LANZAROTE OR FUERTEVENTURA?

LANZAROTE OR FUERTEVENTURA?

Spring climate all year round, lunar landscapes, immense beaches, volcanoes to admire and villages to discover: these are the Canary Islands, reachable in a few hours from Italy, as beautiful and warm as the people who live there, who made the wind and their home of nature.
The Canary Islands are made up of seven main islands and of these I have visited two for now: Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.
Today I will tell you about these two sisters and what not to let slip between their borders.
Different volcanic sisters, but who underneath resemble their mother nature who created them with loving passion.
If you want to have some more information about the rest of the archipelago, I refer you to this online article written by the Expedia Explore magazine, which manages to give a general overview of the particular character of each of them.

I didn’t know what to expect before I met them.
You know when you leave without expectations, maybe just with some comments in your head that say: well yes cute, nothing special.
The nothing of that is far from what I discovered by visiting them.
I was spellbound, love at first sight, heart sank, continue with the cheesy?
Lanzarote and Fuerteventura are located about one hundred kilometers from the African coast of Morocco in the Atlantic Ocean. The wind often blows, I would say inevitable, but it is spring twelve months a year and this only makes the desire to leave even stronger.
To those who often ask me if one is better than the other, I always answer that the best way to find out is to see them both.
As I did, but it’s not like I solved the dilemma, because they are both beautiful.

Lanzarote
The warmth in an island format, still palpable years later.
A harsh land, where water is not found in the subsoil, where the only animals are goats and the most common plants are cacti and very special vineyards: this is how life in this place seems anything but easy, yet. ..
The volcanoes that form it, about one hundred and forty, are no longer active but give the landscape a very fascinating “lunar” appearance, thanks also to the many shades of color that the earth takes on at various times of the day, until it burns at sunset.
Everything is very relaxed, it is easy to get used to the slow rhythms, so I find it an ideal destination to switch off and empty the mind too often crowded with thoughts.

What not to miss in Lanzarote? (there would be nothing to lose, but it would be too verbose …)

The vineyards in La Geria. Whether you are a wine lover or not, you cannot miss the particularity of this cultivation. The vines grow and bear fruit thanks to the ash of the volcano where they are planted. They live in extreme conditions with little water that they absorb from humidity and in order not to be uprooted by the wind they are planted in conical holes protected by dry stone walls. Thus a sublime wine is born.
Beach (Playa) Papagayo. It is located in the south of the island on the Rubicon coast and can be reached after a short walk with a wow effect thanks to the paradisiacal colors that the water takes on with the sunlight. The beach is ideal for a half day of relaxation, sun and sea: I took a bath in it, proving that it is not so cold!
Timanfaya National Park. The symbol of the park is El Diablo, a small devil who, according to local legends, seems to have predicted the volcanic eruptions of Lanzarote. The park is completely formed by lava, not plants, trees, only lava making the landscape rough and irregular. Admission is paid and the park cannot be visited independently but only along an established itinerary and aboard a bus, this to preserve the environment. To do absolutely and if you are hungry then stop at the El Diablo restaurant for a “volcanic” cuisine!
Oh I forgot, Kubrik shot 2001 A Space Odyssey here … does it give you an idea of ​​the place?
El Golfo del Charco de los Clicos or the Green Lagoon. The emerald green lake was formed in the crater of a volcano and in 1730 after its last eruption it enlarged thus forming the green lagoon which is simply stunningly beautiful. Curiosity: the lake is connected underground with the ocean which always regenerates its waters. It is forbidden to swim, for this reason it is fenced, it is a nature reserve. In the nearby village of El Golfo you can refresh yourself after having tired your eyes with such beauty.
Cesar Manrique. He was an artist with a capital A, a person so attached to his island that he made it his home and disseminated works and beauty everywhere. It could be said that the most appropriate synonym for Lanzarote is Cesar Manrique. He literally made the island an open-air museum by creating works that were in accordance with the harmony of the surrounding environment.

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