I traveled to Lanzarote in February 2020, hoping to get a bit of sunlight and shoot some volcanic landscapes. I had previously been to Tenerife but I thought Lanzarote was of a whole different level, with many more opportunities for a photographer.
The island is only 75km long and is a real paradise for cyclists (yes, I might go back just for that).
Let’s start with a blue sky because, well, who doesn’t like a blue sky.
Lanzarote is the northernmost and easternmost island of the Canary Islands and has a volcanic origin. It was born through fiery eruptions and has solidified lava streams as well as extravagant rock formations. (Wikipedia)
La Geria is the first area where we stopped. The contrast of dark lava and isolated white houses made for some pretty incredible landscapes.
You may be wondering what those shapes in the foreground are. They’re actually vineyards for the most part:
Food note (pun intended): I highly recommend having lunch at the Bodegas Rubicón — the view is amazing and food delicious.
While Famara wasn’t necessarily presented as a must-see place in Lanzarote, it was definitely one of the highlights of the trip for me. For surfers, it’s also meant to be a pretty good spot.
Famara is how I’d always imagined a town built in the middle of the desert. All a bit surreal. There was a Little Prince feel to it.
There’s a pretty fun road (read “rocky”) that leads to Papagayo beach. You can drive there with any car but it’s probably a lot of more fun with a 4×4. Then the bay is pretty beautiful.
A Saharan sandstorm
If you read above, you already know that I primarily went to Lanzarote to get some sun in the middle of a pretty terrible British winter (read “rainy and windy”). The island gets an average of 300 days of sunshine every year so you had to be pretty unlucky not to come back with a nice tan… Well, don’t play the lottery with me — you might lose it all!
The following pictures don’t have any particular filter applied… it was just like that.
The tiny seaside village of El Golfo is famous for the Charco de Los Clicos (a green lagoon that was closed when we went), but the town itself gave me some pretty spectacular scenes.
Here’s a mix of Hockney, Hopper and Blade Runner.
Though we missed the Charco de los Clicos, we got to see Los Hervideros just a few kilometers away from it.
The roads to Timanfaya
With winds of up to 160 km/h, most of Timanfaya, a national park, was closed — a big miss as it was meant to be quite beautiful. For another time, I guess. Here’s some of the roads that lead to it.
Yaiza is another small town I thought was pretty unique. Some of the scenes below appear to be staged but they obviously weren’t.
Las Salinas de Janubio
Mirador del Río
The interior architecture of the mirador was pretty amazing. Food note: order their chocolate cake if you go there, it’s 👌
The mirador was designed by César Manrique, a Spanish artist, sculptor, architect and activist from Lanzarote. I went to visit his house, which has now been turned into a museum. The guy had a pretty sweet life (you’ll get what I mean if you run a search).
That’s a wrap! Hope you enjoyed following me around. Until next time! 👋