WHERE — Lanzarote
PHOTOGRAPHY — Jessie Bush & Sam Flaherty on 35mm
The Lanzarote travel guide—an island where you can dine inside a vast cave system, enjoy your coffee espresso with panoramic volcanic views and visit an artist’s residence built into lava bubbles.
A friend once described Lanzarote as a little like visiting the moon. And she was right; if the dark rocky surface of the moon was also lined with palm trees and cacti and surrounded by an impossibly blue ocean. Sam and I visited at the very beginning of the year—a little vitamin D to soften the blow of post-New Years blues if you will.
Some people complain that it’s super touristic and full of Brit’s Abroad. But while that may be true, particularly in the height of summer, the most overwhelming element of Lanzarote is it’s gritty, out-of-this-world beauty. Volcanic landscapes stretch as far as the eye can see. Impressive cacti seemingly grow everywhere, like amazing weeds. And rugged rocky beaches hug translucent waters begging for a swim. It’s a pretty surreal island – one you really need to visit yourself to get a sense of just how different it is from almost any other place on earth.