Holiday homes in Lanzarote are on an island that boasts fantastic variety: for families there’s endless entertainment at the many resorts; for eco-tourists and active holidaymakers there’s a remarkable volcanic landscape to explore; gorgeous beaches can be discovered on all parts of the island’s coast, and range from tranquil coves to majestic surf locations.
HomeAway has an extensive choice of villas in Lanzarote. There are homes at the heart of the action, or in remote settings with unbroken views of beaches or volcanoes. Almost all villas here are detached buildings, laid out carefully for families to enjoy perfect comfort and privacy. Many also have the luxury of pools and gardens, while interiors range from sleek and ultramodern to homelike and comfy.
-Beaches: Lanzarote has some truly spectacular beaches, which is thanks in no small part to the island’s volcanic geology. Papagayo for example, on the south of the island, is a beautifully sheltered beach bookended by cliffs that belong to a long-extinct volcanic crater. HomeAway offers a variety of holiday rentals in Papagayo. For jaw-dropping scenery, it’s difficult to rival Famara on the northwest coast—it’s dominated by soaring cliffs and has ideal conditions for surfing and other watersports.
-Surfing: Despite being the easternmost Canary Island, Lanzarote is situated a little further north than its neighbours, which exposes it in places to the full power of the Atlantic. The northern and western coasts are home to some world-class surfing beaches. As well as the spectacular Famara, surfers can pick from La Santa, Caleta de Caballo and El Golfo, which take advantage of great waves throughout the year. All of these locations have surf schools and places to purchase and hire gear.
-Natural wonders: The landscape of Lanzarote is the most overtly volcanic of all the Canary Islands—in places it is incredibly stark and almost otherworldly. The Timanfaya National Park is the best place to find out more about Lanzarote’s volcanic makeup—the scenery here has changed little since a huge eruption in the 18th century, and there’s a geyser, lava tubes and volcanic cones to see, including the massive Isolte de Hilario.
-Family attractions: Dotted around the island are a number of attractions that will appeal to younger members of the family. In Puerto del Carmen, a popular spot for holiday accommodation, there’s Rancho Texas, an animal attraction with a wide range of birdlife and several big cats such as tigers and jaguars. When there’s hot weather, Aquapark in Costa Teguise has a number of slides and other amusements to keep little ones entertained.
-Cuisine: Traditional Canarian cuisine can be quite difficult to track down, but it is worth the effort. Thanks to the islands' remoteness it is distinct in many ways from Spanish gastronomy. The most famous accompaniment to meals is mojo sauce, which is normally made with chilli and can be very spicy. It is made with coriander, cumin, garlic, pepper and olive oil, and can be combined with anything from fish to roast potatoes.
Lanzarote villas are on an island with a subtropical climate. This results in little fluctuation in temperature from month to month, and comfortable conditions all year round. Daily highs usually range between 21?C and 25?C. The cooler months are December, January and February. This time of year also coincides with the wettest weather. November through March brings several rainy days each month, but the rest of the year is almost completely dry, with long, sunny spells.
The only practical way to get to Lanzarote holiday homes from beyond the island is to fly in via Lanzarote Airport (ACE). Plenty of routes are available to this destination from the UK, mostly with charter airlines and low-fares carriers. The three major roads on Lanzarote are the LZ-1, 2 and 3. And by car it takes no more than 40 minutes to travel the length of the island, and about 20 minutes to get across it. Taxis are economical, and there are bus routes linking practically every town and resort.