An Adventurer’s Guide to Lanzarote
Lanzarote is much more than a beach resort, in fact this diverse and interesting island boasts much in the way of sporting activities and stunning landscapes to explore. Officially part of Spain but closer in geographical terms to Africa, Lanzarote is the oldest of the Canary Islands, and the ban on extreme development means it has retained much of its laid-back charm. You won’t see high rise hotels here, and instead you’ll see low-rise, white buildings stretching into the distance. Getting there is easy – you can visit Lanzarote with Monarch, getting there in just four hours from the UK.
You will no doubt be aware that Lanzarote is a volcanic island, and although they are dormant, there are around 200 sited on the island. This makes for a lunar-like landscape, perfect for photography enthusiasts, and also for a spot of adventure!
An Island with No Limits
This all year around island, with winter temperatures never dropping below 20 degrees, is a summer and winter hotspot. For anyone wishing to indulge in extreme water-sports, then June to September is an adrenaline junkie’s dream, with trade winds meaning fantastic conditions.
For those wanting to head off the beaten track and explore, there are plentiful adventure-based companies, mostly situated in Costa Teguise. It’s a case of doing an internet search and checking out reviews, before picking a reputable company to go with. Most will offer such activities as learning to surf, kitesurfing, scuba-diving, trekking, especially through the volcano paths, cliff walking, abseiling, pot holing through volcanic tubes, kayaking and windsurfing.
The unusual diversity of Lanzarote’s landscapes makes it a varied holiday destination, and for those seeking adventure, then there the activities are plentiful, such as those mentioned above. You can walk around the island for a spot of exercise, stopping along the way at various hotels etc, however the bus network is particularly good, as well as car hire, so driving around off your own steam and exploring yourself, with the help of a map, is a great adventure in itself. The coastal regions are beautiful, but in-land is where you’ll find the rugged ferocity of nature. Timanfaya National Park might be a huge tourist attraction, but it’s worth going to really see and learn about these huge volcanic mights of nature.
Due to the windy conditions, surfing is of course a popular activity. Playa Blanca on the southern edge of the island, Puerto del Carmen on the east coast, and Costa Teguise on the north east coast, are all good spots to learn to surf, as well as being the major tourist resorts, so you will have comfort and facilities alongside.
Before you indulge in any adventure sport, be sure your health is up to the mark, and always obtain adequate travel insurance before you jet off. Check that your policy covers you for the sports you’re planning, as not all will, and carry contact numbers with you at all times. It’s always better to be prepared.