Black sand, a sleeping volcano, breath-taking scenery, fantastic food and marvellous facilities for tourists. No, not Santorini but Europe’s other amazing volcanic island: Lanzarote.
One big difference between these two holiday ideals is that this unique Canary Island is a great place to visit at almost any time of the year. Even in the “winter” months the sun can shine for six hours a day keeping the average temperature above 20 degrees C.
Six years of raging volcanic eruptions devastated a quarter of Lanzarote almost 300 years ago and created the world’s largest field of larva. The extraordinary cone shaped volcanic hills of black, grey and rust-red larva are a magnet for tourists. Some say it’s like going to the moon.
The lunar landscape is only one element of a remarkable holiday destination which boasts many fabulous beaches of white and golden sand, as well as few that are black and grey, with crystal-clear blue seas warm enough for a quick dip even in January.
Each one of our four favourite resorts - Playa Blanca, Costa Teguise, Puerto del Carmen and Matagorda – has a wide-range of accommodation suitable for couples or families, excellent restaurants and bars and good shopping. A five kilometre stretch of golden sand links Puerto del Carmen and Matagorda.
Lanzarote, only 70 kilometres long, is packed with things to do and its excellent road network makes it a lovely place to explore. Gorgeous palm-fringed villages with traditional white cube buildings are a highlight of the island.
The sporty can hike, bike or horse ride. Visitors can even go for a camel ride. There is a vast amount of water sport, a cactus garden (beware the spikes!), vineyards and wine-tasting, stunning natural caverns beneath the larva, fire walking on the volcano, if you dare, some huge markets – and so much more.
The unforgettable beauty of this unusual island is the main attraction.