Lanzarote is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and forms part of the Canary Islands. This beautiful island has a great range of luxury and budget style hotels as well as apartments and villas. With a year-round warm climate, it’s a top destination for some winter sun or for a summer family holiday. Here are seven reasons why we love Lanzarote.
It’s a great island for sports lovers and fitness gurus
Due to its warm weather, Lanzarote is a great place for sports and outdoor activities. Throughout the year various sporting events take place such as, Ironman, triathlons and cycling. Water enthusiasts can enjoy the array of sports on offer such as kitesurfing, windsurfing and sailing. If you prefer to exercise in a more gentle way, you could take part in a daily yoga class or take a gentle stroll in the warm sun while you enjoy the view.
Oh, that landscape
Volcanic eruptions way back from the 17th century are responsible for Lanzarote’s amazing lunar landscape. If you enjoy walking, there are many routes available, such as coastal walks and volcano treks to suit all types of tourists and abilities. And, if you are a keen photographer, it’s a great destination for those perfect snaps.
2 for 1 – hop over to another Canary Island
With numerous daily sailings available, set sail from Playa Blanca, Lanzarote and arrive in Corralejo, Fuerteventura within the blink of an eye – well 25 minutes to be precise. Fuerteventura couldn’t be more different from its neighbour if it tried. Golden sandy beaches are the order of the day here, oh and the seafood restaurants down in the harbour are pretty good too.
Let’s sample the local markets
Who can turn down a trip to the local market? We can’t! You will find a market most days of the week, selling items such as artisan crafts, local produce, fashion items and of course those not to be forgotten holiday souvenirs.
Food glorious food, washed down with a fine wine!
As with most destinations, Lanzarote also has its own local specialty dishes to shout about. Most dishes come with a side of pappas arrugadas (wrinkled potatoes) served with mojo sauce – a garlic, herb and paprika sauce. Seafood is of course very popular with local fish served up such as sea bream, sea bass and parrot fish. Lanzarote has some award winning wines under its belt, so a visit to a vineyard is a must do especially if you’re a wine connoisseur.
And it’s off to the moon we go – Timanfaya National Park
Timanfaya National Park is Lanzarote’s most visited tourist spot. This volcano park is often compared to the moon, so much so, the Apollo 13 crew were shown images of Timanfaya National Park whilst in training for their 1970 journey into space. Don’t forget your cameras for those breathtaking views.
Fiesta forever – its carnival time
It’s time to celebrate and party. Spain loves a good carnival and fiesta, and Lanzarote is no exception. In fact many take place throughout the year. Tourists and locals line the paths as the colourful parades weave through the streets.