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Sometimes we are able to discover new things about places despite having already visited them; perhaps we have never seen them under the same circumstances or with the same level of enthusiasm. In this way, it is always possible to rediscover ...

... places and once again feel their spirit. Lanzarote has this power.

This unique volcanic island, 1000 kilometres from the Iberian peninsula and only 140 km from the African coast, is located just off the southern coast of Morocco and forms part of the Canary Islands Archipelago, which has belonged to Spain for over 600 years. It gets its name from a Genoese sailor called Lanceloto Malocello, who discovered the island for Europe in 1312. For almost a hundred years afterwards, Lanzarote was used by slave traders who plundered the island, to the point that when expeditions sent by Enrique III of Castile in 1402 arrived, there were only 300 natives left, who were easily removed by force. The island then became the feudal estate of the descendents of Juan de Bethencourt, whoon numerous occasions came under attack, such as in 1586 when it was attacked by the Berber Amurat who took the island with 500 men, or other more devastating attacks such as those by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1617 and Soliman the year after, which laid waste to the island and forced the population to take refuge in Cueva de los Verdes, a volcanic tunnel formed by an eruption of the volcano Corona 4000 years ago.

But the worst tragedy to befall the island of Lanzarote was the eruption of Timanfaya: "On 1st September 1730, between 9 and 10 at night, the ground opened up in Timanfaya, two leagues from Yaiza ... and an enormous mountain rose out of the ground." That is the beginning of the testimony of the priest Lorenzo Curbelo, eyewitness of one of nature's most overwhelming spectacles. Ten villages were buried, and for six years lava poured over the southern part of the island, covering a quarter of the island and spewing volcanic ash over the rest of Lanzarote. They say that the lava was stopped at the gates of the city of Yaiza because the local priest sought help from the Virgin Mary by ringing the church's bells all day. When you get visit Yaiza and see for yourself how close the lava came, you can believe the stories of divine intervention.

The Timanfaya National Park surprises the first-time visitor, with its pictureque and odd-looking expanses of dark-coloured material which stretch from the edge of the black asphalt of the road as far as the eye can see, occasionally interrupted by volcanic hills. Strange and beautiful landscapes that beneath the surface hide fires that violently spit out water vapour when park operators spill the contents of their buckets into the ancient, ardent ground. It is a must to see the daily spectacle in El Diablo Restaurant, located high up on Montaña de Fuego, where they cook food using the geothermic heat from the depths of the earth.

Lanzarote and its natural environment is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and among the many attractions for tourists to be found there, the one that really stands out is the longest underwater volcanic tunnel, called the Tunel de la Atlantida, which begins in the Corona volcano and passes through the Cueva de los Verdes and Los Jameos del Agua, with their famous and diminutive blind crabs.

On any visit to Lanzarote, you cannot miss the impressive view from viewing platform on Mirador del Rio, preferably at dusk, as the sunset spreads its rays gently over ocean and illuminates the islands of La Graciosa, Alegranza, Montaña Clara, Roque del Este and Roque del Oeste in a special light. This is an unforgettable sight, and filled us with a happiness that gave us wings, to fly in our imaginations between the serenity of the landscape and the clarity of the blue skies that melted away into the horizon.


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