There is no green on Lanzarote

article by: at: 23rd Aug 2010 under: Lanzarote


I often heard this phrase from friends who came here for their first holiday in Lanzarote. Well, actually they are right because it is true that plants, trees and grass are not exactly abundant on our little island. And although Lanzarote was, before the volcanic eruptions from 1730 to 1736, known as the granary of the Canary Islands, today it is difficult to imagine that large parts of the island once where covered with corn fields. The six years of eruptions have greatly changed the face of Lanzarote and shaped its landscape forever. For the vegetation on Lanzarote it is hard to settle, although the ground beneath the cover of volcanic ash is very fertile. The constant wind and little rainfall make it difficult for mother nature to flourish some greenery. But the forces from the earth which have tormented the island of Lanzarote once, also left a different and unique legacy. Perhaps there was missing a blob of green on the colour palette which has been used to paint the landscape on Lanzarote, but the colours and contrasts we see while contemplating the “Montañas del Fuego” (Fire mountains) – this is how the range of volcanos is called which rises from the sea of solidified lava in the Timanfaya National Park – are truly unbelievable. The slops of the mountains here appear in all shades of red, ocher, violet, copper brown and even orange between the wind groomed black fields of the everywhere present volcanic ashes. On the coast all possible shades of blue, turquoise and white of the foam from the crushing waves which mould the cliffs and rocks with their impressive force is coming into the colour mix.

The image to this post is taken on the beach from the “Charco de los Clicos” on the outskirts of the little fishing village of El Golfo. The coast at El Golfo is impressive especially at the end of day when the sun sets. Not only because of the beautiful illumination which make the colours come alive even more, but also because of the bizarre forms which wind and weather have cut into the flanks of the sleeping volcano. When finally the sun has disappeared behind the horizon and your appetite is stimulated from the little stroll along the black beach, you can enjoy excellent and fresh fish with the for Lanzarote typical “Papas arrugadas” and “Mojo” and a glass of wine in on of the many restaurants of this picturesque village.

So now, who is still missing green?

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