Lanzarote is the northernmost of the Canary Islands, situated only 70 miles from the African Coastline.
An island mainly considered for its volcanic and lunar landscapes, offers the visitor a unique experience that can’t be replicated anywhere else in the world. To the volcanoes and lava landscapes you also have to add the caves, long lava tunnels, Black and white sandy beaches, crystal clear water and of course Waves, Waves and more Waves.
Declared as a Natural Biosphere Reserve by the Unesco in 1993 the island of Lanzarote is recognised for its commitment to sustainability and the environment. A place that has remained far away from the construction boom that has occurred in Gran Canaria and Tenerife, it has managed to obtain a balance between tourism and conservation of the environment.
If we look closer thought, Lanzarote has a lot more to offer than just its unusual but extraordinary scenery and world class waves. Far from a Sun and sea holiday Lanzarote offers the possibility to carry out all types of activities these either being sport related or just general leisure.
Surf, Windsurf, and Kitesurf, all at world class level, A national Park (Timanfaya), 150 volcanoes to see, 1 marine reserve (La Graciosa), 100 sports to dive at, 2 18 hole golf courses. Dozens of hiking and bike routes, deep sea fishing and spearfishing, whale watching, hang gliding, catamaran excursions, Canoeing, Sail boat hire, snorkelling, speleology, a great gastronomic culture (sancocho, gofio, bienmesabe, papas arrugadas con mojo picon), more than twenty wine cellars with denomination of origin, sporting events recognised internationally (IronMan, Wine Run…) La Graciosa, Fuerteventura only 15 minutes away, islets of Alegranza and Lobos only a boat ride away, over 300 days of sun a year….do you really need any more good reasons to come here???
– GOOD CLIMATE ALL YEAR ROUND –
Lanzarote has the advantage of counting with excellent weather all year round. It can be said that that we live an eternal Spring due to this warm subtropical climate.
In Winter, as opposed to the mainland Spain that gets to freezing temperatures, here on the island we enjoy temperatures that rarely drop below 22 C and this is the reason why thousands of Spanish and European people flock to our shores each year to catch some of our all year round sun.
In Summer, whilst some destinations reach a scorching 40 C we on the other had have the cool sea breeze locally called “los vientos alisios”, which allows us to not overpass the 30 c mark, and furthermore guarantee a good night’s sleep without needing air conditioning.
If we look at meteorology stats we can easily say Lanzarote has more than 300 days of sun a year. When converted into percentage this accounts for over 80 % of the days in the year being sunny.
– UNIQUE LANDSCAPES –
A fact that leaves little doubt is that Lanzarote is an island of unique characteristics and beauty. When a tourist makes out the shape of the island floating on the horizon from their plane window, their first impression isn’t that they’re going to land on just any old island, rather that they’re going to arrive on a land that seems far away from the well-known connotations of sun and sea holidays. This becomes apparent when you get closer and see the volcanic and lunar landscape that the view has to offer. It can be argued that the island itself presents a more similar image to what we have of Mars or the moon. Over 40% of the islands mass is protected due to being part of the National Timanfaya Park or the Natural Reserve.
As a must on the island the National Park itself together with its many volcanoes is an attraction you can’t miss whilst on your stay on the island.
The more than 25 volcanoes that can be found in the park alone, can be visited during a 25 minute tour on a guided bus. For those that wish to live the experience from a more intense perspective can sign up to one of the many organized tours that are set up by the Visitors Centre.
The Islands volcanic past can be further explored if you take into consideration the Natural Park of the Volcanoes where you are able to find numerous craters that each have a story to tell. Amongst the most important is the Volcan del Cuervo or Pico Partido.
To these you can add the Volcan de la Corona which gave way to the massive volcanic lave tunnels, which in turn originated two of the most attractive and unique places on the whole of the island, the Green Cave and Los Jameos del Agua.
Moving on you are also able to find great points of interest on the island such as the National Monument of los Ajaches with its great geographical value as it’s the oldest geological formation on the island and the protected landscape of Teneguime with its flora and endemic species is also a great point of interest.
And of course you can leave out of these unique locations the extraordinary beauty of the tiny archipelago which includes Famara and is also composed of a series of tiny islands (such as La Graciosa, Alegranza, Montana Clara, Roque del Este and Oeste and Macizo de Famara), all of which are primarily deserted and protected due to their endemic species that inhabit them.
Finally but not least we also want to give a special mention to the area known as La Geria, which can be considered a monument to the ingenuity of the local farmers and agriculturists as they were able to create a cultivation system that is unique in the world. This has been accomplished by using the surrounding ash from the volcano and using it to retain moisture in the lands. This ash also called “Picón” by the locals is spread over agricultural areas and creates a mass of black scenery that covers the soil and gives a special mineral contribution to everything that is grown under it. The wine in particular obtains its denomination of origin from this method.
Every visitor to the island must see the Wine Cellars located in La Geria and try its unique wines, which have obtained numerous international prizes and accreditations.
– SUBMARINE PARADISE –
Lanzarote is not only a paradise on the surface but also on an underwater level. Thousands of amateur and Professional Divers are drawn to its depths in search of its great marine wildlife.
