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Lanzarote is well known for its beaches and bars, but there’s much more to the island than this. With its otherworldly landscapes, beautiful towns and fascinating art and architecture, this sun soaked vacation spot has plenty to offer the discerning traveller.

César Manrique Foundation

If you book flights to Lanzarote and want to discover the beating heart of the island,make your way to the César Manrique Foundation. During his life, this architect, artist and environmentalist helped to shape the look and feel of Lanzarote photo by Dario Garavini on FlickrLanzarote, and his unusual constructions dot the island, adding to its unique character. Based at the artist’s former studio and home in Taro de Tahiche, the foundation is one of the island’s most impressive sights. With its playful use of colours and shapes, it manages to look both retro and modern at the same time. As well as his own artworks, the building showcases sketches by Miró and Picasso.

Timanfaya National Park

Be sure to add the Timanfaya National Park to your sightseeing itinerary too. Given its status in 1968, this large area is home to over 100 volcanoes, which rose up from the ground in the 18th century to create a Martian-like landscape. As well as its fascinating rock formations, the park contains a variety of rare plant species.

Famara beach

Many of the Lanzarote’s beaches may be packed with tourists basking in the sun, but it is possible to find more secluded sandy spots; one of the best is Famara. Located on the north-west coast of the island, this long, curving beach is the perfect place to enjoy some peace and quiet. Instead of hordes of holidaymakers, you can listen to the soothing sounds of the Atlantic as it laps the shore. The beach has a certain star quality too, having featured Pedro Almodóvar’s film Broken Embraces.

Playa Quemada

Meanwhile, if you want to catch a glimpse of what the island was like before mass tourism, it’s well worth exploring some of its smaller villages. A great example is Playa Quemada. Clinging to the coast between Puerto Calero and Punta de Papagayo, this small settlement comprises a scattering of white houses, three small restaurants and a tranquil beach.

As long as you do your homework, you won’t struggle to find an array of hidden attractions on Lanzarote.

Image by Dario Garavini used under Creative Commons.

This sponsored post was written by Lance Sprewell

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