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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Discover Lanzarote

Discover Lanzarote
With its fascinating volcanic interior, a coastline dotted with beautiful beaches and a temperate climate, it should come as no surprise that Lanzarote attracts millions of visitors each year. This Canary Island exudes a more relaxed atmosphere than its sister islands of Majorca or Tenerife, so it’s also ideal if you want a break away from the nine to five.

Whether exploring the underwater depths whilst snorkelling, traversing the ethereal landscape by camel or simply relaxing on a beach – Lanzarote will not disappoint.

Sightseeing tours
It’s not hard to find something to do if you fancy a day away from the coastal resorts, and a trip into the interior to marvel at volcanic terrain of Timanfaya National Park is a well worth the time. This volcanic region was formed over 300 years ago and a sunset camel ride through the Fire Mountains will be an unforgettable experience. For panoramic views of the island and beyond you can climb to the Mirador del Rio viewpoint located at a height of 479 meters and used as a lookout point for pirates as far back as the 16thcentury. Or step back 4,000 years in time when taking a tour of the famous Cuevas de Los Verdes (the Green Caves), known as the longest network of volcanic tunnels in the world.

Choose your beach
But if it’s the sunshine and the beaches that had you booking your Lanzarote flights then you have plenty of options: there are the major resorts like Puerto del Carmen and Costa Teguise that are perched on expansive, Blue Flag beaches, or there’s the less crowded Playa Blanca, a quirky beach with imported sands from the Sahara. And then there are the incredibly picturesque spots at Famara and Papagayo, which are considered to be the most beautiful beaches on the island. However, if you’re visiting the north coast then a trip to the beautiful island of La Graciosa will provide you with an almost Robinson Crusoe desert-island experience.

Mingle with the locals
The Canary Islands are big on festivals and Lanzarote is no exception. The Carnival during February is one of the highlights attracting thousands of visitors each year who come to enjoy the floats, music, dancing and street parties that take place all over the island. St John’s day in July is another major festival marking the beginning of summer and features bonfires, dancing and beach parties, many of which last all night. Time your vacation with any of festivals taking place on the island and you’ll add another fantastic cultural dimension to your holiday to the Canaries.

Lanzarote is an island that has everything you could wish for on a holiday, so pack your bags and leave your cares at home.

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