Located 100 Kilometres off the North West Coast of Africa, Lanzarote is the fourth largest of the Canary Islands. A perfect size, the island is large enough to offer the discerning visitor enough to visit and experience on their holiday yet small enough so that visitors do not feel overwhelmed.
Mass tourism is limited to just three resort areas on the island, so you can enjoy a quiet, peaceful getaway visiting small fishing villages and secluded coves, or of the vibrant nightlife and the comforts of luxury resorts and rich cultural centres.
From the spectacular volcanic landscape of the Timanfaya National Park, the intricate cave formations of Jameos Del Aqua to the action packed surfing beaches of Famara, Lanzarote has a depth and beauty which makes it a totally unique place to visit.
For the most part Lanzarote remains relatively unspoiled thanks to César Manrique, the islands most famous son born in 1919. He was a visionary environmentalist, artist and designer and leader of a movement to conserve and protect Lanzarote’s unique landscape. He created different Centres of Art, Culture and Tourism across the island. These can be visited today and are testament to the special nature of this island and the care and love its inhabitants have for its unique environment (for more information please see our page Places to Visit page).
The announcement by UNESCO in 1993, declaring the island as a Biospheric Reserve has reinforced the commitment of the island to approach tourism in a sustainable and culturally significant manner. This was further compounded in April 2015 when Lanzarote was awarded the status of GEOPARK in recognition of its geological and environmental heritage. The unique and unspoiled landscapes of La Geria, El Golfo and La Graciosa helped to secure a unanimous vote from all members of the European Geoparks committee to include Lanzarote in only 64 sites in Europe.
Lanzarote is well-known for its year round sunshine, welcoming visitors throughout the year. With the combination of traditional Canarian towns and amazing beaches, the island makes the most of its natural beauty and climate.
The island has no natural source water however the island´s earth is fertile and the many local farmers successfully grow produce such as potatoes, onions, peas and pumpkin to name just a few. For more details about the local produce markets held across the island, visit our Local Markets page.
Lanzarote enjoys a rather sleepy pace of life, with the opportunity to explore, discover and relax all in one.