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Lanzarote

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Lanzarote Holidays

Lanzarote holidays offer a classic beach destination. Since the seventies sun-seekers have been stretching out on the island's striking volcanic sands and basking in the year-round sizzling sunshine.

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A year-round holiday hotspot

Lanzarote is the most north eastern of the Canary Island archipelago, located just 100 miles off the coast of Africa. Whilst its location makes it a hot holiday hotspot all year round, the culture is distinctly Mediterranean thanks to the island's strong Spanish influence.

The weather is reliable with predictably warm temperatures and low rainfall no matter when you decide to take a break. Lanzarote remains one of Europe's most popular destinations and although it's not as lively as sister islands Gran Canaria and Tenerife, here you'll find the perfect balance of laid-back beach break and activity-filled fun in the sun.

Whether you're young or old, travelling as a family, as a couple of even solo, and looking for relaxation or excitement, Lanzarote has developed something for everyone over the years. Don't worry though, unlike the skyline of many well-established holiday destinations the only high-rise you'll find here are the spectacular mountains that soar towards the cloudless sky.

Where to stay in Lanzarote

Costa Teguise
Costa TeguiseView on Map

Costa Teguise originally attracted wealthy Spanish families to the resort; even the former King of Spain has a residency here. Today it's popular with families thanks to the resort's three sheltered beaches and nearby waterpark.

You're more likely to watch flamenco dancers than podium dancers as nightlife here is much more family-focused. This resort offers enough options and activities to keep guests of all ages happy on an island that enjoys fantastic Canary Island weather.

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Matagorda
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Visitors of this resort come back raving about the charm and style the beach town provides. Although small in size, Matagorda is packed with enough beaches, bars and restaurants to keep you in a sedated state of relaxation for your entire visit.

It is a short distance from the airport and a short distance from the busier resort of Puerto Del Carmen meaning that travel times should never hinder your holiday enjoyment in any way.

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Playa Blanca
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Playa Blanca in the south west is the place to be if you prefer to pad along white sands against a volcanic backdrop. It's all about sophistication, where beach cocktails, fine dining and boutique shopping concentrated along the promenade and romantic evening strolls are popular activities.

This Canary Island hotspot provides plenty of options when it comes to all of the holiday must-haves. Thanks to a number of beaches to choose from, clusters of bars and restaurants, and a great choice of adventures for a memorable day out, with holidays in Playa Blanca no two days have to be the same.

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Playa De Los Pocillos
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This quiet beach resort is tucked in between the lively Puerto Del Carmen and the mellow Matagorda so with Playa De Los Pocillos holidays, you're getting three resorts for the price of one.

Playa De Los Pocillos' boardwalk has been revamped over the last few years adding a modern vibe to the relaxing area. It fronts a kilometre long beach area with calm waves making it an ideal family friendly beach where kids will love paddling in the warm ocean.

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Puerto Calero
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Centred around its glamorous marina, this coastal resort keeps things classy with its offering of designer shops and fancy restaurants by the sea.

While the beaches will be found a short distance away in Puerto Del Carmen, Puerto Calero is a romantic resort with a peaceful atmosphere and attractive surroundings.

The docks provide the opportunity to explore the ocean via boat trips, scuba diving or even submarine excursions for unique views of the Atlantic Ocean.

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Puerto Del Carmen
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Located in the south, this resort is the island's most established town. Once a sleepy fishing village, its transformation into a bustling holiday hotspot began way back in the sixties.

A calm sea, a glorious beach and a long waterside promenade lined with family-friendly bars and restaurants make it an ideal base if you like your amenities close. It's a modern affair that becomes a clubbing scene by night but for something more traditional head to the authentic streets of the old town. It is no coincidence that this resort is the most popular in Lanzarote.

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From golden beaches to silver mountain peaks

The island's volcanic beaches are its main draw with a grand total of 99 stretches of sand to flop down on, from long sweeping bays to small secluded coves surrounded by dramatic rugged cliffs and mountains.

If you pictured paradise without black sand, don't fret because the resort of Playa Blanca is literally named after its soft, white shores. Elsewhere on the island tons of the golden stuff have been shipped over especially from the Sahara Desert just so you have somewhere to lay down your trusty beach towel. Now after all of that effort it would be rude not to catch at least a few days of rays, right?

Natural wonders

Lanzarote's lunar-like inner landscape has been recognised as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve since 1993, protecting it from both development and destruction. Its silver mountain peaks and black rock formations look like something from another world, and the fascinating Timanfaya National Park are known as "Fire Mountains" owing to the hundred or so volcanic craters scattered across the land.

It's a fabulous place to go trekking or, if you're feeling worn out after all that sunbathing, opt for a camel ride across this spectacular land instead. In the north is La Cueva de los Verdes – a series of underground grottos just waiting to be explored – or for something a little tamer, the sun-soaked Cactus Garden a little further out is a lovely place for a wander.

Plenty of family friendly activities

Family activities are aplenty with holidays in Lanzarote, so there's no chance of the kids complaining that they're bored.

The Lanzarote Aquarium in Costa Teguise is the biggest aquarium in the Canaries, whereas the Guinate Tropical Park in the north is home to exotic birds, reptiles, fish and flowing waterfalls. For something a little different don your cowboy hat and yee-ha your way to the Wild West themed Rancho Texas theme park with its Indian Village and Nature Park, full of animals such as crocodiles, armadillos, turtles and birds of prey.

Varied nightlife

Whilst it can be considered nowhere near as rowdy as the island of Tenerife, Lanzarote can still provide a lively Canary Island night out in its own style.

Though there aren't an abundance of nightclubs in any resort, there are many opportunities to find some live music or a disco at bars in Playa Del Carmen. Playa Blanca on the south coast is also a fine nightspot with bars located in and around the resort's commercial centres while Costa Teguise is home to a number of smaller bars and pubs; perfect for a sociable evening spent in calm surroundings.

Spanish and Canarian food

Many restaurants across the island provide hospitable atmospheres for their guests, luring you into staying and enjoying another glass of wine under the stars.

Most resorts present fantastic ocean facing restaurants which make for ideal locations to enjoy romantic meals. You won't have to search too far to find a promenade full of shops, bars and restaurants in Lanzarote with much of the food on offer freshly caught in the Atlantic Ocean.

The dining specialities to be enjoyed on this island are based on the Spanish and Canarian roots. As well as a great number of seafood restaurants, you'll find tapas bars, Island dishes as well as the comforting British pubs.

Brands, boutiques and bazaars

Like the rest of the Canary Islands, holidays to Lanzarote enjoy Duty Free tax on products such as perfume, tobacco and alcohol, but be careful not to overload your suitcase on your return to the UK as there is now strict regulations in place.

Many resorts on the island have commercial centres where you can find designer brands and electronics while nearly all resorts are home to a number of smaller boutiques offering unique products for you to take home.

Check out the local markets which are held weekly in many locations for the chance to find original trinkets or handmade crafts among other things. Make sure to stand firm when bartering though as the majority of stall owners will expect a good haggle.

Getting around

Being a relatively small island, no resort should take longer than half an hour to reach once you've landed at Lanzarote Airport. The longest transfer time will be the 40 minute drive to Playa Blanca on the south of the island and a taxi can take you here for around 40 Euros.

While public transport, coach trips and taxis are available to take you around the resorts, national parks and attractions on the island, we recommend hiring a car for ultimate travel flexibility.