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In Lanzarote the African influence is plain to see, but it was a European - Lancelotto Malocello from Genoa - who “discovered” the island in the 14th century. The island's 795 square kilometres are a lava-formed landscape painted with the Canary Islands’ most beautiful pallet, which makes Lanzarote the perfect destination for both active and relaxing holidays. Not to mention the local specialties, where Spanish and African cuisine merge into one another, creating tasty and unique dishes. On the island you can choose to spend your holiday in extremely relaxing resorts, or to experience adventure in the island's stunning natural landscapes, which include the lava tunnel of Atlántida, Cueva de los Verdes and Jameos del Agua, which allow for fascinating expeditions deep into the Earth. Let yourself be amazed by the charm of this wonderful island.
A wonderful mix of nature and culture allows you to spend active stays as well as relaxing vacations in Lanzarote. Experience first-hand the UNESCO Timanfaya National Park, visit the home of the world famous architect César Manrique, wait for the perfect wave on your surf board or just relax on the idyllic beaches of this incredible island.
It is lovely to go swimming in Lanzarote, but the sea can be wild. If a red flag is fluttering on the beach, it means swimming is forbidden; yellow flags mean that you can swim at your own risk; and a green flag means you're good to go! The best beaches are generally located in the southern end of the island – the Papagayo half of the island – but in the rest of the coastal areas you can enjoy less a crowded seaside.
Fresh fish and papas arrugadas – unpeeled potatoes cooked in salt – is one of the most typical Canarian dishes. Lanzarote and the entire Canary Archipelago are not only paradise when it comes to relaxation and sports. You can also try all the tastiest Spanish specialties with a touch of Africa. Among local dishes, you cannot miss the spicy Mojo sauce with potatoes and lamb meat grilled on real volcanic embers.
There is nothing better than a fresh refreshing juice under the warm Spanish sun. In Lanzarote you can find many lovely cafes with a wide variety of snacks and desserts to choose from, and you can enjoy a smoothie or a coffee in every lido on the beach. This island is all about relaxation, so you just have to choose where you prefer to take your break.
The main nightlife centres in Lanzarote are Puerto del Carmen and Costa Teguise, where the crowds are young and lively, filling the many bars and cocktail lounges. Canary Islanders eat late, so naturally the island's nightlife also starts quite late, going strong well into the daylight hours. Be careful: here clubs are called "discotecas" while "nightclub" refers to strip clubs.
Lanzarote may no longer be a Tax Free zone, but it has been able to retain low prices on specific items like alcohol, perfume, Cuban cigars and cigarettes. A hot tip for those who want something typical from the island of Lanzarote is to buy local lacework, baskets or pottery made by the indigenous population, the guanches. There are shops in all the main resorts. In Arrecife most shops are concentrated on Calle Leon y Castillo, in Puerto del Carmen you can find the Biosfera Shopping Centre (with clothes shops like Zara), and in Playa Honda there are shops of all sorts, together with cosy cafés and a cinema in the Deiland Centre.
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