Lanzarote is the most remarkable of all the Canary Islands. The eastern most of the seven islands that make up the archipelago, its extraordinary landscape seems to be of another planet. Great parts of Lanzarote are covered by ash and lava. Lanzarote also offers a wide array of quiet beaches with fine sand unspoilt, beautiful bays and turquoise waters. It has many spots that are undisturbed making for a serene environment.
Sunset at Mirador Del Rio
Of all the numerous scenic pleasures Lanzarote has to offer, its sunsets are the most memorable. The island is not very large, which means that you can get a view of the glorious phenomenon from almost anywhere. However, the most sensational views are to be had at the north of the island – at Mirador Del Rio.
Mirador Del Rio is a slight, rocky hill, which is a beautiful place to sit and watch the sun go down. The salmon pink, orange and purple of the setting sun are complimented by other Lanzarote delights. Sitting on the cliffs overlooking the sea, you will have fields of bluebells on one side and a panoramic view of the sea and its changing colours on the other.
The tiny island of La Graciosa, not far from the Lanzrote coast, adds further magic to the already incredible vista.
A picnic hamper with a bottle of one of Lanzarote’s many excellent wines are great accessories to accompany your viewing of the celestial special effects of the setting sun!
El Golfo Lagoon
On the opposite side from Mirador Del Rio, on the southwest, is another spectacular Lanzarote gift. This is El Golfo. It is the remains of a volcanic crater that has been broken into and eroded by the might of the Atlantic Ocean. Inside this crater the lagoon – “Charco de los Clicos” – has emerged.
This semi-circular lagoon is intriguingly bright green because of the algae and minerals in the water. This crater is one of the few and rare examples of hydro-volcanism, a phenomena produced by the interaction of magma or with salt water. The concentration of special seaweed blossoms pretty well due to the extreme high salt content present in the lake. This makes an oddly interesting contrast against the sand and rock formation of the crater.
The remains of the volcano are like a painter’s palette with grand brush strokes of black, red, yellow-green and russet layers of cooled lava. The beach comprises of black volcanic pebbles interspersed with semi-precious green stones valued by jewellers.
The nearby village also called El Golfo is a lovely, small community that has restaurants where you can get some excellent seafood. You can dine al fresco and enjoy the sunset.