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Discover Lanzarote: Lanzarote is situated just 79 miles off the coast of Africa and is the most easterly of the Canary Islands. 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 just 140mm (5.5 inches). This makes Lanzarote the perfect year-round destination.

Wikipedia: Lanzarote, a Spanish island, is the easternmost of the Canary Islands, in the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 125 km off the coast of Africa and 1,000 km from the Iberian Peninsula. Covering 845.9 km², it stands as the fourth largest of the islands. The first recorded name for the island, given by Angelino Dulcert, was Insula de Lanzarotus Marocelus, after the Genoese navigator Lancelotto Malocello, from which the modern name is derived. The island's name in the native Guanche language was Tite-Roy-Gatra, which may mean "the red mountains". Lanzarote is of volcanic origin. The island was created about 35 million years ago. The island along with others was created after the breakup of the African and the American continental plates.

Lanzarote Island: Warm temperatures all year. With a good deal of flatland, Lanzarote is the least mountainous of the Canary Islands. Due to its low level, Lanzarote is below the level of humid and warm air. In general, this results in a dry climate with little rain. The average temperature is 24° in August and 17° in January. The sea temperature varies between 17° and 24° at the surface. The sun shines for many hours throughout the year, which allows sun worshippers to enjoy the long white-sand beaches and clear waters: those of Famara, Papagayo, Orzola, Puerto del Carmen or Las Cucharas. The wind is constant and moderate almost all year, making Lanzarote a suitable place for the practice of yachting, windsurfing and kitesurfing.

Historical Sites

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National Park of Timanfaya: This park covers a surface area of 51 square kilometres, and includes within it's boundaries an extensive range of volcanoes. Because of the lack of rain, there is very little erosion on the island and the volcanic scenery must look much as it did after the eruptions. The scenery is both breathtaking and unrepeatable.

Despite the hostile appearance of this land, which extends as far as the coast, there are several species of animals such as the Haria lizard, ravens, seagulls, Cory's shearwater, and a great variety of lichens. A large number of experts in Botany, Zoology and Geology uses the National Park of Timanfaya as a base for different studies and experiments.

The Jameos del Agua lava caves were formed on the northeast coast following an eruption of Mount Corona. Cesar Manrique planned to make them appealing, and between 1965 and 1968, he landscaped them into a fantastic subterraneous complex. Having entered the site, you immediately start to descend through lush vegetation, huge cacti, and suspended above you, a gigantic ship’s anchor. Your attention will now be drawn to the natural arched cave in front of you, enclosing a pool. This is a confirmation of Manrique’s dedication to his beloved island and its heritage. Here, in a seawater lagoon, is the home of a unique species of white, blind crabs. They are extremely small creatures but seem to glow brightly in the dimly lit cave.

Places of Interest

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El Golfo is the famous Green Lagoon – an unusual phenomenon in the cove, where sea water has become trapped in the form of a lake and turned a striking acidic green, due to the algae which lives there.

The beach itself is made of pebbles, and the cliffs behind the lagoon are equally dramatic, having been wind eroded into fantastic shapes over the course of the centuries. The scenery is further enhanced by the large finger of rock which sits just off the beach and causes the sea to crash around it.

Las Salinas del Janubio is a place of scientific interest where not only the fauna is protected, but also the traditional method of extracting salt from the seawater. Before the eruptions of 1730-1736, it was the best natural harbour on Lanzarote, but the eruptions created a sand bar that closed this point forming a lake called La Caleta de Janubio.

Cesar Manrique: Local artist Cesar Manrique was a sculpture, painter, architect and one of the pioneers of modern art in Spain. He created the 7 tourist centers of Lanzarote and had a great influence on the protection of both the nature and the culture of the island. He convinced the local government to disallow the construction of high buildings and the use of billboards that would harm the beauty of the natural landscape.

 

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Activities

Wind Surfing: Windsurfing combines the adrenaline rush, and techniques of surf, kitesurf and wake boarding, turning it into one of the most spectacular water sports. Windsurf, surf and kitesurfing look hard to learn, but in reality are very easy. Most windsurfing techniques can be simulated on the beach and with a proper training program you'll get the basics in just a few days.

Surfing: Lanzarote has some of the best surfing beaches in the Canary Island, with Famara beach on the north coast being the most renowned surfing beach, and central surf schools are located here and just west of Famara at La Santa. You'll catch a few waves on the beaches of La Graciosa Island to the north too, and around Orzola. It's easy to hook into one of the many surf camps on the island and book yourself on a surfing holiday with guaranteed big waves, warm sunshine and warm sea temperatures!

The top surfing season in Lanzarote is actually in winter between the months of November up until late March - wave heights are higher during this period rarely dropping below head-height!

