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The Island of Lanzarote

The Land of Volcanoes and sunshine.

Volcanoes erupted on this beautiful little Island for over 7 years, causing much devastation, so this is what helped form the Island into what we see today.

Lanzarote has an all year round warm climate, sometimes, with very strong wind's, but, this can be quite welcoming in the hot summer sun.
Unlike some of the other Canary Islands, it's beaches are mainly sandy, albeit imported sand.
Volcano's dominate the Island, and can make it look very stark, as there is very little greenery apart from the ever increasing Palm trees. Tall Palm tree's grow everywhere, and many are protected.

There are three main resorts, Puerto del Carmen, Costa Teguise and Playa Blanca, other places are now developing, like the marina at Puerto Calero, there you can take a submarine ride. Development is still taking place all over the island, and it's all in keeping with the Canarian style.
You can dine on the top of a Volcano, ride a Camel, take a boat trip out to see Dolphin's, visit volcanic cave's or just lay back and take in the sun.
Lanzarote is a Volcanic Island, not as developed as it's other Canarian neighbours and building is strictly regulated.

Places to see,

There is a weekly craft market in the old capitol of Tegiuse on a Sunday morning, but , be warned it is very busy. Trip's across to the neighbouring Island of Fuerteventura go from Puerto- del- Carmen or Playa Blanca, if you are lucky, Dolphin's and flying fish can be spotted en route.
There is something for everyone on this beautiful Island.

Cesar Manrique

You can't go to Lanzarote without knowing a little something about Cesar Manrique. He didn't want his beloved island of Lanzarote being developed like it's close neighbours.
Known as the architect of the island, he laid down plan's and guidelines, stating, that, buildings must be no higher than the palm tree's, house's should be painted white, with the shutter's being, blue, white or brown, depending on how close to the sea they are.
He used the natural elements to create tourist attraction's. Volcanic bubble's became caves, an old quarry was turned into the lovely Cactus gardens. His large Mobile's and monuments can be found all over the island.
The Foundation Cesar Manrique, was set up after his death, and they still continue with his work today, this has helped to keep this little island the unique place it is.
His own house, was built in a volcanic bubble, and is open to the public.
Sadly he was killed in a car accident just a few yard's away from his home, but his work and ideas still go on to this day.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Plenty of sunshine, no high rise buildings and good beaches.
  • Cons:Sales men
  • In a nutshell:I love it, laid back and friendly.
  • Last visit to Isla de Lanzarote: May 2013
  • Intro Updated Jun 22, 2013
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jun 23, 2013 at 5:42 AM

    I see you have been doing lots of updates to this page lately. Good work! Are any of those volcanos due to go off again soon?

    • mustertal's Profile Photo
      Jun 23, 2013 at 6:57 AM

      They say, they are due erupt sometime in the next 50 years, but they have recently had a small earthquake.

  • wise23girl's Profile Photo
    Oct 19, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    What a wonderful legacy from Cesar Manrique and how sad he was killed so close to home

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Dec 3, 2010 at 3:23 AM

    You obviously love going here as you've been so many times. Looks like a beautiful place to stay. The Mirador del Rio is simply spectacular and those Tapas at La Terracita sure look yummy. Must have some in Torremolinos.

  • wise23girl's Profile Photo
    Jan 14, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    I will have to come back and read about this fascinating place. Morning chores call. Marg

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Oct 16, 2009 at 6:16 AM

    Me again, coming back to look at your updates since March 11, 2007. Sounds like you had a very pleasant re-visit to Lanzarote.

  • hindu1936's Profile Photo
    Jun 10, 2009 at 4:37 AM

    thank you for the thoughtful tips that my friend who lives there neglected to mention. When we go to see her, I'll chastize her with my famous scowl.

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Aug 27, 2008 at 12:09 AM

    Hi thanks for the great tour!Informative and well written with interesting tips and photos thanks Margaret - it was the xlnt cactus garden pic that first drew me in! but how much is about average for the accomm?See u soon in Halifax!

  • claude-andre's Profile Photo
    Jul 8, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Lots of informations ! very useful. I finished my tips, but they are as informative as yours.

  • Apr 2, 2008 at 9:58 PM

    I wouldn't walk alone anywhere late at night. I got robbed at knifepoint when I made a wrong turn and ended up on a what seemed like a deserted street. Thankfully I got some locals to help catch the man&call police!

  • diosh's Profile Photo
    Mar 8, 2008 at 12:32 AM

    I loved Puerto del Carmen.We stayed in the old part- up 'Cardiac Hill'!D x

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