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Lanzarote - A Canary Guide To The Volcanic Island In The Sun

Updated on February 23, 2014

A Rough Guide To Lanzarote

Welcome to Lanzarote - A Rough Guide to the Volcanic Island In The Sun. This is a whistle-stop guide to show you around the island and part of hubtrail - a series of hubs from around the world! I hope this will give you a flavour for things to do if you chose to visit.

With all Lanzarote's villages and towns like Teguise, Playa Blanca, Yaiza and Puerto Del Carmen, one is struck with the white bungalow style of the architecture. The artist Cesar Manriques had lots to do with this and his influence can be found all over this lunar land. Even at the top of the volcano Timanfaya, in the National Park, you can see his constructions and art work displayed for all to admire. Manrique is Lanzarote as you will discover should you be guided to holiday or vacate here. This sun-kissed barren land has much to offer the discerning traveller. Everyone who has been there has been touched by Lanzarote's cross cultural influence - Spain and Morocco. You can even island hop by taking a ferry from Lanzarote to Fuerteventura!

Cesar Manrique's Lanzarote with the Official Logo

Lanzarote - a guide to a holiday starts here!

Lanzarote is a volcanic island. This is one of the seven of the Canary Islands - La Gomera, Fuerteventura, La Palma, El Hierro, Tenerife and Gran Canaria. Lanzarote also belongs to Spain and is part of the E.U. or European Union. It was January 1st 1986 that Spain joined the European Union.The currency of Spain and the Canaries is the Euro. Prior to 1999, when Spain converted to the Euro, the currency was known as the Peseta.

The distance between Spain and Lanzarote is 720 miles. Morocco is only 70 miles from Lanzarote which is closer than the motherland - mainland Spain! The appeal to this volcanic island in the sun is the consistency of warm weather throughout the year. This makes it a great tourist attraction, holiday or vacation destination.

Stop! Before we continue...

...I have a little something for you that might come in handy. This pocket sized book is full of facts and places to visit on a trip to Lanzarote. It is neat and handy for those days out! Take a look at the wonders of this very special island! Remember, my article is a rough guide so why scrimp on a trip when you can have something at hand? No more time wasting with the hotel rep - just know what you want to do .. up and go! Okay, now I have let you know, we can continue...

Geyser outside a building designed and constructed by Manrique.  This is at the top of the Timanfaya volcano in the National Park.
Geyser outside a building designed and constructed by Manrique. This is at the top of the Timanfaya volcano in the National Park.

Lanzarote is unique to any other place in the world. This is because the island is made up of three hundred volcanoes, the main one being Timanfaya which is situated in the National Park. Timanfaya errupted two hundred years ago but is still active today. The eruption lava stopped at a place called Yaiza, meaning 'Princess'. This was where a Priest prayed for the lava to stop so as to save the villages of Yaiza. As if God answered his prayers, the lava stopped and all was saved.

Las Palmas is famous for its village of palm trees. Why is this? It is said that when a baby is born, the local parents plant a palm tree, This is in celebration and symbolic of the continual growth of the newborn which will live on long after their death. It is for this reason that the growth of palm trees are in Las Palmas is dense in this area and why the village is named 'The Palms'.

The area of Playa Blanca is famous for its beach and harbour. The beach has wonderful white sand originally blown over from the Sahara desert in Morocco and the harbour services trips to Fuertaventura. This only takes 20 minutes via ferry or 'The Fred Olsen'.

The marina in Playa Blanca is beautiful and offers selective restaurants that offer tasty varieties of fish. This too, of course, can be found along the flat harbour walk that adjoins this level stretch to the main harbour. There is a feeling of space as you take the walk past the many cosmopolitan restaurants and hotels that adjoin. Marvel at the fisherman's catch and the scurrying crabs that you come across on your journey. This really is a lovely piece of Lanzarote!

It is at Playa Blanca that I would recommend as the number one place to stay in Lanzarote for young and old, alike. All amenities are within walking distance and the flatness of the coastline is easy for walkers or people with disabilities, heart conditions and wheelchairs. From here, transportation on a bus or taxi to anywhere on the island can easily be sought.

Costa Teguise
Costa Teguise

Arrecife and Costa Teguise

Arrecife is the main town in Lanzarote. Many years ago this used to be Costa Tequise. This was changed as the main town due to better sea defences. Any potential attack is viewed better from Arrecife than Tequise. Today Arrecife holds the airport for Lanzarote.

Costa Tequise is notorious to being windy but is located on the central part of the island. It is only 20 minutes from Arrecife and within striking distance of the historic town of Tequise. This is well worth a visit as it is steep in history and tradition. Arrecife is, of course, the centre for modern shopping and cosmopolitan dining. Costa Teguise is a specifically designed man-made beach, completed in the 1970s for tourist desires.

Puerto Del Carmen
Puerto Del Carmen

Puerto Del Carmen

Puerto Del Carmen used to be a fishing village which has grown some six kilometers. It is only ten minutes from Arricife airport and offers lots of amenities and restaurants. I would not, however, recommend it for people with disabilities. It has a steep hill and many have nicknamed it 'Cardiac Hill' because of this.

Manrique Mural

Cesar Manrique, The Minimalist Artist Who Designed Lanzarote

Cesar Manrique was an artist and architech. He died tragically in a car crash but pioneered and was a major influence in Lanzarote's development. He helped to ensure that all buildings are only allowed planning permission for two stories as opposed to the big mistakes made in mainland Spanish resorts, like Benidorm, with the hgh rises. All Lanzarote buildings are specified a white wash frontage. This compliments the barren look of Lanzarote due to the volcanic effects which gives it a 'lunar' landscape.

Manrique is famous for his 'minimalist' art, therefore, Lanzarote was a perfect island for him to express this. For more information on Cesar Manrique Click Here!

A Cesar Manrique Inspiration as Architech and Artist!

It is here you will see the only crabs in the world that don't see sunlight.  They glow like stars in the night, under the cloak of water!  A True Marvel!
It is here you will see the only crabs in the world that don't see sunlight. They glow like stars in the night, under the cloak of water! A True Marvel!

Manrique's Work Comes with Recommendation... How can anyone go to Lanzarote and not know about Cesar!

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    • moneytoplist profile image


      6 years ago

      Lanzarote is great location. I have spent many months in Costa Tequise and also some time in Puerto del Carmen. If you want nice weather in winter in EU country, Lanzarote or other Canarian Islands are the best choice.

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Great Britain

      It really is Habee!

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Looks and sounds awesome!

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Trish... Arhhh happy dayz!

    • Trish_M profile image

      Tricia Mason 

      8 years ago from The English Midlands

      Those photos take me back to our holiday there. Fantastic!

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Lady E.. I prefer it to all the other Canary Islands... there is something soooo 'middle earth' about it. It has a bleak beauty that is indescribable.

      See you in Playa Blanca! hehehe x

    • Lady_E profile image


      8 years ago from London, UK

      Its beautiful. I like the way you presented the Hub. I always read positive things about Lanzarote.

      Regards. :)

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Thanks my own world... your namesake would definitely been appropriate in Lanzarote! When you are in Timanfaya it feels like you are not in this world, neither are you in heaven - it is like being between two worlds - neither here nor there! Hard to describe, but like being in a 'holding' world. The landscape is baron, but beautiful in its nakedness.

      Thanks for reading x

    • myownworld profile image


      8 years ago from uk

      Excellent hub! Lanzarote looks gorgeous...we plan to go there with friends soon. Btw. that Manrique painting was just so lovely...well done..! :)


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