Scuba Diving: Diving in Lanzarote is generally done around the larger resorts. At Puerto del Carmen, which is only a twenty minute drive from the airport, there is steep wall dive, harbour wrecks and a short boat trip to offshore reefs on offer. With both boat and shore dives and the depth and skill range of the dive sites, this makes a great location for progressing training. Near the shore the sea bed is sandy, but it quickly drops away to steep volcanic walls. The volcanic landscape that is so impressive on the surface is equally as awe inspiring underwater with lava flows and cave formations providing divers with some fantastic places to explore. The rocks are covered in anemones, sponges and soft corals and are home to many types of fish. There are some wreck dives on offer, but diving here is definitely for those who want reef diving with a difference. There is also a decompression chamber on the island that can house six people at once.

Lanzarote beachFishing: The waters around Lanzarote are home to a fine array of prized big fish. And as a result, game fishing is a very popular pastime. Overseas anglers can encounter all sorts of exotic species such as sharks, tuna, marlin and wahoo. The main big game fishing season runs from May through to November. Whilst bottom fishing for species such as bream is possible all year round.

Horse riding is one of those pursuits that many people have had a desire to try at some point but never got round to doing. Several factors may put them off such as time, cost or lack of accessibility to a stable. Here in Lanzarote, horse riding is a hobby that anyone can indulge in with relative ease, from absolute beginners to experienced riders. The thought of charging through wide open spaces on a beautiful horse feeling the wind in your hair and a sense of freedom in your heart appeals to you... then look no further. Horse riding is available to everyone here in Lanzarote. Despite the lack of grass there are centers all over the island where you can go on organised riding tours.

Cycling: Despite its volcanic terrain, Lanzarote is a perfect location for a cycling holiday. The island's year round clement climate and super low rainfall (it lies just off the coast of west Africa and the Sahara) attracts professional and amateur cyclists in droves during the winter months, as they seek out warmer weather for training and practice.

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Beaches

Holiday Watchdog The resort of Playa Blanca is located at the south tip of the island, 26 miles south west of Arrecife. Playa Blanca stretches for 5 miles along the coastline and is only ½ mile at its widest point. Playa Blanca was once a tiny fishing village of which some older buildings and brightly coloured boats remain. In the tiny commercial centre, green-shuttered white buildings line the attractive waterfront walk, with its old-fashioned lampposts and pavement bars. Most accommodations are never more than a few minutes walk from the village centre. There is a small sandy town beach with a few stony patches and low cliffs of black rocks. The larger, man-made option at Playa Dorada. Playa Flamingo, on the opposite side of the port, has fine white sand. Which is safe for swimming, as man-made groynes enclose it.

Foxy Island Walks: There are some great beaches on Lanzarote which vary from quite touristy to just about deserted, the latter especially on parts of the coast where there are quite a few secluded small beaches to discover where you can strip off for your sunbathing and swimming if you so wish. Naturists are a familiar sight on many of Lanzarote's beaches - there is of course plenty of room for everyone to do as they wish particularly once you are away from the main tourist beaches.

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Tours

Isango: Discover Lanzarote in style with our "Lanzarote V.I.P." tour. This luxury tour is the most informative way of experiencing all that the island has to offer in one special day. Move away from the beach resorts, to Lanzarote’s greener picturesque interior regions. Lanzarote is an island comprising of the dramatic and lunar-like landscapes that are totally different from the rest of the Canarian Archipelago. Great parts of Lanzarote are covered by ash and lava but the inhabitants have managed to cultivate vineyards, between volcanoes in the Geria region. All in all Lanzarote is a wonderful and beautiful place to visit.

Excursions Online: Lanzarote Gran Tour, Departure from Costa Teguise, Arrecife, Puerto del Carmen, Puerto Calero and Playa Blanca towards the south of the island, passing through Uga, where we will visit the Mountains of Fire for a camel ride, Timanfaya National Park (geothermal demonstrations and the Volcano Route). We then continue to the south of the island to admire La Costa de la Lava (Panoramic view of the Janubio salt mines and Los Hervideros).

Meal on route. After lunch, we will cross Lanzarote’s most important vine-growing region –La Geria (visit to a typical cellar and wine tasting session). We then continue towards the north, passing through Teguise (once the island’s capital) Los Valles, Haría (view of the Valley of the Thousand Palm Trees) and visiting Los Jameos del Agua. Return through Guatiza to the different pick-up points at around 6 p.m. Including lunch.

Excursions Online: Lanzarote Jeep Safari With Driver (Tamarán): After pick-up, we travel to Teguise and stop for a while to explain the route and some rules of thumb. Later, we drive down to Famara Beach through La Caleta, Soo, Caleta de Caballo and La Santa, where we stop again. We then continue to the other side of the island along volcanic rock trails towards La Asomada, visiting La Geria with view of the Timanfaya National Park and the vineyards. Stop in Yaiza for lunch. We then continue to Playa Blanca and Papagayo, where we stop for bathing. Return to hotels through Mácher. Return at around 5 p.m. (Warm clothing and swimwear recommended). Including lunch.

