The Canary Islands are home to some amazing historical sites. Lanzarote, the oldest of the islands, was formed from volcanic activity over 22 million years ago and created some awe-inspiring landscapes.
The natural formations are not the only noteworthy historical places that are well worth seeing, so let’s take a look at a few places, both man-made and natural, that you simply must visit while you are there in this guide created by cheapflights, where you can find deals on flights to Lanzarote.
The Palacio Spinola
Palacio Spinola is a striking palace that was built between 1830 and 1870 in Teguise. Named after the prominent Spinola family, it now serves as the government building for all of the Canary Islands. Worth a visit for its excellent architecture, the palace is home to a great museum that explains the island’s history. Inside the palace can be found a great deal of period furniture, which should appeal to the history buffs out there.
Castillo de Santa Barbara
Also in Teguise, Castillo de Santa Barbara is the Canary Islands’ oldest fort. A seriously impressive castle, with stunning views across the plains, this landmark has the added attraction of its own museum. The Museo del Emigrante Canario tells the story of immigration to the islands over the years and is a quite fascinating place in itself.
Timanfaya National Park
An entirely natural attraction, this huge area of land covering around five thousand hectares is a national park created from millions of years of volcanic landscaping. The result is an almost lunar-like location. Montana Rajada is a popular spot from which to see the terrain, giving great views of the weird and wonderful landscape. Popular with photographers for its unique rock formations and clear night skies, it’s well worth a visit at twilight or dusk.
The House Of César Manrique
The last recommendation is a mixture of the old and new. The former home of the famous artist and architect, César Manrique, can be found on top of the rocks formed during the volcanic eruptions of the eighteenth century. The house is a true work of art, combining modern, open spaces with traditional building designs and colours. The ground floor of the house, which is actually more like a basement, is built into four volcanic bubbles that formed naturally. Manrique had a huge effect on the appearance of Lanzarote. His work managed to increase tourism, especially in the 60s and 70s. Manrique’s influence is responsible for the absence of high-rise apartment buildings on the island.
Lanzarote has a fantastic history, in terms of both its one-of-a-kind natural volcanic landscapes and rich history of immigration and expansion. The history of the island is well preserved in the many interesting museums on the island and the natural beauty really does speak for itself. Like all islands in the Canaries, it also has a thriving nightlife scene, amazing beaches and wonderful weather. You can have the best of both worlds by hiring a car while you are there and seeing as much of Lanzarote as you can. It really would be a waste to spend the whole time just lying on the beach or waiting at the bar.