Free Guidebook to Lanzarote Out Now

Lanzarote Guidebook cover Despite the credit crunch and the ongoing weakness of sterling against the Euro the small Canary Island of Lanzarote still expects to welcome over 1.3 million foreign tourists by the end of this year.

Lanzarote is one of Europe’s only genuine winter sun destinations – at just four hours flying time from the UK – and hundreds of thousands of sun starved tourists are also expected to enjoy a holiday on the island over the coming months.

Now all visitors to the island – or anyone with an interest in Lanzarote – can get their hands on a comprehensive, 96 page Guidebook – totally free of charge.

Lanzarote Guidebook is packed with useful information and some great photos of the island.  The new Winter 09/10 edition can now be downloaded – fast and for free – from the Lanzarote Guidebook website – Researched and written by long term island residents Lanzarote Guidebook contains all of the information that holidaymakers and independent travellers could need to know.  As well as lots of handy inside tips.  And as it is published quarterly the information is always accurate and up to date.  Unlike conventional guidebooks which can be obsolete by the time they hit the shelves.

The Winter 09/10 edition of Lanzarote Guidebook contains comprehensive information about all of the island’s resorts, towns and places.  Including maps, restaurant and accommodation recommendations and sightseeing tips.  As well as detailed information about where to find the best beaches on the island, an introduction to the works of the island born artist and architect César Manrique  and a guide to all of the islands many attractions.In addition Lanzarote Guidebook contains a handy Essentials section.  Providing useful information about all of the holiday nitty gritty – such as such as bank opening times, hiring a car, driving on the island, duty free allowances, shop opening hours and a list of emergency contact numbers.

This indispensable guide is published in a handy and portable A6 format and is distributed free to tourists on the island via car hire companies, hotels and private villas.

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Playa Blanca, Lanzarote – I love this place !

Papagayo Beach, Playa Blanca, LanzarotePlaya Blanca on the island of Lanzarote is a great place. It is located at the southern tip of the Canary Island of Lanzarote and is about 40 minutes drive from the airport. If you like your holidays laid back and like great views of the ocean and nearby islands then the resort of Playa Blanca might be perfect for you.

I first visited Lanzarote a few years ago. I was staying on the nearby island of Fuerteventura and I decided to take the ferry for a day trip to Playa Blanca. The journey only takes about 30 minutes or only about 20 minutes if the catch the fast ferry. You catch the ferry from Corralejo and and it takes you to Playa Blanca. That was my first visit to Playa Blanca and I was very impressed.

Playa Blanca has a very long promenade which must stretch about 2 miles. It is wide and perfect for walking or cycling. The promenade runs from the port at Playa Blanca to the marina at the far end of the resort. At the marina you will find plenty of shops, bars and restaurants and there is also a pleasant boardwalk too.

If you carry on walking past the marina you will eventually come to the famous beaches of Papagayo. Whilst these beaches are remote with very few facilities they are very wide and sandy.

Playa Blanca has a good choice of hotels as well as self catering apartments. In addition, there is also a huge selection of villas to rent and many have private swimming pools.

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What to do on Tenerife

Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands, and a perfect destination for anyone seeking an autumn or winter holiday. With temperatures rarely falling below 15 degrees, Tenerife is the perfect destination to escape the cold UK winter.The capital of the volcanic island, which is dominated by the impressive sight of Mount Teide, is Santa Cruz. With 200,000 inhabitants it is the second most populated city on the Canary Islands, and has plenty for tourists to enjoy.It has pleasant boulevards lined with trees, parks and squares, which all combine to accentuate the peaceful and relaxing nature of the city.

One of the nicest parks is the Garcia Sanabria. A popular place to visit is La Plaza de Espana, located by the sea, where you can see the impressive Cabildo de Tenerife. Shoppers will be keen to explore Castillo, which starts at the Plaza de la Candelaria.Nearby is the sixteenth century church, La Concepcion, and the eighteenth century San Francisco church. Here you will also find the City Museum of Fine Arts which has some wonderful pieces such as a San Jose by Ribera and a portrait of Isabel II by Madrazo.

The second largest city on the island is Puerto de la Cruz, which concentrates more on hotels than apartments for tourists. Here you can escape from some of the more hectic and vibrant resorts, and enjoy a more laid back lifestyle. This ethos dates back to a nineteenth century spa, which is now home to the Hotel Casino Tauro.There are some fantastic hotels in Tenerife. Try the Hotel Melia Bahia de Duque, the Jardines de Nivaria hotel or the Villa Cortes hotel and spa.There can be found a whole range of open air restaurants on the streets surrounding Plaza del Charco and various entertainment.

