Aeropuerto De Lanzarote Ctra Lz-2 Arrecife-yaiza Km. 3,8View on map
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Lanzarote is a Spanish island which is the easternmost of the Canarie Islands. It is a hugely popular sun holiday destination due to the great beaches, interesting sights, and vast amount of hotels, bars, and restaurants. A holiday to this fantastic island promises to be a great getaway with great weather and fun things to do.
The island, which was formed by volcanic activity, is thought to have been colonised first as far back as 1000 BC. Greek writers are believed to have referenced to the Canary Islands as the “Garden of Hesperides”, a mythic orchard at the far west of the world. The islands were first recorded in history when discovered by the Genoese navigator Lancello Malocello around 1312. After a brief stay by Malocello a Norman privateer by the name of Juan de Bethencourt conquered the island as the native inhabitants released their claim for protection from marauding pirates. The islands then passed into the hands of the Spanish who populated the islands with slaves from North Africa. Volcanic eruptions occurred between 1730 and 1736 and then again in 1824, these destroyed some of the best farmland but left in their wake the right resources to boost the modern wine industry.
There is a rich culture that runs deep through Lanzarote’s history. Traditional music is a huge part of life on the island, this music is played on a timple which is a ukulele style instrument. During the many fiestas in the summer months expect to see this instrument accompanied by dances such as the isa and folía and occasionally the tajaraste, which is said to be a dance handed down from the native inhabitants from a bygone era. Lucha Canaria is a form of wrestling which is unique to the Canary Islands, wrestlers attempt to throw each other to the ground in a 12 foot ring (somewhat like Sumo wrestling).
Activities on the island of Lanzarote are mainly water based. These predominantly take place on the fantastic beaches around the island. Activities include diving, windsurfing, surfing, and sailing. There’s also fantastic fishing to be done and scenic golf courses to avail of.
Something that is not to be missed is Timanfaya National Park, this park covers 50 square kilometres and is located on the lands that were devastated by volcanic eruption in the 18th and 19th century. Due to low rainfall and therefore lack of erosion the land appears much the same as it did just after the eruptions. This part of the island is a must for any visitor because of its unique 'Martian' landscape and rare plant species.
Food and drink is of the highest standard as you’ll find an array of diverse establishments to suit your mood on any given night. The local Canarian cuisine involves a fantastic mix of influences, from Spanish and Portuguese to Latin American and African flavours. You’ll find plenty of restaurants serving traditional vegetable, fish, and stew dishes. There are many restaurants that will serve the standard dishes you’d find at home as well as Chinese and Japanese menus. The nightlife is a buzz as there are streets such as Avenida de las Playas in the town of Puerto del Carmen that seemingly never sleep. You’ll find a host of different pubs and clubs to suit any mood and places that party well into the early hours.
Shopping in Lanzarote is a great way to spend a day and you’ll get bang for your buck on certain items as the island enjoys a special duty free tax which makes alcohol and perfume much cheaper than Spain and mainland Europe. In the streets you’ll find many perfumeries, jewellers, and clothes shops. Markets spring up from thin air on certain days and you can find crafts, souvenirs, jewellery, and clothes at very cheap prices.
Europcar Lanzarote Airport is an ideal location to pick up your car and start experiencing all this beautiful island has to offer. Once you arrive and pick up your car the entire island is open to you as all towns are within a short drive on this small gem in the Canaries. Our location can cater to leisure customers and business customers, availing of the flexible short, medium and long term business fleet management service offered by Europcar and customers renting a van.