Lanzarote is part of the Canary Islands, an island off Spain and off the west coast of Africa. A friend of mine invited me on holiday to come and share the vacation with her and her Spanish family. At the mention of “Lanzarote”, tacky resorts filled with drunk Brits came to mind, but I soon found out, that this was not entirely the case.
Known for years by many as a destination for those who want all inclusive package deals, and getting a fry up by the beach, not many independent travellers have ventured here. The south of Lanzarote is still known for this: a land of potent drinks and cheap clubs, which you can easily find in; Puerto del Carmen, Playa Blanca and Costa Teguise. But not all of Lanzarote is like this. Lanzarote having such a harsh and desert like climate, means that the island is a haven of geological activity. Head away from crowded tourist beaches to the volcanic sands of La Caleta de Famara, where you can really catch glimpses at Lanzarote’s stunning natural beauty. Although the landscape is stark, the horizon is filled with an endless blue, and the scenery is juxtaposed with broken charred lava that juts out of the horizon and gravel like mountains.
Whilst here, make sure you head over to Timanfaya National Park where you can see the affects of the volcanic destruction on the land, eroding and destructing all that stood in its path. There are many fantastic walks in the area to work up a sweat with and are a great way to soak in and explore more of the nature here. If you can, hire bikes and cycle to the west coast, stopping and searching for tiny escaping vineyards from the rocky outcrops of lava as you go and explore territories that not many venture to.
However, the North and Northwest of Lanzarote is the most peaceful and naturally picturesque. With quaint villages filled with white washed farmers houses and more unnoticed panoramic views, there is more than one reason to visit this area of Lanzarote.
Unfortunately during my time here, I only visited the beautiful La Caleta de Famara beach and dined on typical Spanish dishes in her home. Although, I did one night, (being young, wild and free) grit my teeth and head out onto Puerto del Carmen, for a night on the trashy town. It was everything you expect from a town catered to tourists, drink deals, commercial music and club promoters. Although not the most stylish or even normal evenings out, it still was hilarious (only in small doses, I do not recommend staying in this area).
Remember whilst travelling from Lanzarote that although you might want to buy a lot of tax free items (booze, cigarettes, whatever) check your allowances when flying home, I was stopped because I looked “suspicious”. Thankfully, I had only bought one bottle of vodka- and not two!