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Voyana: Lanzarote has a long tradition of providing luxury holidays with a year-round good climate without the need for a long-haul flight. Lanzarote is a perfect year round holiday destination with average daily temperatures ranging from 21°C in January to 29°C in August. Lanzarote is volcanic in origin and due to more recent eruptions the scenery often takes on the appearance of a lunar landscape. Despite the volcanic appearance Lanzarote is blessed with stunning white sand beaches such as those at Playa Blanca and Papagayo.

Portland Holidays: If you fancy a week spent horizontal on the beach, Lanzarote comes up trumps. With a sunshine record that would make most other places turn positively green with envy, this Atlantic gem offers up sun, sea and sand by the bucket and spade load. But there’s more to Lanzarote than just sun worship. A whole lot more. There’s the bonkers scenery for starters. Of all the Canaries, Lanzarote suffered the most volcanic devastation. Cue a landscape that’s pockmarked by gaping craters, solidified lava streams and over 300 volcanoes. Step off the plane and it’s like setting foot on an alien planet. The only giveaway that this stark moonscape is actually inhabited is the cutesy collection of whitewashed houses that pepper the island.

Lanzarote sceneryThomson: Holidays in Lanzarote aren't all about beaches. Granted, holidaymakers flock here to laze on the soft golden sands but there's more to this sun-drenched slice than just sunbathing. Like its brothers and sisters, Lanzarote was born out of fiery eruptions. It's volcanic to the extreme. Think dramatic peaks. Solidified lava streams. And bizarre rock formations. The scorched landscape of Timanfaya National Park looks like something from Doctor Who. In fact, a holiday in Lanzarote is probably the closest thing you'll get to being on the moon.

Falcon: Positioned just off the west coast of Africa, basking in the warmth of the sun and cooled by blue Atlantic waters, magical Lanzarote is an island of contrasts. With dramatic volcanic landscapes, shaped by decades of natural events, glistening sands and one of the sunniest climates in the Canaries.

Holiday Accommodation

Villas: Just Lanzarote is a fully bonded independent specialist villa holiday company with over 30 years experience in the Canaries offering a wide selection of lanzarote luxury vacation villa rentals and accommodation with private secluded heated pools & holiday accommodation for the discerning travellers looking for affordable villas and enjoyable holiday alternatives in Lanzarote Canary Islands. We cover all areas Puerto del Carmen, Los Mojones, Playa Blanca,Costa Teguise, Oasis de Nazaret. To ensure your villa holiday you have waited for is to a good standard, value for money and available for your occupation on arrival - book with the specialists. Just Lanzarote offers a personal, friendly and professional service both in the UK and overseas with our lanzarote island representatives - we care about your holiday so let us do the worrying for you - our experienced knowledgeable staff are available to help if you need help in selecting a suitable villa in Lanzarote that meets your needs and budget

icanaries: Receive five-star pampering at oceanfront hotels in Lanzarote, where spectacular views beckon from your window, the nearby white-sandy beach awaits your company, and an attentive staff caters to your every whim. Truly a leisure destination in themselves, hotels in Lanzarote provide an array of recreational facilities, including indoor Jacuzzis, private swimming pools, tropical gardens, club houses, and playing courts for tennis, squash, and mini-golf. Choose from a wide selection of exclusive Lanzarote hotels and Lanzarote resorts that offer world-class amenities, incomparable service, magnificent ocean views and free shuttle buses to major attractions on the island. Fabulously appointed and fully furnished, rooms in Lanzarote hotels are equipped with luxurious beds, a mini-bar, telephone, satellite television, kitchenette, and spacious bathroom with a hair-dryer.

Playa Flamingo is an attractive complex set on one of the beaches at Playa Blanca. The lengthy seafront promenade is great for a stroll and it plays host to several shops‚ cafés and restaurants.

Iberostar Papagayo Hotel: New three-storey hotel with 208 rooms, lifts. Lobby with reception, lobby-bar, non-smoker restaurant, boutique, conference hall, and lounge bar. In the grounds is a beautiful pool area and children´s pool, pool bar, sun terrace with sun loungers and parasols. Nudist area on the roof. Towel service. Childrens playground.

The Los Jameos Playa is one of the most modern and most attractive hotel resorts on the Canary Islands. It is made up of several buildings constructed in a style typical to this island, the architecture based on the style created by local artist César Manrique which can now be seen everywhere on the island. The 20,000 m² palm garden with a fantastic bathing landscape is much like an oasis that invites you to stay and relax a while.

Hotel Natura Palace: A four star hotel situated on the beach front and at the foot of the Red Mountain volcano. Offering 269 rooms with the views of Fuerteventura and Lobos islands. Containing a large number of services such as the BODY & SOUL SPA-Health and Beauty Centre www.bodyandsoullanzarote.com, and also providing ample spacesfor those wishing to enjoy a relaxing holiday with the sea as the background.

La Penita Apartments: Welcome to La Peñita, your place to enjoy the sunshine and the splendid weather of Lanzarote. We are located right in the center of Puerto del Carmen and across the road from a small sandy beach. We are prepared to make your stay a pleasant one, with a professional and personal service, always looking after your needs.

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