The Canary Islands are well known as a popular year round holiday destination. Second only to Catalonia as the most visited region in Spain. Yet these seven islands are not all birds of a feather by any means. As each boasts its own unique character and identity.
Lanzarote is the most easterly link in this chain, lying some 80 miles off the coast of Morocco. In relation to larger Canarian cousins such as Tenerife the island remains surprisingly unspoiled – despite welcoming over 1.5 million foreign tourists every year. A figure which is further augmented by an annual influx from the Spanish mainland as many seek to swop the summer heat there for the cooler climes of the Canaries.
Visitors will find no high rise buildings or advertising hoardings on Lanzarote. As these were all banned during the 1970´s – thanks to a vigorous campaign to control development on the island led by a local artist called César Manrique. Who feared that Lanzarote could go the way of many other sunspots in southern Spain. The three main tourist resorts are also well contained. So as a result Lanzarote´s tranquil rural identity is really able to shine through.
Where To Stay
Lanzarote’s tourist industry first took off in the 1970’s. So there is a wide selection of accommodation available across the island – ranging from chic rural hotels through to budget studio apartments in the main resorts.
The largest selection of good quality four-star hotels in Lanzarote are located along the shoreline of Playa Blanca. The newest and most southerly located resort – which is also home to the best beaches and microclimate.
Good quality holiday villas in Lanzarote can be found in and around the oldest resort of Puerto del Carmen. In areas such as Los Mojones and Montaña Tropical and with prices starting from around £500 per week for a two bedroom property with pool.
The Timanfaya National Park is Lanzarote’s leading attraction. As here visitors can witness the impact of a massive series of eruptions which rocked this part of the island in the 1730´s and again in 1824. Creating an eerie and surreal landscape comprised of mile after mile of lava flow punctuated by spent volcanic peaks.
The island is also home to a number of picturesque and historic villages. Such as Haria in the north, which nestles in the Valley of 1000 Palms. Where locals plant a palm tree for every new born child. A tradition which has created an enormous oasis over the centuries.