Life's A Beach on Lanzarote
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You’re never far from a beach
on the popular holiday island of Lanzarote. Measuring just 60km by
40km Lanzarote boasts around 100 picturesque playas – making this destination
a real beach lover’s paradise.
Lanzarote is the fourth largest
of the Canary Islands and whilst volcanic in origin its beaches are primarily
of the golden sand variety – as opposed to the black grains that are commonplace
on neighbouring islands such as Tenerife. In tandem with an enviable
year round climate this is the key to Lanzarote’s enduring popularity with
holidaymakers, with the island attracting over 1.5 million foreign tourists
of the beaches in the main resorts of Playa Blanca, Costa Teguise and Puerto
del Carmen are manmade, created by importing sand from the Western Sahara,
which was under Spanish control until the mid 1970’s and which lies just
some 100km away on the African mainland. But this doesn’t in any
way diminish their beauty, as beaches such as Playa Flamingo in Playa Blanca
and Playa Cucharas in Costa Teguise are still widely regarded as amongst
the best on the island.
But if you are in search
of real all natural beaches then its best to hire a car and get out of
the main resorts. As the coastline is ringed with some truly stunning
stretches of sand.
The north of the island in
particular is extremely unspoilt, not least as tourist development has
largely been confined to the south. A drive towards the small ferry
port of Orzola (where ferries run to the neighbouring island of La Graciosa)
reveals a ribbon of striking white sand beaches which are collectively
called the Caletones Blanco. There are five of these bright white
sandy coves along the stretch of shoreline and each is well worth exploring.
Not least as the shallow waters here are also ideal for swimming and snorkeling.
the south eastern shoreline of Lanzarote is relatively placid the North
West coast is much more rugged and raw. This is also where visitors
can discover what is arguably the most beautiful beach on the island –
Famara. The drive from Teguise down to this beach is dramatic enough,
as the road twists and turns and the mountains of the Famara massif which
flank the beach slowly unwind into the sea. And the beach itself
is a huge expanse of sand, extending for around 8km into an almost perfect
Famara is also Lanzarote´s
surf capital, as the wind and wave conditions here are just ideal for riders.
Whilst in the small neighbouring village of Caleta de Famara every other
shop seems to be a surf school.
As well as great weather
and excellent beaches Lanzarote also boasts a host of other interesting
attractions. For example the island is home to some of the most pristine
volcanic scenery on the planet – as large scale eruptions occurred here
as recently as the 1820´s, creating a 200km square volcanic region
– now the Timanfaya National Park - which is extremely eerie and other
Visitors can tour these lunar
landscapes on guided coach trips and witness the destructive powers of
Mother Nature up close. Before heading to the El Diablo Restaurant
in the centre of the park, where fish and meat is grilled using geothermal
heat emanating from hundreds of metres beneath the earth's surface.
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