Today’s guest post is by Rahki from Thomson Flights about the Spanish island Lanzarote.
Rocky Lanzarote might only a relatively small island, but millions of tourists fly into Lanzarote every year and it can be all but guaranteed that each of them has a unique experience. Lanzarote is made up of an eclectic mixture of towns that take multiple visits to truly enjoy, but if you don’t have the time, money or patience to wait that long, here’s a quick rundown of some of the island’s towns.
The capital of the island, Arrecife is most visitors’ first introduction to Lanzarote. It’s loud, busy and vibrant, centred around two castles and a huge natural harbour. Around half of Lanzarote’s population live here and it’s also hotly popular with tourists.
Seemingly untouched by the holidaymaker fever that has encapsulated much else on the island, Arrieta is primarily a fishing village and a must-visit for seafood fans: in Arrieta everything on your plate is sure to have been fished out of the sea that very morning.
As one of the first purpose-built holiday resorts on Lanzarote, Costa Teguise is designed from the ground up with tourists in mind. It’s home to an 18 hole golf course, a waterpark and beaches to suit every sort of visitor, from windsurfers to sunbathers.
They don’t call Haria the ‘village of the thousand palms’ for nothing: the planting of a palm was once a tradition among the townsfolk whenever a child was born and the result is that Haria is now awash with palms, resulting in truly breath-taking scenery.
One of Lanzarote’s most popular tourist resorts, Playa Blanca is considered more upmarket than Costa Teguise or Puerto del Carmen: playing host to 4-star hotels, golf courses and a swanky marina. Ferries run between Playa Blanca and nearby Fuerteventura at hourly intervals.
This tiny village is most notable for having enviable access to a stunning black volcanic beach and yet managing to stay almost untouched by tourists. Expect to see Lanzarote here as it was before package holidays.
Settled on the coast, but with no beach, Puerto Calero is smallest of Lanzarote’s main holiday resorts. Its visitors tend to come for the marina and high-flying lifestyle than for cheap getaways.
Puerto del Carmen
Lanzarote’s principal tourist resort, Puerto del Carmen has long, golden beaches, clubs, discos, casinos and restaurants galore. This is definitely the place to come if you want to live it up in Lanzarote.
The former capital of the island, Teguise has fallen out of favour with tourists, despite its beautiful historic buildings, lively Sunday market and its position as a thoroughfare for many of the island’s other attractions. If you want to have experience Lanzarote without the crowds, Teguise is for you.
One of the oldest towns in Lanzarote, Tias is a busy little town that overlooks Puerto del Carmen that is very popular with expats.
Regularly voted the prettiest village in Spain, Yaiza is dotted by mountain-side terraces and restaurants, palms and bouganvilleas.