Lanzarote is the easternmost of the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean and the Spanish island is a world class holiday destination. The island is blessed with outstanding natural beauty with a diverse and dramatic landscape from 300 volcanoes and craters to sandy beaches and crystal clear water. Due to volcanic eruptions, many parts other island appear to be from another world.
The announcement by UNESCO in 1993, declaring the island as a Biosphere Reserve has reinforced the commitment of the island to approach tourism in a sustainable and culturally significant manner.
The diverse landscape and Atlantic location of Lanzarote provide a choice of safe shallow beaches or dramatic swells. Lanzarote is perfect place for a wide range of water sports including snorkelling, scuba diving, surfing and parasailing.
From the spectacular volcanic landscape of the Timanfaya National Park, the intricate cave formations of Jameos Del Aqua to the action packed surfing beaches of Famara, Lanzarote has a depth and beauty which makes it a totally unique place to visit.
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There are guided walks and hikes around the National Park, jeep safaris and air tours of the island, and parasailing along Lanzarote's coastline.
Guinate Tropical Park is a popular family theme park close to the Corona Volcano. Rancho Texas Park is also popular to tourists where you can find gold mines, crocodiles and large eagles.
The Castillo de Santa Bárbara is the oldest fort on the Canaries and perches on Guanapay peak, with sweeping views across the plains. It was erected in the 16th century by Sancho de Herrera, consequently expanded and then fell into disuse. Since being restored, it houses the fascinating Museo del Emigrante Canario, a poignant collection relating to the long history of migration from the islands to Spain's American colonies.
Another vibrant gallery space is the Centro Insular de Cultura El Almacén, a cultural centre housed in a former warehouse that has had a stylish makeover. There are exhibitions, a cinema showing original films and a bar-restaurant where you can enjoy live music at weekends.
Arrieta is a small coastal village which boasts a beautiful beach called Playa de La Garita with a restaurant and beach bar. There is also a smaller man-made golden beach which is just in front of the Eco Fisherman’s cottage which is ideal for swimming or snorkelling.
La Tegala serves traditional yet high-end Canarian cuisine with fabulous sea views all the way across to Fuerteventura. Specialities include the creamy squid rice and the lobster, avocado and apple salad.
La Cantina is a bar and restaurant with a laidback atmosphere. You can pop in for coffee and cake, a few glasses of Lanzarote wine. There is live music in the Secret garden on Fridays and Sundays.
Enjoy great tapas and homemade soups at El Chupadero while relaxing in the stylish whitewashed décor and beamed ceilings. On Sunday evenings there are live jazz concerts.
Blooming Cactus is a vegetarian and vegan restaurant that cater for all specialised diets. From main meals of moussaka to tapas and cake all meal types are catered for.
The language spoken in Lanzarote is Spanish, although English and German are widely spoken in many tourist areas.
To impress on your holiday, try and learn some basic phrases.
In Lanzarote, the Euro is the currency used. For the best exchange rates, try and organise your money before you go on holiday.
Hotel Coronas Playa is a modern hotel situated on a prime seafront location. It is an adults-only hotel that provides a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.
On a beachfront on the southern coast of Lanzarote is H10 Timanfaya Palace. It has a regal style, decorated with a Spanish-Arabic design. This adult-only hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
Morana Apartments have wonderful sea views and are close enough to enjoy the Playa Grande beach. There is a large swimming pool, heated during the winter, and a pool bar for guests to make use of.
Less than 10 minute walk from the old town, Bitacora Club offers peace from the hustle and bustle of the new town. All apartments are equipped with a kitchenette should you want to self-cater.
When to visit Lanzarote?
Overall, Lanzarote is a year round holiday destination. If you are looking for lounging on the beach and water sports, summer is a good time to visit the decorated island. However, according to the experienced visitors, the best time to visit Lanzarote is the winter, when the climate remains extremely favourable for people and the water remains still warm enough to swim in.
What to pack for Lanzarote?
The Lanzarote weather is reasonably hot during the daytime in the summer. Therefore, it is better to wear light fabric pants, skirts and capris. Evenings during the winter can get cool, so carry a light jacket or sweater.
For the summer months, remember to protect yourself with sun cream and sunglasses while exposed to the sun. Also, personal protection against mosquitoes is recommended.