Lanzarote holidays go big on scenery – think volcanic national parks, huge swathes of sand and craggy lava caves.
Spain's Lanzarote might be one of the volcanic Canary Islands, but that doesn’t stop it being a big deal in the beach stakes. It’s got plenty to offer in the way of sandy sweeps, ranging from Costa Teguise to Puerto del Carmen. They’ve been attracting people to the island since the 1970s, with family-friendly resorts cosied up to the waterfronts. In fact, one of Lanzarote’s claims to fame is the part it played in helping to kickstart the classic holiday package. Things are still going strong today, and flights from Ireland’s Dublin airport get you to its sun-drenched shores in just over four hours.
A fierce series of eruptions in the 1700s has left Lanzarote with a pretty unique look. The other-worldly landscape has earned the island a nod from UNESCO, who made it a World Biosphere Reserve for its postcard-worthy looks. For the best exploring, head to black rock formations and silvery mountain peaks of the island’s interior, or past the craters dotted around Timanfaya National Park. It feels a million miles from the hotel-brushed beaches around the island’s fringe, and makes for top-drawer holiday snaps.
Famous artist Cesar Manrique left his imprint all over the island of Lanzarote, in the form of his off-the-wall installations. Checking out one of his creations is a must for every visitor to Lanzarote. For instance, head over to the north coast and stop in at Jameos del Agua, where Manrique converted underground lava caves into a concert hall and sophisticated bar.
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Back when it was built in the 1970s, Costa Teguise – on Lanzarote’s southeast coast – was like a magnet for affluent Spanish families. Things have gone from strength-to-strength, too, and today even King Carlos of Spain has a place here. Thankfully sun-seekers don’t have to wait for the royal nod to enjoy the sandy beaches, top-class windsurfing and family-friendly nightlife.
Playa Blanca's one of Lanzarote's biggest and best-loved resorts, and mixes holiday staples with a quiet air of sophistication. The smart marina covers cocktails, upscale dining and boutiques, while the promenade's lined with top-drawer seafood places. At the other end of the scale, lively karaoke and disco bars up the tempo in nearby shopping centres. The whole picture's crowned by a trio of beaches and a hilly volcanic backdrop.
- Hotel Hesperia Playa Dorada
- Hotel Volcan Lanzarote
- Holiday Village Lanzarote
- Caybeach Sun
- Lanzasur Splash Resort
- Hotel H10 Timanfaya Palace
- Sandos Papagayo Beach Resort
- THB Tropical Island
- Hotel H10 Rubicon Palace
- Hotel H10 Lanzarote Princess
- Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort
- TUI FAMILY LIFE Flamingo Beach
- TUI SENSIMAR Natura Palace
- Elba Lanzarote Royal Village Resort
Playa de los Pocillos
Playa de los Pocillos, on the east coast of Lanzarote, was developed in the early Nineties. It has shops, bars and restaurants – not to mention a great sandy beach – all neatly put together with a low-key vibe. And it’s connected by a promenade to neighbouring Puerto del Carmen, about 15 minutes’ walk away, which offers a buzzier night-time atmosphere.
Puerto del Carmen
Puerto del Carmen is on the southeast side of Lanzarote in in the Canary Islands. It first got going in the Sixties and since then it’s upped the tempo from its fishing village roots to become a very lively holiday hub. The waterside promenade doubles up as the main strip – it’s packed with bars, clubs and restaurants, and it also looks out over a trio of beaches. You still get a bit of Puerto del Carmen’s former charm, though, as you’ll see from the authentic eating places in the old town.
You can thank José Calero for Puerto Calero, on the southeast coast of Lanzarote, one of the Canary Islands. Back in the Eighties, the developer put together this upmarket place with a marina surrounded by sophisticated restaurants and designer shops. There’s a quiet air to it – though you’re close to Puerto del Carmen with its beaches and bubbly nightlife.
Matagorda is a fun little town on the south-eastern coast of Lanzarote, a volcanic splodge in the Canary Islands. It started life as a suburb of the island’s liveliest town, Puerto del Carmen – but today it stands on its own with a two-tiered complex of restaurants and bars set around a cute town square. And there are waterside bars, too. The major sights of the island are within striking distance while the busy capital of Arrecife is literally down the road.
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