Lanzarote Insider Tips

Only a 4 hr flight from the UK, Lanzarote boasts balmy sunshine, cool breezes and all-year temperatures are truly tan-worthy.

Finca MalvasiaBut it's not all about sun, Lanzarote is a unique and very special island. With the cultural delights on offer, thanks to a rich history and the artistic flair of the legendary Cesar Manrique, there is plenty to do and explore. Gastronomy really comes into its own and the island is bursting with food and wine to try. On many levels, Lanzarote will exceed your expectations!. So read on and prepare to be inspired!

Ensure that you get the maximum enjoyment from your stay. Here are just a few suggestions from our comprehensive guide and there are plenty more on arrival.

  • Ample culture, Cesar Manrique, the Lanzarote artist, sculptor and legend whose 1970's James Bond style designs and sculptures dominate the island landscape are not to be missed.
  • Enjoy a glass of chilled Lanzarote wine. There is a thriving wine-growing region on Lanzarote producing little-known but award-winning wines. Stroll around the Finca Malvasia vineyard and absorb the landscape - it's some sight.
  • Head East with a short drive to the little fishing port of Arrieta where fish restaurants dip their feet in the water. Laid-back, beach bar playing chilled out tunes and serving great calamari.
  • Lanzarote_surfing_01Walking at Famara beach - a 6km stretch of golden sand nestled under brooding cliffs. Or for the sporty types surfing, kitesurfing and paddle boards aplenty.
  • Bajo de los Sables, just before Orzola, gorgeous white sandy beaches that are devoid of tourists, ideal for toddler paddling and kiddie-friendly rock pools.
  • The classic Sunday ritual, the Farmers Market in Lanzarote. An abundance of locally grown produce for you to sample and the perfect ingredients for you to enjoy. You'll find wine, liquors, jams, chutneys, bread, cakes, a variety of local goats cheese, flowers, fresh herbs, eggs, pulses together with a broad variety of fresh fruit and vegetables etc. In summer season watermelons and strawberries are a must.
  • Get on your bike - opportunities aplenty for cycling and walking around the La Geria wine region and beyond.
  • Hop into a hammock - take some blissful "me" time swinging in a hammock amongst our vines.
  • For simple Canarian classics try atmospheric restaurants, Las Cadenas or El Tenique. Both fill up with the islands dedicated foodies at the weekend. Local goats cheese fried and served with fig jam is a must and for mains the slow cooked goat stew or fresh fillet steak will hit the mark for Sunday lunch!
  • Eat in on Monday nights - Tuck in to a tantalising Moroccan tagine back at Finca Malvasia, under the stars amid the backdrop of volcanos.
  • Anyone for a Camel ride? Day out at the volcanic national park followed by a camel ride up a volcano - perfect for the little ones! Have your lunch cooked over volcanic stones. Delicious...
  • Spend time on nearby island of Graciosa, it's stunning. Hitch lifts from friendly locals when or if you miss the bus!
  • End the perfect day with a visit to Mirador del Rio. A fine example of Manrique's uniqueness, stunning with stylish bar. Have a mojito and enjoy the views across to Graciosa.

This post was kindly contributed by Richard Norse-Evans of Finca Malvasia, Lanzarote.

9 Oct 2015, 14:09