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Beaches and volcanos: visiting Lanzarote

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The Canary Islands are one of the most popular destinations for British holidaymakers, mostly because their location in the Atlantic Ocean (just off the coast of Africa) means all year round sunshine and warm temperatures. Lanzarote is one of the best known of the chain of islands and it’s also the first island of the Canaries to reinvent its overdeveloped image. Here’s why you should visit…

The landscapes

 Timanfaya-National-Park-Lanzarote

The unique history and development of Lanzarote centres around the volcanic activity in the region and on the island itself. As recently as 1736 the island was hit by a series of volcanic eruptions which produced 32 new volcanoes. The result was a quarter of the island’s surface being covered in lava which destroyed much of the farmland and entire villages. Another volcanic eruption happened in 1824 which was less violent but still rocked the island and changed the landscape once more.

Today, a visit to the Timanfaya National Park on the west coast offers one of the most bizarre and desolate landscapes of any major holiday destination in the world and is a truly unique experience.

Costa Teguise

 Costa Teguise

Although this is one of the most well known resorts on the island, Costa Teguise still has plenty of things going for it. Aside from the excellent golf course which makes the most of its setting amongst the volcanic hills, the area is home to some of the islands best beaches, some of which are still very tranquil. Also pay a visit to the Sunday market which is popular with tourists and locals alike.

Renting Villas

 Lanzarote villa

Although there are plenty of hotels, Villas in Lanzarote are a good accommodation option on the island – a great choice for larger groups of families or friends. The range of villas on offer in Lanzarote is extensive and most feature all the modern conveniences you would expect, along with extras such as private pools and entertainment areas.

Puerto Del Carmen

Puerto Del Carmen

For those looking to step it up a gear Lanzarote still offers a great range of nightlife. Puerto del Carmen would be the place to head to and has a great selection of bars and clubs that come alive at night. During the day the old town’s harbour is a gorgeous old fishing village with narrow winding back streets and excellent seafood restaurants.

Scott started his travelling life back in 1999, when he headed off on a solo jaunt to South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia with just a backpack, a camera and a spirit for adventure. After that, the travel bug bit hard and now he is always seeking to head off somewhere new. Over the years he has lived in Italy, Qatar, Ireland and the UK but his spiritual home will always be Rome as this is the city which most satisfies his unrelenting craving for culture, good food and football. Scott loves nothing better than to be behind the camera and has also just started his own blog called Bars and Spas. As well as Rome he also counts Melbourne and Tel Aviv among his favourite places and now permanently resides in Dublin. Follow Scott on Google+ and Twitter

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