Fire Mountains in Timanfaya National Park, Cesar Manrique’s Jameos del Agua and miles of sandy beaches – holidaymakers can experience the exotic in Lanzarote.
World-Class Sandy Beaches
Even though it’s a volcanic island, Lanzarote boasts many resorts – such as Playa Blanca, Costa Teguise, Puerto del Carmen and Playa de los Pocillos – with stunning, white-sand beaches. These long stretches of sand have been attracting people to the island since the Seventies. In fact, Lanzarote helped to create the concept of the classic beach break. Nowadays, the beaches all feature tonnes of watersports .
Because of a fierce and unprecedented series of eruptions that took place between 1730 and 1736, the landscape of Lanzarote is utterly unique. So otherworldly is the scenery of the island that UNESCO has given it World Biosphere Reserve status. In fact, as you walk between black rock formations and silvery mountain peaks on the island’s interior or past craters created by the Fire Mountains at Timanfaya National Park, you could almost swear that you’ve wandered onto the surface of the moon.
Cesar Manrique’s influence
Famous artist Cesar Manrique left his imprint all over the island of Lanzarote in the form of his sometimes-off-the-wall installations. Checking out one of his creations is a must for all visitors to Lanzarote. For instance, head over to the north coast and stop in at Jameos del Agua, where Manrique converted underground caves into a concert hall and sophisticated bar.
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The clue’s in the name on Playa Blanca holidays. It literally translates as ‘white beach’ – and what a belter it is. Resort-wise, it’s not on Puerto del Carmen’s level, but it’s got its own classy rep. You’ll find it at the bottom of Lanzarote, which means it’s easy to daytrip to Canary Islands must-visit, Timanfaya National Park.
Playa de los Pocillos
Playa de los Pocillos is named after its beach. And it’s no wonder when it’s this big and beautiful. There are enough bars and restaurants to go around, too. But you’ve also got Lanzarote’s king of package holidays, Puerto del Carmen, on hand for a boost. A 15-minute walk is all it takes.
If the classic holiday set-up ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That’s the mantra in Costa Teguise, where getaways draw on tried-and-tested ingredients. The little and large sandy beaches are popular with families, and there are enough bars and restaurants to bowl up somewhere new every night. The hotels buddy up to the beach, too, so it’s impossible to be more than a short stroll from the action.
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