So you planning a visit to Lanzarote with a view to buying property here in the Canary Islands but you would like to know a bit about the place before you visit well hopefully this guide to will help you.
Lanzarote is the most easterly of the seven Canary Islands. Located some 80 miles off the coast of Morocco in West Africa. Boasting the same sort of clement climate that has earned the entire archipelago the epithet of the Fortunate Islands. With an average year round temperature that rarely falls much below 20 Celsius. Lanzarote is probably best known for the series of massive volcanic eruptions that rocked the island during the 18th and 19th centuries. Which has created a surreal scenery of lava fields, punctuated by over 300 spent volcanic peaks. An eerie and raw terrain that is often likened to the surface of the moon. And which is also Lanzarotes most popular tourist attraction - drawing close to one million visitors a year to the Timanfaya National Park that lies at the heart of these eruptions. Tourism on the island first really took off during the package holiday boom of the 1970s. With Lanzarote rapidly becoming established as one of the most popular holiday destinations in Spain. Attracting around 1.5 million visitors every year. The majority from the UK, Eire and Germany. So creating a stable and reliable market for holiday rentals and property investment. Despite this popularity Lanzarote is still a surprisingly unspoiled island though, especially in relation to Gran Canaria or Tenerife. As the evolution of tourism ahs been carefully constrained - thanks to the influence of the island's favourite son. An artist and architect called Csar Manrique. Who successfully campaigned against the worst excesses of over development. As a result there are no high rise buildings or advertising hoardings on the island. Whilst the three main tourist resorts of Playa Blanca, Puerto del Carmen and Costa Teguise are all well contained and unobtrusive. Making Lanzarote an ideal destination for anyone who likes to combine sightseeing with sunbathing. The island boasts over 90 great beaches - and despite Lanzarotes volcanic origins the vast majority of these are comprised of golden grains, as opposed to the black sand found on some other Canary Islands. Cultural attractions also abound. Thanks again to the influence of the ubiquitous Manrique. Who fused the unique scenery of Lanzarote with his own artistic instincts to create a series of visitor attractions. Such as the collapsed lava tunnel at the Jameos del Agua - now home to a concert hall and underground grotto. And his own home and studio - created out of five bubbles in the lava flow. As well as providing year round rental returns for overseas investors Lanzarote is an ideal relocation destination. Boasting a cosmopolitan community of expats from around the world who now comprise over 12% of the island's total population of 127,000 residents.
I hope you enjoy your visit to Lanzarote in the Canary Islands