Just off the coast of Africa, the island of Lanzarote offers holiday heaven with year-round warmth and sunshine, pleasant beaches, remarkable natural attractions, excellent sports opportunities, and a delightful dose of outdoor artwork courtesy of Lanzarote's favourite son, César Manrique.
It takes only four to five hours from the UK to reach the warm shores of the island and flights to Lanzarote are frequent from most British airports and available via a range of airlines.
Upon arrival in Arrecife Airport (ACE), the pleasures of this lovely Canary Island are never far away and car hire from the airport is a really good idea to fully explore the island once you've settled into your resort. Buses and taxis are also in good supply at the airport to take you to your hotel or villa.
Arrecife Town is not far from the airport, and offers accommodation as well as some attractions. Great holiday options can be found across the island, with Puerto del Carmen taking the title for the biggest tourist resort. Nowhere is bursting at the seams in Lanzarote though, and high-rise buildings are nowhere to be seen here. Instead you'll find unobtrusive accommodation in charming resorts such as Playa Blanca, Costa Teguise, Matagorda, Playa de los Pocillos and Haria.
From its fiery birth at the centre of a raging volcano, Lanzarote has grown up to become a pleasant island. A moon-like landscape is the incredible legacy of its early years and Timanfaya National Park is the place to explore the lunar-like wonder.
Another natural spectacle worth visiting is El Golfo, or the gulf - a crater with a green lake. The caves and grottoes of Jameos del Agua make for a further interesting diversion away from the beaches and swimming pools.
Nature also plays a part in other fun past times in Lanzarote. Trekking on a camel over sand dunes is entertaining, and catching a ride on the surf of the Atlantic waves is sure to thrill at the beaches in the west.
Whatever you're planning on doing, whenever you're planning on going, make sure you organise your Lanzarote flights early to get the best deal. Flight prices to this eternally popular sunshine isle don't fluctuate much, though prices will rise during school holidays.
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