Visitors can take in the sights of the church of Nuestra Senora de la Pena, la Ermita de San Telmo, the Castle of San Felipe and the old quay. Perhaps its finest attraction is the Lago Martianez. This is a series of seawater pools designed by the famous local artist Cesar Manrique, where you can bathe and relax in the sun. Manrique blended his architecture with the volcanic vegetation to produce a wonderful project. Adjacent to this is the Playa Martianez.

Nature lovers should also go to the botanical gardens to witness the extraordinary variety of tropical vegetation. You should also check out the Loro Park, another tropical garden, which claims to have the largest collection of parrots in the world with more than 300 species, as well as a parrot show. A good family day out can also be enjoyed at the Octopus water park.

There are also, of course, the household resorts that have seen booming business in recent years. Perhaps the most famous is the Playa de las Americas which has garnered a reputation for its vibrant nightlife, with plenty of bar entertainment to keep you dancing away into the small hours. Quieter yet charming alternatives include Los Gigantes and Los Cristianos.

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Sun, Sea and Crocs on Gran Canaria!

The third largest of the Canary Islands, Gran Canaria is an excellent budget holiday destination, ideal for getting away from England’s unpredictable weather.Don’t be fooled though – the island is subject to some pretty changeable weather itself, being very near to the tropics. Sometimes referred to as a mini continent because of its variation in weather, Gran Canaria is situated between Africa, Europe and the Americas and is only 150 km off the coast of Western Sahara.The Canary Islands have been under Spanish rule for centuries, having fallen to Spain by 1495. First discovered by the ancient Greeks and Romans, the islands are thought to have been behind the Greek myth of the Garden of Hesperides and were named after the large numbers of wild dogs which the Roman scholar Pliny reported to have seen roaming there.Despite being only 29 miles wide, the weather at one end of Gran Canaria can be markedly different to that at the other. The central mountainous regions are frequently cool, cloudy and rainy and the north tends to be noticeably cooler than the south.For this reason, most of the holiday resorts are focused around the southern point of the island, where the majority of visitors flock to San Agustin, Playa del Ingles, Puerto Rico and Maspalomas.The island’s capital, Las Palmasde Gran Canaria – just Las Palmas for short – is the largest town in the Canary Islands and offers some great shopping. The Cathedral de Santa Ana took 350 years to build and is well worth a visit and there several museums to shelter in during showery weather.Just a 20 minute drive out of Las Palmas, tourists find themselves in the real Gran Canaria, a wild and untouched area of natural beauty. It is in these central areas where the island’s explosive origins become apparent. One of the most spectacular sites on the island, which is thought to be only around 30 million years old, is the inactive Bandama Crater, where huge lizards can be seen lazing on the ancient volcanic rocks.Heading towards the north of the island, visitors will come to Agaete, the main coffee and banana growing region where historic towns and beautiful countryside make for a lovely day away from the beach.Gran Canaria can also claim to have the largest crocodile sanctuary in Europe. Cocodrilo Park has over 300 crocodiles, a spider house, an aquarium and a parrot house and is the ideal place to impress the kids.Back in the main tourist zones, there is an ongoing abundance of activities to get involved in including golf, horse riding and tennis. In terms of water sports, Gran Canaria has it all, ranging from deep sea fishing, windsurfing and sailing to surfing and scuba diving. The sea is incredibly clear and snorkellers can explore the shallow caves which are home to an array of marine life.The island food is a delicious fusion of Latin and Spanish cuisine, with an emphasis on fresh fish and vegetables. Home-produced goat, pork, beef, rabbit and chicken is usually available and potatoes feature heavily in the local dishes, along with chick peas and beans.There are also some impressive cheeses from the islands, and there is an annual festival in May at the charming town of Santa Maria de Guia inhonour of the local Queso de Flor, a cheese made from sheep and cows’ milk and flavoured with artichoke flowers.The Canary Islands rely heavily on tourism, receiving around ten million tourists per year, and are therefore easily accessible. Gran Canaria itself is visited by around four million every year and there are cheap flights to Gran Canaria from most of the major UK airports.With plenty of cheap accommodation, activities and beaches, Gran Canaria is one of the best places to go for a budget holiday with a distinctly tropical feel.Call Global Holidays on 0845 299 4450 for details of holidays to Gran Canaria.Take a look at this short video about holidays on Gran Canaria[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s34TeUrPJuI&w=425&h=344]

Fuerteventura – The best time to go.

