Black sand, a sleeping volcano, breath-taking scenery, fantastic food and marvellous facilities for tourists. No, not Santorini but Europe’s other amazing volcanic island: Lanzarote.
One big difference between these two holiday ideals is that this unique Canary Island is a great place to visit at almost any time of the year. Even in the “winter” months the sun can shine for six hours a day keeping the average temperature above 20 degrees C.
Six years of raging volcanic eruptions devastated a quarter of Lanzarote almost 300 years ago and created the world’s largest field of lava. The extraordinary cone shaped volcanic hills of black, grey and rust-red lava are a magnet for tourists. Some say it’s like going to the moon.
The lunar landscape is only one element of a remarkable holiday destination which boasts many fabulous beaches of white and golden sand, as well as few that are black and grey, with crystal-clear blue seas warm enough for a quick dip even in January.