Lanzarote is different than other sun and sea destinations. It’s an island where nature and art prevail. A place where the people are as warm as they are active and proud. Where the food tastes of the sea and the earth. Where the essence of the island leaves a mark on your soul long after you depart.
Lanzarote is the Canary archipelago’s south-easternmost island. Although it covers no more than 800 square kilometres, it offers strikingly diverse landscapes. The legacy of the volcanic eruptions that took place in the 18th and 19th centuries is a spectacular scene of singular form and beauty. Next to unexpected landscapes made up of volcanic caves, lakes of lava and craters, lie beaches of golden sand and transparent waters.
Discover the Lanzarote Effect
The Lanzarote Effect extends into the integration of nature, art and culture. César Manrique, a Lanzarote-born artist, spearheaded the development of art and culture centers across the island that blend into their natural settings. Visitors understand that in Lanzarote, nature is art and art is nature.
Art and culture as a way of life
Conservation and cultural heritage are embedded in the history of Lanzarote and its people. This is a destination that feels like it was reserved for your dreams. The island’s life has adapted and thrived despite a harsh volcanic landscape, which has led to miles of ash fields re-imagined as water conservation systems for agriculture. Vineyards thriving out of deep holes in the ground. Stunning views of volcanoes and sea anywhere you stand, all because of a deep commitment to strict development codes on the island.
An unmatched cuisine
The gastronomy of Lanzarote stands out for its simplicity, as the ingredients are more important than the processes, but the results are very tasty. Excellent virgin olive oil, fresh fish and delightful meat, among others, have their place on Lanzarote’s tables. The great importance of its cheeses are joined by its stews, the most typical way of consuming vegetables.
Wines from another world
Lanzarote is living wine, a leisurely melody from a noble legacy that grows, in this dry subtropical climate, thanks to the ingenuity of previous generations. People made the volcanic sands their ally in order to wring every last drop of water from an adverse climate, and the growers have been strengthened by their permanent struggle with the scarce rainfall, until they managed to decipher the secrets of the cool air that arrives with nightfall. The fertile layer of soil into which the established and renewed vine roots sink is hidden, in some cases up to ten metres deep.
The cultivation of grapes in Lanzarote is unique to this part of the world, conserving the primordial characteristics of a procedure that enables these scorched and barren lands to produce a refined, generous wine, a child of the lava, as strong as a volcano, and protected under the ash that is responsible for hoarding every drop of dew, so valuable in a land without springs.
An optimal climate
Thanks to its geographical situation, Lanzarote possesses a warm climate throughout the entire year, with an average annual temperature of about 21ºC. As the easternmost of the Canary Islands, and the one closest to the African continent, in Lanzarote there is scarce rainfall and the sun shines for practically the whole year. This privileged climate has turned it into one of the most popular sun destinations for holidays.
A sustainable destination
The particular model of development that the island has undergone, with sustained economic growth, and with clear protection and conservation of nature and the environment, has served to ensure the award of several recognitions for its sustainability. For example, on 7th October 1993, it was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, and in 2015, it became the first destination to receive Biosphere Responsible Tourism certification. This latter was the definitive acknowledgment of the islanders’ long, hard work to maintain one of their most defining and identifying traits: their continued interest in respecting and preserving the environment.
Lanzarote’s beaches invite the visitor to enjoy the sea that laps the island’s shores, particularly since the average annual water temperature is around 19.5º C. The sea surrounding Lanzarote, generally calm and welcoming, can be enjoyed from the numerous beaches that are scattered along the coastline. Apart from the well-known pleasures of sun and sand, the water also offers fantastic opportunities for the enjoyment of water sports and boat trips, due to the excellent weather conditions present all year round, the long hours of sunshine and the warm average temperature of the sea water.
Where to stay in Lanzarote
We are sure that when you finish reading this article you will have an enormous desire to catch a plane, give yourself a little escape to paradise on earth and stay in the best hotels in the Canary Islands.
The wide and renewed hotel offer in Lanzarote has a great selection of high quality accommodation for all types of public: whether you prefer to forget about everything at an all-inclusive hotel, if you travel with the family, if you like simplicity and choose a bungalow, if you have a limited budget or, on the contrary, if you live in style, the dedicated customer service and the characteristic Canarian hospitality will make you return home like new.
Costa Teguise is the ideal place to enjoy a lively holiday. Thus, it is perfect for those who want to forget about everything at an all-inclusive hotel, travel as a family, like simplicity and choose a bungalow, have a limited budget or live in style.
As we have seen, although for many Lanzarote is well known as an ideal destination of sun and sea, the truth is that the island has endless options that adapt to all kind of visitors. Don’t hesitate and dare to discover the best of Lanzarote.