During my trip to Lanzarote in April 2011 I hired a car (as tends to be a case when I go away), I hate being stuck in a resort so true to form on this trip we explored the majority of the island. On one of our trips we stopped of at El Golfo beach which is located on the west side of the Island. As is the case with the majority of beach's in Lanzarote the sand was none existent instead we were greeted with a mixture of red and black volcanic rocks which covered the floor of the coves. The place itself is beautiful. The town is small and seafood restaurants were plentiful. We were low on budget this day so we skipped lunch and moved onto the next stop after exploring the beach, famous lagoon and once I had captured a few shots of the view. I'd highly recommend a trip over to El Golfo if you have the opportunity while you are out there.
The beach at El Golfo is within a half-submerged cone of a volcano, which over time has been eroded by the sea, leaving behind only the striated wall of the crater. At the foot of the crater wall is Lago Verde, a half-moon-shaped lagoon of a striking green colour, said to be caused by the volcanic minerals and micro-organisms that are believed to be unique in this lake. The beach itself is made of black volcanic pebbles spattered with fragments of the semi-precious olivine. The scenery is further enhanced by the large finger of rock which sits just off the beach and causes the sea to crash around it. This was where Raquel Welch appeared, wearing her animal skin bikini in the movie One Million Years B.C.
A number of sheltered bays with black beaches link the lagoon with El Golfo village. El Golfo’s fish restaurants are plentiful and serve a selection of fresh fish and meat dishes.
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