Lanzarote’s efforts to protect its natural environment from the damaging effects of tourism won it prestigious status as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1993. It was the first time a whole Canary Island had been granted the status, given in recognition of the huge efforts being made by the islanders to conserve their precious ecosystem. It still holds its coveted status despite considerable growth in tourism in recent years.
The vision of environmentalist Cesar Manrique, a Lanzarote architect, designer and artist, was identified as the driving force behind the UNESCO honour. He persuaded the island to resist high-rise hotels and protect the traditional white, cube-shaped buildings with green paintwork that are to be seen in most of the villages. At the same time, he promoted the natural wonders of Lanzarote as the driving force of tourism.
He was behind numerous architectural and artistic projects which embraced tourism and are still being enjoyed today. Even the stunning metal wind sculptures on the roundabouts were his work. Cesar was killed in a car accident a year before the Unesco honour. It happened in the lunar landscape of Tahiche close to his dream home which is now a museum and art gallery. It is also the headquarters of the foundation that continues his work.
Who are Lanzarote holidays for?
With glorious beaches, a lively nightlife scene, and plenty of outdoor activities, holidays to Lanzarote are wonderful for all, whether you’re a couple, want to escape with friends, or are looking to create memories on a family holiday.
With wonderful warm weather year round, sunseekers can take advantage of pristine beaches including Playa Flamingo in Playa Blanca with its golden sand, Playa Grande in Puerto del Carmen, that also has an inflatable water park, Playa del Reducto in Arrecife which is one of the best beaches in the heart of Lanzarote’s lively capital, and Playa de Las Conchas, a little island with pristine white sands and mesmerising vistas. Although there are also plenty more beautiful sandy beaches to choose from.
Lovers of the outdoors will be spoiled for choice on a Lanzarote holiday. Discover awe-inspiring Timanfaya National Park and the Fire Mountains, explore the breathtaking underground caves, embark on an aquatic adventure at the underwater museum, Museum Atlantico Lanzarote, stroll around Jardin de Cactus, the last great work of Cesar Manrique which houses 4,500 specimens of cacti, take a trip to Mirador del Rio lookout for astonishing views, and so much more.
Water sports fans will also have plenty to enjoy as they can get their adrenaline pumping by jet skiing, kite surfing, kayaking, and scuba diving, with one of the best areas to explore the underwater world being Playa Chica in Puerto del Carmen.
Those looking for a little tranquillity will enjoy the many secluded coves that can be found around the island, plenty with pristine sandy beaches. We highly recommend Playa de Papagayo on the southernmost tip which is located within Monumento Natural de los Ajaches, a protected nature reserve, and offers views all the way across to Fuerteventura. You can also take a boat trip to admire Lanzarote's beautiful scenery from the water.
If you’re embarking on a family holiday, kids will love the Lanzarote Aquarium in Costa Teguise and the Aqualava Water Park in Playa Blanca. Playa Grande in Puerto del Carmen also has an inflatable water park in the summer months which is fun for all the family.
There is also plenty of shopping to be done, from the sprawling Biosfera Plaza Shopping Centre in Puerto del Carmen, to the many local vendors, souvenir shops, and markets where you can discover unique keepsakes, and plenty of delicious dining to tickle the tastebuds. Be sure to take a stroll along a seafront promenade and enjoy some exquisite fresh seafood.
Twin Centre Canary Island Holidays
If you're looking to explore more of the captivating Canaries you can embark on an island hopping adventure to Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.
We have carefully curated a twin centre holiday where you will spend 3 nights in Lanzarote and 4 nights in Fuerteventura. You can also tailor make your own perfect island hop itinerary for a unique escape which caters to your exact requirements.