Canary Islands

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See also: TenerifeGran Canaria

Lanzarote is an intriguing island that on the one hand offers beautiful stretches of golden sands and energetic resorts to dramatic areas of rugged coastline, mountains and impressive volcanic remains that somehow manage to blend together and allow whitewashed villages, colonial towns and thriving vineyards to all be nestled peacefully in amongst it all, resulting in a beautiful island that can offer something for everyone.

As with many of the Canary Islands, Lanzarote has warm winters often averaging between 55 and 65 degree Fahrenheit with the cooler end of the temperatures during the night time and with December and January being the wettest months. Summers temperatures here are splendid especially during July and August where temperatures often average 70 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit and above.

Travel Guide
Lanzarote can be reached by plane to Arrecife International Airport (ACE) which offers flights to and from mainland Spain and other Canary Islands as well as to many other destinations around the world.

Puerto Marmoles is on the city of Arrecife's doorstep and you'll find yourself within the city within no time. There are regular cruise services from mainland Spain such as from Cadiz Port as well as ferries from other Canary Islands such as Fuerteventura, Tenerife and Gran Canaria.

Once on the island there are plenty of car, bike and scooter hire company's available for ease of exploring as well as taxis which are often very reasonably priced.

As with many of the Canary Islands, Lanzarote has a healthy production of its own fruit and vegetables which can be regularly bought from the local markets along with goats cheese which you'll also find on many restaurant menu's. There are several vineyards on the island such as in the La Geria area and the wines they produce can be bought either by visiting the vineyard in person as well as in many of the shops, supermarkets and of course many of the restaurants.

Fresh fish and seafood dishes are an obvious speciality on Lanzarote and you'll be treated to dishes such as fish stew (puchero canario), fish soup (caldo de pescado) and dried and salted codfish (bacalhau) along with plenty of roasted fish.

Another favourite dish found throughout the Canary Islands are wrinkly potatoes (papas arrugadas) which are usually served with a mojos sauce and can be a dish by themselves or as a accompaniment to a meat dish.

There are also opportunities to taste some of Spain's well known dishes such as paella, tapas and Spanish tortilla and the gooey desert bienmesabe is another favourite and is made of almond paste.

Arrecife offers just about every shop you could imagine with plenty of upmarket clothes store chains that include many well known international designers and of course endless shoe shops nestled in amongst them.

The large resorts such as Puerto Del Carmen also offer their own vast selection of stores with plenty of clothing, beach items and souvenirs available such as Cesar Manrique art prints.

There are several markets held all around the island which are particularly popular in Arecife as well as in Teguise where there is a large Sunday market that has a wide range of products including locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables, handmade crafts such as shoes, pottery, souvenirs and jewellery. There are some items of jewellery that contain the gemstone known as peridot which is found within the islands volcanic remains that makes for a unique gift or souvenir to take home.

Many of the markets also have products such as cheese, jams and a good selection of wines that are produced on the island and honey rum known as ron miel.

Lanzarote Beaches
Lanzarote has an excellent selection of beaches from Playa del Reducto next to Arrecife with its abundant bars, restaurants, shops and other amenities to the secluded beaches that are found within Playa Blanca which are popular with families and offer a good selection of shops, cafes and relatively calm shallow waters perfect for swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving.

Playa de Famara in the northwest of the island is the place to go for surfing, windsurfing and kite boarding and offers a more rugged part of the coastline.

On the northeast coast is Playa Caleton Blanco, Orsola which is one of the islands quieter sandy beaches which contains several unique volcanic rocks and is well suited for swimming and snorkelling.

Costa Teguise is one of the islands main tourist resorts that offers no end of shops, cafe and restaurants as well as beautiful beaches and waters that are perfect for watersports such as windsurfing, snorkelling and scuba diving. Another large resort is the energetic Puerto del Carmen which has glorious beaches alongside restaurants, plenty of shopping opportunities and a vibrant nightlife scene.

Lanzarote Attractions
The island of Lanzarote has many areas of natural beauty from the volcanic landscape and underground lava tunnels to a vast selection of beaches. The old towns offer reminders of the islands rich history with colonial architecture, castles and fortresses often sitting not far from the modern resorts and bustling towns and cities that are equally striving for attention.