The Best of the Canaries
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.
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.