A sun-and-sea destination with a difference
Volcanic hikes, decadent five-star hotels, lip-smackingly fresh seafood and superlative golf courses. No matter what you want from your holiday, Lanzarote can likely offer it. Below are five great reasons to take a closer look at this intriguing island
Ready to swap grey days for swimming and sunbathing? As the southeasternmost of the Canary Islands, Lanzarote has a perennially warm climate, with an average annual temperature of 21°C. Rainfall is scarce, so you can confidently pack the sunscreen rather than a brolly.
Although it covers no more than 800sq km, Lanzarote has a range of strikingly diverse landscapes. The legacy of its 18th- and 19th-century volcanic eruptions has created lunar-like vistas, made up of caves, lava lakes, craters and golden sand beaches. One of the finest examples is the Timanfaya National Park – which is one of the key reasons the island was declared a Unesco Biosphere Reserve in 1993.
Exceptional food and wine
We have the Guanches (the early aboriginal inhabitants of the Canary Islands) to thank for many of the flavours in Lanzarote’s cuisine – as well as influences from Spain and South America. Sample sancocho (fish stew), papas arrugadas con mojo (potatoes boiled in their skins with a chilli and garlic sauce), and roscos de alma (a kind of dessert doughnut). And don’t miss the wine. Being grown in the volcanic sands adds a refreshing minerality.
Art and culture
The natural beauty of Lanzarote has inspired many artists over the years. One of the best known is César Manrique (1919-1992), who created bold public artworks and promoted sustainable tourism. Explore Lanzarote’s art and culture among the island’s monuments, castles, convents, mansion houses and religious buildings – or by taking in an exhibition at one of the many museums and galleries.
Lanzarote’s year-round sun and unique landscapes make it ideal for anyone looking to enjoy activities surrounded by nature. Try diving, surfing, windsurfing, and horse riding – or take a relaxing boat trip after a round of golf. A guided hike around the volcanoes is another treat. At Volcán del Cuervo (Volcano of the Raven), look out for dramatic lava formations and rare nesting Barbary falcons.
British Airways flies to Lanzarote in four hours. To start planning your trip, visit turismolanzarote.com