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I have lived in Lanzarote since 2000. It is one of seven Canary Islands and is 60km off the coast of the African Sahara, not Spain, as most people think.

It is not the year-round sun which draws me! I teach yoga and am a textile artist and my favourite time is between October and April when it is not scorching hot. I love the way of life, the islands fiestas and carnivals. I also love the low-rise white washed houses and villages, there is only 1 high rise hotel (in Arrecife).

The beaches are the best in the Canaries and the lava and volcanic landscape are also intriguingly beautiful and where I love to walk, sketch photograph and paint. What attracted me to move to the island?% It is ione of the healthiest place to live on the planet! The island was declared one of the 'six universal models of sustainable development' by the World Tourism Organization and in 1993 UNESCO announced it as a Biosphere Reserve.

Enjoy my tips, and rate them. Thank you. Gracias!

Carnivals and Fiestas

Carnival is the big event on the island in February and March and nearly everyone who lives here gets involved. Dress up and join in, wherever you are staying, even if you just wear a funny mask.

In summer, Fiesta can be 2 weeks of public revelling, music and dancing, for all the family. Puerto Del Carmen and Arrecife are the best and are held in July and August. They both end with a wonderful firework display and dancing in the town square until after midnight. See you there!

In August, there are loads of events happening, don't miss visiting La Geria vineyard for its unique one day fiesta, by watching the camels bring in the grape harvest in huge panniers in the old fashioned way and join in the crushing of the grapes with your bare feet; then free wine tastings of local wines. Lovely way to spend a morning! Tapas bar on site and all around the area are other wine bodegas to visit and sample their vintages.

The islander's love the hot hot summer, with bbq's, village fiestas and beach life. I also love cycling along traffic free promenades, or on some lazy days just making use of the free summer libraries on the main beaches. There are over 170 km of coast to soak up the sun and get a good tan.

January can be hot enough for the beach, but have you ever seen the three 'Kings' ride into the main resorts on their camels and distribute gifts to the islands children on 6th? Not to be missed.

Food and Drink

There are thousands of bars and restaurants on the island from every nationality. I love the Spanish tapas bars, and in some of the smaller villages they still have a 'menu del dia' with two courses with wine, beer or soft drink and a basket of fresh bread for 6 euros.

At the other end of the culinary spectrum, we occasionally love to have a cocktail at the Grand Hotel in Arrecife and enjoy the view from the 17th floor. Or have a drink in El Sol the trendy bar on the bottom floor overlooking the beach.

For eating out and watching the sunset, I love El Golfo, where you can eat freshly caught fish al fresco, with your table in the sand; or drive to Arrieta, with its Churingos cafe bar with the best tapas on the island, overlooking the waves.

A must do, is to sample the local wines like El Grifo, La Geria or Reymar, preferably in their vineyard setting, but available in supermarkets. Or buy the Canarian Ron Miel (honey rum) which is often complimentary at the end of a meal when you eat out.

Hasta la vista!

Beaches

Most people come for the sun and the beaches.

Playa Grande (photo below) in Puerto del Carmen is the largest beach on the island and has golden sand, unlike some of the Canary Islands that have black sandy beaches. On the biggest beaches, sunbeds and sun umbrellas can be rented, and there are lots of facilities on hand, but there are also many small private coves around the island that are completely private and secluded.

See my tips on all the beaches of Lanzarote under 'Travelouges'.

Enjoy your stay!

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