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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Set on Lanzarote’s southwest tip, Playa Blanca may be the third largest tourist place on the island but it hasn’t got too big for its boots. It’s all about laid-back sophistication here and the classy marina and local fishermen get along just fine. As for the name of the resort – it means white beach.
Puerto del Carmen
Puerto del Carmen is on the southeast side of Lanzarote. 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.
Set on Lanzarote’s south-east corner, Costa Teguise is a purpose-built resort that sprang up in the Seventies. Back then it drew crowds of wealthy Spaniards – and it must be doing something right because the King of Spain still has a bolthole here. It’s not just popular with the royals, though. With the friendly vibe and a line-up of sandy beaches, families give this place the thumbs-up, too.
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