February 4th, 2010

Vacations in Lanzarote

by Don

Looking for a cheap winter sun break with plenty of sightseeing thrown in?

Then Lanzarote in the Canary Islands is the ideal destination for you.

As this volcanic Spanish island offers excellent weather even in December and loads to do and see too. All just four hours flying time from the UK.

Lanzarote is part of the seven strong island chain of the Canaries. Which is an autonomous region of Spain – enjoying a degree of self governance. But still part of the EU. In fact this is as far south as you can travel and still – technically – find yourself within the administrative boundaries of Europe. As the islands are much close to Africa than the Iberian mainland.

This is why they enjoy such good weather – with temperatures climbing into the 20´s even during winter. Helping the Canaries to attract around ten million visitors a year. With around 1.4 for of them enjoying their holidays in Lanzarote.

Lanzarote is quite unique and very different to the rest of the Canaries. As it is very low lying so there is little in the way of rainfall. Which in turn has created a very dry and arid terrain. Which has been further transformed by volcanic activity which turned the interior of the island into a scene from a science fiction film. With mile after mile of lava fields punctuated by burnt out peaks.

Today this whole area is known locally as the Fire Mountains and they are Lanzarote´s number one tourist attraction. As well as one of Spain’s most treasured national parks. Welcoming around one million visitors a year.

There are plenty of other fascinating attractions and natural wonders on the island – so it is sensible to get out and explore. Not least as car hire in Lanzarote is very reasonably priced – with rental rates starting from as little as €15 per day.

Visitors should make sure they tour the many varied creations of Cesar Manrique. A local artist who worked in harmony with the island´s twisted terrain to develop unique visitor attractions such as the Mirador del Rio and the Jameos del Agua.

Whilst there are also loads of pretty little villages to explore – such as Haria nestled in the Valley of 1000 Palms – and the miracle village of Yaiza. Twice voted the prettiest pueblo in Spain.

There’s a wide range of accommodation in Lanzarote for visitors to choose from too – with everything on offer from cheap budget apartments through to five star luxury hotels.

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