Geographical Gems of the North – Fully Guided Day, Lanzarote
An action packed day full of spectacular sites for geographers and geologists in the North of this compact Island. Together with your guide, travel through the town of Haria, sitting in a lush green valley and known as the ‘Valley of 100 Palm trees’ due to its contrast to the desert like conditions of the rest of Lanzarote.
The first stop is the spectacular 479m high viewpoint of Mirador del Río. From the tourist centre at summit of the Famara mountain range you’ll have a magnificent panoramic view of the 3 islands known collectively as ‘Archipiélago Chinijo’ Europe’s largest Marine Reserve.
Back on the coach, your next stop will be at an “Aloe” plantation farm, which has seen a boom in production and trade here. Witness a demonstration of the farming and growth of Aloe Vera as a health product and how it is now exported worldwide.
You will then visit 2 popular attractions which are actually part of the same 4 mile volcanic tunnel, formed as a result of a series of eruptions of La Corona Volcano 3,000 to 5,000 years ago. First is ‘Jameos del Agua’, spectacularly enhanced by Cesear Manrique, a famous local artist. The sites have with both natural and man-made swimming pools as well as an auditorium built into the cave. A species of indigenous blind albino crab can also be seen here and Geographers will be very interested in the House of Volcanoes’ on site which contains a numerous exhibits about volcanology in the region. The second visits, also part of the same volcanic tunnel is only a 5 minute coach journey away and is known as “Cueva de los Verdes”. This part of the lava tube, known as the Tunnel of Atlantis hosts a fascinating underground tour, with an surprise ending to wow your students!
Afterwards, you can chose to add on a visit the Cesar Manrique Foundation –a magnificent building which used to be his old studio-home that impressively combines the volcanic rock with his unique architecture as he used the natural formation of five volcanic bubbles to create his rooms.