Lanzarote

The Best of the Canaries

Lanzarote

 

Lying off the west coast of Africa in the Canary islands archipelago, Lanzarote is an amazing island. Created after and intense period of volcanic activity millions of years ago, the once fiery peaks no longer spit lava and brimstone but the now extinct volcanos formed an astonishing landscape that’s slowly being transformed and mellowed by the action of the sea, the rain, wind and hardy plant life that’s able to thrive in the black grit that passes for soil. 

 

The ideal destination for relaxing year round holidays on the beautiful beaches in the pretty coastal towns, it’s also a hot spot for a remarkable number of adventurous sports, not just tennis and golf. From wave surfing on the Atlantic rollers, windsurfing in the breezier locations, paragliding from volcanic peaks, on-road cycling and off-road mountain biking, diving and snorkelling, sailing, climbing and volcano bagging for extreme hikers; there really is something for everyone. As well as sport and leisure pursuits, there’s also so much natural splendour to enjoy; wonder at Europe’s longest lava tubes home to blind albino crabs, the magical beaches of Caleton Blanco carpeted in white sand blown in from the Sahara, the incredible wine region of La Geria and the Timanfaya national park where the volcanic landscape (or moonscape) still gurgles with activity after the last proper eruption in 1824.

 

The main resorts grew around beautiful beaches, Costa Teguise and Puerto del Carmen both convenient for the international airport, Playa Blanca on the southern tip of the island. Having had their boom they are all being transformed with quality facilities, new marinas and wonderful promenades or coastal pathways where you can stroll or walk for miles beside the blue Atlantic Ocean. As well as the main resorts with their top notch facilities, it’s easy to discover places that seem way off the beaten track (but Lanzarote in real terms is a tiny island so nothing is really far away) where you can enjoy your stay in authentic fishing village and rural town retreats. 

 

Come and discover a wonderful destination where you can enjoy your favourite activities and try new ones in year round sunshine.

 

We’ve selected a number of quality villas with private pools in the best locations both coastal and rural to offer what we’d like to think is a definitive choice of holiday properties.

 

Out and About

 

TIMANFAYA NATIONAL PARK Full Day

One of the island’s most treasured spots. The magnificent

active volcano is the main reason for its great popularity.

The stones beneath your feet are warm, and the

surroundings are reminiscent of a moon landscape with

cooled and still oozing lava providing a sight that all visitors

to Lanzarote should not miss. Get up close either by coach or aboard the ship of the desert, the camel.

 

RUBICON MARINA  Half Day

A new upmarket marina called Rubicon,

situated between Los Corolades and the old town, well sign posted, home to a number of designer  stores and brands include GANT,

Burbury, Lacoste etc. It’s also home to the famous Cafe del

Mar which serves food & drinks with chilled out music, in a

spectacular setting from 10am-2am daily. There’s a

great selection of restaurants too. The Playa Blanca Marina

has its own market which is very popular on a Wednesday

& Saturday between 9am-2pm. You can also take the

ferries from the harbour to the island of Fuerteventura.

 

MIRADOR DEL RIO Half Day

The Mirador Del Rio sits at one of the highest points on the

island – some 479 metres. It boasts the most incredible

views down and across to the neighbouring islet of La

Graciosa, so remember to bring your camera. Created by

the local artist César Manrique in his typical style,

consisting of a balustraded cafe, a souvenir shop and a

platform on its top which are integrated in the lava rock.

 

JAMEOS DEL AQUA Half Day

Visit The Jameos Del Agua - a collapsed, 6km long lava

tube, located in the North of the island close to Punta

Mujeres. This incredible natural space has been further

enhanced by artist Cesar Manrique. He transformed it into

a stunning subterranean auditorium. Tropical gardens, bars

and a restaurant surround an underground lagoon. Visitors

emerge from this underground area and encounter a

dream like swimming pool. Declared the “Eighth Wonder of

the World” by Hollywood legend Rita Heyworth.

 

RANCHO TEXAS PARK Full Day

Adventure theme park just outside Puerto del Carmen. Fun

for all the family. 3 spectacular animal shows: Birds of prey,

parrot and sea lions. Lasso show. Beautiful gardens with

waterfalls and a variety of exotic birds and animals such as

rare white tigers, pumas, buffalos and Nile crocodiles etc.

Visit Liliput farm, the Indian tipees and lots more... pony

rides, canoeing, restaurant. Evening western bbq shows.

 

PUERTO CALERO Half Day

Only a few kilometres from Puerto del Carmen, Puerto

Calero Marina is a great place to wander, look at the

fabulous boats, designer boutiques and generally soak up a bit of the luxury atmosphere that permeates the whole place. You can certainly spend a few hours sat in one of the cafes or

restaurants that overlook the marina without even realising

how long you have been there.

 

out and about...

 

FROM THE AIRPORT

Transfer by car Puerto Del Carmen approx 20 mins,

Playa Blanca approx 30 mins.

Costa Teguise approx 20 mins.

 

EAT AND DRINK

 

NO EXPENSE SPARED

La Bocaina (Playa Blanca) European dining with a modern

twist. T: 928 518 388

La Chalanita (Playa Blanca) Exciting international cuisine

with flambé dishes cooked right next to your table a

speciality, located on seafront off Avenida Maritim.

 

MIDDLE OF THE ROAD

Lanz (Puerto Del Carmen) French/international cuisine with

outdoor terrace and sea views, off Avenida de Las Payas

Blooming Cactus (Puerto Del Carmen) Old Town,

Vegetarian/vegan specials, highly recommended

TJ’s Caribbean Tapas Bar (Puerto Del Carmen) Old

Town, Caribbean tapas.

 

ON A BUDGET

Irish Anvil Bar and Restaurant (Playa Blanca)

Home-made pub food early bird menu between 17.00 –

19.00, situated on the seafront at Punta Limones

 

6 BEST BEACHES

Papagayo Between Playa Blanca and Femes. Crystal

clear turquoise waters, natural fine golden sand, and

numerous sandy beach coves to explore, swim & snorkel.

Playa Famara Dramatic 6km beach of rolling surfer

waves with a backdrop of the Le Risco de Famara cliffs.

Situated in the North West, ideal for surfers & walkers.

Playa Dorada Playa Blanca - popular sheltered blueflag

beach of golden fine sand. The water is crystal clear, calm

and shallow for a good way, so safe for younger swimmers.

La Garita A natural golden sandy beach on the outskirts

of Arrieta, a small pretty traditional fishing village on the

north east coast, about 15 minutes from Costa Teguise. Retains its local charms. 2 fish restaurants.

Puerto del Carmen Four beaches over 6kms. Easily

accessible, family-friendly and generally safe for swimming.

Wide range of water sports and leisure facilities.

Costa Teguise The group of beaches by the centre of town have beautiful golden sand and offer ideal conditions for family bathing. There's also a good range of restaurants and bars close by. Highly regarded wind surfing just offshore from the shelter of the bays with an excellent academy.