Geography School Trip To Lanzarote
Study plate tectonics, volcanoes and the human challenges of living in such an environment.
The spectacular volcanic features of Timanfaya National Park
Lava cave of Jameos del Agua
Discover the secret of the Cueva de los Verdes lava tubes
The amazing former home of artist and architect César Manriq
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This protected area is a fine example of a landscape created during a period of intense volcanic activity from 1730-1736 and more recently in 1824. Features include craters, volcanic cones, domes, aa and pahoehoe lava flows and geothermal activity. Demonstrations allow visitors to understand the high temperatures close to the surface.
This coastal area with its black volcanic beaches is the site of a half-submerged volcanic cone which has been eroded by the sea. The cone contains a vibrant green lagoon whose colour is created by volcanic minerals and unique micro-organisms. See the striations on the eroded crater wall. The area attracts geologists because of the olivine gem stone found in the area.
The patchwork of salt pans set against black volcanic scenery has become one of Lanzarote’s top tourist attractions. Salt production was one of the island’s most important industries in the early 20th century when it was used to preserve fish pre-refrigeration. The salt pans at Janubio still produce over 15,000 tons of salt every year â€“ using a technique which has changed little in over 100 years.
Close to the Timanfaya National Park, this volcanology museum is discretely constructed on a lava field. A film explains the natural treasures of the park and the workings of a volcano. Visitors can experience a simulation of a volcanic eruption. Other exhibits include models, interactive videos, and a Meteosat satellite.
These caverns and partially collapsed volcanic lava tubes have been transformed into a unique and spectacular entertainment venue. Lush vegetation and a sparkling pool contrast with the stark volcanic scenery. An underground theatre takes advantage of natural acoustics and tiny albino crabs can be seen in the salt water lake.
Lanazarote’s most famous viewpoint, the Mirador del Río, 475m above sea level looks out over the strait of El Río and the island of La Graciosa. This viewpoint has been a look out since the 16th century when it was used to spot invading pirates. The former gun battery has been transformed into a stunning piece of architecture by César Manrique, including a cafe and viewing gallery.
This popular attraction features the longest volcanic submarine lava tube in the world, the Túnel de la Atlántida. Take a guided circular tour through the labyrinth of caves once used as a hiding place from pirates. Enjoy the illuminated impressive rock formations and discover the caves hidden secret!
Visit the Foundation of Lanzarote’s most famous son, the artist and architect César Manrique in his amazing former home constructed on a lava field incorporating volcanic bubbles. The unique architectural style is symbolic of Manrique’s desire to respect and blend with nature. Visit his former home including an exhibition of Manrique’s own art and other contemporary pieces from his private collection.
See the 15m tall white modern sculpture by César Manrique, erected on a hill in 1986 in honour of the farmers of Lanzarote and the challenges they have faced in such a harsh environment. The monument at the gateway to the La Geria vineyard area is constructed from water containers and represents a Lanzarote farmer and his camel.
La Geria is the main wine producing area in Lanzarote and this fascinating landscape is a visitor attraction in its own right. See how the islands inhabitants have overcome the harsh volcanic conditions to create a successful industry producing red, white and rose wines. Each vine is planted in a funnel shaped hollow dug into the volcanic ash then filled with soil and volcanic granules.
Understand the challenges that farmers have faced over the centuries at the El Patio Agricultural Museum. This former estate is dedicated to the history of agriculture in Lanzarote and its culture and traditions. Preserved buildings include a press, a warehouse, a chapel and a bakery and peasants living quarters connected to an interior court yard. The manor house has an ethnographic museum.
Why groups like it:
- Understand more about plate tectonics, volcanoes and geothermal activity
- Develop a deeper understanding of human and physical geography, and the effects of tourism
- Identify the impact of sustainability issues on local tourism
- Understand about agricultural practices in a harsh and arid environment
Students will have had an opportunity to:
- Learn about the effect of tourism on the communities and natural environment of Lanzarote
- See outstanding examples to help in the study of volcanology
- Consider the preservation and sustainability of the natural landscape
- Carry out field research in a spectacular setting