Lanzarote, the easternmost of the Canary Islands, offers all the good island vacation staples such as beaches, watersports, and interesting places to stay. But yet, this small island has a distinctive flair. Shaped over time by volcanic forces, flowing lava, and people dedicated to living well, the small island is a fascinating place to explore.

Flights are readily available from Morocco, London, and other international cities. By far, the cheapest Canary Island flights usually originate in Madrid. You also could take a flight or ferry ride from the nearby islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria if you want to do some island hopping.

Not surprisingly, most visitors enjoying Lanzarote travel include time at the shore after they arrive. With high waves and the trade winds, the island offers ideal conditions for surfing and windsurfing, and the almost constant forecast for sunny skies and balmy temperatures only helps. Visitors also can include angling, diving, and lounging at the beach in their Lanzarote holiday plans.

Like La Palma, Lanzarote has been declared a World Biosphere Reserve, a designation which benefits both the environment and visitors. Through sustainability efforts, the unique landscape is preserved for future generations. Those enjoying a Lanzarote holiday will find ample opportunities to connect with the landscape, whether they're looking for adventure travel or just admiring the scenery.

Timanfaya National Park, which encompasses more than 40 percent of Lanzarote, looks like something out of another world. After volcanoes erupted in the eighteenth century, the land started to take on the look of something found on the moon instead of an island in Spain. A must for any Lanzarote travel plans, the park features several visitor centers. Here, exhibits detail the interesting landscapes and detail how local residents have adapted to the landscape. Venturing further into the park, you'll have the chance to see lava flows that were halted on their way to the sea. Visitors can arrange to take a bus tour, tour on foot, or try a rather interesting way to explore-by camel. The park's restaurant created by artist Cesar Manrique serves local favorites and is an interesting place to explore in its own right.

As one of the island's favorite sons, Manrique's influence can be felt all around Lanzarote, still seen in the public art and sustainable tourism initiatives. Jameos del Agua, which is included in many Lanzarote holiday excursions, is one of the best ways to experience the artist's legacy. Among the caves, carved by lava, you'll find art galleries, a cafe, a concert cave, nightclubs, and other interesting places to explore. Mirador del Rio, on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, was designed by the artist in the 1970s. Today, the tourist center is a fine place for shopping, dining, and admiring the views.

Manrique and countless other visitors have included a visit to Costa Teguise in their plans for Lanzarote travel. This bustling city, close to the airport, is known for its beaches, tapas bars, and windsurfing school. A favorite of families, Costa Teguise is home to many of the Lanzarote hotels, as is the capital city Arrecife, just minutes away. You'll also find an array of things to do and places to stay in Playa Blanca and Puerto del Carmen while enjoying Lanzarote travel.

No matter what you include on a vacation to Lanzarote, you'll have the chance to visit one of the most interesting and distinctive places in all of Spain. Among the otherworldly landscape, you'll find an unparalleled mix of art, natural beauty, and tourist amenities perfect for creating vacation memories.

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