When you think of Spain, most people will think of tapas, bull fighting and soccer and will head to the cities of Madrid or Barcelona or to the beautiful beaches of the Costa del Sol.
Spain is surrounded by fantastic islands and none more so than the Canary Islands. Lanzarote is one of these and has evolved from the volcanic eruptions of the past. The land appears desolate, but yet is beautiful and eerie. The sand is blacker and the landscape is rocky and sparse, but yet can change dramatically within a few hundred metres.
A trip to the heart of the volcano is a must and you could forgive yourself for thinking you were on the set of Star Wars. The caves (formed from volcanic tunnels leading into the sea) are breathtaking and one is transformed into a music theatre which also becomes a nightclub. Word of warning; Spaniards only get started at 11pm, so be prepared!
The island is small and easily driven around in a couple of hours, it boasts all the Spanish charm yet retains its own unique distinctive flavour. You can head to the touristy beaches of Puerto del Carmen or the more sedate harbour of Playa Blanca. On Sundays, take a trip to the markets of Teguise and pick up local souvenirs and soak up the atmosphere. So, if you head to Europe make sure you take a trip to a Spanish island where you won't be disappointed.