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Lanzarote 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.

The coastline near Las Salinas  showing Timanfaya National Park - picture courtesy of pureproductions ukThe 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 villages.

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 value.

But 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 - picture courtesy of pureproductions uk
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.

For typical Lanzarote life go to Yaiza or the original capital of the island,Teguise, where there's
a market every Sunday.

And 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.

Lanzarote will surprise you and we guarentee that you'll be back!