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The Spanish island of Lanzarote is known as ‘the land of eternal spring’, a truly unique place where moon-like landscape meets sandy sunbathing spots.
Lanzarote has a number of beautiful beaches and a rugged, fabulous coastline to explore. here are also water activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, windsurfing, parasailing and canoeing. There is also a water park (with bus service from Puerto del Carmen), a Zoo Park (Guinate Park), an aquarium-type park and a wild-west themed animal park (Rancho Texas). You can also take submarine trips from Ports in Puerto del Carmen and Puerto Calero.
One of the island's most enjoyable things to do is relax, lie at the beautiful beaches during the day and enjoy a nice meal in the evening. There is an array of shops ranging from digital hardware shops to bazaars but be wary, you can get a good bargain if you can haggle a little with the shopkeepers.
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Today it is used to thicken and flavour soups, stocks and stews. A speciality here is escaldon de gofio de caldo de pescado - a rich fish stew made with gofio and vegetables. An excellent place to try the traditional cuisine of Lanzarote is in the restaurants of the Centres of Art, Culture and Tourism.
It is often served with the traditional sauces called “mojo rojo” (red sauce, mostspicy) and “mojo verde” (green sauce, milder). Aside from fish, seafood is also a common ingredient in many parts of Lanzarote. One of the most important native dishes served in the Canaries is the stew called “Sancocho”.
When it comes to beaches Lanzarote has a lot to offer. You will find here fine, light-coloured sandy beaches, fascinating black volcanic sand, as well as wild stony beaches. In theory you could discover a different beach each day! However, we were not only very impressed with the beaches of Lanzarote, but also with the leisure activities on offer. Whether you want to do some sunbathing, or roar into action with water-sports activities such as surfing, you will find something for you here in Lanzarote. Best of all is that the beaches are not overcrowded even in the main season, which means that you will always find a quiet spot here.
Playa de las Conchas. On the small island of La Graciosa, you will find a collection of small coves known as Playas de las Conchas. One of these is La Graciosa beachthe place for acquiring an all-over tan rather than a spot of swimming but is one of thebest nudist beaches in Lanzarote. Just look at those waves.
Centro – the central section of the main strip in the Avenida de las Playas - is the epicentre of nightlife in Puerto del Carmen. Here you will find a big selection of late night bars and clubs – such as Tequila Bar, Mulligans - and discos such as Tropical.
If you are looking for something a little more stylish and contemporary then there are a number of more modern bars that are well worth checking out too.
At the San Antonio end of the Avenida de las Playas is the Cafe del Carmen, which operates more as a lounge venue, with DJ's instead of live music.
The liveliest areas for nightlife in Lanzarote are the island's capital, Arrecife and the resort of Puerto del Carmen. Both Playa Blanca and Costa Teguise tend to be quieter although there are live music venues and bars in each resort as well.
Lanzarote is know as the Hawaii of Europe, which should tell you something about the waves that you can expect on a surf trip here. The surf, swell, weather and location are almost identical to that of Fuerteventura, and even the waves are similar. It can get big, powerful waves firing off its reefs throughout October to March, but is consistent enough throughout the rest of the year. Good waves can be found throughout the year, no matter when you visit.
The Island picks up swells on its North, East and West coasts.
No matter what level of surfing you are currently at there is something to offer you a good time at Lanzarote. Experienced surfers can test their mettle on waves such as La Santa Left (The Slab) and El Quemao - the Pipeline of the Canary Islands. For those less experienced or novice surfers there are beach breaks and also surf schools to learn with. Famara is a good place to head for, a huge arc of sand catching the swells for you to surf. There is also plenty of opportunity to explore on your own, or head off to neighbouring islands.
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