in 1987 the World Tourism Organisation decalred Lanzarote one of
the six universal models of sustainable development and in 1994 it
was declared a reserve of the Biosphere by UNESCO.
The Canary Isalnds (7 Larger Islands and a few smaller ones)
were already well known by the Greeks and Romans in olden
times. They called the chain, "The Happy Isles" or "Garden of
the Hesperides" or "Atlantida". In later years, before they
came to be known as the Canary Islands, they were oftern called
"The Fortunate Isles". The seven individual major Island are
called Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Fuerteventura, La Palma, Gomera,
Hierro & of course Lanzarote.
Geographically the islands are part of the African continent
(located southwest of Spain and northwest of Africa, directly in
front of the coast of Morocco) but from a historical, economical,
political and socio-cultral point of view, the Canaries are
completely European. The canarian airports are about afour to
five hours flight time from the main European capitals.
The landscape of each island is radically different from the
others, Lanzarote, perhaps the most unusal of the Canary isalnds,
lies approximately 60 miles (100KM) from the coast of Africa and
680 miles (1100KM) southwest of the Iberian Peninsula (Spain &
Portugal). It position ensures year round high temperatures,
more days of sunshine and fewer days of rain than the other
isalnds. Summer temperatures can be hot, through the island
is always tempered by cooling sea breezes - ideal for sunbathing
and sport during the day and comfortable in the evenings for
relaxing over a lesurely meal or drink at one of the many bars and
The most easterly of the main islands, lanzarote is famous for
its dramatic lunar landscape, the result of the eruptions of over
300 volcanoes in centuries past. It still has active craters
today on Montanas Del Fuego and in fact there is a place here where
you can have your steak grilled over a volcanic crater (at
restaurants in the Timanfaya National Park). The last great
volcanic out-break here was, by the way, from 1730 - 1736, where
large parts of the island were destroyed and formed. in 1812
some smaller craters broke out again.
There is plenty to see and do here, with tourism being the main
moneymaker for the islands nowdays. There are many fabulous
beaches, all kinds of water sports, nightlife of every sort,
shopping, excellent dinning and camel rides. If you need a
spell of greenary and humidity on the north west coast in the
mountainous region is the Guinate Bird Park with spectacular
assortment of over 1300 rare birds and wildlife species, waterfall,
lagoons and gardens. Views of volcanic mountains, picon
covered fields and rocky coastlines are broken up by a large number
of beautiful golden sandy beaches and an amazing amount of
well-tended greenary and agriculture.
The warm clear waters of the atlantic never fall below 65F even
in winter and are ideal for scuba diving, snorkelling and
fishing. The constant sea breeze also make Lanzarote one of
the best places in the world for wind surfing and the island
frequently hosts international competitions. On land there
are excellent facilities for variuos other sports including tennis,
go-karting, horse riding and golf.
If you are interested in exploring the island there is plenty to
see, from the extraordinary lave fields of Timanfaya with the Fire
Mountain Camel Trek, to the tranquil underground cave lake at
Jameous Del Aqua. The cliff top views of the tiny island of
La Graciosa from Mirador Del Rio are as spectacularas the long
unspoilt beaches of Papagayo in the south are magnificent. An
insight into the islands hsitory and culture can be gained by
visiting Teguise, the original island capital and some of the tiny
country villages where life has hardly changed despite the influx
of tourism like Haria in the fertile valley of a thousand
Palms. You may be lucky enough to visit during Carnival week
or one of the many fiestas that take place in the different parts
of the island throughout the year when Lanzarotenos or 'Conejeros'
as they are known, party the night away.
The resorts of this small island have been tastefully developed
and modelled on the neat, white low level houses of the local
villages thus retaining the essential charm and character of this
exoctic and unusual island. teh village of Playa Blanca, on
the southern coast, is becoming increasingly popular.
If you are at all adventurous, be sure to take the Camel ride at
Timanfaya or if you'd rather view the rich sea life without getting
wet there are plenty of glass bottom boats and even a "Yellow"
submarine ride that will let you do it.
You can either have a laid back vacation or one that is filled
with activity and excitment - either way we're sure it'll be a
holiday to remember and cherrish.