However, if there is an emblematic place of Lanzarote, the worthy ambassador of the dreamed land, that’s the Timanfaya National Park.
If there is an emblematic place of Lanzarote, the worthy ambassador of the dreamed land, that's the Timanfaya National Park.
With its average annual temperature of 22° C, Lanzarote is the perfect place for practicing water sports like surf or windsurf. Nevertheless, Lanzarote is a fascinating world of grottos, bends and riffs that can be discovered among beautiful colors. Lanzarote´s sea bottom enjoys a great biodiversity of an incalculable value, which has led to its denomination of Marine Reserve. That is why an amazing underwater world is waiting for all those who get immersed into it – by snorkeling or professionally diving. Puerto del Carmen, El Muellito, Playa Chica, Veril de los Fariones or the one called Catedral (cathedral) are just a few examples of the most popular diving spots. However, possibly the most impressive attraction of Lanzarote is the Atlantic Museum, which was created by Jason de Cayres Taylor. The museum is located in Bahía de Las Coloradas, approximately 15 meters deep and quite a spectacle. The coves, bays and shores of an exceptional beauty that guard Lanzarote are a must for those who just want to enjoy a refreshing dip. The caleta de Famara (Famara´s cove), the beaches of Papagayo, the beach Bajo el Risco, the coves of El Pozo or Malvas de Tinajo are just a few examples of the spots to be discovered.
Lanzarote is only to be understood regarding the figure of César Manrique. Surrounded by the island´s white colours and reds of the volcano, Lanzarote´s favorite son dreamed of creating a different place. Thanks to its innovative vision and his works of art-nature his dream came true. Manrique, a lover of the abrupt nature of the island of volcanoes, created impeccable and delicate works created merged with the landscape, using natural resources of Lanzarote. Los Jameos Del Agua, the entrance and the restaurant “El Diablo” in Timanfayas National Park, the Monumento al Campesino, the Mirador del Río and the International Museum of Contemporary Art are some of his most famous and acclaimed interventions. The artistic works of Manrique have been recognized nationally and internationally, receiving awards such as the World Prize for Ecology and Tourism. Of course, his trajectory and his loving caring for the environment influenced the declaration of Lanzarote as a Biosphere Reserve in 1993. Manrique created the Taro of Tahíche taking advantage of the natural space resulting from five volcanic bubbles. This was his home, and is now the Foundation of César Manrique as a tourist center in Lanzarote.