Bathed in year round sunshine and boasting glorious beaches, Lanzarote is considered by many to be the most beautiful of the Canaries. Swirling multi-coloured rock strata, soaring purple volcanic peaks and jet black solidified lava streams punctuate Lanzarote's stark, moon-like landscape giving it a hauntingly beautiful, otherworldly magnificence.
Food & Wine
From Spanish tapas bars to fast food outlets, from informal pizzerias to candle-lit restaurants, Lanzarote offers a wide range of eateries, whatever your taste. Puerto del Carmen is the place to go if you want to sample some typical tapas dishes and fresh fish. As Lanzarote is an island, the sea provides a wealth of seafood which finds its way onto most menus. For a real flavour of the Canaries, try 'sama frita', a white fish that's shallow fried. Most dishes are accompanied by 'papas arrugadas', wrinkled baked potatoes that are heavily salted, and drizzled in a 'mojo', a sauce which is made with either paprika or coriander.
At first glance Lanzarote is a dry and barren island, incapable of growing anything. However, it's actually home to thriving farming communities that have developed ingenious methods to work the seemingly inhospitable land. The hillsides around La Geria are peppered with 'zocos', crescent-shaped pits filled with fertile volcanic ash which collect moisture and allow vines to flourish.
The town of Mozaga is known for its production of rich, sweet and highly alcoholic wine. Why not head to a bodega where you can enjoy a spot of wine tasting? Days & NightsFor serious nightlife, you'll need to head for Puerto del Carmen which is buzzing until the early hours. Centro Atlantico, in the centre of the main strip, is home to a wide selection of bars and discos where tourists and locals alike dance the night away to the latest chart sounds.
The island's other principle holiday resorts are considerably more low key offering a handful of sedate bars and inviting restaurants but most holidaymakers opt for relaxed evenings centred around their hotels or apartments.
Sights & Sounds
Sightseeing: While Lanzarote's interior is barren it is also breathtakingly beautiful. The island's myriad of geological oddities and volcanic panoramas are sure to captivate you. No visit to the island would be complete without taking in the jewel in Lanzarote's crown, the world famous Timanfaya National Park. Renowned for its 'Montanas del Fuego' or 'Mountains of Fire', it's a huge area of solidified lava dominated by enormous, dormant volcanoes. The swirling terrain, set against a startling backdrop of craters is truly a sight to behold. Take a camel safari through this enigmatic, almost alien-looking attraction for a real insight into Lanzarote's natural history.
Sun & Sand
Whether you want to relax on soft sands and soak up the sun or enjoy some superb watersports, Lanzarote plays host to some of the Canaries' best beaches. Puerto del Carmen boasts a 5km stretch of fine, golden sand while quiet beaches can be found in Playa de los Pocillos and Matagorda. There are a number of scuba-diving schools, especially at Costa Teguise, and windsurfing is also particularly popular. Of course, if all you want is the occasional cooling dip, the clear turquoise waters are sure to tempt you from your sunbed. For those seeking an all over tan, head for the almost deserted coves around the famous Papagayo peninsula, just around the headland from the sandy beaches of Playa Blanca.
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