For a beach holiday that is much more than sandals and sunscreen, book flights to Lanzarote and discover a whole new world. Holidays in Lanzarote are great for both summer and winter sun, as the island is blessed with year round temperatures of 21°C to 29°C.
Things to see
Lanzarote is a volcanic island, and an eruption 200 years ago has left a quarter of the island looking like a a lunar landscape of volcanic rock. The scenery is popular with film directors and musicians: the Stone Roses and Dr Who have both taken Lanzarote flights for that perfect alien backdrop.
Hike through the Timanfaya Park and discover why Lanzarote was given the honour of a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve status. If you don’t feel like walking, you can take a tour on the back of a camel; who said you have to visit Egypt for that experience, anyway?
Things to do
Don your swimming costume and relax at one of Lanzarote’s famous white sand beaches. Beautiful and clean, the sand stretches as far as the eye can see at Playa Blanca and Papagayo. Lanzarote offers some of the best scuba diving spots in Europe too, but if you’re not quite brave enough to don a wetsuit there are submarine tours.
Keep an eye out for Lanzarote’s unique vineyards: small round pits of vines are grown with a curved wall around them, to keep the wind out and the water in. Lanzorote’s most fertile farmland was destroyed when the volcano erupted, so local farmers need to be cunning.Their effort is certainly something to ponder in the evening whilst sipping a glass of local vino along with a plate of the local tapa, papas arragudas (small, roasted potatoes served with a piquant sauce).
If it’s nightlife you’re after, a holiday in Lanzarote gives you that too. You can find the most lively nightspots in and around Puerto del Carmen. There are plenty of places to get your groove on, from cocktail bars to Irish style pubs. Club 18-30 has recently opened in this area, so you can expect some really wild nights out. Just remember to drink plenty of water to keep from getting dehydrated. You are on a desert island, after all.
There are other ways to get around than by dromedary. Taxis and busses are reasonably priced, as is car hire. It only takes 40 minutes to drive from the Northernmost point to the Southernmost point of Lanzarote by car. Well worth it if you’re planning on exploring that rocky desert wilderness.
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