I thought I would share the reasons I would like to visit Lanzarote with you.
When my Mum passed away, the first thing my Dad did was book a holiday. He asked if it was OK with me and I thought it was such a great idea after a year of caring for my Mum. He chose Lanzarote and my brother accompanied him. They returned time and time again so I reckon the place must have lots to offer.
I have picked up my Dad’s love of the seaside and he told me about the amazing beaches in Lanzarote. When I go I will be heading straight for the resorts of Puerto del Carmen, Playa de los Pocillos, Costa Teguise and Playa Blanca. I will be looking for strolls on lovely beaches and my youngest son will definitely want to check out the water sports on offer.
Another huge appeal for my son is that UNESCO has given the island World Biosphere Reserve status due to its amazing lunar-like landscapes with black rock formations and silvery mountain peaks. My son has a thing about volcanoes after a trip to the Natural History Museum so we will head for the Timanfaya National Park which has craters of more than a hundred volcanoes, the Fire Mountains.
For my 13 year old daughter it will be the art that appeals. Lanzarote showcases unique creations from Cesar Manrique. He even created caves on the north coast that offer a chic bar and concert hall. How fancy is that?
My brother tells me there are many villas in Playa Blanca on developments spreading westwards from the port. To the east of the port is the town itself, building mainly restricted to two stories and the colours of white walls and green painted doors and shutters. Along the sea front are a number of bars and restaurants perfect places to watch the sunset whilst having a drink or a meal.
Apparently, fresh fruit and vegetable shops are in plentiful supply on the island and some shops even have cafes where you can enjoy coffee and cake. Although a small and relatively quiet town, Playa Blanca has plenty to offer including a water park for kids and the Pappagayo Beach which is left largely as nature intended, cars not allowed too close.
So yes I think I will visit Lanzarote with Holiday Gems and try out the Canary Islands for the very first time.
Lanzarote is a welcoming friendly calm place to spend a holiday in the sun. It is around four hours flying time from the UK.