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Secret Beaches & Volcanic Craters On Lanzarote

There are plenty of fascinating places on Lanzarote that don’t figure that highly in most tourist guides of the island, including picturesque pueblos, black sand beaches, underground cave systems and hidden valleys. So if you have already exhausted all of the more obvious sights to explore then read our guide to some of the more off the beaten track attractions on Lanzarote below.

Caldera Blanca

 

Caldera Blanca, Natural Volcano Park, Lanzarote

Huge Crater of the Caldera Blanca

 

Whilst much of Lanzarote´s volcanic region is officially contained within the confines of the Timanfaya National Park – and is therefore effectively off limits to walkers – no such constraints apply outside these parameters. Leaving tourists free to explore stunning natural delights such as the Caldera Blanca, a huge volcanic crater located in the natural volcano park, just north of Timanafya.

The walk here starts just outside the village of Mancha Blanca and covers around 12km, which means it will take the average walker around 3 hours. The Caldera Blanca was created some 5000 years ago, prior to the eruptions that shaped the scenery in Timanfaya, which is why erosion has acted upon this particular volcano creating its white coloured appearance. The views from the top of the crater rim are spectacular and panoramic, encompassing Playa Blanca and the sea to the south and views back across the island to the north and west, making this trip well worth the effort.

The large Monte Coroña volcano fulfils a similar function in the north of Lanzarote, providing a 600 metre plus vantage point for drinking in amazing vies as well as a large crater, that whilst not quite on par with the Caldera Blanca is still impressive.

Playa Quemada

Many first time visitors are surprised to find that Lanzarote is primarily home to golden sand beaches rather than the black volcanic ones prevalent on other Canary Islands. Especially given Lanzarote’s history of relatively recent volcanic eruptions.

There are however some great black sand beaches to explore, the best known of which is Playa Quemada, which means burnt beach in Spanish and which is located close to Puerto Calero on the south eastern shoreline of the island.

This is a real favourite spot with locals and there are in fact a couple of beaches here, separated by a small hill. As with many beaches on the island though their presence is dependent on the tides.  Other black sand beaches can be found along the North West shoreline in areas such as El Golfo and Tinjao.

Caleta Caballo

This same shoreline is also home to the tiny coastal village of Caleta Cabello, which is a hamlet of sea front houses arranged around a small golden sand beach with a tiny promenade that has the effect of making this spot a little reminiscent of an English seaside village.

Los Hervidores

 

Los Hervidores, Lanzarote

The Boiling Pots at Los Hervidores

 

Los Hervidores – or The Boiling Pots – can also be found along this same stretch of raw and rugged shoreline. Here wind and sea erosion has created a number of inlets and fissures in the volcanic rock which spurt huge spumes of sea water into the air as the breakers come rolling in. The ubiquitous Cesar Manrique enhanced and improved the presentation of this natural wonder and this is also a great spot for buying lumps of olivine , the semi precious stone which is found all over this part of the island.

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