Lanzarote off the beach

Lanzarote is well-known for its beautiful sandy coves and majestic white sand beaches. We know they’re amazing but there’s so much more to do here if you’re looking for something different. From fantastic sporting events to historic hikes and colourful carnivals – there really isn’t such thing as a dull day here.

Culture

A great thing about visiting different countries is that you can immerse yourself in a different culture. As a Canary Island, Lanzarote has a fantastic culture. Life in Lanzarote is vibrant and the people here are laid back, you’ll find each street you walk down is lined with the iconic white buildings, beautiful cobbled paths and there’s an amazing vibe as you pass beautiful flowers, palm trees rustling in a slight breeze and the warming smell of freshly cooked fish and bread. Most weeks see a range of cultural events take place, including fiestas, music shows, art decorations and a host of food markets.

A popular event on the calendars of Canary Islanders is Carnaval de Lanzarote. This annual event sees the whole island come together to take part in parades and street parties and costume contests to celebrate everything Lanzarote has to offer. It runs each year during February and March and the whole island takes part, so whether you’re in the bustling city of Arrecife or in the quiet havens of Costa Teguise and Puerto del Carmen, you’ll be able to take part in Lanzarote’s biggest yearly event.

You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to events and things to do here. There are plenty of centres scattered around the island which showcase the beauty of Lanzarote, including the International Contemporary Art Museum which is an old, once abandoned fortress which has transformed into a magnificent art gallery filled with abstract pieces and a very impressive view over the Atlantic Ocean. Another must-see is the spectacular Museo Atalntico – an underwater museum on the island’s south coast which boasts an array of beautiful sculptures – showing the connection between humans and nature.

Sports

Sports fans will be spoilt for choice when it comes to an action-packed trip to the incredible island of Lanzarote. It can be very windy on the coast which makes it the perfect place for windsurfing and sailing – the island is often a host for national competitions in these sports as the wind conditions are ideal for a range of abilities. With crystal-clear coves and deep blue seas, there’s no wonder divers from across the globe flock here to see the marine life. If you’re not an experienced diver, there’s no saying you can’t see the underwater world for yourself – the island has lots of diving centres where you can take part in group dives and learn the ropes!

If you’re more comfortable on dry land Lanzarote is a great destination for trekking, running and long walks. Whether you’re after a relaxing evening walk with the family, fancy trekking around the mountains during the day or want to put your running shoes to good use and take part in the Lanzarote Marathon, you’ll have so many opportunities to challenge yourself and see more of the island.

Food and Drink

Foodies will feel right at home as food is a very important part of life on the island. You’ll find traditional Canarian cuisine including lapas which is a Lanzarote dish of small limpets fried in their shells with a dollop of butter and lots of garlic and coriander – it’s an explosion of flavours and your visit to the island wouldn’t be complete without trying it! Another popular dish across the island is papas arrugadas which is potatoes boiled in their skins – it is often served alongside mojo, a chilli and garlic sauce which is locally made. It looks good, smells great and tastes amazing! To wash it all down, an ice cold glass of local wine or some freshly squeezed orange juice made from delicious sweet oranges grown on the island – this goes down a treat!

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Written on 26th April 2019 by

Nadene Chandler

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