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The Lanzarote area guide

Things to do

Nestled just off of Africa, Lanzarote is an island that came about as a result of ancient volcanic activity. As a result of its unique birth, the island offers some unique landscapes, with the Timanfaya National Park showing a near eclectic mix of vistas of various colours and bizarre rockscapes formed by cooled lava. The park is easily the most popular tourist spot on the island, with many visitors opting for a camelback tour of the area.

Those who wish to view the island as a whole might do so from one of the tall mountains, often inactive volcanoes, which dot the island. The region known as El Balcon, or simply The Balcony, offers views from nearly half a kilometre up. Showcasing gorgeous views over the valley below Femes (a small village), the panoramic view stretches on for miles, culminating in the Playa Blanca, where the island meets its turquoise oceans.  Those same oceans offer some fantastic local water sports, with jet skiing, scuba diving and snorkelling just a few of the options. Particularly popular is the underwater safari, undertaken in an authentic yellow submarine, treating tourists to unparalleled views of sea life and the unique ocean landscape created by the island’s historical volcanic activity.

Several museums can be found on the island, which somewhat unexpectedly possess fine examples of modern and ancient art. The wine museum is a popular option, particularly as it showcases some of the most ancient methods of wine cultivation that the island utilises. In fact, the vineyards of the island are protected as heritage sites by the UN.

Other museums of note include the Museum of International and Contemporary art, hosted in an 18th century cathedral, and the LagOmar House Museum. The latter option exists within a gorgeous piece of 20th century architecture, once owned by actor Omar Sharif before he lost it in a game of bridge.

Places to eat

The Restaurant El Diablo is a treasured spot for tourists, not because its food is delicious and served in large portions, but due to its unique cooking style. Chicken, smoked rabbit and T-bone steaks are all served and cooked on an all-natural volcano powered BBQ, making the restaurant extremely popular, if a little gimmicky.

La Cantina is a fine spot to dine, located in a five-hundred-year-old villa. Just as good for lunch or dinner, it serves a range of traditional local specialities and offers a romantic courtyard meal for Sunday lunches. El Lago, found in Haria, is another excellent spot, serving some of the finest local fare and produce the island has to offer.

The discerning visitor must be aware of one vital piece of information when visiting the island, in that the portions are rarely small. In keeping with the excellent fishing in the region, a main course of fish is large enough to feed two adults, though you could say the island understands value for money.

Shopping

The island has some excellent shopping centres, many of them to be found next to the larger resorts. High fashion, consumer electronics and medical services are easily available, and can be a nice diversion from the beaches.

Many of the towns and cities across the island also host shopping centres as well as outdoor markets. The Teguise Market offers a variety of local handicrafts, art from the African mainland and local clothing, though buyers are recommended to brush up on their haggling skills before a visit.

Getting there & around

The Arrecife International Airport is the simplest way to reach the island, though some ferry services are being discussed at the moment. Car rental is available from the airport and shuttle services are operated to many of the larger hotels and resorts. The bus system on the island is somewhat unreliable, and a little complicated to non-locals, though taxi services are extremely cheap and often the simplest method of travel.

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