Lanzarote is the most easterly of the Canary Islands and its stunning scenery is by far the island’s principal draw card. Lanzarote is pockmarked by 300 volcanic craters which give the landscape an unusual lunar appearance and have created a series of subterranean grottos.
However, Lanzarote is not only a destination for the nature enthusiasts. Indeed, the island is fringed by swathes of golden sand and enjoys great weather throughout the year, making it the perfect destination for a beach holiday.
While most people head to Lanzarote to soak up the sun, Lanzarote’s shopping scene is not to be overlooked. Some of the best places for shopping are located in Arrecife. In Arrecife you will find a good selection of shops including high-street shops, designer brands and boutiques. Some of the best shopping streets include Calle José Antonio and Calle León y Castillo.
As mentioned in the introduction, Lanzarote has a number of natural attractions to explore. The most popular tourist attraction of Lanzarote is the Timanfaya Volcano Park, a volcanic landscape home to some 200 plant species and more than 25 volcanoes.
Another natural attraction which garners much attention is Cueva de los Verdes, a chasm caused by the eruption of the Corona Volcano five millennia ago. You can get guided tour which can take you through two of the chambers and highlights the interesting formations and optical illusions in the cavern.
Museums and Galleries
Lanzarote is home to a number of interesting museums and galleries such as Museo de Arte Contemporáneo and Museo de la Piratería. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo is the Canaries’ most important modern art collection and is home to works from artists across the globe. The Museo de la Piratería is a relatively new museum which is housed in the Castillo de Santa Bárbara, the Canaries’ oldest castle. The museums offer an interesting insight into the pirate raids on Lanzarote.
Lanzarote is served by the island’s only airport, Lanzarote Airport (ACE). The airport is conveniently located 5km away from Arrecife, the capital city. A flight from London to Lanzarote will take around 4 hours and 7 airlines offer direct flights. For most of the year, a return flight t Lanzarote will cost less than £80. However, during the peak summer months, flights can cost more than £100.
As the island is relatively small, transfers from the airport to popular resorts such as Puerto del Carmen and Playa Blanco take less than 30 minutes. If you do not have your transfer prearranged, there are taxis outside of the terminals which can transfer travellers for a reasonable fee.