Enchanting desert landscapes, exquisite seafood, and exhilarating nightlife – few places on earth are as favourable for a romantic, fun-packed holiday as Lanzarote.
The oldest of the seven Canary Islands, it owes many of its greatest landmarks to the renowned architect and art figure César Manrique, who designed the acclaimed El Diablo restaurant of the Timanfaya National Park.
What to see on the island – recommendations:
The Timanfaya National Park
This iconic, barren landscape was formed in the 1730s, when dozens of volcanoes erupted in part of the island, transforming the scenery and leading to the creation of the Fire Mountains, known in Spanish as the Montañas del Fuego. Although only one volcano remains active, the original volcanic soil remains, which is why this park almost evokes the appearance of another planet.
The Playa Blanca
Translated as the 'White Beach' in English in reference to its pristine white sands, the Playa Blanca beach is near the most southerly point of the island, and is a little warmer thanks to its shelter from the mountains to the northwest. Next to the resort is the Castillo de las Coloradas, which is nearly three centuries old and offers impressive views over the surrounding coastline.
The Cueva de los Verdes
Formed around three millennia ago, the Cueva de los Verdes is a fascinating lava tube that contains several miles of caves, some of which are beneath the Atlantic. Once a hideout for pirates, the site is now one of the leading tourist attractions in the Canary Islands, and even has its own concert hall.
Founded in the 16th century, Arrecife gradually developed into a busy maritime centre from the 16th century onwards, and was involved in extensive trade between Europe and the Americas. Here, the International Museum of Contemporary Art exhibits the history of modern art across the world and the works of César Manrique, who was born in the city and spent much of his life in Lanzarote.
Ideas on eating out in Lanzarote
For some delicious seafood and classic Spanish-themed dishes, you could head to the Casa Rafa Restaurante de Mar in El Golfo, or try the Restaurante El Navarro in Costa Teguise or the My Kitchen Julius restaurant for some delectable international flavours. Other highly rated restaurants on the island include the British-inspired Picassos and barbecue-themed lomo alto.
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