Lanzarote has never ever been on my travel wish list. Why, because I judged it on rumours and hearsay?
The exact thing I try not to do in my every day life, yet I allowed my decision to be based on rumour alone. I am rolling my eyes at myself as I type. Ok in my defence if I was to ask almost anyone I know what they think of Lanzarote they would almost certainly say the same thing. Lanzagrotty, am I right? But this is so wrong on so many levels. The Island has been dealt an unfair card at the hands of rumour.
Last week I got the chance to visit this Lanzarote and find out for myself exactly what it has to offer. No gossip, no hearsay, just bunch of lovely travel bloggers and I exploring. Getting to the truth of years of rumours and we did just that. Explored the island looking for what is great and good for families’ young and old.
I have so much to share, discovered so many wonderful places, to visit, eat and stay. But first I want to dispel those myths and tell you why you should include Lanzarote in your travel plans for 2018. With a little planning and organisation you can see for yourself what it so wonderful about this beautiful vibrant island.
10 Reasons why you should visit Lanzarote
Lanzarote is only a 4 hours flight yet offers an average of 22ºC all year round. This can be slightly higher in the summer months however Lanzarote seems to maintain a comfortable temperature all year round. Making it the perfect place to visit to get that much-needed winter sun.
There is no time difference. This is wonderful when traveling with children, those little body clocks are so sensitive and even an hour can play havoc with routines whilst traveling and at home. But also for us this means no diabetes medication changes, wow that makes life so much easier.
It has exceptionally low rainfall averages. November boasts 15mm average rainfall pm, compared to the UK and a whopping 63mm in London. If that’s not a reason to jump on a plane right now I have no idea what it?
There are 3 main tourist areas thus meaning the Island is not awash with tourists and maintains much of its natural beauty.
The Island has strict building controls in place, limiting the size of any construction (no high rises and nothing taller than a Canarian palm) there is one high-rise building on the Island, which I have to say, is spectacular. But being unique makes it special. The building laws mean that apart from the Arrecife Gran Hotel all other building are low-rise. No concrete jungle in Lanzarote, quite the opposite, it is the prettiest island.
Even the colours of houses on Lanzarote are tightly controlled. All buildings are painted white, with green shutters in the countryside and blue by the sea. Thus making the outlook, clean and oh so pretty.
Lanzarote is a UNESCO site. In 1968 Timanfaya was declared a national park. In 1993, UNESCO designated a Biosphere reserve covering the whole of Lanzarote. The national park is one of the core areas of the biosphere reserve and the statue “El Diablo” by César Manrique is its symbol.
The art in Lanzarote is inspired. Cesar Manrique (The godfather of the island) started by creating the Jameos del Agua from a collapsed lava tube in 1966 and very quickly his influence and design genius spread all over the island.
Jameos del Aqua is undoubtedly one of the most breath-taking things I have ever seen. Its sheer existence and natural beauty had a profound effect on me. You can not visit Lanzarote without visiting this natural wonder. Top tip, I would book in advance and book a meal here. You WILL NOT regret it, just for the sheer beauty. We did not eat here, so I can’t say what the food is like. But if it is not spectacular I will be gobsmacked.
The Island also offers a wealth of activities for families with children of all ages, incredible gastronomy and delicious wine cultivated inof volcanic rock, thus meaning limited water is needed to grow the vines and the wine tastes amazing. But this is a whole other post.
What did I discover in Lanzarote?
That you should never listen to rumour, Lanzarote is an Island with the most wonderful people, rich in history and culture with some of the those incredible natural wonders that you just have to visit.
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