go around exploring this island, you'll come across diverse landscapes that have been formed mainly owing to the massive volcanic eruptions that took place in the 18th century.

The people of this spectacular island have done a commendable job of guarding its natural heritage over the years. Their efforts got rewarded in the year 1993 when the island was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. Upon booking one of the cheap holidays to Lanzarote you can utilise the amount saved for exploring the island’s popular attractions. Here, we’ve listed four of them:

 

1. Jardin de Cactus

A cactus garden located in the village of Guatiza, Jardin de Cactus was created in the year 1991 by Cesar Manrique, a Spanish artist, architect, and sculptor. It was his last project, as he died the very next year in a car accident at a place close to his home. This garden is situated in a former quarry, which was used to extract volcanic sand in order to scatter it on cultivated areas for retaining moisture. The specimens of cacti were selected and planted by the botanist, Estanislao Gonzalez Ferrer. Today, you can find over 400 species of cacti in this garden that have been brought from Madagascar, North America, South America, and other arid and desert regions.

 

2. Playa del Papagayo

If you wish to unwind on a beach set amidst scenic surroundings, head to Playa del Papagayo. The fine sands of this beach and calm blue waters of the Atlantic create relaxing environs for its visitors. As compared to many of the other beaches in Lanzarote, amenities provided on this beach are relatively lesser. However, you can find a cafe and bar that offer the necessary refreshments. Those who have mobility problems are advised to take a boat in order to reach this beach. Others who like some adventure can trek down the rocks in order to get to Playa del Papagayo.

 

3. Mirador del Rio

Yet another brilliant piece of work from Cesar Manrique, this vantage point was created in the year 1974. It is located at a height of 475 metres on an escarpment and comprises of facilities, such as a stylish cafe, souvenir shop, and a platform for enjoying the panoramic views. All of them have been integrated into a lava rock and are not quite visible from the outside. The entire building has been constructed in such a way that it blends well with its surrounding environment. It can be accessed through a winding corridor. Inside the building are two spacious rooms with large glass windows for enjoying the views.

 

4. Castillo de Santa Barbara

Not many people know that Lanzarote has this pirate museum. It has been created in a real-life castle, which doesn't appear to be that big from the outside. However, once you enter inside Castillo de Santa Barbara, you'll see that many rooms appear one after the other and you come to know that one needs a couple of hours to explore the things housed in the castle. There's loads of information in this museum about pirates and how they invaded the island. It is available in the form of posters, videos, and exhibits offered in Spanish and English languages.

 

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