One of the Canary Islands situated just 70 miles off the coast of Africa, Lanzarote enjoys hot weather all year round with very little rainfall. This makes it the perfect year – round destination. Especially during the winter months when a little bit of sun is much appreciated.
If you want to try something a bit different other than the traditional diving, windsurfing, fishing and other water – sports, why not try catamaran sailing? Daily excursions are available from the stylish and sophisticated Puerto Calero Marina on a million dollar catamaran.
Other unique experiences to try out are Submarine Safaris, again available from Puerto Marina, glass bottom boat dolphin tours and other marine excursions.
Although not as lively as some of the other islands, Lanzarote does still offer plenty of nightlife to suit all tastes. Puerto del Carmen has the busiest nightlife on the island with plenty of live music and bars. The main places to go are Centro Atlantico on the Avenida de las Playas and near the Harbour (the Old Town).
For a real taste of Spanish life away from all the tourists, Arrecife is the best place to go. Calle Jose Antonio and the Playa del Reducto are particularly good places to go.
You will never go hungry in Lanzarote with so many different restaurants to choose from. You can have Mexican, Indian, Chinese, Italian and of course, local cuisines. Most of the local dishes are mild and made with local ingredients. Some of the tastiest dishes you will try include Canarian Stew, fish consommé and wrinkled potatoes with a variety of toppings.
Parents can be rest assured that most of the restaurants welcome children with open arms. Children’s menus are almost always available and they are even willing to adapt the menu to keep them happy. As well as this they are frequently treated to a lollipop after their meal.
Where to Stay
Puerto del Carmen is Lanzarote’s main tourist resort. Perfect if you’re looking for somewhere more lively with lots to do. There are plenty of beaches, lots of high quality accommodation and bars to see you through the night.
Costa Teguise is located close to the capital of the island and is another main tourist resort. There is an excellent selection of bars, shops and restaurants so there’s plenty to keep you busy.
Playa Blanca is located on the south of the island and has managed to retain the atmosphere of the small fishing village it once was. This resort is perfect for families and people looking for relaxation.
Lanzarote possesses the longest Volcanic Tunnel in the world, the Atlantida Tunnel. It is over 7 km long and includes the La Cueva de los Verdes and Jameos del Agua. This is well worth taking a trip to as it’s not something you are going to find in many other countries. Sticking with the theme of volcanic eruptions, the Timanfaya National Park is a must for people interested in volcanoes. Due to the limited rainfall, the area remains much of the same as it did just after the eruptions with “Martian” landscapes and rare plant species.
The Castillo de San Jose in Arrecife will be of interest to anyone interested in the history of the island. It was built in 1799 to protect the Harbour from Pirate Attack. However, it was never used and has now been converted into a Modern Art Gallery and restaurant.
Be aware that in Lanzarote a Nightclub and Discoteca are not the same thing. A nightclub is actually a brothel.
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