A Trip to Lanzarote
I have been to Lanzarote so many times before…in fact it’s the place my husband and I spent a lot of time during the beginning of our relationship. So you can imagine it will always be a special place. However over recent years I have tried to avoid going back because I love to visit new countries …and the further away from the UK the better!
This year we decided to pay the small Canarian island off the coast of Africa a little visit…and it was then I remembered how much I love it and how I had missed it all of this time. The island is so underrated in my opinion. If you are thinking of taking a trip to Lanzarote soon, here are the reasons why you should book your flight today!
If you are like me and enjoy being active on your holiday then Lanzarote is perfect for this. There are so many activities that you can get involved in, you are spoilt for choice. Activities include: Surfing, windsurfing, SUPing, cycling, hiking, yoga, paragliding, golf, diving and swimming…but really the list goes on. Costa Teguise is a great area to go for water sports…or if you really want to go away to train for a sporting competition there is Club La Santa which offers a plethora of sporting activities and fitness classes. It’s not an unfamiliar sight to see someone in Lanzarote training hard.
Expanding on the last point, of course many of the trips I go on are centered around surfing. Lanzarote is a perfect surfing destination for any level of surfer, unlike the other Canary Islands that generally offer reef breaks only suitable for the advanced surfer. The best time to visit is from September to March where the winds are lighter, the water is warmer and the winter swells from the Atlantic are more likely.
Due to Lanzarote being a fairly small island, it’s highly likely that you will score waves on a surf trip. There are so many surf spots from the north west to north east of the island which generally cater for most surf conditions. If you are a complete beginner or don’t like surfing reefs, then there’s a huge beach at Famara where you can hire foamies or have surf lessons. Our good friend Evandro who is a very experienced surfer from Brazil has a surf school called Lanza Surf which is away from the main town…I highly recommend you book with him!
Food & Culture
If you are into seafood, fish and Spanish delicacies then you will absolutely love the food in Lanzarote. I’m talking delicious seafood paella’s, freshly caught fish and lots of tapas. Of course you can still get the usual grub and Pizza is pretty good there too. Alongside most dishes it would be rude not to try canarian potatoes with their genius mojo sauce. If you really love seafood then I highly recommend booking a table at El Golfo where there is a selection of some of the Islands finest seafood restaurants.
Things to do and see
If you are not flat out from surfing and eating, there is still plenty to do and see in Lanzarote. The top tourist attractions I recommend are:
- The Green Lagoon at El Golfo
- Timanfaya National Park
- Mirador del Rio views
- Jameos Del Agua
- Graciosa Island
If you want to get away and experience a little bit of local culture then you can still do this in Lanzarote. There are plenty of quaint fishing villages and local towns so you don’t always have to go and stay in the big resorts such as Playa Blanca or Puerto Del Carmen. Famara is a perfect location if you want to stay somewhere that has a good choice of waves but you also want to experience a little more culture. Admittedly over the past couple of years the town has become a bit of a surfing mecca, but only on a small scale.There are some really nice local cafes and restaurants scattered throughout the village and if your done with surfing, there are some nice walks. I love the local Canarian vibe you feel in the town watching the locals go about their everyday life.
So if you are still thinking of planning a trip to Lanzarote, I highly recommend you go and book flights now. It’s only a four hour flight and many UK based airlines fly there. The cost of living whilst you are there is very reasonable for Europe where car hire, apartments and food won’t cost you the earth.