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Lanzarote. You’ve heard of it right? This cheeky little sunshine destination welcomes thousands of visitors every year. Given the endless days of blazing beach bliss, world class resorts and superb activities, it’s really no surprise. For those planning a first time visit, you’ll want to explore these must-see attractions.
Declared a place of outstanding natural beauty by UNESCO, fans of the outdoors shouldn’t miss a visit to this jaw-dropping national park. The park is celebrated for its Fire Mountains, which were created over 250 years ago during volcanic eruptions. If you’re short on time the park is best explored on a guided coach tour which stops at the many natural phenomenon’s from steaming craters to natural water jets. If you’re hiking the region, be sure to wear durable walking boots and carry plenty of water. its thirsty work.
Las Cuevas de los Verdes
Las Cuevas de los Verdes, one of the largest volcanic galleries in the world, is situated conveniently close to the Timanfaya National Park. Lucky you! Combine the two attractions on one day trip and explore this spectacular labyrinth of caves. Visitors with plenty of energy can hike a 2km route with the help of a guided tour. You’ll learn more about the awe-inspiring formations here and its tumultuous past as a pirate’s hideout. Yeah that’s right: pirates.
No holiday to Lanzarote would be complete without laying your towel on one of the island’s beaches. Whether you’re on a family holiday, out for some watersports fun or there for the coastal geology (you know who you are) there’s something to suit all travellers by the sea. For those in search of a secluded spot, head to Papagayo Beach at the south of the island. A hidden gem, this conservation area has remained relatively untouched by mass tourism. While there might be no facilities but the crystal clear waters are perfect for snorkelling.
Teguise Market & Museum
This outdoor market in Lanzarote’s former capital, Teguise, is the largest of its kind in the Canaries – boasting over 360 stalls. Shopaholics can spend a thrilling day rummaging through antiques, hand crafted goods and intricate jewellery. It’s made even more impressive by the carnival atmosphere, complete with traditional dancers and panpipe bands. After all that ruddy excitement, relax at one of the many pavement cafes and indulge in some authentic tapas.
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Watersports fanatics are spoilt for choice on this windswept island but few places offer the year-round conditions of Famara Beach. Stretching over 3km, this sweeping bay welcomes surfers, windsurfers and kitesurfers – as well as those who just like to watch. In the small town by the beach you’ll find a selection of shops offering tuition for all abilities and equipment rental. Expect awe-inspiring views of the Risco de Famara mountains in the backdrop and be sure to stay for sunset if you like that kind of thing.
Rancho Texas Park
Covering an expanse of 60,000 square metres, this is Lanzarote’s largest theme park and by a fair way its most bizarre. Inspired by the Wild West, the whole family can enjoy an array of traditional old west activities from horse riding to panning for gold and exploring a reconstructed Native American village. At daily animal shows you can marvel at birds of prey or watch sea lions at feeding time. The park is also home to white tigers, armadillos and a colourful array of parrots.
Find your inner parrot and fly to Lanzarote for some fun in the sun this year. Take the time to visit some of these hot spots and you’ll enjoy a trip to remember.