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Lanzarote has been listed by UNESCO as a protected Biosphere Reserve, due to its unique nature and flora. Away from the urban developments along the south coast, the island has retained an unpolished beauty and traditional charm about it. One of the people who championed preserving the landscape of the island was polymath and Lanzarote-native, Cesar Manrique. A keen architect and artist, several of his unique artworks and buildings can be seen across the island and visits to the Cesar Manrique Museum in Haria, as well as the windmill in Arrieta and the panoramic splendour of the Mirador del Rio viewing platform, will introduce you fully to the great work he did for the island and the artistic gems that he left behind here.
The island, despite its relative small size, is packed with activities to do and sights to marvel at, and regardless of where you find yourself on the island, you’re never far from picture-perfect scenery and adventures. Lounge along the beaches in Playa Blanca, go swimming and snorkelling in the sea or have a go at some of the water sports on offer here. Hiring a car or going on guided day tours will expose you to the stunning sights inland. Wander around the exotic gardens at Guinate Tropical Park, gaze across at the volcanic solitude of the Timanfaya National Park, or head underground to explore the Cueva de los Verdes. Used as a hiding place for locals from marauding pirates and slave traders, the network of caves is today a beautiful system of colour rock and tunnels that even include a concert hall. Day tours to local vineyards are also possible from the various luxurious resorts and hotels that are found near the coastline. On Lanzarote the grapes are grown in a unique way that sees the trees being kept along the ground. The result is a delicious and sweet wine that should be enjoyed against the backdrop of the setting sun over the volcanic peaks.
Each region in Spain is fiercely proud of its local identity and culture and regardless of where you find yourself in this vast and fascinating country, you’ll quickly discover that one of the cornerstones in every regional self-image is the local food. We’ve collected (and sampled) the five following dishes, yet these are just a few examples of the great variety of dishes you’ll find in Spain.
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Whether you are staying on the mainland, or even on one of the many islands themselves, you can easily travel to and between some of the more remote islands that will give you a glimpse of a more serene part of the Mediterranean, away from the tourists and the developed seafronts.