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Lanzarote is one of the seven Spanish owned islands that comprise the Canarian archipelago. Which is located just off the coast of West Africa in the Atlantic Ocean. A privileged position – on a similar line of latitude to parts of Florida and the Bahamas – that creates a clement climate all year round.

Lanzarote’s location makes it one of Europe’s most popular winter sun destinations. With just over 1.5 million tourists enjoying a holiday on the island over the course of last year alone. A figure further bolstered by a sizeable tourist influx from the Spanish mainland – as many seek to escape the searing heat of the Iberian peninsular during the summer months.

The island was first conquered by Spain during the early 1400’s. Providing a launching pad for the subdual of the rest of the Canaries and a staging post for Spanish galleons sailing to the New World some hundred years later. Whilst during the 18th and 19th centuries Lanzarote was rocked by massive volcanic eruptions. Which wiped out villages and farmland – replacing them with lava fields and 300 plus new volcanoes.

Today the island is totally focused on tourism. Yet despite Lanzarote’s popularity it still remains far less developed than close Canarian cousins such as Tenerife. As high rise buildings and advertising billboards were banned by law during the 1970’s.

Famara in LANZAROTEMuch of Lanzarote’s popularity stems from the fact that the island boasts over 90 beaches. The vast majority of which are made up of golden grains rather than the black sand so prevalent on other Canary Islands. In fairness some of this has in fact been imported from the Sahara – which is located just 100 miles or so away. But that still doesn’t detract from the beauty of beaches such as Playa Grande in Puerto del Carmen. Or the raw all-natural allure of Famara on the North West coast.

Accommodation standards on the island are high, with the best choice of Lanzarote villas and hotels available in the southern resort of Playa Blanca. Which was entirely purpose built during the 1990´s.VOLCANO ON LANZAROTE

Whilst the island also offers a surprisingly large number of things to do and see.  Thanks to the unique volcanic scenery and the influence of a local artist called Cesar Manrique. Who used this twisted terrain to create a number of unique attractions, such as the Jameos del Agua and the Mirador de Rio.

Lanzarote is just four hours flying time from the UK and the island is now served by most of the leading low cost airlines, such as Ryanair and easyJet. Whilst holidays in Lanzarote are available from such established tour operators as Thomson Holidays and First Choice.


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