Luxury Lanzarote Holidays
Lanzarote - an island guide
A stunning volcanic island surrounded by a bright blue sea, Lanzarote is a luxury holiday destination for sun seekers and thrill seekers alike. It is known for its unearthly landscapes, gorgeous beaches, friendly locals, and vibrant nightlife. This is a place where there’s always something new to see or do.
When to go
Lanzarote has a pleasant climate all year round and very little rain. The hottest weather is usually between June and September but this can sometimes be too hot for visitors who want to do more than spend their time on the beaches. For a more active holiday, it is better to go in April, May, October, or November. Visitors should note that most parts of the island are windy throughout the year, so despite the heat it may still be a good idea to bring a windproof jacket.
Where to stay
Finding a 5-star luxury hotel in Lanzarote generally necessitates looking just outside the cities. Beautiful sea views and excellent service characterize these hotels, and they are well connected for access to the island’s most attractive sights.
What to see
There are many amazing things to see on Lanzarote - the landscapes are so unusual that they sometimes stand-in for the moon or Mars in movies. These are some of the main attractions:
• Castillo de San Jose - a historic fortress in Arrecife, which is now home to a modern art gallery and a restaurant.
• The Wine Museum of Lanzarote - a great place to find out about local traditions before heading into the hills to see vineyards where vines are sheltered by curved stone walls.
• The nightclubs of Playa Blanca - open almost until dawn, central to an internationally famous party scene.
• LagOmar Museum - an intriguing modernist house built into a natural cave system and devoted to the career of film star Omar Sharif, who once lived there.
• Jameos del Agua - a cave complex developed to house a rock-walled concert hall, a restaurant and a museum. It’s also home to an underground lagoon.
• Guinate Wildlife Park - near Haria, which is full of exotic animals including the island’s own penguin population.
• The surf at Famara - attracts top surfers from around the world. It is great fun to try and a lot of fun to watch.
Lanzarote is perhaps the best of the Canary Islands for high-end boutique shopping, with attractive shopping districts in every major resort area. The biggest general shopping areas are Calle Leon Y Castillo (known as Calle Real) in Arrecife, and Puerto del Carmen’s Biosfera Centre, There is also a fantastic market in Teguise on Sunday mornings where visitors can buy locally made jewellery and impressive carvings imported from Africa.
Like other Canary Islands, Lanzarote has a special tax status so visitors can buy things in duty-free shops at very low prices. There are limits, however, on how much each person can take home.
Lanzarote has a good range of international restaurants as well as those serving local cuisine. The abundance of fish caught on the island lends itself not only to traditional Canarian cuisine but also to delicious sushi. There’s also good fusion cooking to be found in Puerto del Carmen and Matagorda.
Festivals and events
Lanzarote goes crazy for Carnival in late February or early March each year. Corpus Christ, in mid June, is also a spectacular event, with colourful carpets of salt created around the Church of San Ginés, and on the 16th of July, a flower-strewn maritime parade is held to celebrate the saint’s day of Nuestra Señora del Carmen.
Car hire in Lanzarote is easy to arrange but some visitors prefer motorcycles, which can provide both a good way of getting around in the interior of the island and thrilling rides through its wide open lava fields. Driving is on the right hand side of the road.
To sum up
A five star holiday in Lanzarote is an experience never to be forgotten, offering visitors a chance to indulge in real luxury in a place that really is like nowhere else on Earth.
Lanzarote Essential Facts
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