Lanzarote's best source of information comes via the country's main dedicated magazine the
Lanzarote Gazette, it's printed in English and Spanish and is available all over the island for free.|
There is an archive if some of the best articles, tourist guides, maps and other useful information at the Lanzarote Gazette Archive Web site by clicking here.
|How the island came to be:|
Lanzarote is the most easterly of the seven major Canary Islands and lies in the Atlantic
Ocean only some 100 km (60 miles) from the coast of Africa and 1,000 km from the Iberian
Lanzarote, including the small islands of La Graciosa, Alegranza, Montaña Clara,
Roque del Este y del Oeste, covers 900 km² running 60 km north to south and only 20 km
at its widest point. |
Lanzarote is made up of seven municipalities: Arrecife (the capital), Teguise, Haría, San Bartolomé, Tías, Tinajo and Yaiza, with an official population of nearly 100,000 inhabitants, mostly residing in the south-central part of the island.
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The island was named after a Genoese navigator called Lancelotto Malocello who arrived on the island during the second half of the XIV century opening the way to successive expeditions of French, British and Spanish sailors and merchants. Previously the isles were known as the Fortunate Islands.
Amongst the most outstanding attractions are the Art, Culture and Tourist Centres run under the auspices of the Insular Council. The world famous artist César Manrique's sensitive response to Lanzarote´s unique geography and people was instrumental in creating a pervasive artistic identity throughout the island.
Great care has been taken in preserving its historical and artistic heritage, its monuments and characteristic houses, local festivals and customs... in short, the full expression of its culture and folklore.
Lanzarote is of volcanic origin and literally covered in lava.|
The National Park of Timanfaya is a volcanic field where visitors can appreciate a great variety of geological phenomena as well as a large biological mix of some 180 different plant species. In this impressive habitat where human presence has been practically nil, the park serves as an authentic laboratory for biological research.
Timanfaya is one of the best examples of a volcanic habitat sparsely vegetated and inhabited by rare species that feed upon organic matter carried by the wind. This region was devastated by intermittent volcanic eruptions over a six year period, 1730-1736, and again during the XIX century, mainly in 1824.
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Puerto Del Carmen
Puerto del Carmen: 15 minutes drive from Arrecife. The largest and most vibrant
resort on the island, Puerto del Carmen offers an enormous variety of restaurants,
bars, shops, supermarkets, discos and stylish souvenir shops along the 3kms vast
stretch of dark sand beach. Sunbeds and shades available on the beach along with
watersports. At the western end of this resort is the harbour and ‘old town’ with
fine restaurants and to the east is the up and coming Matagorda area.|
The six kilometre-long beaches of golden sands on shores of the Atlantic in Puerto del Carmen are undoubtedly the magnet which draw so many holidaymakers to the resort every year.
Although the waters are considered among the most tranquil of the Archipielago and can be enjoyed by swimmers and other water sport enthusiasts certain parts of the coast attract sufficient wind for the practise of windsurfing. The beaches and seas of Puerto del Carmen fly the Blue Flag of the EEC awarded for purity and lack of contamination.
The landscaped promenade with beautiful walkways and passages surrounded by palm trees and sub-tropical shrubs provides a wonderful setting for a quiet stroll or to enjoy a breath-taking sunset watching the sun disappear behind a chain of volcanoes a little further down the coast.
Click here for the official local spanish site
or here to read the LanzaroteGuideBook.com resort information
Costa Teguise: 15 minutes drive from Arrecife. North of Arrecife, Costa Teguise is
a purpose built resort and has fabulous golden beaches with excellent windsurfing
facilities at nearby Cucharas. The properties are usually on the outskirts of the
resort and of a high standard. There are many restaurants offering a huge variety
of international dishes. Just a few minutes drive away is an 18-hole championship
Costa Teguise is a medium size man made resort. There are three beaches, a pleasant main central beach with plenty of facilities and two other rather more relaxing ones. If you are looking for sea, sand, relaxation and quality accommodation, Costa Teguise is up there with the very best. .
Click here to see some more information on Costa Teguise
Other good sources on the web
|The Lanzarote monthly free magazine have done many articles on the normal sights to see but also some of the more unusual places you can get to visit the Lanzarote Gazette Archive to read some. Click here to open the site.|