Part of the Canary Islands archipelago, the Spanish island of Lanzarote is known as ‘the land of eternal spring’, a truly unique place where moon-like landscape meets sandy sunbathing spots.
Holidays in Lanzarote
Not only is Lanzarote in the same time zone as the UK, eliminating jetlag altogether, but the island enjoys hot conditions all year round, making it an attractive getaway no matter the season.
Not your average island destination, Lanzarote doesn’t simply draw in tanning buffs but also naturalists, hikers, honeymooners and animal lovers too. More than 300 volcanic cones make up the island’s vast lava fields with oddly-shaped rock formations helping form the most spectacular of landscapes.
Also boasting one of the largest concentrations of four to five-star hotels in all of Europe, Lanzarote’s individuality is one of her biggest charms.
After all, this particular island suffered one of the world’s most violent eruptions in the 17th century, leaving behind the unmissable setting of Parque Nacional de Timanfaya. With the surrounding otherworldly scenery home to plant species rarely found elsewhere on Earth, the experience is sure to live long in the memory.
Lanzarote enjoys a sub-tropical climate which is extremely consistent all year round. The island’s average high of 25 ºC each August and September only falls to a low of 17 ºC in January, hence the island’s nickname.
With Lanzarote’s 132 miles of coastline sun-kissed all year round, water sports are enjoyed across all seasons while outdoor attractions are so much more accessible compared to other destinations.
Given Lanzarote doesn’t possess any steep mountainous regions, the desert-like conditions mean the island doesn’t even receive a drop of rain for three whole months between June to August.
Things to do on holiday in Lanzarote
It’s perfectly acceptable to spend an entire week catching rays on the coast or putting on those hiking boots to venture into volcanic reserves but Lanzarote has plenty more on offer too.
Sampling traditional island fare
Spanish cooking with an African influence intertwined, sampling local island fare is a great way to remember your Lanzarote trip.
Most restaurants on the island will serve a range of tasty stews, most fish-based with Sancocho Canario (salted fish and potatoes) and conejo (rabbit stew) representing particular favourites.
It’s also near on impossible to consult a Lanzarote menu without spotting Papas Arrugadas (jacket boiled potatoes) which are drenched in Mojo which is a garlic-based sauce native to the Canary Islands.
Resorts in Lanzarote
Merely a ten-minute car journey from Arrecife Airport, Puerto del Carmen is Lanzarote’s longest established resort that continues to charm visitors each and every year. Comprising lively nightlife strips, retail precincts, coastal paths and a traditional harbour, not forgetting six kilometres of golden coastline, it’s a perfect choice for families.
Couples and honeymooners can join a scuba diving school or alternatively, enjoy a close encounter with nature at the Rancho Texas Lanzarote wildlife park. As dusk falls, eateries such as Dolce Vita and Maradeleva boast pretty views over the Old Town harbour.
Costa Teguise is another great draw for families with wind protected beaches, water parks and aquariums being ideal ways to capture little ones’ imaginations. Also hosting its fair share of sporting events throughout the year, stare on in awe as windsurfers swing by Cucharas Beach in style.
For an altogether different experience, Playa Blanca is Lanzarote’s southernmost resort which sits closer to the volcanic region of Timanfaya. There is more of a relaxed, carefree vibe in this young resort that contains large numbers of villas around an extensive nine-kilometre bay area which is developing all the time.
Peruse the island’s best museums
Museums truly do come in all shapes and sizes in Lanzarote and it’s not every day you can wander back into the 18th century.
Visiting the Inquisitors House in Teguise is like stepping into a time machine as you peruse a regal building that belonged to the wealthy Spinola family in 1895. The town was a honeypot for noblemen and those in positions of power during the period and the colonial architecture can only be found in this pretty corner of the island.
Or perhaps a trip to Museo del Vino El Grifo may tickle the taste buds. The winery was the first to open in the Canary Islands and visitors are offered a comprehensive insight into over 200 years of production at the facility. Round the day off in the best way by sipping a semi-sweet malvasia or an Ariana Blanco de Guarda that represent some of the house favourites.
Other institutions worth stopping by include Museo de Cetáceos de Canarias that enlightens visitors about whale species found in the surrounding ocean as well as the Museum of International Contemporary Art in Arrecife. Housed inside the striking 18th century San José fortress, this museum features many works from Lanzarote-born César Manrique.
Staying up late
Different regions of Lanzarote cater to different tastes when it comes to nightlife. Avenida de las Playas in the popular resort of Puerto del Carmen is where younger crowds typically congregate. After all, this seaside strip is home to popular clubs such as Niki Beach and Ruta 66 where live music and DJs keep energetic souls going right the way through until dawn.
For a slower-paced evening, Playa Blanca is a fantastic place to take an idyllic stroll with loved ones. Luxury yachts sit in port as you peruse a promenade featuring popular stop-off points such as The Galeria Bar, serving up everything from strawberry daiquiris to the Harvey Wallbanger – a mix of vodka, Galliano and orange juice.
Walk the moon – well, kind of!
Lanzarote’s most celebrated attraction, tours of Parque Nacional de Timanfaya take visitors through the dramatic Fire Mountains and the moon-like landscape the island is famous for. Covering 12,600 acres, coach tours are a fantastic way to see as much of the volcanic park as possible.
A simply fascinating place to explore, visitors will gaze in awe as tour guides complete marvellous demonstrations that reveal just how hot this area of Lanzarote is. Dry straw catches fire instantaneously here while water poured down cracks in the rock spectacularly shoots into the air like a fountain.
Another huge draw of the park is the renowned El Diablo restaurant, capturing visitors’ imaginations for a long time now by cooking Canarian style cuisine over geothermal heat. Yet again underlining the true uniqueness of the destination, there are surprises around every corner on this island getaway.
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