Of this Canary Island, the oldest of the Islands with 180 million years and the first to be colonized along with Fuerteventura, its rounded landscapes called powerfully the attention of the traveler.
Photographers know it, because they dazzle and excite those who seek to capture the nuances of a black and barren land that occupies nearly a third part of 845 square kilometres. It is called the Lanzarote ‘badcountry’.
Far from having a pejorative connotation today, the rabbit hutch badcountry is appreciated from all points of view: biodiversity, nature, protected spaces, active tourism, hiking…
That extension of dark and desert terrain is the essential part of an eruptive activity, basic foundation of Lanzarote, ‘island of the volcanoes’, part of the Global Biosphere Reserve of UNESCO, since the beginning of the Decade of the nineties of the twentieth century.
Lanzarote ‘badcountry’ has nomination which refers to a 40% of the surface of Canary Island and which includes the National Park of Timanfaya, where Raquel Welch wore one of its more ‘prehistoric’ bikinis, during the filming of the production of the sixties ‘One Million Years B.C.’.
In this sort of falsely wasteland, endemic species found their true home. The extreme conditions which reached the erosive process of volcanic rock, far from augur a sterile and meaningless life environment, has configured a very specific biological world in Lanzarote.
The flora of Lanzarote ‘badcountry’ gives us nothing less than 16 endemic species of the island, aside from other three tens that belong exclusively to the Canary Islands.
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