Lanzarote so much to see & do

There’s a beach to suit every taste: from the busy resorts of Puerto Del Carmen and Costa Tequise, the wild surfing beach at Famara in the west or the golden sandy coves of the southern peninsular of Papagayo. Pleasure boats from Puerto Del Carmen harbour explore the coast to Puerto Calero Marina and ferries connect with neighbouring Fuerteventura from Playa Blanca.

Inland there’s the spectacular “Mountains of Fire” trail through the lunar volcanic landscape which culminates in a visit to the restaurant where steaks are grilled over the natural heat. Many of the leading attractions have been designed by Manrique -including the beautiful Jameos Del Agua lagoon and caverns, the Jardin de Cactus at Guatiza, or the Monumento El Campesino (museum of rural life) with its outstanding restaurant which specialises in traditional Canarian food and wine. On Sundays there’s a craft and souvenir market which fills the streets of the ancient town of Tequise. Few people among the crowds that throng the square in front of San Miguel Church notice that the beautifuly restored Palacio Del Spinola is open to the public.

There is something more to the Canary Island of Lanzarote than the sandy beaches and year round sunshine that it enjoys in abundance. Here the volcanic upheavals and the ingenious methods by which the people have survived them have left a landscape, which is not just extraordinary but positively startling. The volcanic rock of the Timanfaya National Park comes in all colours shapes textures and sizes. Fields of black volcanic soil surround the villages of small white houses with beautiful onion-domed chimney stacks. In comparison to the other Canary Islands, tourist resorts in Lanzarote have no high-rise blocks. Under the influence of artist and architect Cesar Manrique tourism developments – however modern – have a simple elegance of concept and design.

Puerto Del Carmen

This harbour settlement just south of the island capital Arrecife has expanded northward along a series of beaches. There are some hotels but most tourist accommodation is in small-scale groups of low-rise apartments. Shops, restaurants and bars by the hundreds run the length of the sea front. It’s busy and cheerful but considerably more relaxed than resorts on other Canary Islands.