Lanzarote: Introduction

A volcanic moonscape

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Lanzarote is the northernmost of the Canary Islands and belongs to Spain, but some of its villages have a north African feel, it being situated just over 100 km from Morrocco’s shores. Local authority regulations on the number and style of buildings or developments here mean that there is no billboard advertising and no high rises in Lanzarote, which is lucky for anyone holidaying here; the view as you fly in to Arrecife Airport is traditionally charming and the island has an historic and unspoilt appearance.

Due to its being volcanic in origin, following eruptions during the 18th and 19th centuries, many parts of Lanzarote appear to take on a science fiction impression, and it has been described by visitors and journalists as Martian in its appearance - so much so that parts of the 1970's series Planet of the Apes was filmed on the island. El Reducto is the capital's beach and is a European Union blue flag beach with metre upon metre of light golden sand, encased by lovely calm waters.

The best - and less crowded beaches - are those around Papagayo, on the island's southern tip, where you will happen across golden sands, turquoise water and a breath-taking backdrop of dunes or high cliffs. Everywhere you go you will find places in which to relax with a cool drink and and the nightlife provides plenty of variety, whether it be restaurants or lively bars. There is a mild and dry climate here, with average daytime temperatures ranging from about 21°C in January to 29°C in August.