Take a flight to Lanzarote for a wacky but winning combination of beaches, volcanoes and modern art.
Take a flight to Lanzarote and you’ll find an island of gaping craters and looming volcanoes – over 300 to be exact. And given the landscape, you’d be forgiven for thinking there’s not much on the beach front. But a trip to Playa Blanca will set you straight. Meaning ‘white beach’, the name says it all. It’s a similar story at other big resorts, like Puerto del Carmen and Costa Teguise. And although they’re tourist-focused, you won’t find any concrete jungles or high-rises here or anywhere else on the island for that matter. Hotels take a more whitewashed, low-rise approach. Plus, pretty much everywhere you look Cesar Manrique has waved his magic wand. This wacky artist was born and bred on the island, and everything from restaurants to windmills has had a modernist make-over courtesy of the great man himself.
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PICK a spot on Puerto del Carmen’s beach. With a lengthy six kilometres of sand, it’s prime sandcastle-building territory.
HONE your haggling skills in Teguise’s market. It’s the biggest on the island and you’ll find everything from lace to pineapples.
NIBBLE your way through a tapas menu at a harbour-side restaurant in Puerto del Carmen. Traditional titbits include whitebait, Manchego cheese and Serrano ham.
SHAKE your hips in Puerto del Carmen. The Centro Atlantico is a particularly popular hangout, with lots of bars and dancefloors on different levels.
LET your inner spaceman loose with a trip to Timanfaya National Park. The lunar-like landscape here is probably the nearest you’ll get to being on the moon.
Just So You Know…
Flights to Lanzarote touch down at Arrecife Airport.