The History of Lanzarote

The Canary Islands are one of the most popular destinations for British holidaymakers. Located in the Atlantic Ocean, just off the coast of Africa, the climate has the benefit of frequent sunshine and warm temperatures.

Lanzarote is one of the largest of the five Canaries and was probably the first to be settled on, around 1100 BC.

The Portuguese landed there in 1336 and a succession of landings, wars and invasions saw it change hands in the following years.

From 1730 to 1736 the island was hit by a series of volcanic eruptions, which produced 32 new volcanoes. Lava covered a quarter of the island’s surface, including most of the farmland and also many villages. More than one hundred smaller volcanoes were located in the area called Montañas del Fuego, or the “Mountains of Fire”. Another volcanic eruption occurred in 1824, which was less violent, but still rocked the island.

More recent history saw the island become part of the province of Las Palmas in 1927 and in the years following the Second World War, Lanzarote and its sister islands, began to build a reputation as a genuine holiday destination.

The stark landscape remains the same and the focus, for most visitors, revolves around beach, pool, bar and restaurant. However, the unique history and development of Lanzarote means that the Timanfaya National Park, on the west coast, offers one of the most bizarre and desolate landscapes of a major holiday destination.

As Lanzarote holidays are mostly about the beach, there are several major resorts that offer great opportunities for a perfect sun-kissed getaway.

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Costa Teguise

One of the most well known resorts on the island is Costa Teguise. It boasts the only golf course on the island, which is uniquely set amongst volcanic hills. The wonderful beaches are complemented by the appeal of the popular Sunday market.

Puerto Del Carmen

If you are looking for a lively and vibrant nightlife, Puerto del Carmen is the place for you. As well as vibrant bars and clubs, the daytime sees the old town’s harbour hark back to its origins as a fishing village, with narrow winding back streets and excellent seafood restaurants.

Playa Blanca

Playa Blanca is perhaps the most traditional resort on the island, with a more laid back and altogether quieter feel. It is perfect for families and couples looking for a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.

There is a great selection of outdoor cafes and seafood restaurants around the harbour and you can also take a boat over to neighbouring Fuerteventura.

 

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