Lanzarote is one of the seven islands in the Canarian Archipelago. The island is easy to get around, as it only covers a surface of not much more than 800 square kilometres. There is less than 60 kilometres from north to south, and the island is flat with no more than 700 metres above sea level.
Lanzarote has 145,000 residents according to 2016 data. Tourism is the main industry on the island, and every year there is more than two and a half million visitors, mainly British and German.
The biggest attraction Lanzarote has to offer is its landscape. This is on the one hand, because of volcanoes, and on the other hand, because of the intervention of farmers, who have traditionally respected their environment. It was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1993. Timanfaya National Park, is one of the fifteen national parks in Spain.
Lanzarote is closely linked to artist César Manrique (1919-1992), as he launched a series of artistic projects using space and the landscape, very innovative back then. César Manrique valued the landscape and the natural features of the island, which he became internationally known for. Subsequently, he created a new aesthetic ideology, that he called art-nature/nature-art, in which he combines different artistic manifestations for his landscape work, a unique example of public art in Spain.
Fuerteventura is one of the seven islands of the Canarian Archipelago. Its vast plains cover more than 1,600 square kilometres. 150 kilometres of white sand beaches.
Fuerteventura is the closest island to the African continent, approximately 100 kilometres away. The highest peak is 807 metres high, and the temperatures almost never vary during the year, 20.4 degrees on average. There is barely any vegetation in Fuerteventura, despite there being a large number of botanic endemic species due to its peculiar climate.
The island is considered one of the most arid places in the European Union. However, in 2009, it was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, becoming the largest protected area in Spain. The Biosphere Reserve also includes all of the marine strip, as it has the richest sea life in the Canary Islands.
The island’s cuisine got started thanks to the creativity of generations of local people together with the limited possibilities available on the island, leading to a simple but tasty recipe book, inspired by two main sources: goats and fish. Although the product that has reached the highest international recognition is cheese. Its quality has been guaranteed by Designation of Origin since 1996.
Located in the south of the island, Playa Blanca enjoys its tourist prosperity supported by a myriad of virtues, offering a modern resort and recreation that, together with its erosive beauty, attract the visitor.
Its immense central avenue has been specially designed and disposed of an atmosphere of continuous jubilation that accompanies the visitor and becomes whispers as it progresses on its way to the most southerly point of the island, finally gaining immense calm upon arrival To the Lighthouse of Pechiguera.
Surrounded by volcanic landscapes, colored with its attractive offer, the sun and its magical beaches, Playa Blanca offers for all those who decide to embrace a warm summer every day of the year.
Puerto del Carmen
Puerto del Carmen is the main tourist area in Lanzarote. It is eleven kilometres long along the coast, and it is known for its fine sand golden beaches. It is situated next to the airport and north and south are well connected by a road network. Puerto del Carmen is also known for its good cuisine and night life.
Some of its outstanding beaches are Playa Grande, Los Pocillos and Matagorda, linked to other smaller ones along the coastline. There is a wide range of services and water sports. The de jure population in Puerto del Carmen amounts to eleven thousand people.
When it comes to water sports or activities in the sea, there is a small port located in Puerto del Carmen, 1,300 metres away from Los Hibiscos Apartments. Several excursions by sea and leisure activities related to the sea set off from there. In the surrounding areas of the old dry dock, there is a significant number of restaurants, as well as different pubs and clubs.
Caleta de Fuste
Caleta de Fuste is one of the main tourist areas in Fuerteventura. Two golf courses, spa centres, a wide range of stores and numerous leisure areas.
This tourist area was built around a natural cove protected from the waves and the wind, turning into a beach. Fine golden sand and pristine water, protected from the waves like not many others on the island, which makes it the ideal place for a family holiday. In addition, Caleta de Fuste has many calm and peaceful coves.
This area is also known as El Castillo (the Castle). The tallest building is Torre Fortaleza, a fortress from the 18th Century, located at the entrance of the bay, a beautiful sample of military architecture built to defend the island.
Caleta de Fuste has a small port. Next to the beach, there is a wide range of water activities, canoeing, water bikes, diving, boat and submarine rides, a diving school, a windsurf school, etc.
Corralejo is one of the main tourist areas of Fuerteventura, located at the north end of the island. Its beautiful coast is located in the Natural Park of Corralejo, an idyllic spot formed by dunes of white sand and crystalline waters.
The old part of the village surrounds the “little wharf”, which used mainly the fishermen of the town until many years ago. This area of Corralejo has a small and comfortable beach, now surrounded by restaurants and other shops. In this area you will find the Tourist Office of Corralejo.
A few meters away you will find the sports harbor of Corralejo, with boat and jet ski rental and other activities. Somewhat more distant is the dock for the ferries that unite Fuerteventura with Lanzarote.
Corralejo has a wide range of leisure activities. Shopping centers, amusement parks, restaurants, shops, pubs, nightclubs … Corralejo is one of the tourist towns with more services and alternatives of leisure in Fuerteventura. But undoubtedly the greatest charm of Corralejo are its beaches. Alzada, Bajo Negro, Corralejo … kilometers of fine sandy beaches where you can relax or practice water sports.