Just off the coast of Africa, Lanzarote has long been a favourite for European holidaymakers. The jewel of the Canary Islands, it boasts eighty nine beaches extending over fifty four kilometers. An American study of 600 travel destinations recently determined Lanzarote to have the best vacation weather in the world. Described as 'the eternal springtime', Lanzarote averages approximately 6mm of rain each year.
Developing under a footprint established by Cesar Manrique in the seventies, strict building controls have primarily confined modern construction to the three main tourist resorts of Puerto del Carmen, with it's short term rental apartments, Costa Teguise, where you can find a great self-catering holiday home and Playa Blanca , home of some wonderful privately owned villas.
Buildings generally remain below 'the height of a Canarian palm tree', and houses must be painted white with brown, blue or green accents. These strict controls ensure that the natural beauty of Lanzarote remains untouched for everyone to appreciate. Meaning that your Lanzarote holiday rental will be full of charm.
Lanzarote is a perfect vacation spot for either lazing on the beach, taking in some of the world’s most spectacular natural beauty, or going to one of the many late night clubs which cater to every taste.
A guided bus tour around the Volcanoes National Park is breathtaking. The amazing Green Caves, the Cliffs at Famara, the views from Mirador del Rio, the Valley of a Thousand Palms, the secluded beach in Orzola – this list goes on and on. As you tour the island, watch for the many wind mobiles created by Cesar Manrique – the first one you see will be as you exit the airport, but many others adorn traffic roundabouts throughout the island.
Some wonderful little towns not to be missed on your vacation rental in Lanzarote include Femmes, Haria, Orzola, Arrieta, La Geria, and El Golfo. Each has their own character, with excellent dining opportunities in local restaurants. Speaking of which, don’t miss 'Tapas' – a unique experience of eating appetizer sized portions over a few hours of a relaxing evening which allow you to sample multiple variations of Canarian food. Additionally, you will find restaurants that celebrate all cultures: French, German, Italian, Indian, Mexican, Chinese, and Thai. Your arrival at Lanzarote is not the time to start a diet!!
If you want to do a little shopping and haggle, don’t miss the Sunday Market at Teguise. Quite a wonderful tradition. You can buy just about anything, but you will never know if you got the best price!