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Lanzarote is an enclave that belongs to the Canary Islands and is probably one of the most exclusive destinations of Spain to enjoy an unbeatable vacation. It is said that this island paradise has something very special, something different. Perhaps the beauty of its capital, Arrecife? The unparalleled landscape of Timanfaya? The unforgettable visits to La Graciosa? Or perhaps the beaches of Costa Teguise? In reality, the charm of this island in the Atlantic Ocean originates in each of its corners.
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Where to stay in Lanzarote? Costa Teguise is considered one of the best places to choose a hotel in Lanzarote. Located in the east of the island, this town is close to the capital of Lanzarote and only 15 min. drive from Lanzarote airport. The town of Teguise is an attractive destination for lovers of sun, beach and tranquillity, and an ideal place for sightseeing. Lanzarote also offers the possibility to practice water sports, such as windsurfing or diving, and to go cycling, and Teguise has the best beaches and trails.
What are the best hotels to go with children? The Barceló Lanzarote Active Resort is located in the Costa Teguise area, with impressive sports facilities, including an Olympic-size heated swimming pool. This is in addition to other recreational areas for both adults and children, and fabulous rooms, all recently renovated. Very close to this hotel is the Occidental Lanzarote Playa, with beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean and surrounded by the calm sands of El Ancla beach.
For those adults looking for the best hotels in Lanzarote to disconnect and relax during their holidays, an interesting option is Barceló Teguise Beach Adults Only, located on the seafront. Its modern rooms are equipped with hydro-massage bathtubs with the most advanced technology. For the comfort of its visitors, it also offers a gym, an excellent U-Spa and two infinity pools, all in a wonderfully tranquil setting that is enhanced by sea views. And what more options does the island of Lanzarote have to offer.
There are many things to do on trips to Lanzarote, from visiting the stunning beaches of Lanzarote to excursions to the Timanfaya National Park and passing through La Geria, or a trip to the Cueva de los Verdes or the Jameos del Agua. Starting from Costa Teguise itself, Lanzarote has dreamy corners that are essential to enjoy in person, as well as points of interest such as the César Manrique Foundation. These are the most important places to visit in Lanzarote.
The island's traditional cuisine includes grilled fish - bocinegro among others -, potatoes with mojo, gofio, local cheeses, kid and rabbit stews and bienmesabe - a traditional dessert made with almonds, biscuits, egg, sugar and lemon. Barceló Hotel Group's restaurants in Lanzarote also offer the best local and international cuisine, combining avant-garde gastronomy with typical Lanzarote dishes. In its restaurants, it is possible to taste typical dishes of the island such as gofio and wrinkled potatoes with red chili sauce or sancocho.
The Atlantic Ocean is one of the biggest attractions of the Canary Islands, and the warm waters that bathe Lanzarote have very good conditions to practice any water sport. To stay active, surfing in Lanzarote or other water sports is an ideal plan. Whether you are an experienced surfer or just a beginner, you will find perfect waves. It is said that the island is the European "Hawaii" because at any time of the year its swell, waves and wind conditions are excellent for surfers.
Playa Bastián, located in one of the semi-urbanised areas of Costa Teguise, is one of the most extensive coves in this area, sheltered by thick stone walls that reduce the force of the wind. These walls, decorated with garden areas, extend along the entire length of the beach. And when the tide is low, you can see many smooth and rounded stones on the coast, known as "callaos". The beach has public services such as hammocks, showers, parking and even spaces to prepare barbecues.
La Graciosa is one of the islands of the Chinijo archipelago, located off the north coast of Lanzarote. This protected natural area is the largest marine reserve in the European Union. La Graciosa, the eighth Canary Island, is a deserted enclave in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean with spectacular beaches where you can relax. La Laja, Las Conchas and La Cocina are just a few examples of white sandy beaches bathed by heavenly waters that contrast with the surrounding volcanic rocks.
A trip to Lanzarote should not miss an excursion to the Timanfaya Park. The Timanfaya was declared a National Park in 1974, and forms an arid and lunar landscape with sparse vegetation. Contrasting colours and some incredible volcanic formations characterize this beautiful landscape: incredible lava and ash fields, deep calderas, caves formed by air bubbles, overwhelming lava formations and huge craters. The park is open all year round and guided tours are available with transportation from different points. And very close to the park is La Geria, also noted for its volcanic landscape and its famous wine production. All in all, an ideal one-day adventure for hiking enthusiasts and also for groups visiting Lanzarote with children.
César Manrique was a painter, sculptor and artist from the island of Lanzarote who combined his work with the defence of the environmental values of the Canary Islands. He sought harmony between art and nature and was awarded the World Ecology and Tourism Prize and the Europa Prize. Nowadays there are many of Manrique's works that can be seen on the island.
Los Jameos del Agua is one of the most emblematic areas of the island of Lanzarote, located in the north in the municipality of Haría. A jameo is a geological formation produced by the collapse of a volcanic lava tube, and three of them originated with the Corona Volcano, giving rise to what is known as Jameos del Agua. In this natural cave, César Manrique designed an auditorium that takes advantage of the sound of the cavern and hosts all kinds of events and concerts. It is a place to enjoy both cultural activities and a geologically rich landscape.
This viewpoint built by César Manrique is located at 400 m in the Risco de Famara. It is another great example of Manrique's passion for fusing art and nature, as it is a viewpoint that blends in with the surrounding volcanic rock. From its glass windows you can see an impressive panoramic view of the island, you can even see the island of La Graciosa, which makes it one of the best places to visit in Lanzarote.
Upon settling on the island, Manrique decided to build his Casa del Volcán in the centre of Lanzarote. The building, located in the municipality of Tahíche, next to Costa Teguise, was built on five volcanic bubbles and is an example of local architecture in complete balance with the landscape. The house was converted into a museum and can be visited any day of the week. It exhibits two collections: one of contemporary art, formed by artists of the same generation as Manrique, and another collection of his works. As you can see, there is a wide range of things to do in Lanzarote. But if there is one essential experience to live is to spend an unforgettable day on the beaches of the island. What is the best beach in Lanzarote to practice water sports?