"No matter what time of year you visit Lanzarote you’re sure to fall in love with this beautiful example of the Canaries."
Lanzarote is a firm favourite holiday destination during the summer months, but no matter what time of year you visit you’re sure to fall in love with this beautiful example of the Canaries. Everything you’ve heard about this exotic Atlantic island is true. The combination of pristine white and black volcanic beaches and the rugged, mountainous landscape covered with cliffs and craters has to be seen to be believed.
It’s easy to see why Lanzarote has been one of Europe’s most popular beach break destinations for decades. The island is situated conveniently close to Britain, meaning that after just a four hour plane journey you can go from the grey, gloomy skies of the UK to glorious sunshine and scenic views.
No matter what type of holiday you’re after, Lanzarote has it all. Families flock to the resort of Playa Blanca. This large yacht marina resort literally translates as ‘White Beach’ and as the name would suggest, the beaches along this coastline are unrivalled when it comes to beauty and relaxation. If you’d rather get active than unwind head over to Costa Teguise. The idyllic weather and crystal clear ocean waters around the resort make it a great spot for water sports, with jet-skiing, diving and sailing proving to be the most popular.
Things to do in Lanzarote
A holiday to Lanzarote wouldn’t be complete without hitting the beach. By day, make the most of the island’s idyllic location, just miles off the coast of Africa, and soak up the bright sunshine that lasts almost all year round on Blue Flag beaches like Almyros and Kontokali.
Another brilliant activity to try during the day is visiting Timanfaya National Park. This is the most popular tourist attraction on the island and spans 20 square miles of unspoilt, volcanic landscape. Guided tours on foot and by 4X4 are offered every day in Timanfaya.
If you’d rather take a hike through the shops than the landscape of Lanzarote then pay a visit to Puerto Calero which is well known for its host of boutiques. And after a long day discovering the delights of the island, why not treat yourself to an amazing night out? Playa Blanca offers a relaxed and family friendly night out with plenty of atmospheric bars and karaoke venues. Pick up the pace at Los Jomeos Del Agua and Puerto del Carmen, both of which boast a lively array of nightclubs, restaurants and bars.
As well as breathtakingly beautiful natural landmarks, Lanzarote is also home to plenty of cultural and historic attractions. The pride of the people of Lanzarote is the legacy of Cesar Manrique. This 20th century artist was well known for his quirky creations and today you can visit the colourfully decorated caves which he converted into underground bars and concert halls.
There are museums in Lanzarote celebrating everything from pirates to wine and everything in between. The Museum of International Contemporary Art in Arrecife is a must for art lovers and Museo del Tanit is a great choice if you want to learn more about the people of Lanzarote and the local ways of life over the past few centuries.