Summer holidays in LanzaroteIt's only a short flight away...
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It is no coincidence that the Canary Islands are popular amongst holiday goers from all over the world, not least us Brits. Some 125km off the coast of Africa, but with all the essential features of a Spanish retreat, Lanzarote boasts searing climes and just about everything you could ask for during your week away. HomeAway proudly boasts a selection of rental properties across the island, so whatever type of summer accommodation you’re looking for, a quick search of our site and you’re likely to hit gold.
Before you book, get in the mood with our summer holiday guide to what you’ll find when you jet off.
Top Lanzarote summer holiday destinations
Summer holidays in Punta Papagayo
Lanzarote is blessed with more than its fair share of luscious beaches, but none quite so prominent as that of Punta Papagayo. The landscape alone is a picture of paradise, with rugged volcanic landscapes towering over the glistening blue bay below. The area is composed of almost 2km of various coves, each as beautiful as the last, providing the ideal place to relax or go for a dip in the calm, clear waters. Easily one of the most beautiful sights that Lanzarote has to offer, you’ll find this playground on the southern tip of the island.
Summer holidays in Timanfaya National Park
Away from the shores and beaches lies a vast and majestic black landscape. At its heart is the mighty Timanfaya, the volcano for which the park is named, and the perpetrator of the soil that gives the region its haunting appearance. This particular peak is still active, and as such an ascent is not recommended: but you can scale the heights of the equally impressive Islote de Hilario, on one of the guided coach tours. If you feel like going native, you can even scope out the surroundings on the back of a camel for a modest fee.
If you’re looking to supplement your lazy beach break with a dash of adventure, head to the north-western port of Famara. This is where the water sport aficionados come to blow off steam, taking advantage of its exposure to the fierce Atlantic wind to catch a wave or three. There are plenty of tutorials and crash courses on offer, so thrill seekers of any level can indulge in the activities that make Famara so revered. Even if you would rather just bask in the surroundings, the dramatic cliffs that sweep across the landscape make for a stunning backdrop.
Cave of Los Verdes
Evidence of volcanic activity is visible almost anywhere you go in Lanzarote, but nowhere has emerged from an eruption quite so spectacularly as Cueva de los Verdes. The caves were formed around 3,000 years ago, in the wake of a lava eruption from the nearby Monte Corona, which left in its wake an eerily enchanting four-mile underground labyrinth. The areas of the cave accessible to visitors are illuminated with an array of colourful fluorescent lights, which imbue the place with a somewhat ethereal feel. Surreally, a 500-seat concert hall can be found at the cave entrance: time your visit accordingly and you might just catch a performance.
Cesar Manrique Foundation
It’s testament to the genius of the famed architect that even his own home was built into the boulders of a lava field: luckily for intrepid tourists, the doors were thrown open to visitors after his death. The Foundation contains works of art from the likes of Picasso and Saura, but the most intriguing elements are the rooms that incorporate the volcanic rock that engulf them. Down a set of basalt steps lies five lava bubbles all linked by passages inside the volcano, ultimately guiding you to the serene environment of the gardens outside.
Beach image by XuRxO, http://www.flickr.com/photos/xurxosanz/
National park image by Son of Groucho, http://www.flickr.com/photos/sonofgroucho/