Lanzarote is the Canary Island that is loved by British and Irish visitors, with those two countries making up more than half of the 3 million tourists each year.
The island is only 100 KM off the coast of Africa and is just 77 KM from top to bottom. Thanks to the artist and Architect César Manrique Lanzarote avoided the construction boom when tourism arrived, and remains typically Canarian, with low rise, white buildings and quaint towns and villages.
The best resource for information about the island is the website Lanzarote Information, which is run by a British couple who have been living there since the 1990’s, Julie and Mike Cliffe-Jones.
At the website, you’ll find a ton of information about where to eat, what to do, which excursions to take and so much more. They also have a hugely popular free weekly newsletter, which goes out to more than 15,000 every Friday morning, with news of the island and upcoming events.
Lanzarote is the fourth largest Canary Island, and has a population of just over 150,000. Tourism is concentrated in the three main resorts of Puerto del Carmen, Costa Teguise and Playa Blanca.
Carmen was Lanzarote’s first resort and was built in the 1970’s. It is famous for “The Strip,” which consists of bars, restaurants and shops running 8KM along the beaches. Costa Teguise grew in the 90’s and set it’s stall out to be the family resort, offering great beaches and family friendly accommodation. Playa Blanca is the newest resort, with a more upmarket feel, and is also where you’ll find a huge selection of villas with private swimming pools for holiday letting.
The island is best known for its incredible volcanic landscape – eruptions in the Timanfaya region in the 17th and 18th centuries buried much of the land under lava and volcanic ash, which has created a surreal beauty, and provided much interest to scientists understanding how new life started on the planet.
Wherever you are staying on the island, it’s well worth arranging car hire, so you can explore the volcanic area and see some of the incredibly photogenic rural parts of the island.
Lanzarote Information’s sister company is Camel Travel, and they arrange hundreds of trips to the island each year, for a growing band of repeat clients. Nobody knows Lanzarote like the team at Camel Travel, because they are based on the island, so they have direct access to all the hotels and apartment complexes. You can get a no obligation price for your holiday to Lanzarote from them: Camel Travel Enquiry.