Thanks to a warm climate which lasts all year round, a warm welcome which is guaranteed and the relatively short flight time, millions of tourists every year discover the glistening island of Lanzarote.
The island with its rich variety of activities, excursions and accommodation including Lanzarote holiday apartments, is popular with holiday makers from around the world and has a very international feel.
Lanzarote, along with Tenerife and Gran Canaria is one of the Canary Islands. Although the Canaries are often thought to be Spanish, they are actually closer to Africa with Lanzarote itself being just 79 miles off the coast of Africa. Lanzarote is, at 37 miles long and 12 miles wide, the fourth largest of the Canaries.
As with many other locations in Europe, Lanzarote enjoys a relatively mild and dry climate. Temperatures range from an average of 21 degrees centigrade in January to an average 29 in August, and with an average rainfall of just 5.5 inches (140mm), it’s little wonder that many Britons consider Lanzarote to be the perfect winter getaway.
Lanzarote is, like the other Canary Islands, a volcanic island, although it has been many years since the last activity was felt. Thanks to the dry climate which has meant a lack of erosion, many of the craters which were created by volcanoes in the 18th and 19th century look today exactly as they did then
For those who are interested, there are many opportunities throughout the island to see the sites of the volcanoes, including the Atlantida Tunnel, which at over 7 km long features the La Cueva de los Verdes and Jameos del Agua.
Just as is the case with Tenerife, the volcanic origins of the island have contributed towards black sandy beaches which although perfectly clean and hygienic are not to the taste of some holidaymakers. For this reason there are also two white sand beaches at Playa Blanca and Papagayo which have been man-made to appeal to those with such a preference.
Unlike many other holiday destinations, local and national legislation has forbidden the building of high rise buildings and there are no billboards allowed throughout the Island. The Grand Hotel in Arrecife is the only exception to this rule and even then, it dominates the skyline as opposed to blending in with other larger buildings.
One of the elements which continues to make Lanzarote one of the most popular of tourist destinations is that it is so easy to find the perfect resort to suit any taste and style.
Puerto del Carmen is one of the largest and busiest resorts on the island, featuring a host of cafes, bars, restaurants and nightclubs as well as countless daytime activities. Close by is Los Pocillos which has one of the largest beaches in the area and then Puerto Calero which is an exclusive Marina development.
Playa Blanca was once a small fishing port but is now one of the largest resorts and the second busiest. Featuring a family atmosphere and a man-made white sand beach, it is a mecca for tourists who want a traditional holiday feel.
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