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Vacations and Sightseeing

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Official languageSpanish
Area846 kmĀ²
Population156,189  (2021)
Currencyeuro  (EUR)


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Vacations and Sightseeing

Since the 1960s, Lanzarote has been massively discovered by tourists. In 1966, there were a total of 140 beds for tourists on the whole of Lanzarote; now there are more than 100,000.

At least three-quarters of the island's population live off the 1.5 million tourists who holiday in Lanzarote every year. A large proportion of the tourists come from Germany and England. Lanzarote is also frequently visited by Dutch tourists.

On the south-east coast, there are several holiday centres like Mácher, Tias and San Bartolomé. Nowadays, 90% of the drinking water must be obtained from the sea. Desalination plants provide drinking water, which is transported to the farthest corners of the island. Dozens of wind turbines produce a third of the electricity needed for the desalination plants.

To prevent tourist ghettos like those on Gran Canaria and Tenerife, for a long time no buildings were allowed to be built higher than four storeys.

Only the capital Arrecife now has some high-rise buildings. In addition, in order to minimise the impact on the characteristic landscape of the island, mass tourism is restricted to a number of designated areas.

On the black lava beaches of the west coast there are small, greenish stones of olivine, a semi-precious stone.

Puerto del Carmen is Lanzarote's most famous seaside resort and thus its tourist heart. On either side of an old fishing village, the resort extends widely along the coast. It is not without reason that Puerto del Carmen is so popular, as it offers a wide range of restaurants, entertainment, nightlife and especially fun on the water. Directly off the coast is a beautiful reef, famous among divers. All this ensures that the tourist facilities are fantastic and there is a wide range of hotels. The nature in the area is beautiful. For example, visit Timanfaya National Park. This park is famous for the unique lunar landscape that can be admired here, it is almost surreal. The volcanic origin of Lanzarote can be clearly seen here. Another highlight is the Cueva de los Verdes. Here you will find unique volcanic caves, which not only look special, but also sound special. The acoustics are absolutely unique.

Costa Teguise has two faces. Some see it as the quieter, more relaxed counterpart to the very busy and dynamic Puerto del Carmen; others see it as a somewhat disappointing, sleepy version. The fact remains that the village has a beautiful beach and modern design. Moreover, it is a paradise for golf and windsurfers, as there is a strong wind on the coast. The Mirador del Rio is a beautifully designed viewpoint. You stand here at a height of 475 metres, looking out over the island, the surf, the sea and the island of La Graciosa. The Jardin de Cactus, or Cactus Garden, is a unique botanical garden that distinguishes itself from others by two characteristics: firstly, the garden is laid out in the shape of an amphitheatre and secondly, the garden bears the hand of architect César Manrique. This means that it has been designed in a unique way, with surprising choices regarding fauna and visual art.


Evers, K. / Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote

Reisenegger, V. / Lanzarote

Scialdone, V. / Lanzarote

Weniger, S. / Lanzarote
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Last updated March 2024
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