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Lanzarote Travel Information

Dramatic lunar scenery, beautiful beaches and one of the sunniest climates in the Canaries, Lanzarote is an intriguing island, full of surprises.

Just 120km off the coast of Africa, Lanzarote is famed for its sub-tropical heat, superb beaches and volcanic moonscapes. Friendly resorts, lovely beaches, great amenities, local markets and duty free shopping make it very popular with the British. Most of the beaches have black volcanic sand although there are a handful of white sand beaches at Playa Blanca and Punta del Papagayo.

Lanzarote is a Mecca for watersports enthusiasts, with many on offer, including surfing, windsurfing, jet skiing and scuba diving. There are alternatives to the water and beach, including the capital Arrecife, a historic port town with a fortress, museum and gallery of modern art.

Local artist Cesar Manrique worked hard to maintain the island’s integrity and his work is reflected everywhere you look. Practically all of the houses and resorts are low-rise white washed villas with green shutters.


Visit the unique moonscapes of Timanfaya National park and gaze in amazement at the hundreds of volcanic cones – and eat in the restaurant which serves volcano barbecued food! The Fire Mountains were created in the early 1730s when more than one hundred volcanoes erupted. Today you can still see the smouldering fires just under the surface and Fire Mountain still shoots geysers up to the sky.

At Jameos del Agua a series of connecting caves, grottoes and an emerald lake are incredible natural wonders which also provide a fantastic setting for a restaurant, nightclub and concert venue.

Why not take a camel ride up a mountain to visit the stunning ‘Valley of a Thousand Palms’ covered with brightly coloured bougainvillea en route to Haria? If this sounds a bit too energetic, there are lots of other great excursions on offer including catamaran cruises and trips to nearby Fuerteventura, as well as submarine safaris offering you a glimpse of the world under the sea.

Serious shoppers will probably head for Arrecife or Teguise market, though there’s a good selection of shops in the old town of Puerto del Carmen too. Ceramics, table linen, wooden crafts and Duty Free temptations may fill your case for the return journey.

Warm winds make Lanzarote ideal for windsurfers, while underwater caves, reefs and shipwrecks make it a popular destination for scuba-divers and snorkelling fans. There’s also big-game fishing for barracuda and angel sharks if that’s what takes your fancy. On land, choose from tennis, cycle trails, a network for sightseeing on horseback and a wonderful golf course at Costa Teguise.

Eating out
You’ll find a good choice of local Canarian cuisine – fabulous fish dishes of fresh tuna, calamari and octopus, often served with papas arrugadas, potatoes boiled in sea water –  as well as the usual British favourites.

There are 5 blue flag beaches on Tenerife. Enjoy the wonderful beaches of black volcanic sand – although there are a handful of white sand beaches at Playa Blanca and Punta del Papagayo.

Island Hopping
Island hopping offers the perfect opportunity to discover a range of diverse islands and holiday resorts. All seven Canary Islands have airports and there are inter island flights and ferries available.