Lanzarote is situated just 79 miles off the coast of Africa and is the most easterly of the Canary Islands and boasting a perpetually sunny climate and wonderful warm breezes that make this a holiday heaven. The island is 37 miles (60km) long and 12 miles (20 km) wide, making it the fourth largest island in the Canaries.
Lanzarote enjoys a mild dry climate with average daytime temperatures ranging from about 21°C in January to 29°C in August. Annual rainfall is minimal making Lanzarote the perfect year-round destination.
Along with the other Canary Islands, Lanzarote is volcanic in origin giving it a beautiful landscape which is totally unique to explore. The dry climate and lack of erosion means that the volcanic landscape remains similar over many years
Amongst the many stunning volcanic features of Lanzarote is the longest volcanic tunnel in the world, the Atlantida Tunnel, which is over 7 km long and includes the La Cueva de los Verdes and Jameos del Agua.
The Montañas del Fuego (Fire Mountains) were created between 1730 and 1736 when more than 100 volcanoes, covering more than 50 square kilometres were created The last eruptions were in 1824, however due to the low rainfall this area appears much the same as it did just after the eruptions. In 1968 the area was declared a national park, Parque Nacional de Timanfaya.
Bus tours run frequently across Lanzarote’s Timanfaya National Park and camel treks are a popular sight picking their way through the petrified lava fields of the Montanas del Fuego. Watch the guides’ practical demonstrations of the fierce underground temperatures using just water and dry brush and then enjoy your lunchtime grill as it sizzles over the geothermal heat.
Lanzarote enjoys a large variety of wonderful beaches from the golden sands of Puerto Del Carmen’s Playa Grande and nearby Los Pocillos and Matagorda, all main tourist beaches of Lanzarote, close to the airport at Arrecife and all recipients of Blue Flag awards. On Lanzarote’s south shores are the beautiful sands of Playa Blanca and just beyond, the remote beaches of Papagayo, glorious stretches of white sands, in their natural state and still unspoiled by the addition of tourist facilities.
Top wave surfing and wind surfing; its never too late to surf! Exceptional surf spots can be found all around Lanzarote but most devotees head for rugged northern region of the island where the waves rarely drop beneath head height and can commonly reach almost 5m. The waves in the north of Lanzarote are at their best during the winter season from November through to late March with the Orzola region and Playa Famara world famous for surf. A few kilometres north of the capital Arrecife is the resort of Costa Teguise which offers plenty of good restaurants, shops, bars and sporting facilities. The windsurfing takes place in Las Cucharas Bay where there are a number of hire centres offering a good selection of equipment.
Constant sea breezes off the Sahara hit the north and east of Lanzarote and give rise to excellent year round conditions for windsurfing. Las Cucharas on the Costa Teguise is renowned within the windsurfing community with good flat waters and strong Passat winds.
The Ironman Lanzarote triathlon is considered by many to be the toughest Ironman race of all.
Attracting some of the world’s best professional athletes, the famous Ironman Lanzarote takes place in May each year and is a gruelling full day’s triathlon event of a 3.8km swim, 180km volcano bike ride followed by a 42.2km or 26 mile marathon – definitely not for the fainthearted! No problem if you feel this may be a bit out of your league – just take it down a step with a stay at the Club La Santa….
Sports at the Club La Santa
Race organisers and headquarters of the Ironman Lanzarote, the Club La Santa is also one of the world’s best renowned sports resorts and winter training home to many national teams. Practicing over 30 sports from boxing to martial arts, the resort also organises other professional events such as the Volcano Triathlon as well as weekly smaller triathlon and decathlon events with free participation available for all guests.
At the marina at Puerto Calero near Arrecife you can dive to the ocean floor on an underwater safari without even needing to dip a toe in the water. The clear waters off the shores of Lanzarote are feeding grounds for a richly abundant marine life and the submarine’s panoramic viewing ports let you experience this in comfort, taking photographs at your leisure.
Whale and Dolphin watching
Lanzarote is one of the world’s best locations for viewing dolphins and whales in their natural habitat. Sailing between Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, some beautiful catamarans are authorised to view these beautiful and friendly creatures and offer panoramic views through the glass hull into the waters around the Isla de Los Lobos.
Concerts and dining
At the far end of this same volcanic tube, what were initially lava bubbles are now a series of grottoes known as the Jameos del Agua. Fantastically transformed by Cesar Manrique into a unique nightclub attraction with an ornamental swimming pool and garden area, dance floor, restaurant and bars, the spectacular natural auditorium hosts some of Lanzarote’s most famous concerts and ballets. A staircase spirals down into a tidal lagoon cavern where the clear waters are the habitat of the tiny, blind albino crabs, unique to the island of Lanzarote.
Holidays to Lanzarote
The Canary Islands are one of the closest places to Britain where you can find reliable sun in the winter months, and Lanzarote is one of our favourites. The beaches on the island are probably the best in the region, having naturally white sand, rather than the imported or black sand you find in other areas. Playa Blanca is the nicest resort on the island with all low rise accommodation.
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