is a place of great natural beauty, with a contrast between
the north and south of the island. It was declared as
a Reserve of the Biosphere by UNESCO in 1993, as its volcanic
habitat supports some very rare wildlife and plants.
The majority of visitors arrive by airplane and the route
to Arrecife airport also known as Guacimeta, gives the
first-time tourist a spectacular view.
Lanzarote is a small island only 37 miles (60km) long
and 12 miles (20 km) wide. It can be driven around in
a single day, but we recommend that you take your time
exploring, as there is much more to see than just the
highlights on the tourist maps.
south of the island has an almost lunar landscape
due to the famous Timanfaya National Park. There are over
100 volcanos on Lanzarote and a trip to the Montanas del
Fuego (Mountains of Fire) gives you an indication of how
close to the surface the activity remains!
The north of the island is lush and green, with
sandy cove beaches. There's still plenty of evidence of
Lanzarote's volcanic history but a trip to Haria
and then the spectacular viewing point of Mirador del
Rio, truly expresses the diversity of the island.
The beaches on Lanzarote are famous for their black
sand but you will find many that are yellow eg: Papagayo
and even white ones around Orzola in the north.
One of the best beaches is Famara, where surfing
is very popular and international surf competitions now
take place. This beach is a real photographic opportunity
and the trip takes you through some typical Lanzarote
Puerto del Carmen where our villas and apartments
are located, is the biggest and liveliest of all the resorts.
It has a wide range of entertainment and leisure activities,
catering for families, young people and of course the
young at heart!
There are seven beaches, varying in size and popularity.
Playa Grande is the biggest and closest to our properties.
It tends to get busy especially at weekends, but it also
has the most water sport activities on offer and is in
close proximity to both McDonalds and Burger King! Important
when you're the frazzled adults holidaying with young
people! There are actually two McDonalds Restaurants in
Puerto del Carmen and the staff in all the fast food outlets
here speak English!
Eating out is a Lanzarote pastime and restaurants
are generally excellent. You can eat anything from traditional
Canarian food, Spanish Tapas, locally caught fish and
seafood, Chinese and Indian to English fish and chips.
Bars and clubs are family-friendly, but after midnight,
particularly in Centro Atlantico, the crowd tends
to be young and out to dance. In fact if you really want
to party, don't bother going out until after ten o'clock,
because most of the bigger bars stay open until 4am and
the clubs don't shut until 7!
Shopping in Lanzarote is excellent as it remains
duty-free. In Puerto del Carmen there are a wide range
of shops and a new shopping centre - the Biosfera
- featuring well known brands such as Zara, Mango, Jack
Jones and the Body Shop. Designer goods and cosmetics
tend to be considerably cheaper than in the UK and of
course tobacco products and alcohol are extremely good
don't limit yourself to Puerto del Carmen. The two resorts
of Costa Teguise and Playa Blanca are well
worth visiting and the capital city Arrecife is
fast becoming a smart cosmopolitan competitior to anything
on the Spanish mainland.
The marina at Puerto Calero has established itself,
as the fashionable place of choice for the wealthier inhabitants
of Lanzarote and is the setting for some of the most impressive
houses on the island. Orzola and Arrieta
remain traditional fishing villages and scaling the heights
to Femes gives you a fantastic view of the closeness
of the island of Fuertaventura.
You should try seafood, at El Golfo and see the
spectacular natural beauty of Jameos del Agua and
Cuevas de los Verdes.
typical Lanzarote life go to Yaiza or
the original capital of the island,Teguise, where
a market every Sunday.
finally take time to find out about Lanzarote's most famous
adopted son, the artist Cesar Manrique. His
devotion to the island has maintained its cultural identity
and helped to prevent over-development. It was his involvement
in the planning of construction progress that has kept
Lanzarote as a place of unique contrasts. He is remembered
in a museum at Tahiche and his numerous sculptures
around the countryside, reveal his dedication to the place
he called home.
will surprise you and we guarentee that you'll be back!