Shore Excursion: Guide to Lanzarote

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The Canary Island, Lanzarote, has been attracting visitors for close to 50 years thanks to its long stretches of beach and year round sun. Located west of Northern Africa, Lanzarote was the first of the Canary Islands to be inhabited and is believed to be the location of the Garden of the Hesperides – a mythical orchard thought by Plato to be the edge of the world.

The island has been recognised by the World tourism Organisation for its contribution to global travel.

Getting There

The upcoming Anthem of the Seas liner from Royal Caribbean will be taking in the island of Lanzarote as part of the Sunshine in the Canaries cruise alongside other Canary Islands, Tenerife and Gran Canaria, and a selection of great destinations in the Mediterranean including Madeira and Lisbon. The 13 night cruise takes in some of the region’s most beautiful coastal destinations, giving passengers the chance to enjoy the beach or the beautiful old towns of the Mediterranean.

Lanzarote - Santiago Begueria

When to Go

Lanzarote’s positioning just West of Northern Africa means it enjoys incredibly warm summers and mild winters. Holidaying in Spring or Autumn are preferable for most visitors as the sun isn’t scorching but it is still warm enough to enjoy an evening meal al fresco style. The Canary Islands are enduringly popular with families so it may be preferable for holidaymakers without children to visit Lanzarote out of school holiday times,

What to See

The unique geography of Lanzarote makes it perfect for ramblers with surprises around every corner. Despite being only 326sq miles; Lanzarote plays host to more than 300 volcanoes, giving visitors the chance to get up close and personal with one of nature’s greatest phenomenon. For history buffs and lovers of high culture, a trip to the Fundacion Cesar Manrique gives a great insight into one of Lanzarote’s most prized sons: the architect and artist Cesar Manrique.

What to Eat

Being at a crossroads of different cultures, the food of the Canary Islands is incredibly diverse and varied, and Lanzarote is no exception. The island is famed for its fresh fish including delicacies such as rock cod, horse mackerel, porgy, rock fish and local tuna.

Wine - IDS.photos

The island has a growing reputation for incredible wines. The La Geria tour takes you through the heart of the island visiting wine producers and sampling the wares.

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Images sourced via Flickr Creative Commons. Credits: Luc Viatour, Santiago Begueria, IDS.photos

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Claire Wilde

Claire has worked in the travel industry since leaving college in 1994. One of this blog's most regular contributors, Claire covers cruise news and industry trends.

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