Lanzarote holiday guide

December 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Lanzarote, a land of fire, where molten lava comes right to the surface of its volcanic landscape in the aptly named Montana del Fuego. The most easterly of the Canaries Lanzarote enjoys more hours of sunshine and lower rainfall than the other islands and has one of the most equable climates in the northern hemisphere.  There is hardly a day without sunshine all year round and the island enjoys the best weather of all the Canaries.   

Swimming and sunbathing are always possible and Lanzarote has scenery of startling contrasts with many kilometres of beautiful beaches, in particular the totally unspoiled area of Papagayo and inland Timanfaya National Park with its famous fire mountain, numerous volcanoes, dormant since 1824, and lava fields where you can take a camel ride amongst the moonlike craters and visit the restaurant which cooks by natural volcanic heat.

Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

Quiet, quaint and very picturesque, Lanzarote’s summer heat is tempered by the Atlantic Ocean whilst the warm winter sunshine and low rainfall justifies its reputation as one of Europe’s most popular year-round holiday destinations.

Although warm seas and abundant year-round sunshine are almost an irresistable temptation to spend your visit to the island swimming and relaxing, the spectacular countryside offers the sightseer a good variety, from the lunar landscape of the Montanas Del Fuego through to the lush sub-tropical Valley of a Thousand Palms and breaktaking views from Mirador del Rio. In the north east of the island can be found the very beautiful Jameos Del Agua, two caves joined by a subterranean lake inhabited by a rare species of white crab. Close by you can explore the Cuevas de los Verdes, the Green Caves, where volcanic activity has created a chain of caves over 6 kms long.

Shaped by volcanic action the island’s rugged and spectacular landscape has a strange and awesome beauty which is quite unique. Breathtaking scenery, pretty villages, secluded beaches and the legacies of a turbulent history will all contribute towards making your visit a memorable one. A trip to the northern end of the island will take you to Mirador del Rio and there you will see the spectacular view of the island of La Graciosa across the narrow strait of El Rio. At the bottom of the cliffs are salt pans. The ferry from Orzola will take you across to La Graciosa and the view of the cliffs of Lanzarote are breathtaking. La Graciosa is a small island with no cars but worth a visit for those who like to walk and get back to nature.

At the other end of Lanzarote, El Golfo is also worth a visit. Once again spectacular scenery awaits you also a surprise! El Golfo is well sign posted on the road from Yaiza to Playa Blanca.

The resorts of this small island, which is 45km long and 18km at its widest point, have been tastefully developed and modelled on the neat, white low-level houses of the local villages thus retaining the essential charm and character of this exotic and unusual island. Lanzarote’s reasonable roads, coupled with inexpensive car hire makes self-drive an attractive option giving visitors complete freedom to tour the island at their leisure.

Surrounded by warm, crystal clear unpolluted waters, Lanzarote has become a paradise for lovers of windsurfing, water-skiing, scuba diving, snorkelling, and fishing, not to mention tennis, squash, mountain biking and hang-gliding.

Prices on average are similar to those in the UK but local produce, particularly fish, chicken, tomatoes and onions are cheaper. You will also find alcohol, cigarettes and petrol cost considerably less than in the U.K. There is a wide variety of restaurants on the island and the cost of eating out is inexpensive compared to European standards.

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