12 reasons why Lanzarote should be your next travel destination

Some places you travel to are easier to describe than others. Lanzarote is one of those.  The island is becoming increasingly renowned for activity holidays, particularly surfing, windsurfing, kiteboarding, diving and paddle boarding – as well as cycling and hiking. Whether you’re into just relaxing by the beach or the pool all day, or bumping adrenaline, you can’t go wrong in Lanzarote: the island is for everyone no matter how young or old.

There are millions reasons why you should go to Lanzarote, but here are 12!

1- The weather

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Let’s start with the fact that it’s one of the Canary islands, belongs to Spain and is located approximately 125 kilometres (78 miles) off the coast of Africa and 1,000 kilometres (621 miles) from the Iberian Peninsula. This island is European yet is located nearby Africa which in another means amazing weather!

Lanzarote is often called the “Island of Eternal Spring”: winter means temperatures are on average at 19 °C (66.2 °F) and summer means they are on average at 24 °C (75.2 °F). On average the island receives approximately 16 days of precipitation between December and February.

For us, that’s the perfect getaway when European winters get all tough, cold and grey, Lanzarote is definitely the Vitamin Sea we need.

2- Proximity to Europe

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The duration of the flight from the Netherlands is 4h30 minutes. It is definitely closer than the Caribbean when we do need to escape the horrific winter. Add to that the fact that you can get very cheap flights with Ryanair: In December, we were able to purchase a 40 euros return ticket from Eindhoven!!!

Do check Skyscanner and Momondo for tickets and Airbnb for beautiful villas!

3- Out of this Earth Landscape

Lanzarote has some striking volcanic landscapes, so unworldly that the Timanfaya National Park, whose moon-like terrain is one of the key reasons the island, was declared a Unesco Biosphere Reserve in 1993. It was used as a training base for Nasa’s Apollo 17 crew.

The French writer Michel Houellebecq describes in his book “Lanzarote” the lunar landscape of Timanfaya as a brutal desert. It is a desert made of black ochre and grey rocks. Of volcanoes and lava plains. A landscape that stops the man. That imposes. That takes you to the past, to the origins of the island, to the centre of the Earth. Without any doubt it is an unrepeatable experience.

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Timanfaya’s Martian/Lunar landscape- Picture from the Bus-Photo credit: Marcel Aubel

4- Mother Nature

Nature has been a capricious friend to Lanzarote. Besides the Timanfaya, Lanzarote is full of outstanding, unreal landscapes.

Los HerviderosThere is Los Hervideros which we found accidentally because Erwin took the wrong exit…the most perfect mistake!

This coastal area has an abundance of underwater caves produced by the solidification of lava and erosion. Los Hervideros which means boiling waters refers to the amazing display that sees the waves force water into the labyrinth of caves with such a dramatic power it appears as if the sea is bubbling and boiling.

 A short distance along the southwest coastline from the exciting Los Hervideros is another natural example of the power of Mother Nature, El Golfo.

El Golfo: is the name of a little town mostly known for the Laguna Verde (the Green Lagoon),  a half-moon-shaped striking green lagoon filled with volcanic minerals and microorganisms that are believed to be unique in this lake.

El Golfo is a half-submerged cone of a volcano, which over time was gradually worn away by the sea, leaving behind only the stripped wall of the crater displaying a multitude of red and rustic colours.

5- Cesar Manrique 

Lanzarote has very strict building laws and tall towers or apartment blocks are forbidden; houses can only be painted white or beige and perforations can only be blue or green.

The person behind these restrictions was revolutionary artist called Cesar Manrique, who was seeing the island being destroyed by tourism and spearheaded a campaign to preserve the island’s natural charms. He lobbied for height restrictions to be imposed on buildings and for natural colours to be used – and was successful in his mission. All over the island, you see the influence of the visionary artist, architect and environmentalist César Manrique, who saved Lanzarote from the ravages of epidemic development.

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Mirador del Rio. Photo credits: Marcel Aubel

In fact, Manrique is responsible for several of Lanzarote’s main natural attractions, including the marvellous Jameos del Agua, the Volcano Route at Timanfaya National Park, El Mirador del Rio and le Jardin de Cactus.

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Timanfaya National Park- Photo credits: Marcel Aubel

 

 

6- Great Sunsets

You should know by now that I am a big sunset lover! So, here goes another reason why I love Lanzarote.

7- Outstanding Beaches

They have the golden sand beaches, the black sand beaches and the pebbles beaches. All are beautiful but personally I find the black sand beaches unique!

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Golden sands- Papagayo Beach
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Black pebbles- El Golfo
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Black sands- El Golfo

8- Volcanic wines and wineries

Lanzarote is one of the world’s most remote grape-growing regions with shapes and flavors that are completely different from any other wine region on Earth.
In fact, the local farmers have perfected an almost foolproof method for protecting the grape from the consistent winds blows off the Atlantic: the young vine is put in the ground after the farmer scrapes out a wide and shallow hole in the volcanic soil. Then larger volcanic stones are balanced around the wind-facing edge of the hole, as you can see in the picture, creating a low semicircular barrier. Each vineyard has thousands of these holes and walls each holding a single vine.

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The Lanzarote wine is made in a unique setting with too much love and dedication. which gives it a very appealing and special taste. Wine lovers you should head fast to Lanzarote!

9-Beautiful Villas & Hotels to book

“This may surprise you, but Lanzarote is turning into a rather upmarket destination,” says Annie Bennett. “Don’t expect anything glitzy or flashy though; this quiet revolution is all about staying in chic, eco-friendly places”.

The first time we went to Lanzarote, we stayed in the Hotel Volcan. It is perfectly located 2 minutes away from the Marina Harbour and highly recommendable.

The second time we booked a pool villa.  Away from the resorts there is also a wide range of low-key places to stay. There are many villas, apartments and bungalows in Lanzarote to rent. We definitely recommend Villa Carmen if you are a big group of 6 or 7.

10- Delicious Food

As I have mentioned before, Lanzarote is part of Spain. So the traditional Spanish Paella, Sangria,Tapas, Cheeses, Hams, Seafood, …are all part of the Lanzarote’s gastronomy, much of what the island offers is not Canarian as such but Spanish. But there exists a local gastronomy that although is possibly criticizable for its simplicity, the Canarian food is delicious.  You should try their Mojo sauce with Papas Arrugadas(wrinkled potatoes)

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11- Breathtaking views

The best view of the Island is undisputedly the Mirador del Rio. You can obviously see why from the picture below.

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However there are many other beautiful views all across the island and they would be instagram perfect that I promise you!

12-Playa Blanca

Awarded for its beauty, this peaceful and pleasant spot is the ideal place for the whole family to relax in. Playa Blanca has a wide range of hotels surrounded by a flourishing service sector: bars, restaurants, shopping and one of the best recreational ports in Lanzarote: the smart marina covers cocktails, upscale dining and boutiques, while the promenade is lined with excellent seafood places and tapas.

So, what do you think? Are you ready to book your tickets yet? I know we are gonna go back, there are many things we still need to do!