The average temperature of the water is situated between 18 C in the Winter, and 24 C in the summer, this paired with the great visibility of 40 metres that its crystal clear waters have to offer have made of Lanzarote an internationally recognised location from diving, from that we only have to see the numerous diving centres that there are on the island.
Lanzarote waters are full of a rich variety of sea life, reefs, sunken boats, and secrets for divers to find. Furthermore the waters themselves are not known for any dangerous species and give for peace of mind when exploring the depths.
In the 213 metres of coastline that the island has to offer there are around a 100 different diving sites easily reached by foot of by a small boat journey.
Amongst of all of these different diving sites, exist 4 distinct places on the island, which are: La Graciosa, Puerto del Carmen, The Northeast coast, and the outskirts of Playa Blanca.
The great dive that is the Island of La Graciosa is one of the three marine reserves the Canaries has to offer, together with La Restinga in El Hierro, and The Mariana Reserve in La Palma.
For those that are happy with a pair of snorkelling goggles and a breathing tube, any beach or shallow shore will offer plenty of interesting sites and marine life to see.
– LANZAROTE BY FOOT –
If you’re looking for something more than just simply passing through an area and want to feel more more and truly see what the islands about step by step, then we recommend the multiple routes and hiking trails that all of the island has to offer.
Most of which are sign posted and maintained by the Local Cabildo of Lanzarote to ensure that both residents and tourists get the maximum out of them.
We recommand you the following routes:
|Arrieta-Caleta de Famara||Teguise–Caleta de Famara|
|Teguise-Guatiza||Tiagua–Caleta de Famara (Ruta del Jable)|
|Mozaga-Yaiza (Ruta de La Geria)||Femés-Playa Blanca|
|Femés-Playa Blanca||Haría-Ermita de las Nieves|
|Mancha Blanca-Playa de las Malvas||Caleta de Famara-Tinajo|
– LANZAROTE, LAND OF THE ATHLETES –
Without a shadow of a doubt Lanzarote has a long list of attractions for every type of person to see. But one thing that the island excels particularly in is proving multi-adventure sport.
For quite some time now it has been marketed as a European Sports Destination, which gives an insight as to how important the practice of sport is for the tourism on the island of Lanzarote.
To Start with the excellent climate allows for the practice of many outdoor sports all year round. During the year multiple world cup events take place for the disciplines of Surf, Kitesurf, Windsurf and Diving.
We recommend that you don’t forget about our dedicated surf section which is dedicated to the numerous different surfing spots on the island, so you can get a great insight to the wide variety of great waves the island has to offer. They don’t call it the European Hawaii for nothing.
Apart from the great diving experiences to be had on the island, the waters also offer the possibility of amazing fishing excursions, this being to catch Blue Marlin, Tuna, Barracuda or any other of the numerous species that the island have to offer, Guaranteeing and amazing day out and an unforgettable experience.
But it has to be said that it’s not only for its aquatic sports that the island is well known for. The interior of the island offers the thrill seeking visitor the opportunity to push their limits. Ranging from Volcano Climbing, speleology, amazing routes by foot or bicycle, hang-gliding, cliff climbing, and the list goes on…
Giving a special mention to Hang-gliding we can say it is the one true form to see the island from a bird’s eye view, and there’s no place better than the cliff of Famara, where if the weather conditions are right, becomes a centre for adrenalin seekers looking to fly over the island displaying their colourful gliders. A true spectacle that you can try for yourself as there are many clubs that offer the possibility of flying in tandem.
If what you’re looking for is a morning or afternoon that offers more tranquillity you can opt for playing at one of the two golf courses that the island has to offer. These being located in Puerto del Carmen and Costa Teguise, both offering hours of fun with their 18 hole courses.
– STANDOUT SPORTING EVENTS –
Islas Canarias Santa Pro
A surfing competition that’s in the ASP circuit which takes place each year and manages to congregate some of the best surfers in the world. If you like surf and fancy seeing the pros in action this is something you do not want to miss.
Iron Man Lanzarote
Without a doubt one of the sporting events with the greatest repercussion that takes place on the island, and only comparable to the event that takes place in Hawaii. Nearly 4 km of swimming, 180 km of cycling, and to finish off a 42, 2 km marathon ! ! ! . Although it may seem like an extreme test of endurance that only a few can achieve, year on year the competition takes on hundreds upon hundreds of athletes that have the only objective of showing that the limits of man are only set by the mind.
Lanzarote Wine Run
This can be considered as the most fun and entertaining run you can take part in. It’s a 10 km run through the wineries and wine cellars of La Geria, where water is substituted by wine. You really can’t miss this if you fancy having a good time and some memorable laughs.
Lava Trail Lanzarote
You’ll definitely need some water to finish this race, and plenty of it. An ultra-marathon of 84 km, that runs down the island from North to South, a true test of endurance. This one is for extreme runners only.
K10 Xtrem Yaiza
More than just a 10 km marathon, it’s an obstacle course full of twists and turns where some of the runners dress up in fancy dress, providing a great afternoon of entertainment. Surely you wouldn’t want to miss that?
International San Gines Boat Race
One of the off shore races with most charm in all of Spain, with a total distance of 110 nautical miles, taken place between the islands of Lanzarote and Gran Canaria.
The River Crossing
This is a very popular swimming race at the end of the summer that takes place between the islands of Lanzarote and La Graciosa, that covers over 2600 metres.