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Lanzarote has been welcoming holidaymakers from the UK since the early seventies. Indeed, it could be said to have played a large part in inventing the classic package holiday. It’s not hard to see why Lanzarote is so permanently popular with tourists - with its great beaches, friendly locals and fantastic facilities, it truly is the perfect spot, whatever you want to get out of your break.

Lanzarote boasts an interior that is truly unique. Its lunar landscape is protected by a UNESCO order, and exploring it is an experience you will never forget. Stunning silver mountains loom over moon-like black rocky outcrops, and the overall effect is entirely other-worldly. Timanfaya National Park is a particularly stunning setting, dotted as it is with the remains of hundreds of volcanoes known locally as ‘the Fire Mountains’.

The artist Cesar Manrique had a huge influence on the island, and the place is covered with examples of his creative installations, including a bar plus spectacular concert hall with amazing acoustics that he fashioned from an underground cave.

Lanzarote has lots of wonderful beaches that cater to all tastes, and many of them have been awarded Blue Flags. For lots of atmosphere, head to Puerto del Carmen or Playa Blanca. Kids will be delighted by the safe expanse of sand that is such a feature of the resort of Costa Teguise. And, of course, Lanzarote beaches are ideal to visit all year round because of the island’s proximity to Africa.

The beach at Playa Grande is long and close to all the facilities you could wish for. It’s cheap and easy to hire a sun bed and umbrella, and many holidaymakers also opt to hire a pedalo so that they can admire the fabulous landscape from the turquoise seas.

If it is seclusion and peace that you crave, a visit to the more out-of-the-way beaches at El Papagay is an absolute must. Located on the most southerly point of the island, these beaches are entirely unspoiled. To get there, you will need to either hop on a water taxi from Playa Blanca harbour or hire a 4x4 in which to navigate the rocky mountain access road.

Playa Blanca is one of the best-known and largest resorts on the south of the island. It is big but certainly not brash, as it boasts numerous high-end hotels, eateries and bars. For those looking to party until the early hours, there is a great selection of discos and karaoke bars that are located in the shopping district. There are also three clean and well-kept beaches to choose from.

Puerto del Carmen is another popular resort. It started life as a pretty little fishing village in the 1960s but has since expanded into a well-equipped holiday hub. Here you will find a huge selection of clubs, bars and restaurants, and it too has three decent beaches. The old part of town retains its classic Canarian charm and is a lovely place to sit and enjoy a meal and a glass of wine as the sun goes down.

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