Holidays to Lanzarote in Spain introduce you to some of the best beaches in the Canary Island and a landscape that’s unlike anything you’ll see in Britain.
Lanzarote has been in the business of sun, sea and sand breaks since the Seventies. In fact, as one of Europe’s first mainstream holiday destinations, it helped to invent the classic beach break. Take one look at the place and you’ll see what made it the perfect prototype. The main resorts of Puerto del Carmen, Playa de los Pocillos, Costa Teguise and Playa Blanca are hemmed by long ribbons of sand, and their shores are top spots for watersports.
Away from the coast, Lanzarote’s landscape is unique. In fact, UNESCO has given the island World Biosphere Reserve status, in order to protect it. Stand among the silver mountain peaks and black rock formations in the island’s interior and you’d be forgiven for thinking you were on the surface of the moon. The landscape in Timanfaya National Park deserves a special mention. It’s pockmarked by the craters of more than a hundred volcanoes, known as the Fire Mountains.
The legacy of Cesar Manrique
You can’t visit Lanzarote without seeing at least one art installation by the famous artist, Cesar Manrique. The island is covered with his off-the-wall creations. Head to the Jameos del Agua, on the north coast, to explore the underground caves he converted into a chic bar and a concert hall.
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Wander through Timanfaya National Park
This national park’s landscape looks like something you’d expect to find Dr Who stumbling about on. It’s dusty, bleak and…
Soak up the views from Mirador del Rio
Bag a supersized window seat at this minimalist bar and café, in Lanzarote, and you’ll get first-rate views of El Risco beach…
Hop on a boat to Fuerteventura
It’s easy to nip across to Fuerteventura from Lanzarote. The islands are neighbours, and it only takes 30 minutes on theferry…
Poke around Cesar Manrique’s old home
Cesar Manrique was a man who led by example. He didn’t just lobby for strict planning rules in Lanzarote, he built his house…
Enjoy a drink at Los Jameos del Agua
This system of underground tunnels and caves looks like something from a James Bond movie. Hollowed out by volcanic activity…
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