Lanzarote Island

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About Canary Islands, Lanzarote

The Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean are famous for the tourist attraction they gain during the vacationing seasons. To the Far East of these islands lies Lanzarote, a paradise on Earth. Like most of the other Canary Islands, Lanzarote has its origins in a volcanic eruption that took place centuries – in fact, 15 million years – ago, with the splitting of the American and African continental plates. Quite the historical origin! To add to its brilliance, Lanzarote is yet another one of the Canary Islands to be titled a biosphere reserve by the UNESCO. Add to this the fact that it is the first-most inhabited of the many Canary Islands and you have an absolute treasure on your hands.

The climate is tropical, the land is rocky and adorned with the peaks of the Famara, and to top it off, a smoothly curving bay, a picturesque coastline, an exquisite cuisine and ethereal local surroundings. A constant, dry wind covers the island, making its conditions tropical and just the right type of windy for vacationers. Windsurfing, kitesurfing, paragliding, swimming, diving, snorkeling, fishing, sailing, boating – the list of the island’s many fun activities goes ever on.

The restaurants in Lanzarote are many and the food plentiful and extremely pleasing to the palate. Not only this, but tourists revel in the diversity Lanzarote has to offer: Italian, Spanish, French, Chinese – to summarize, not only continental and local but a diverse range of food is ready to be consumed over at the island. However, if you do visit Lanzarote you must settle for the local and the traditional, for a taste of the local cuisine that is different and refreshing to the tongue. Take a break from your usual – after all, what are vacations for? The traditional and local cuisine is generously laden with fish caught off the very coast. The Sancocho Canario, a dish made from dried fish and wrinkled potatoes; and the Pescado a la sal, basically baked fish are two of the most popular among the locals. These are usually served with the mojo, a hot pepper sauce that gives your tongue just the right amount of tang it needs on a windy vacation. Not just fish, but mutton and beef – usually exported from Argentina – also dominate the island’s priority list, and therefore you’ll find beef, mutton and vegetable stews in abundance. The Puchero and the potaje are two such stews made from beef, chickpeas, lentils and various vegetables. Thus despite the fact that the food in Lanzarote is – as with the other Canary Islands – a fishy business, there is however space for other ingredients to fit in.

A good meal must be followed by a good bout of sight-seeing, and in that capacity too the island isn’t lacking. From the Crater in El Golfo to Hacha Grande, a rocky mountain in the south of the island, and from the Malvasia grape vines to Papagayo beach with the graceful curve (for real beaches have curves!) – Lanzarote has you all buckled up.

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