Lanzarote

The Spanish island of Lanzarote, best known for its volcanic landscapes, forms part of the Canary Islands just off the west coast of Africa, in the Atlantic Ocean. In fact, Lanzarote’s landscape is so diverse that in 1993 the island was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve due to its close historic link with man and nature. At the centre of the island sits the Timanfaya National Park, known as the Fire Mountains of Lanzarote. The warm weather is a major draw to Lanzarote for sports people, flocking from around Europe and further afield to enjoy water sports, swimming and cycling around the island. One of the most popular tourist resort towns on the island is Puerto del Carman, home to picturesque whitewashed houses, sandy beaches, views out to sea over the towns historic fishing port and streets lined with shops and vibrant bars making for a lively nightlife in the town.

For family friendly accommodation on Lanzarote there is no better choice than the Gran Castillo Tagoro Hotel in Playa Blanca. Overlooking the sea its fort like appearance and kids Castle Land attraction is bound to win your little ones over. With a crèche included as part of packages, parents can look forward to a restful holiday. If, However, you would prefer to book some self-catering accommodation for your holiday on the island, you will find plenty of villas to choose from, featuring spacious living areas, sea views and great outdoor facilities. We recommend Apartment Carme in Puerto del Carmen offering a communal pool, Playa Flamingo with its beach front apartments and Finca Botanico, with lush surroundings and only a five-minute drive from Cesar Manrique´s world famous cactus garden.A luxury option on the island of Lanzarote is Hotel Villa VIK, on the outskirts of Arrecife. This stylish adults-only hotel features a delightful outdoor pool encircled by palm trees, an open-air bar and luxury in-room spa treatments.

Eating out in Lanzarote is a real treat with a diverse cuisine, influenced by its Spanish roots, along with African and Latin American ingredients and recipes.
As you can imagine Tapas is a popular choice on the island and some of the best to choose from include Mesón La Taberna in Playa Blanca, La Carmencita in Puerto del Carmen and La Cantina in Teguise. If you want to eat like a local, the seaside restaurant El Lago is a great choice, serving only the best local produce and in particular, a wide variety of fish dishes. When looking for a great bar to grab a light lunch, Tabla Arrecife in the islands capital of Arrecife serves some amazing burgers and artisan beers.

The unique landscape of Lanzarote is by far one of the main reasons tourists head to the island. Featuring four national parks, three marine reservers and seven biosphere reserves, if it’s breath-taking nature you are after, you have come to the right place!Hiking is a popular activity amongst tourists on the island and the only way to see many hidden areas of Lanzarote and the opportunity to admire the contrasting lush forests and volcanic plains. Tourists can also expect to witness some of the clearest night skies and the chance to see one or maybe more of the 26 different species of whales that are attracted to the warm waters surrounding Lanzarote. For the best shopping head to Playa Honda where you will find one of the largest shopping centres on the island. After you’ve hit the shops, for a great selection of bars and clubs to dance the night away.

The mild climate and lack of rain on the island of Lanzarote makes it a great choice with sun seeking tourists. The summer months are the hottest on the island reaching highs of 29 degrees but with a cool sea breeze across Lanzarote it remains a lovely time to get outside and enjoy the sights. Right throughout the winter months, tourists can expect an average temperature of 23 degrees making the island of Lanzarote an all year-round summer destination. The peak season is July & August. Whereas, if you are looking to enjoy a quieter time on the island, anytime between January and May is the perfect time to book.