Fuerteventura is one of our favourite Canary island holiday destinations here at Global Holidays. The warm dry climate makes it an ideal holiday destination all year round. Fuerteventura is a great destination for school half term holidays in October, March and May as the weather in other Mediterranean destinations can be a bit unpredictable. The coolest months on Fuerteventura are January and February but it’s still much milder than here in the UK.

Having just come back from another Fuerteventura holiday and after having such a chilled out time I was searching on the internet and I found a really good short video about Feurteventura so I thought that I would put it on our travel blog.If you haven’t been to Fuerteventura you should consider going, especially if you love good beaches, great restaurants and some laid back nightlife. In my opinion the beaches are up there amongst the best beaches that you will find anywhere and they are not busy at all. If you like your nightlife to be busy and brash then the island is not for you but if you like sitting in a bar in the evening drinking a cool beer and watching a live band then it could be for you.

The weather is hot in summer but not over bearing as the island is cooled by Atlantic winds, which is why Fuerteventura is good for wind surfing. The temperature in the evening when I visited in early October was a lovely 22c making it perfect for sitting outside either having a meal or just watching the world go by in one of the many bars and restaurants.A week self catering in November costs from only £300 per person including flights and accommodation which is not a lot to escape the cold wet and windy we normally have in the UK in November. Families, couples and singles will all love Fuerteventura so what are you waiting for?….Give us a call today!

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Holiday to Fuerteventura

I’m just back from two weeks on the island of Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands. I love the island and this was my 8th or 9th visit. The weather was excellent. It was about 28C every day and mostly sunny although there were a few clouds towards the end of the holiday.I stayed in a house in the resort of Correlejo which is in the far north of the island but only about 30 minutes drive from the airport. This house was beachfront and had magnificent views across the bay towards Correlejo harbour and in the distance we could see the island of Lanzarote and the nearby much smaller island of Lobos. It was lovely to watch the ferry come in and out of the harbour and the windsurfers in the bay.

I was told that Fuerteventura is suffering from lack of visitors due to the recession and it did seem quieter than usual. A lot of restaurants and bars were quiet and I think that the islanders are hoping that more flights start operating to Fuerteventura for the forthcoming winter season.The beach near Corralejo on FurteventuraThe beaches in Fuerteventura are magnificent. My favourite is just 5 minutes drive outside Corralejo. I park outside the Riu Oliva Beach Hotel and then walk the few yards to the Grandes Playes Beach, which is a fantastic 3 mile stretch of golden sands which are clean with crystal clear water. The sea temperature is about 23C in October so it’s great for swimming. Sometimes the waves can get quite big so you need to be a bit careful but generally the waves are just nice to make swimming a real pleasure !

I took my laptop with me on this holiday as I wanted to check my emails. I was staying on Avenides Grandes Playas, which incidentally is a really nice area, but I couldn’t get a signal, so I ended up going to Caspers Bar. They have free Wi Fi at Caspers Bar so I bought a beer and sat outside whilst using the internet !

There are plenty of places in Correlejo that have Wi Fi so it is worthwhile taking your laptop.I can recommend a few restaurants in Correlejo. My favourite is El Sombrero, which is on the harbour side in the old town and towards the port. Their fillet steak is 12.5 Euro which is very good value in my opinion and far cheaper than a fillet steak would cost here in the UK.

Another restaurant that I can recommend in Corralejo is Cafe Central. It’s just around the corner from El Sombrero and they do fantastic home made pasta for about 10 Euro. The service at Cafe Central was excellent and our waitress couldn’t do enough to help us.Several Chinese restaurants offer all you can eat buffet meals for about 8 Euro per person so don’t believe all you hear about how expensive it is in the Eurozone for a holiday as this is not always the case.

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Lanzarote’s Leading Hotels

The small Canary Island of Lanzarote offers visitors a big selection of hotel accommodation.  Encompassing everything from cheap and cheerful aparthotels through to full blown five star luxury and chic rural getaways.

But which are the best hotels in Lanzarote

Rural HotelsDespite the fact that it is probably best known as a bucket and spade beach destination rural tourism has really started to take off on the island in recent years.  As a growing number of visitors seek to connect with the ´real Lanzarote’.As a result there’s now a growing crop of rural hotels springing up across the island that cater to this demand.

