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LanzaroteLanzarote has it all: sunny skies, pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters. But its natural wonders go beyond the obvious. With over 300 volcanic peaks, the island boasts a lunar landscape with shades of pink, purple and ochre. Hidden beneath the surface lie caves, tunnels and lakes, begging to be explored. Surf enthusiasts will find a paradise here, with perfect waves throughout the year. Rumour has it that Lanzarote was once part of the lost city of Atlantis. Come discover this unique gem of Spain's Canary Islands.
The IslandLanzarote's African influence is evident, but it was a European — Lancelotto Malocello from Genoa — who "discovered" the island in the 14th century. The island's 795 square kilometres showcase a lava-formed landscape, displaying the Canary Islands' most stunning palette, making Lanzarote an ideal destination for both active and relaxing holidays. And let's not forget the local specialities, where Spanish and African cuisine blend seamlessly to create delicious and unique dishes. On the island, you can opt to unwind in tranquil resorts or seek adventure in Lanzarote's breathtaking natural landscapes. Attractions such as the Atlántida lava tunnel, Cueva de los Verdes, and Jameos del Agua offer fascinating expeditions deep into the Earth. Prepare to be enchanted by the charm of this remarkable island.
Beach LifeLanzarote is home to over a 100 stunning beaches, but be aware that the sea can be wild. A red flag on the beach means swimming is prohibited; yellow flags indicate swimming is at your own risk; and a green flag signals you're good to go! The best beaches are typically found at the southern end of the island — in the Papagayo area — while the rest of the coastline offers less crowded seaside spots.
Do & See
Lanzarote offers a splendid mix of nature and culture, inviting visitors to soak up the sun or embark on a thrilling mountain climb. Delve into the UNESCO-listed Timanfaya National Park, pay a visit to the home of esteemed architect César Manrique, ride the perfect wave on your surfboard, or simply relax on the island's picturesque beaches. With its diverse attractions, Lanzarote truly has something for everyone.
Fresh fish and papas arrugadas — salt-cooked unpeeled potatoes — are among the most iconic Canarian dishes. Here, you can also savour the finest Spanish specialities with an African twist. Be sure to sample the spicy Mojo sauce with potatoes and lamb grilled on genuine volcanic embers.
Nothing beats a refreshing juice under the warm Spanish sun. Lanzarote is dotted with charming cafes offering a wide array of snacks and desserts. Enjoy a smoothie or a coffee at any beachside lido. The island is all about relaxation, so it's up to you to decide where you'd like to take a break.
Bars & Nightlife
The heart of Lanzarote's nightlife is in Puerto del Carmen and Costa Teguise, where young and lively crowds fill the numerous bars and cocktail lounges. Canary Islanders dine late, so the island's nightlife kicks off quite late and keeps going well into the early hours. Be mindful: "discotecas" refers to clubs, while "nightclub" typically means strip clubs.
Although Lanzarote is no longer a tax-free zone, you'll still find low prices on items like alcohol, perfume, Cuban cigars and cigarettes. For a unique island souvenir, consider purchasing local lacework, baskets or pottery crafted by the indigenous Guanche people. Shops can be found in all the main resorts. In Arrecife, most shops are concentrated on Calle Leon y Castillo. Puerto del Carmen features the Biosfera Shopping Centre (home to clothing shops like Zara), while Playa Honda offers a variety of shops, cosy cafes, and a cinema in the Deiland Centre.