Lanzarote Canary Islands

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Lanzarote (Latitude 29° 04’ N Longitude: 13° 59’ W)) is the eastern most island of the Canary Island archipelago, and is the 4th largest of the group. At the northern end of the island the Chinijo archipelago is comprised of five islands: la Graciosa, Alegranza, Montaña Clara, Roque del Este and Roque del Oeste. Lanzarote is the oldest island in the Canaries and due to the relatively low altitude and gentle relief, the island does not catch the humidity of the trade winds, and rainfall rarely reaches 200mm a year. But the extraordinary landscapes created by the violent volcanic eruptions of the 18th and 19th centuries are breathtaking, with the vast malpais (literally the bad lands) of lava flows set against a skyline of jagged cones and dormant craters. Lanzarote is divided into 7 municipalities, each with its own distinctive character: Arrecife, Haria, Teguise, Tinajo, Tias, San Bartolomé and Yaiza.

Lanzarote is well-known for its superb climate, year-round sunshine and multitude of amazing beaches – almost 100 of them, in fact. The island attracts a wide range of visitors and the spectrum of Lanzarote holidays is just as broad, from extreme sports through to sedate family breaks. But Lanzarote is more than a sea-and–sand destination – it’s home to a surprising range of cultural venues, a thriving arts and craft scene, and a host of fiestas celebrated throughout the year. Discover all that this magical island has to offer.

What to see and do whilst in Lanzarote

The island was first settled it is believed by slaves of Berber descent from North Africa but the first European explorer to land here was the Genoese seafarer Lanzarotto Malocello in the 13th century. Seized by the Spanish adventurer Jean de Bethencourt in 1402 the island suffered numerous raids by Turkish, Moroccan and European slavers over the next two hundred years and by the end of the 16th century the number of inhabitants – who are known as Conejeros – was reduced to barely 300

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The varied landscape of Lanzarote, with its jagged volcanic cones overlooking neat serried rows of vines planted in the startling black volcanic grit, and trim white washed villages surrounded by neatly tended vegetable gardens reflects the way that the inhabitants of the island have harmoniously adapted the natural environment for their own uses

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The Timanfaya National Park lies in the southern part of the island between the two municipal centres of Yaiza and Tinajo. Covering an area of 51 square kilometres the National Park stretches from the Montañas del Fuego to the sea, following the extraordinary rock formations of gullies and Jameos (collapsed lava tubes) created when the volcanoes here began erupting in 1730

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La Geria is Lanzarote’s fascinating wine growing region, located above Puerto del Carmen in the municipalities of Tias and San Bartolomé. Here the entire landscape of more than 3,000 hectares is covered in vineyards; thousands of semi-circular walls surrounding hollows scraped from the thick layer of lapilli, each containing a single vine, make this a truly unique agricultural landscape

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César Manrique, the island’s most famous son and internationally renowned artist, designer and architect, had a passionate vision for the island and its people. Part of this passion involved harmoniously blending the natural and manmade together. His extraordinary Centres of Art, Culture and Tourism around the island combine landscape and architecture in a unique way

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Lanzarote has a large variety of beaches of all colours, from the black lava sand of Playa Quemada (literally the burnt beach) to the fine golden sand of Punta Papagayo close by. Beaches on the island cater for families wishing to spwnd the day splashing in the ocean, quiet beachs for the relaxing as well as a number of nudist beaches for the little more ope minded or naturists

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Lanzarote is a great place for a family beach holiday with its long sandy shores and warm waters but if you start to get tired of your bucket and spade then there are many other activities to keep you entertained throughout your stay. In Puerto Calero you can go on a Submarine Safari which is fantastic for the whole family as you join the huge variety of marine life under the water in their natural habitat

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Thanks to the trade winds, the mild temperatures all year round and the modern and safe infrastructures, the island is a haven to practice all kind of outdoor sports. Watersports tend to be the most popular. The island is home to the largest marine reserve in Europe and has some of the most diverse dive sites to be found around the world. The water offers ideal transparency and mild temperatures all year round

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Islanders of Lanzarote take pride in the excellence of the basic ingredients from which the rich gastronomy of the island is produced. From the delicious vegetables grown in the immaculate fields of black volcanic gravel, to the wide variety of both fish and shell fish caught in the seas off the island, the quality of Lanzarote’s cuisine comes as a surprise to many visitors

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Getting to and around the Island of Lanzarote has never been easier. Lanzarote has its own airport with flights arriving daily from worldwide destinations. If flying is not your first choice, luxury liners dock at the island allowiing you to get off and experience the island

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Costa Teguise is situated just north of Arrecife in the north east of the island and gives great access to visit easily the centres of art, culture and tourism located in the north of the island. It has as well a large selection of shops and restaurants and wonderful crystal clear water beaches like Playa de las Cucharas.

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