Lanzarote has always been a favourite destination with cheap holidays to the sun from Ireland and with resorts such as Puerto Del Carmen, Matagorda, Costa Teguise and the up and coming resort of Playa Blanca - Lanzarote really does have something to suit all budgets and styles of families, couples and groups especially with the great offers available at the moment. Travelling with Travelfox.ie means that you can be assured that you are with a major tour operator offering fully bonded holidays.
Lanzarote keeps the Irish coming back year after year, thanks to some of the best beaches in the Canaries.
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With flights from Cork, Shannon, Dublin & Knock it never has been so easy to find last minute cheap holidays in the sun. A sunshine holiday haven, the island of Lanzarote sits along the same latitude as Florida and the Western Sahara, virtually guaranteeing average daily temperatures of seventy degrees or more in winter!
It's just as well, because a holiday here centres largely around the sea with its excellent water sports, marvellous beaches and secluded coves. There are alternatives, however, including the capital of Arrecife, a historic port town with a fortress, museum and gallery of modern art.
Take one look at the place and you’ll see what made it the perfect prototype. The three main resorts of Puerto Del Carmen, Costa Teguise & Playa Blanca are hemmed by long ribbons of sand and their shores are top spots for water sports.
Away from the coast, Lanzarote has scenery suitable for a Hollywood sci-fi movie. Timanfaya National Park in the northwest of the island is Mad Max territory. The landscape here is pockmarked by the craters of more than a hundred volcanoes, known as the Fire Mountains.
Finally, you can’t visit Lanzarote without seeing at least one art installation by the famous artist, Cesar Manrique. The island is covered with his off-the-wall creations. Head to the Jameos del Agua on the north coast to explore the underground caves he converted into a chic bar and a concert hall.
If you haven't heard of Cesar Manrique before your visit to Lanzarote, you'll certainly remember him afterwards. Wherever you go on this sun-kissed isle you'll come across his name and influence time and time again. A contemporary of Picasso and Dali, Manrique was a skilled artist and designer. With the advent of mass tourism, he was eager to preserve Lanzarote's unique beauty and campaigned to protect the island's stunning scenery and local traditions. His legacy is still evident today as Lanzarote's hotels and apartments are low-rise while towns and villages are whitewashed and adorned with jaunty green and blue window shutters. Manrique also constructed a number of monuments and objects d'art which can be seen across the island. Some of the most interesting pieces are colourful moving sculptures that are powered by the wind and underpin his philosophy of the subtle fusion of art with nature.
Costa Teguise and its surrounding area is located on the east coast of the island and is the gateway to many of Lanzarote's most beautiful and interesting attractions. It encompasses superb beaches for swimming and the area is famous for its excellent windsurfing locations. The superb selection of apartments and villas available for holiday rental in this area make is very popular with families from all over Europe. The islands 18 hole golf course is located here. It is approximately a fifteen minute transfer from the airport.
Originally a fishing village. Matagorda is perfect for a quite an relaxing holiday . The long stretch of gentle sloping , fine dark sand is greet for relaxing and there is plenty of space for the kids to play. Tbe beach is a popular windsurfing spot and is ideal for beginners and intermediates. Even though the atmosphere of Matagorda is quite peacefully, there a still plenty of beach front bars and restaurants. T he old port area reveals a clutch of excellent Spanish and Canarian taps bars. The islands capital Arrecife is only five minutes taxi ride way and is a must for shopaholics.
Playa Blanca is situated on the southern tip of the island of Lanzarote. It still retains the atmosphere of a small fishing village although now it is a flourishing but tranquil resort. There are four beaches to choose from including Las Cucharas, a large cresent shaped beach, where you will find water sports such as windsurfing and scuba diving. There is also an 18 hole golf course just outside the town.
Puerto Calero is a well established, high quality villa holiday destination developed around its fabulous and prestigious marina. This exclusive resort has an excellent selection of amenities, including remarkable international restaurants, designer boutiques and luxury spa facilities. There is also a variety of marine excursions, an art gallery and a museum within the marina. It is approximately a fifteen minute transfer to Puerto Calero from Arrecife airport.
The most popular and well-known resort on the island with a wide sandy 6 kilometre long beach. An attractive promenade lined with restaurants, bars and shops runs the length of Puerto del Carmen. Away from Puerto del Carmen's neon-lit beachfront strip, you'll find the more up market old quarter. And exclusive holidays to Puerto del Carmen tend to focus around this particular part of town. Set around the harbour, its higgledy-piggledy whitewashed streets are lined with inviting tapas bars and waterside fish restaurants. Pull up a chair and take your pick from dishes like lightly grilled calamari and sea bass plucked straight from the ocean. Not far from here you'll also find a shopping centre called the Biosphere. Inside it's filled with chi-chi boutiques and classy stores.
Restaurants and shops aside, Puerto del Carmen is great if you're looking to hit the beach, too. Of course there's Puerto del Carmen's main beach, the enormous ribbon of sand that is Playa Grande, but it can get busy during the high season. So here's a hot tip – dotted along the coast are a series of small beaches, just past the Hotel San Antonio. Follow the steps down to these hideaway sweeps and unfurl your beach towel in relative seclusion. And when the tide comes in, do what the locals do, retreat to the rocks. They make a rather surprising comfortable perch.
For peaceful beach days, you can't go wrong with holidays in Playa De Los Pocillos. On the eastern side of bustling Puerto Del Carmen, this small resort is a toned-down, more restful version of its neighbour.
A string of hotels and apartment complexes, Playa De Los Pocillos has beach holidays down to a tee. Here, yellow sands slip into vivid waters, which, when ruffled by soft breezes, provide perfect conditions for windsurfers and other watersports. The sands roll to the far horizon, creating a calming sense of space. And steps away, the seafront has shops, bars and international restaurants to keep you occupied in-between times.
To spice up your holidays in Playa De Los Pocillos, you don't have to look far. Extrovert Puerto Del Carmen has a knockout beach and countless shops and nightspots, as well as a picturesque harbour front. Nearby Arrecife also boasts fishing cottages and a stunning lagoon, whilst the breathtaking volcanic landscapes of Timanfaya demand a visit.