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Visitor Numbers Rise at Lanzarote Attractions

Friday December 23, 2011

Visitor Numbers Rise at Lanzarote Attractions

Visitor numbers to the Centres of Art, Culture and Tourism on Lanzarote have risen by nearly 9% for the year to date in comparison with 2010 figures. As the main tourist attractions on the island have seen 2,457, 970 people pass through their doors between January and November this year, an increase of 8.99%.

And given the level of visitor numbers in December last year which were between 155,000 and 160,000, the administrators at the Centres anticipate that by the end of this month more than two and a half million visitors will have visited one or more of the centres in 2011.

The Fire Mountains at the Timanfaya National Park remain the favourite attraction, with 819,552 visitors so far admiring the aftermath of the longest continuous volcanic eruptions known to man. This tops the figures for the full twelve months of 2010, when 802,534 visitors entered the Park.

The next most popular attraction is the Jameos del Agua, with its incredible underground lake, hanging gardens and auditorium. This year it has already been seen by nearly 640,000 visitors, which is a 10% increase on figures for the first eleven months of last year. Whilst the Cueva de los Verdes has so far had some 27,000 more visitors (356,000 in total) than were recorded last year, when 329,000 people explored the two kilometre cave system.

Also in the north of the island, the Mirador del Rio clocked up 322,000 visitors, an additional 6,000 more tourists than passed through its doors during the same period of 2010. The next most visited spot was the Cactus Garden, which saw a larger proportional rise than the Mirador, with an extra 22,337 visitors than were registered in 2010. So far, 268,597 people have been to the Cactus Garden.

The Castillo de San Jose, which houses the Museum of International Contemporary Art (MIAC), was not as well attended, with only 51,000 visitors between January and November, but this still represents a considerable increase on the figures for 2010, with nearly 17,000 more people going there this year than last.

The busiest month of the year so far was undoubtedly August, which saw an overall increase of visitors to the centres of around 18,000 people. Whilst May was the month with the lowest level of activity, with only some 162,000 visitors in total.\n\n\n

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