Located in the Atlantic Ocean, just a short distance from both Europe and Africa, lie the Canary Islands. Visited by not only Columbus, but many others as well, and used as a stopping place to replenish supplies before sailing to the New World, the Canary Islands have often played an important part in history.
Canary Islands sunset, taken from LaSanta Sport Resort.
One of the most unusual and beautiful islands is Lanzarote. Located only about 150 miles from Africa and slightly over 1000 miles from Spain, it is a popular destination for many. With it ‘s spectacular beaches, volcanic landscape and a warm,dry, semi-tropic climate, the island has become known as the island of eternal spring.
Timanfaya National Park is a must see for anyone visiting the island. Lanzarote was formed from various volcanic eruptions over the centuries, the latest being in the mid 1700s. As a result much of the island is covered with volcanic lava. Driving through the lava fields on the southern end of the island can be quite an experience.
With lave piled higher than a car, it makes one think they are journeying through a Midwestern blizzard of black snow. The road is actually made by clearing away a portion of the lava to create a smooth road, while driving over several feet of volcanic lava.
The journey as a result, almost seems mystical. Reaching the top of Fire Mountain, a pleasant surprise awaits. The volcano is still active and spews out a very hot fire , which an enterprising individual has built a restaurant over and around it.
Cooking dinner on Fire Mountain
As a result, dinner guests are able to choose their choice of beef, chicken, fish or pork and actually grill their dinner over an active volcano.Quite a treat and topic of conversation .
Many scenic and photography opportunities abound on the island. The beautiful blue sky, ocean, luxurious white architecture and volcanic scenery abound. Several days can be spent touring this beautiful island, photographing the many wonders of the island,enjoying the unusual dining experiences and enjoying the hospitality of it’s people.
Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!
He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed and applied what he has learned to solving the many issues facing not only the United States, but the world as well.
Common Sense solutions to complex problems.
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