What Condé Nast says: “Lanzarote the surprisingly cool Canary Island that has it all……find beautiful beaches, a cool surf scene and some excellent places to stay.” The chicest of the Canary islands, “Lanzagrotty” is no more – it has shaken off its down-at-heel reputation and emerged as the Canary of choice for the hipster crowd.
Island-born architect César Manrique is largely responsible for Lanzarote’s harmonious aesthetic. He shaped Lanzarote as much as the volcanic eruptions that blasted the island in the 1730s. In the 70’s and 80’s, bill-boards and high-rise buildings were banned due to his visionary influence for the Island’s design to follow the contours of lava, ash and good taste. But for all the nature-art activism, he was no puritan: his buildings are defined by shadow-draped turquoise pools and party chambers, especially at LagOmar, the sexy cave dwelling that Omar Sharif allegedly gambled away in an ill-conceived game of bridge!
With over 100 volcanoes, lava fields, there are rocks in impossible shapes and black and red earth that contrasts with the whitewashed sugar cube casitas with their cactus green shutters and the deep blue sea and the light blue sky. However, the scenery in this easternmost part of the Canary Islands also contains stark, rolling mountains, beautiful and unique beaches of black, white and golden sand, crystal clear waters, lush palm groves… and silence.
Lanzarote also produces the islands’ best wines from the small, friendly bodegas dotted around the interior; enjoy laid-back tastings surrounded by vines planted in their unique protected bowls and lava peaks.
Explore the village of Haría in northern Lanzarote, cool and leafy as a North African oasis, tucked quietly in the heart of the island’s “Valley of 1,000 Palms”. According to tradition, a new palm tree is planted each time a baby is born in the region. With its honeycomb of cupboard-sized craft shops and pavements criss-crossed by papery palm fronds and littered with windfall dates, Lanzarote’s artiest village has a timeless charm all of its own. Or take a private guided tour to the edge of the live volcano with expert vulcanologist, Jose Ignacio Zarza.
The climate closely resembles its African neighbour, hot during the day but deliciously cool at night during the summer months. Pleasantly warm in the winter months and easy to get to, this is the perfect place for a winter break. You may think all you want to do is to sit by the pool, but we think you will take huge pleasure in exploring and tasting in every sense the “Alternative” Lanzarote!