How to Have a Great Holiday in Lanzarote This Summer

Friday, August 09, 2013

Lanzarote has had an unpredictable friend in nature. The island experiences a year round warm climate with temperatures rarely dropping below 20 degrees at any time and numerous beautiful beaches but then caked much of the island in a tide of lava which covered towns and villages, churches and miles of its shoreline.

Despite all of this however, the island remains a great place to come and explore. With so many fantastic attractions spread over the island, you can happily spend a fortnight on Lanzarote and have a great holiday.

Cesar Manrique Foundation

The most famous resident of Lanzarote, Cesar Manrique was an architect whose works are dotted all around the island. His home is now a foundation dedicated to his amazing work and was designed by the man himself. Built into boulders in a lava field, the ground floor is an exhibition space filled with works from his contemporaries.

However, it is the views from the enormous windows that are the most impressive. Basalt steps lead you to a turquoise pool and five lava bubbles linked by small paths built into the volcanic rock. Visiting his home will give you an idea of his thinking, meaning you will understand his other works around the island better.

Timanfaya National Park

This national park is focused on the volcano that shaped the landscape of Lanzarote. Bus tours take your around this lava scarred land, which gives the impression of being from another world. There is also a restaurant at the summit of the volcano, designed my Manrique, which cooks meat and fish on a grill that is heated by the heat coming from inside the volcano.

There are also locations offering you a different tour, on the back of a camel.

Surfing in Famara

In the north west of the island you will find Famara. Due to the area being exposed to the Atlantic Sea’s winds, it has become a popular spot for surfing and other great water sports such as wind surfing and kite boarding. Perhaps the best surf school on the island is Surf School Lanzarote, which is known around Spain for its expert instructors and quality tuition.


Flights to Lanzarote are generally short from any European destination, taking approximately three to four hours. Cheapflights offers some of the best deals on flights to many destinations around the world, so check out to find some great offers on your holiday this summer and start enjoying this fantastic little island.


This town was founded back in the 15th century and the centre was the original capital of the island. The streets are lined with some impressive colonial mansions along cobbled streets and if you follow them, you will end up at the Plaza de San Miguel where every Sunday you will find a busy market. There are other lovely sights to explore here, such as the Convento de San Francisco, which dates back to the end of the 16th century.

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