Culture and History of Lanzarote
Whilst the island of Lanzarote may not look like much more than the ideal tourist destination, with perfect sandy beaches, sparkling blue seas and abundant nightlife, the history of its inhabitants dates back to at least 1000BC. Like the other islands in the Canaries, Lanzarote was also formed from undersea volcanoes and has a landscape that appears almost barren in places. The locals have nicknamed it the ‘island of 100 volcanoes’ due to the number of mostly dormant sites on the island and the Mountains of Fire are a popular tourist attraction, with tours leaving from most resorts daily.
Lanzarote still has strong links to its early inhabitants and there are plenty of places to visit where you can get a glimpse of life as it used to be. Puerto Del Carmen, a tiny fishing village with an old fashioned harbour, lies just ten minutes outside Arricife and is a delightful visit for any tourist.
Entertainment in Lanzarote
There are so many things to do in Lanzarote that you may wish you’d booked for more than a week. There are plenty of festivals and events on throughout the year and a lot of helpful information is published in the Lanzarote Gazette, the island’s premier magazine.
To experience the island’s unique history for yourself, take a visit to the Jamoes de Agua, a collapsed lava tube on the north of the island which is now a famous tourist attraction, or head beneath the earth in a visit to the Green Caves, a series of volcanic tunnels that were used by early settlers to hide from invading pirates.
And in honour of the islanders’ seafaring past, there are plenty of water based activities to enjoy. Head to Playa Blanca Lanzarote for a trip on the Marea Errota – a real pirate schooner – as it takes to the seas around the island with all the kids in fancy dress. Or travel in updated luxury aboard a fast moving catamaran on a whale-watching excursion of a lifetime.
Transportation to Lanzarote /in Lanzarote
Flights to Lanzarote leave every day from most major UK airports and the average flying time from London is around three and a half hours. Nearly all airlines offer flights to the Canaries, and with so much competition it’s possible to find plenty of cheap flights to Lanzarote by searching online. (There is a handy form at the bottom of this page that will help you search for the best flights to Lanzarote from the UK to suit your dates and budget.)
The transportation system on the island is excellent, as you’d expect from a place that depends so much on tourism for its economy. There are bus routes to all the major destinations such as the Sands Beach Resort Lanzarote, but if you don’t fancy carrying your luggage around, why not consider hiring a taxi from the airport or taking advantage of Lanzarote car hire for that extra freedom.
Accommodation in Lanzarote
When it comes to deciding upon your ideal accommodation, you’ll be spoilt for choice. With an endless list of hotels in Lanzarote, you can be sure of finding one that suits your needs perfectly.
A stay in the Lanzarote Bay Hotel comes with the added convenience of an all-inclusive package, giving you the option of paying for all your meals and drinks before you even arrive. The Lanzarote Village Hotel is another great option that also offers an all-inclusive package, and with its fresh decor, helpful staff and two beautiful swimming pools, this hotel is a great choice to help you relax and make the most of your holiday.
Holiday Facilities in Lanzarote
A quick glance at a Lanzarote weather forecast tells any tourist what they need to know about the facilities on offer here. With so much year-round sun, there are plenty of beachside activities to enjoy.
Families can enjoy a fascinating day out at the Timanfaya Volcano Park, where adults can relax as an experienced guide takes control of the trip. Children will love the experiments that they’ll be invited to help out with, from creating steam, to juggling hot lava rocks in their hands. And at the foot of the tourist centre, visitors are offered a trip through the park on camel back.
Romantic couples can indulge in a spot of wine sampling at one of the many vineyards in the heart of the island. Hotels can organise transportation to the site, leaving you both able to relax and enjoy your heavenly tasting session.
Older couples with a love of golf will delight in any one of the golf course available on the island. Head to the course at Costa Teguise and enjoy wonderful ocean views and an unusual course played, in places, on black lava cactus fields.
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