Lanzarote, part of the Canary Islands, is known for great year-round weather and black beaches. They aren't all black though! In fact Lanzarote has a wealth sandy beaches just waiting for you to head over for a holiday in the sun come winter or summer.
Cheap holidays to Lanzarote are not as well known for their nightlife as those in Tenerife, but that's changing. Expect Puerto del Carmen to keep getting bigger in 2014 and 2015, with later and louder parties. It's still pretty calm elsewhere, so don't worry! Check out Arrecife for a quieter party vibe with local entertainment. With plenty of resorts to choose from, Lanzarote is also a great bet for a last minute deal on a budget.
Lanzarote boasts stunning volcanic landscapes, unspoilt by high rise holiday flats - there's no such development here. Most visitors stay at one of the resorts, where everything you want will be on tap. There are three main resorts to pick from. Just to the north of Lanzarote's capital, Arrecife, is Costa Teguise a purpose-built resort is set alongside the marvellous beach, Playa de las Cucharas. The biggest resort is Puerto del Carmen where you can laze on the pale brown sands of Playa Grand and face an endless choice of restaurants and bars from the strip; the place to come for the island's best nightlife! There's also a traditional side to Puerto del Carmen at the Old Harbour, along with some tasty fish restaurants of course! Playa Blanca completes the trio, this is a quieter paced resort located on the southern tip of the island has several small sandy bays of its own, and it's just a short drive from the stunning unspoilt Papagayo beaches.
There are plenty of villas and other accommodations dotted across the island if you'd rather arrange your own package. Book flights and a secluded hotel or apartment, and have a quiet and relaxing time exploring the island's charms. Look out for events such as the 2013 or 2014 Jazz Festival to add an extra dimension to your holiday in Lanzarote and really make it one to remember.
Lanzarote boasts a warm climate all year round, which is fantastic for beach holidays. It's a great winter sun destination with year averages of 21°C to 29°C. Thanks to the island's location just four hours away from the UK by plane, you can get the sunshine of a long-haul destination without putting in the hours in the air.
Aside from the beaches, the volcanic interior is one of the highlights. Timanfaya National Park is the major must-see on any holiday in Lanzarote - but you must join a tour, you can't just set off into the smouldering park. Why not make a stop at El Diablo, where you can eat lunch cooked by the fire of the volcano! This is just one of the creations of island legend Cesar Manrique. Also check out the Mirador del Rio view point and the cactus garden. It's a great idea to arrange cheap car hire in Lanzarote so you can be free to explore as much as your heart desires.
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