The sunny and friendly land of Spain is host to some of the best seaside destinations. Home to around a million British expats with way more visiting on holidays each year, the land of rabbits as its otherwise called and its islands, are a true playground for any type of traveller and budget. From a hip Barcelona getaway to a sunny session on a sandy beach in the Canary Islands, holidays in Spain provide some of the best vacation options just a short flight away from home. Speaking of the Canary Islands however, there is a certain destination which seems to be on the rise like never before. If being chosen by the British prime minister as his holiday destination doesn’t convince you, then allow us give you some insight into why this place is one of the favourite British holiday destinations in Spain.
One of the prime selling points of a holiday to Lanzarote can’t be anything else rather than its spectacular sandy beaches. Starting with the touristy but still beautiful Playa Flamingo and Playa Blanca, the widely popular beaches are sandy, clean and an exceptional way to work on your tan and swim without straying too far from your hotel. However, if you plan on having a wonderful beach to yourself you would be well advised to rent a car and go exploring. The famous Playa de Papagayo, contrary to what its name might suggest is a selection of marvelous sandy beaches on the remote southernmost part of the island with some of the clearest waters that you could ever swim in. In case that you don’t mind to stray a bit further for an exceptional change in scenery, then the nearby island of La Graciosa near the northernmost part of the island is where you should head to. Hike, cycle or travel by a 4×4 and discover some of the most beautiful and remote beaches the small island has to offer.
If family holidays to the Canary Islands are what you’re after, rest assured that the whole family will rejoice in case that you choose Lanzarote as your destination. Besides the usual and amazing beaches which provide a ton of fun under the sun, holidays to Lanzarote come with some welcome surprises guaranteed to blow you away. Put on your helmet and gloves and go racing in one of the two spectacular go cart tracks on the island in San Bartolome and Puerto del Carmen or go bowling instead in Cesar’s Bowling club if racing go-karts is not your thing. For a full day of fun for the whole family head to the Rancho Texas Park and watch the spectacular animal shows, or whiz down the waterslides while making your children brim with joy. In case that you prefer seeing and learning more about marine species, then a visit to the Lanzarote aquarium, which also happens to be the largest in the Canary Islands, is a must!
When it comes to museums, Lanzarote has quite an impressive selection despite its small size. Visit the Cesar Manrique Foundation or the Home/Museum of Cesar Manrique in order to witness the works of the legendary Canarian architect, Cesar Manrique. The spectacular Lagomar museum, also designed by the famous architect, is one of the places to put on your list to visit during your holidays to Lanzarote as it is a prime display of how the volcanic settings can be integrate contemporary architecture. Visit the picturesque little village of Tias and make sure you take a tour through the house of the famous Canarian writer Jose Saramago and learn more about his work and life.
As with any good vacation spot, Lanzarote never ceases to amaze with its broad spectrum of nightlife, covering all types from party animals to people out for a relaxed night in an upscale venue. Puerto del Carmen is the go to place for wild parties as the nightclubs, bars and karaoke bars keep the tunes going until the morning. Pay a visit to the Centro Atlantico and the Old Town and let your hair down till the sun comes up. Playa Blanca follows suit with some of the best offerings in bars and clubs, along with some of the best nighttime entertainment in the upscale Marina Rubicon. Still, if you prefer to live it up like a local and come in touch with the way the people of Lanzarote party, a night out in the island’s capital, Airrecife, is something to put on your list. As a word of advice, be careful not to overindulge too early as most of the action starts after midnight and goes on until the morning.
Food & Drink
As with most tourist oriented destinations, Lanzarote covers all tastes when it comes to eating and drinking. From restaurants serving the best in international cuisine to British and Irish pubs, you are guaranteed to find something to satisfy your taste buds. However, the local cuisine is where the brilliance of fresh local ingredients and traditional recipes shines best. Try the freshly caught fish and seafood and combine it with the Canarian staple, papas arrugadas or wrinkled potatoes. Don’t be shy and indulge by adding some spicy mojo rojo or refreshing mojo verde sauce and bring the Canarian flavours to your dish. The volcanic soil of Lanzarote is what makes its wines distinct and as such, if you happen to be a fan of wine then a visit to the Bodega El Grifo is well recommended. Stroll around the unusually placed vineyard, learn more about the rich history of winemaking on the island and taste some of the spectacular wines on offer.