Volcanic activity and black sand beaches at the Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are a spanish archipelago located just off the southern coast of Morocco. The archipelago's beaches, climate and natural attractions make it a major tourist destination with over 12 million visitors each year. But with its vulcanoes, prehistoric sites, lunar landscapes, sahara-style dunes and authentic villages, there's another world beyond the Canaries seafront resorts.

In the winter of 2007 Max and I visited Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. We arranged a car and a little apartment and ventured over the two different islands. In today's blog I would like to discuss and compare the highlights of these two gorgeous Canary Islands.

Playa de Papagayo
Black sand beaches on Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura

* Even though most of the land consists of stone and rock, this islands has some of the most impressive beaches in the whole of Europe

* Visit lovely fishing village Ajuy with its authentic style, caves and beautiful black sand beaches

* Check out the modern art exhibition at La Olivia's Casa de los Coroneles

* The island was declared a Unesco Biosphere Reserve in 2009

* Master the waves and the winds of this second largest island of the archipelago (not my 'cup-of-tea' ;-))

Lanzarote

* Take a hike in the island's volcanic interior and find yourself immersed in Lanzarote's extraordinary geology

* Watch the golden sandy beaches of Punta del Papagayo, on the wild south coast

* Enjoy sweeping views from mountain-top Mirador del Rio

* Take a stroll at Manrique's fabulous Jardin de Cactus in Guatiza

* Appreciate the photogenic natural area of El Golfo

Which of the two islands sounds the most attractive to you? If you can not choose, make the combination trip of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. These islands are linked with a regular ferry service of about one hour.

Small fishing village Ajuy, Fuerteventura

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