I have a deep love for Lanzarote. I started going when I was 8 years old, my parents bought a little 2 bedroom villa in Puerto Del Carmen and we were fortunate to go 2 to 3 times a year. My parents thought it would be a good idea for me to start learning Spanish at that age too so I could talk to the waiters ;o) I had great fun as a kid there playing on the wonderful beaches and exploring the volcanic terrain. My parents moved out there full time when I was 18 years old and left myself and my sisters in grey old Blighty. By the age of 22 I needed a change of scene and thought it would be a wise idea to get stock of my life back with my parents. I lived in Lanzarote for a year and it was a crazy, fun year!
Lanazrote is a lovely place with it's bright blue skies, swaying palm trees, golden sands and the gorgeous volcanoes breaking the skyline.The weather is mostly lovely, obviously you can get the odd grey week but generally it's warm and blue. August can be way too hot, that kind of hot when you can't even sleep at night. Also La Clima can arrive for a few days, which is the wind that comes from the Sahara and brings with it a red dust. It gets hotter but this is only short lived and is an experience in itself.
There are lots of places to explore on the island and many have been developed artistically by the island artist César Manrique so they're even nicer. César Manrique died in 1992 and left behind some amazing sculptures, his legacy and the Foundation which is his house that you can visit. My husband loves his house as it's like a James Bond lair!
You can also head up to the main volcano that is still active! Timanfaya is the National Park and entering it is like what I can imagine traversing over the moon is like! Guides can show you the geysers (they pour water down the holes which results in a jettison of water), you can go on a camel ride, (I did this as a kid!) get a guided coach tour and eat in the restaurant there - yes you can get chicken that's been cooked over the top of the volcano! Awesome! And tasty.
Arrecife is the capital and has got very interesting these days. A lot of money has been invested into it and they've made it very pretty now. In the harbour there is Castillo De San José which is now a very cool art gallery and restaurant.
Lanzarote holds the Iron Man competition yearly and is renowned for it's sports enthusiasts. If you fancy breaking a sweat other than just lounging on your lounger then check out the surf school,LavaFlow
Having gone back with my daughter I now know that Playa Blanca is a great place to be with kids, I used to think it was a bit dull when I was a teen!! The beaches are really lovely and on one of them they've created a big breakwater so it's safer for nippers to swim. Brilliant! If you need somewhere else to take the kids Ranchero Texas would be one idea - It's a mini zoo and western style theme park. There's also Submarine Safaris in Puerto Calero. You can board their submarine and go off on an aquatic adventure, just like Jacque Cousteau!
If you're there for an extended stay then I'd highly recommend partying in caves, skinny dipping in the moonlight, listening to bands in bodgeas and going to the carnivals and festivals!
So if that's made you want to visit the island check out my friend Luke's new renovated modern house, Casa Logo.Located in Puerto Del Carmen, it's close to a supermarket, beaches, bars, restaurants and the lovely new promenade - you could walk to Arrecife if you wanted to! It's perfect for a family of 4, comes with stair gates and cots, has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and a communal pool on a quiet complex. At £400 a week it's a steal! You also get a great welcome package of tea, coffee, milk, juice, snacks and an all important chilled bottle of Cava to celebrate your arrival!