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Lanzarote is the most eastern island of the Spanish Canary Islands. It has long been a popular destination for families looking for sunshine and fun on their summer holidays. The island has volcanic origins, much like the other islands in the Canaries and has warm weather all year round.
Things to do
This island is perfect if you want a classic beach holiday with the family. Playa Blanca is one of the most popular resorts in Lanzarote, which has expanded from just a small fishing village. The central beach can get quite overcrowded so it's worth walking a little way to Playa Dorada or Playa Flamingo for a slightly quieter experience. The Marina Rubicon can be found to the east of the main resort, a recent development along the seafront. Designer boutiques and upmarket restaurants are situated in this area, overlooking the luxury boats and yachts found in the marina. It's a great place to visit if you just want to sit in the sun and wile away the hours.
If an active holiday is more your thing, Famara is the place to head to. With a six kilometre-long beach set into high cliffs, the windswept area is ideal for hang-gliding and surfing. Playa de San Juan nearby hosts annual surfing events but this area is not for the faint-hearted. Only experienced swimmers and surfers should venture into this part of the sea though, as there are dangerous currents that could prove to be too much for the beginners. The neighbouring village of La Caleta is ideal if you want a more laid-back surfing approach. The local fishermen can be found here and it's an ideal place to try some of the freshly caught local seafood.
If you want to check out what else the island has to offer, the Cave of Los Verdes is worth visiting. Drive out to the caves and see the six-kilometre long tunnel that is one of the longest volcanic tunnels in the world. There is an underwater section that hasn't been fully explored and a large section is open to the public. The lowest part of the cave is sometimes used as a concert venue, well worth a visit if you can see an event there. Even as it is though, the cave is an impressive sight.
Puerto del Carmen is the original resort of Lanzarote and is closest to the airport. If you choose to stay here, it makes life nice and simple to just pick up the hire car and drive straight to your hotel. The beaches are as good as the nightlife, which is buzzing in this resort. Centro Atlantico is full of nightclubs, pubs and disco bars; perfect if you want a few drinks and dancing until the morning. There are also loads of English bars along the beach, so if you want some pub food and access to the football on TV, this is the place to be. You'll also find high street shops in this resort at the Biosfera Plaza, ensuring the resort really does have something for everyone.