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Lanzarote is different and really stands out, both from its fellow Canary Islands, but also from the rest of the world. Its breath-taking, moon-like setting is otherworldly in appearance, and is the perfect setting for a holiday to remember. It has year-round great weather, and even in the winter months you are guaranteed hours of welcome sunshine.

Lanzarote has a volcanic origin, with eruptions as recent as the 19th century. This caused the lava strewn scenery which is such a talking point among visitors to the island today. However, the landscape is dotted with lush vineyards and huge fruit plantations, ensuring that the island feels anything but barren.

The island’s capital is Arrecife - which is home to two mighty fortresses

- San Jose and San Gabriel - that tower over this impressive port town and were originally built to defend the town against frequent attacks from the marauding pirates that sailed these seas in times gone by. There is also a further fortress sited as the island directly in front of the town - the 15th century Castillo de San Gabriel.

The wonderful Museum of Contemporary Art is housed in yet another castle, the Castillo del Hambre. Here you can view some of the key works by one of the Canary Island’s most famous sons - the renowned artist and architect Cesar Manrique.

The Teguise coast is a wonderful stretch, with several good beaches and the location of the majority of the islands holiday accommodation.

The best beaches are arguably those located at the southern side of Lanzarote, Playa Blanca and Las Playas being highlights. Keen anglers should head down to Las Coloradas - a picture perfect setting. One of the most visually appealing beaches is that at Punta del Papagayo, which boasts beautiful golden sand. A quintessentially Canarian area is that of Playa Quemada - with its traditional architecture in a setting of lush vegetation. For the most dramatic setting, head for Playa de los Pocillos, which is located in an extremely atmospheric volcanic area.

Lanzarote is surrounded by a number of pretty satellite islands which are well worth visiting. La Isleta is an island with a real tropical feel, and is an absolutely ideal location for water sports of all kinds - particularly fishing and diving. To really get away from it all, take a boat to La Isla Graciosa where you will find stunningly beautiful deserted beaches where it is possible to truly unwind from the stresses and strains of 21st century living.

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