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Famous for its laid-back vibe, astonishing volcanic landscape, and superb beaches, Lanzarote is the perfect destination for winter and summer sun. The entire island is a UNESCO World Biosphere reserve, meaning that high rise developments don’t plague the coastline as they do in neighbouring Tenerife and Gran Canaria.

Lanzarote is an island packed with great things to see and do. Explore the lunar landscape of Timinfaya National Park, go surfing on the Playa Famara beach with its white sands and view of the mountains, scuba dive to the ship wrecks and caves on the coast, or enjoy a camel trek through the island’s interior.

Although it’s a small island, your experience of Lanzarote will differ based on where you stay. These are some of the top spots.

Arrecife

The island’s capital gets its name from the coral reef which spans the city beach. Stroll along Castillo y Leon, the main shopping street with its great shops and cafes, and pay a visit to the city’s art and archaeology museums. The skyline of Arrecife is dominated by The Grand Hotel: the tallest building on the island. The top floor has a restaurant with fabulous views of the city. There’s a good selection of hotels in Arrecife aside from the famous landmark, all well placed for getting out and discovering the city’s vibrant nightlife.

Puerto del Carmen

The busiest resort on the island is home to Lanzarote’s largest beach, Playa Grande. Puerto del Carmen is split into two sections: the new town and the old town. The new town is focussed around the strip alongside the beach, which is jam-packed with fast food restaurants, cafes, bars, and nightclubs. The picturesque old town is more peaceful than the strip, and is a great place to enjoy some seafood or a stroll along the harbour.

Costa Teguise

The beaches in Teguise are renowned for windsurfing, and the area also boasts some of the best scuba diving in Europe. There’s a water park nearby if you’d like a change from the beach, and the town of Teguise itself hosts a famous Sunday market where you can practice your haggling skills. Nightlife can be found along the front, with neon signed karaoke bars and a good variety of Irish and English pubs. The village of Teguise dates back 500 years, so history buffs will enjoy strolling around taking in the atmosphere.

Playa Blanca

Quieter and less windy than the other resorts, Playa Blanca in the south of the island is a good choice for couples or families with young children. Because it’s sheltered from the wind by the mountains, it also has a higher temperature compared to the rest of Lanzarote. Visit the secluded Papagayo beaches, take a stroll along the new Marina Rubicon, and enjoy the laid back nightlife along the promenade.

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Lanzarote is the fourth largest of the 10 Spanish Canary Islands and one of the most extreme in terms of landscape, with its breathtakingly black sandy beaches in the south and its sleepy green valleys in the north. The island boasts everything a visitor would need for the perfect break, ...

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