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Lanzarote is an enclave that belongs to the Canary Islands and is probably one of the most exclusive destinations in Spain to enjoy an unforgettable holiday. It is said that this island paradise has something very special; something different. Maybe the beauty of its capital, Arrecife? The unparalleled landscape of Timanfaya? Unforgettable visits to La Graciosa? Or maybe the beaches of Costa Teguise? Well, in fact, the charm of this island in the Atlantic Ocean stems from each of these special places.
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Where to stay in Lanzarote Costa Teguise is considered of the best places to choose a hotel in Lanzarote. Situated to the east of the island, this city is close to the capital of Lanzarote and is only 15 minutes by car from Lanzarote airport. Teguise is an attractive destination for those looking for sunny weather, a relaxing beach and peace and quite. It's also the perfect place to do some tourism. Lanzarote also offers the possibility of enjoying water sports, such as windsurfing and scuba diving, as well as cycling. In fact, Teguise is known for having the best beaches and routes.
What are the best hotels for travelling with children? The Costa Teguise area has the Occidental Lanzarote Mar, boasting impressive sports facilities, including an Olympic-size heated swimming pool. This is in addition to other recreational areas for adults and children, and fabulous newly refurbished rooms. The Occidental Lanzarote Playa is also located very close to the hotel, with beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean and surrounded by the peaceful sands of El Ancla Beach.
For adults searching among the best hotels in Lanzarote to switch off, relax and unwind during their holiday, a great option is the Barceló Teguise Beach - Adults only, located on the promenade. Its modern rooms are equipped with hot tubs and state-of-the-art technology. There is also a fitness studio, an excellent U-Spa and two infinity pools, all in a wonderfully calm setting that is enhanced by a spectacular view of the sea. What else does the island of Lanzarote have to offer?
There are many things to do in Lanzarote, from visiting the impressive beaches of Lanzarote to touring the Timanfaya National Park and walking through La Geria, or a trip to the Cueva de los Verdes or the Jameos del Agua. Starting from the Costa Teguise itself, Lanzarote has must-see dream spots to be enjoyed first-hand, as well as cultural attractions such as the César Manrique Foundation. These are the most important places to visit in Lanzarote.
The island’s traditional cuisine includes grilled fish — red porgy among others — potatoes with mojo sauce, 'gofio' (toasted grains), local cheeses, goat and rabbit stews and 'bienmesabe' — a traditional dessert made with almonds, biscuits, egg, sugar and lemon. The restaurants in Lanzarote by Barceló Hotel Group also serve the best local and international cuisine, combining cutting-edge gastronomy with traditional recipes from Lanzarote. In its restaurants, you can savour typical island dishes such as 'gofio' (toasted grains) and 'papas arrugadas' (crinkly potatoes) with red chilli sauce or 'sancocho' (soup).
The Atlantic Ocean is one of the best attractions in the Canary Islands and the warm waters lapping Lanzarote are ideal for enjoying practically any water sport. To stay active during your stay, why not try windsurfing or other water sports in Lanzarote as part of your perfect holiday day? Whether you are an experienced surfer or just a beginner, you are bound to find perfect waves. The island is often called the 'European Hawaii' because its waves and wind create perfect surfing conditions all year round.
Playa Bastián, located in one of the semi-urban landscapes of Costa Teguise, is one of the largest coves in the area, shielded by thick stone walls that shelter the beach from the wind. These walls, decorated with green areas, stretch across the entire beach. And when the tide is low, you can see many smooth, rounded stones on the coast known as 'callaos'. The beach offers many public services, including sun-loungers, showers, parking and even barbecue areas.
La Graciosa is one of the islands within the Chinijo archipelago, located on 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 desert enclave in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean that boasts spectacular beaches where you can relax and soak in the sun. La Laja, Las Conchas and La Cocina are just a few examples of white sand beaches bathed by the golden waters of the surrounding volcanic rocks.
A trip to Lanzarote wouldn't be complete without a visit to Timanfaya Park. The Timanfaya was declared a National Park in 1974, and forms an arid and lunar landscape with scarce vegetation. The contrasting colour and incredible volcanic scenery are what make this beautiful landscape so special: incredible lava and ash fields, deep calderas, caves formed by air bubbles, stunning lava formations and enormous craters. The park is open all year round and there are guided tours with transportation from different points. Located very close to the park is La Geria, which is also known for its volcanic landscape and its famous wine production. Without a doubt, an unmissable day trip, ideal for hiking enthusiasts and groups visiting Lanzarote with children.
César Manrique was a painter, sculptor and artist from the island of Lanzarote who combined his work with the environmental values of the Canary Islands. He searched for harmony between art and nature and was awarded the World Prize for Ecology and Tourism and the Europe Award. Many of Manrique’s masterpieces can be viewed on the island today.
The Jameos del Agua is one of the most iconic areas on the island of Lanzarote, located in the north in the municipality of Haría. The word 'jameo' refers to a geological formation produced by the collapse of a volcanic lava tube. Three of them originated from the Corona Volcano, resulting in what is known as Jameos del Agua. In this natural cave, César Manrique designed an auditorium that capitalises on the cavity’s acoustics; it is used to host all types of events and concerts. It is a place to enjoy both cultural activities and geologically rich landscapes.
This viewpoint, built by César Manrique, is 400 m high and located on the Risco de Famara. It is yet another great example of Manrique’s passion for blending art and nature, as it is a lookout point that coalesces with its volcanic rock environment. From its glass windows you can take in impressive sweeping views of the island, and you can even see La Graciosa, making it one of the best places to visit in Lanzarote.
Upon settling himself 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 harmony with the landscape. The house is now a museum and can be visited any day of the week. It exhibits two collections: one of contemporary art, made up of artists from the same generation as Manrique, and another collection of his own works. As you can see, there is a wide variety of things to do in Lanzarote. However, the one experience you can’t afford to miss is spending an unforgettable day on the island's beaches. What is the best beach in Lanzarote to enjoy water sports?