A longstanding success story for sun, sand and sea holidays, Lanzarote has been attracting visitors to its shores for years, keen to relax on its beautiful beaches and soak up the heavenly year-round sunshine it bathes in. Bustling resort towns line the coast, brimming with shops and eateries, and golden, sandy beaches contrast dramatically with the island’s ubiquitous black lava rock. Away from the coast, a unique, otherworldly volcanic landscape awaits, so extraordinary that it has been declared an island-wide UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and so similar to the landscapes on the moon and mars that it has become an important base for space exploration research.
The island has an authentic, low-key feel, much of the credit for which goes to the island’s most famous artist and environmentalist, César Manrique, who spent his life campaigning for development that was in keeping with the island’s character. His influence is visible across Lanzarote and his art and architecture can be seen in some of the island’s most famous attractions.