In the Canary Islands situated in the subtropical zone to the west of Morocco, there is always a nice beautiful sunny weather tempered by trade winds. Landscape islands to both the vast expanses of congealed lava and volcanic cones, and the lush vegetation and sandy dunes.The old city on the main islands have an interesting colonial centers. Archipelago makes seven main islands and six islets. Emerged from the sea, before 14 million years ago as the tops of volcanoes. Tanguia last eruption took place in Palma in 1971. Currently, the archipelago was divided into two provinces. Four islands form the western province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Islands belong to the eastern province of Las Palmas. Europe is located closest island of Lanzarote. It is this island captivated us with its almost lunar landscape, expressive shapes and colors of the volcanic landscapes and beautiful flora.
Forward the easternmost and the fourth largest island of the archipelago is almost devoid of trees and suffers from a permanent water shortage. Many tourists, however, consider it the most beautiful. The most popular hike leads to the Timanfaya National Park. Despite low rainfall in the gray barren ground carefully tended plants bloom. Residents are proud of the fact that their island was able to avoid the negative effects of tourism: there are no ads or flashy, or overhead wires, or high-rise. The biggest merit of this local artist Manriguego.
Playa Blanca-Las Palmas
In the vicinity of the port can still traces find fishing village, which gave rise to fast for the emerging kurortowi. Playa Blanca is still geared to tourists spend a family holiday. Has plenty of cafes and restaurants, shops and bars, and several large hotels. Buildings are well located, and at night is rarely loud here. Come here rather than to rest for the nightlife. The most attractive beaches are a bit further east, hidden in the rocky coves with warm clean water, so quiet that the clothes become superfluous. Of these, the best known is Playa Blanca.
Playa Papagayo. Pargue Nacional de Timanfaya-Las Palmas
In the years 1730-1736 in the south-west part of Lanzarote there has been a series of volcanic explosions. Lava flooded the eleven villages and over 200 km. square's most fertile land. Miraculously no one died. Volcanoes called Montanas de Fuego (Fiery Mountain) which was once destroyed Lanzarote is one of the biggest attractions of the island . To protect this fascinating area in 1974, created Pargue Nacional de Timanfaya. After paying admission to the park have to cross the land covered by a dark gloomy petrified lava from volcanoes of the black-red cones to the parking lot at the panoramic restaurant on the hill of El Diablo.
Islote de Hilario
Buses take tourists further one-hour passage fire on the tops of mountains, in an almost lunar landscape. After returning to Islote de Hilario guides demonstrate still very active volcanoes: lichen dry branches are thrown into the slots in the flames, and water poured into tubes recessed into the ground turns to steam. In the vicinity of hot springs gush forth Los Hervideros, and further north is El Golfo, hemispherical with a rich emerald lagoon water.
Puerto del Carmen-Las Palmas
In this great resort stretching along the coast over several km. stops over 60% of tourists visiting Lanzarote. In densely built-up city pretty white villas, hotels and guesthouses are also many shops, banks and exchange offices, car rental offices, restaurants and discos. Places a very wide sandy beaches, Playa Blanca and Playa de los Pacillos, are at the heart of the resort. Former village lies west of the port, away from the tourist rush.
The modern built-up area of the capital Arrecife and the commercial center of the island of Lanzarote, the promenade is lined with palm trees, a beautiful beach and two small historic forts. The bridge leads to the small island to the sixteenth century Castillo de San Gabriel, which houses the archaeological museum today. In the eighteenth century Castillo de San Jose, converted into a museum of modern art by Cesar Manriguego can watch m. in.jeden of his paintings and visit the restaurant, designed by him.
By the investment corporation mining arid plains north of Arrecife been transformed into a large resort with luxury hotels and clubs. The contrast between the old town of Teguise, the former capital of Lanzarote, and exclusive, modern Costa Teguise is striking. Boulevards leading to the resort, along the set lanterns and artificial life-giving green ash-covered landscape. Small sandy beaches with clean white villas stand. The high standard of attracting rich clientele. His villa here is King Juan Carlos.
Teguise, the fifteenth-century city was the capital of the island 1852 years. Every Sunday is a market here for handicrafts and demonstrations of folk dances. Well-groomed middle-class houses are on narrow cobblestone streets leading to the market with the baroque church of San Miguel. The road to the south of Teguise is through Places of Interest in the interior of the island, next to the bizarre La Geria arable land, where the black volcanic dust created depressions, which allows moisture to collect vegetation, among others. grapevines. Mozaga one of the larger villages in this area, is an important center of wine production. Near the village, the road is Monumento al Campesino, a sculpture dedicated to the farmers of Lanzarote.
This picturesque village of distinguished white cubic houses and numerous palm trees. It is a good base for excursions around the northern end of the island. The road leading to the north extend an unforgettable view on the bare volcanic cliffs and the top of Monte Corona (609 m) designed by the Manriguego, Mirador del Rio, you can see not only the neighboring La Graciosa, Alegranza but, the northernmost of the Canary Islands
Jameos del Agua-Las Palmas
On the north east coast of Lanzarote in lava after the volcanic eruption coagulating Monte Corona built underground caves and tunnels known as Jameos del Agua. In the years 1966-1968, designed by CesarManriguego windows are remarkable complex, which includes swimming pool filled with palm trees, gardens full of oleanders and cactuses, and an underground restaurant and nightclub. Stairs lead to a shallow marine lagoon, where the dim light shining gently endemic white crabs. In Jameos del Agua held regularly show of folk dances.
Canary Islands - Volcanic Islands
The result of volcanic activity that formed the Canary Islands, there are varied from the typical landscape of lava formations to large cones with large craters. The individual islands are in various stages of geological evolution. Are still volcanically active: Hierro, Tenerife, Palma and Lanzarote, where the Montanas de Fuego arranges for tourists spectacular demonstrations of fire and steam. The last eruption took place in Palma in 1971.
The origin and evolution of islands
The Canary Islands lie on the shear crust, thinner under the oceans than under continents. When magma flows through a gap formed volcanoes. Lanzarote, Hierro and Palma is a broad, gently sloping volcanic slopes facing the sea bed. All are built of basalt formed from magma crystallized. Plastic crust of the earth bends under the weight of the islands. When a violent eruption magmatic chamber flushes the apex of the cone sinks into the depths. Formed a boiler called the caldera, such as Las Canadas, Tenerife. For this stage of the evolution of the islands are characteristic of lava spills. When to stop a volcano eruption is subject to erosion by the action of the sea, wind and rain. Main volcano of Gran Canaria is in its early stages, while the volcano on Fuerteventura presents chamber of petrified lava typical for the advanced stage of erosion.
Developed based on the book "Guides - Knowledge and Life" - Spain.