Free to Explore
Lanzarote was once a holiday destination associated with resorts that offered British food to British tourists who had little interest in culture – but this has long since changed. The Lanzarote government initiated an island-wide initiative to enhance and emphasise Lanzarote’s rural accommodation and signposted walks, and now appeals to a far wider range of tourist.
Lanzarote is a Unesco biosphere reserve, and its 13 natural reserves make up 41% of the land mass. The island’s volcanic origins form a truly unique landscape that gives the island an almost lunar appearance, something which helped christen Lanzarote with its nickname, “The Island of Fire”.
For many, Lanzarote’s biggest attraction is the beach and the gorgeous climate, gifted to the region by its location just 70 miles from the Saharan coast. Long stretches of glorious golden sand stretch on for miles, dotted with beachfront cafes and restaurants as well as natural scenic ornaments to discover, such as hidden coves and sea life to discover beneath the perfect blue waters.
There are numerous days out to enjoy on Lanzarote, with the Timanfaya National Park offering enviable views of the Fire Mountains, while the Valley of a Thousand Palms at Haria is one of the lushest spots on the island, something that came to be due to the historical tradition of planting two palms for every boy born and one for every girl.
As with the other Canarian islands, Lanzarote has plenty of delightful restaurants to sample and relish, from traditional dishes to a wide array of tapas and fantastic seafood. The cafes and eateries can cater for every budget, with much of the food being similar to that of southern Spain. Local dishes include the “Sancocho Canario”, a stew made with fist and potatoes, and the “Pescado a la sal”, which is an incomparably salt-baked fish meal.