Walkers flock to Lanzarote during the winter months to enjoy the many trails signposted across the island. Surprisingly, after the occasional rainfall the hills burst into bloom with carpets of blue and yellow flowers covering the landscape, especially in the North.
Lanzarote is also a destination for warm weather training during the winter, hundreds of lycra clad cyclists from Europe can be found enjoying the fabulous roads, some of them in preparation for the legendary Ironman event, which is held each May.
Over 40% of Lanzarote is listed as a protected area, the island has a Biosphere Reserve status and has an enviable variety of flora and fauna. Eleanora's Falcons fly 9,000 kilometres to breed on the island of Alegranza, which is part of the Chinijo Archipelago marine reserve. Boat excursions often spot pilot whales and dolphins.
The local gastronomy consists of Spanish tapas and typical Canarian dishes, with an enormous range of restaurants offering International cuisine. Visitors favourites include “wrinkly potatoes” served with mojo sauce, sizzling garlic prawns, goats cheese and, of course, paella.
We highly recommend getting out from the holiday resorts to discover the real Lanzarote. Take a couple of days to explore places like El Golfo where you can find the “boiling pots” and the green lagoon. Visit Manrique's house and foundation to learn about the artist who had a profound effect on our tourism development, and enjoy sampling our local wines with a visit to a bodega.
Don't hesitate to ask if you'd like some of our recommendations about places to visit, or information about events happening during your holiday, we're very happy to share our local tips with you.