Lanzarote Holidays

Lanzarote Holidays – A fantastic year-round destination

Whichever of its nicknames you choose to use – ‘Island of a Hundred Volcanoes’, ‘Island of Fire’ or ‘The Hawaii of Europe’ – Lanzarote, the most easterly of the Canary Islands, ticks all the right boxes for many. It’s a holiday playground, a hotbed of super-dramatic scenery and home to a unique culture that is a pot-pourri of Spanish, Canarian and African roots.
There really is nowhere like Lanzarote, not even among its six other sister islands. The landscape is different, the climate is different and ultimately, any holiday to Lanzarote is different from any other holiday you’ve ever experienced before. So make the most and enjoy the beaches, but also explore this island and all it has to offer, no matter what kind of holiday experience you’re looking for.

For sunbed warriors and junior splash-meisters, the island has 99 beaches along 156 miles of coastline. Costa Teguise has the pick of the bunch for young children while in the south, Playa Blanca occupies a 9-kilometre-wide expanse of coastline carved with several sandy crescents. 

Away from the sandcastles and surf, Lanzarote has undeniably the most eye-popping scenery in the Canary Islands. Shaped by earth, wind and fire, the interior combines moonscapes, mountains and meadows punctuated by sugar cube villages and studded with 100 volcanic cones.  Timanfaya National Park is the star attraction, a foreboding reminder of Lanzarote’s explosive past and home to awe-inspiring displays of the intense heat bubbling just inches underfoot.
Also underground lies one of the planet’s longest network of volcanic tubes and grottoes through which you wander with multilingual guides at Cueva de los Verdes and Jameos del Agua. Many of these natural attractions have benefitted from the design and development skills of Lanzarote’s local hero, Cesar Manrique, a name you’ll keep coming across during island explorations. 

Environmental protector, architect and designer, the late Manrique was the man responsible for ensuring that the landscape remains true to the island’s character. It’s thanks to him that you won’t find any garish house painting, any roadside billboards or any high-rise buildings in Lanzarote.

While Mother Nature may have provided the most thrilling attractions, the hand of man has added several squeal-inducers for children. As well as the Wild West theme park of Rancho Texas, there are camel rides and go-karting, submarine safaris and boat trips – plenty of activities to keep the kids happy during a seaside reprieve.
Having exhausted the children, when the sun slips over the horizon, it’s the adults and teenagers turn in the buzzing nightspots of the resorts. Puerto del Carmen is party central with a huge choice, from family bars to bop-till-breakfast clubs, as well as cabaret shows and live music venues. 

Aside from the neon lights, if there’s one thing you can’t fail to notice in Lanzarote it’s the phenomenal palette of natural colours, especially in the evening, so before you go out make a date with the sunset and watch the landscape comes alive as the sky deepens from the sharpest of blues, through blazing oranges to the deepest of clarets.
The original inhabitants of Lanzarote actually named their island Tite-Roy-Gatra, or coloured mountain, in reference to the dusky red Timanfaya mountain. But the spectacular show of colours doesn’t end there. Between the whitewashed towns and villages, pockets of green pepper the dusty terrain.

Wine was, and still is to a certain extent, one of the island’s chief assets, particularly popular in the courts of European nobility and appearing in the works of Shakespeare as a ‘cup of Canary’. The harvest isn’t cultivated from your normal vineyard though. In La Geria, small crescent-shaped pockmarks dot the black ash, each one sheltering a solitary green vine.
The green theme continues further north in Haria, one of the most fertile areas of the island, where lies the ‘valley of a thousand palms’. Legend has it that the trees were replanted every time there was a birth in the village, two for every boy, and one for every girl. 

At El Golfo a near-luminous green lagoon provides a vivid contrast to the surrounding black sand and neighbouring blue ocean. The lagoon was once graced by a scantily-clad Raquel Welch during the filming of One Million Years BC, a Technicolor accolade to the multiple hues of Lanzarote.