A Student Guide to Lanzarote, Canary Islands
By College Tourist Contributor of 09/14/15
Located just 80 miles off the north west coast of Africa, Lanzarote is a great destination for students, with heaps of attractions, great nightlife and affordable restaurants. Here’s our guide on some of the best things to do and see on this vibrant island.
Las Cuevas de los Verdes
For the ultimate underground adventure, head to Las Cuevas de los Verdes. This 3000-year-old cave system was created by lava flows from the nearby volcano Monte Corona. The awe-inspiring natural wonder was once a hideout for pirates and is a great place to get some incredible profile pictures for your social media accounts.
Timanfaya National Park
For an unforgettable sightseeing experience, you must check out Timanfaya National Park. The Mars-like landscape looks out of this world, created by more than 100 volcanoes which erupted. Here you’ll be shown just how hot some areas of the park are, where sticks burst into flames from lying near the molten ground.
The picturesque island of Fuerteventura is a short 30 minute ferry ride from the south coast of Lanzarote and is home to some breath-taking scenery. Head to Parque Natural de las Dunas where you can explore its famous sand dunes, turquoise warm waters and watch dolphins playfully jump into the air.
If you want to explore everything this island has to offer but don’t want to walk for hours in the searing heat, a Segway tour could be just for you. As you whizz through the streets you can enjoy a fun filled day, visiting some of the major cultural attractions, and you can even go off-road.
Cesar Manrique Foundation
Anyone studying art will certainly have heard of Cesar Manrique. The local born art legend has an incredible house well worth a visit, built within a series of volcanic bubbles. The ecological development unites the artist’s architectural skills with raw nature and is a must-see for any art fanatic.
If you want to take a break from site seeing, take a trip to Playa Blanca, a large yacht marina with one of the most laid back atmospheres on the island. There’s plenty of shops, cafés and nightlife here to keep you entertained from dusk til’ dawn.
My Kitchen Julius
Treat yourself to a fantastic meal at one of Lanzarote’s best restaurants, My Kitchen Julius. Based in Puerto Del Carmen, their renowned for delicious steaks and lamb dishes. You can also enjoy some of the local specialties such as Paella and fresh seafood. At a reasonable price, it’s even feasible on a student budget.
Lanzarote is much more than just sun, sea and sand. The island is rich in natural wonders, cultural attractions and great entertainment. Even if you’re a student, you can enjoy all this beautiful island has to offer without having to worry too much about your bank balance.
About the Author: Sally Hobart is a travel writer living in London and has learned how to travel on a tight budget thanks to her less-than-lucrative student days. Sally currently lives with her husband and pet pup, Millie.