Amongst the best – and the best known – is the Hotel Finca Salinas – located in the pretty little village of Yaiza.  Which is close to Lanzarote´s leading tourist attraction, the Timanfaya Volcano Park. This 18th century mansion was once owned by a local salt baron called Don Jaime Lleo.  Who made his pile from exporting the crystals processed at the nearby Janubio salt works to markets across Europe. The beautiful terracotta coloured building was restored by the current owners in 1996 – and now boasts seventeen guest rooms.  Which have all been individually decorated by the local architect Angel Garcia Puertas. With double rooms starting from €104 per night, including breakfast.

Resort HotelsThe resort of Costa Teguise was developed under the aegis of César Manrique during the 1970´s.  As the local artist and architect sought to create a coastal sister resort to the former island capital of Teguise.  Located some 10m inland.Manrique sought to anchor the development with a prestigious five star hotel.  Which he created in tandem with the Gran Melia chain.  Resulting in the opening of the ultra luxurious Gran Melia Salinas in the early 1970´s.  Still regarded by many as the best hotel on the island today.

The Gran Melia Salinas features a whole raft of classic Manrique design flourishes as well as many of the artist’s valuable original works, which adorn public spaces such as the restaurant and bar areas.The piece de resistance of the Gran Melia Salinas however is a breathtaking internal courtyard garden – featuring tropical plants from the Canaries and around the world.  Which has provided the benchmark for similar hotel designs the world over ever since.A nights accommodation at the Gran Melia Salinas starts from around €120 depending upon the time of year.

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Lanzarote’s Top Ten Attractions

la geria wine region, LanzaroteDespite the fact that it is a relatively small island, measuring just 58km by 38km Lanzarote , in the Canaries, is surprisingly big on attractions.  Thanks to a winning combination of a number of natural wonders and the unique man made creations of the island born artist Cesar Manrique . If you are going to be visiting Lanzarote soon here we present the top 10 attractions on Lanzarote.

Timanfaya National Park

Visiting Lanzarote without taking in the Timanfaya National Park would be like going to Egypt and ignoring the pyramids.  The raw terrain and hundreds of spent volcanic peaks were formed as recently as the 1730´s – and are often likened to the surface of the moon. 

Valley of 1000 Palms

The north of the island provides a green and lush antidote to the arid volcanic south.  And nowhere is this contrast more pronounced than in the Valley of 1000 Palms.  Where for centuries locals have been planting one palm tree forevery new born girl and two for every boy.

Green Lagoon

The green lagoon at El Golfo is another of Lanzarote´s many volcanic wonders.  Created by an interaction between the mineral deposits from the eruptions and the salt water of the sea.  Resulting in an emerald green lagoon set in a black sand beach.  So striking is the scenery here that El Golfo has been used by numerous sci-fi film crews, such as the makers of One Million Years BC.

Mirador del Rio

The Mirador del Rio in the north of the island provides visitors with breathtaking views down to the neighbouring island of La Graciosa.  Said to be the real life setting for Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel Treasure Island.  Converted from a naval gun battery by the ubiquitous Manrique, the Mirador is a real natural high.

Cactus Garden

Get up close and personal with the plant worlds spiniest species.  The Cactus Garden in Guatiza boasts over 1400 different types of cacti – all set within an amphitheatre forged from a former quarry.  In a part of the island that was once the heart of Lanzarote´s cochineal industry.

Jameos del Agua

Probably Cesar Manrique´s most impressive creation the Jameos del Agua was transformed from a collapsed lava tube into an atmospheric underground auditorium and nightclub.  Featuring great gardens, a lagoon and a swimming pool reserved for the sole use of the King of Spain.  

La Geria Wine Region

The volcanic eruptions of the 1730´s have had a profound impact upon many aspects of island life.  Not least viniculture.  Since farmers discovered that small volcanic chippings, called picon, could be used to successfully mulch their vines.  A discovery of some significance on an island devoid of any natural water sources.  

Cesar Manrique Foundation

The former home and studio of the celebrated artist is now home to the Cesar Manrique Foundation.  And was built into five underground volcanic bubbles.  An architectural feat that never fails to blow visitors away.

Teguise

The former island capital of Teguise is a treasure trove of colonial architecture and boasts the oldest building in the Canary Islands – the Palacio Marques, which was constructed in the 1450´s.

Caleta de Famara

On an island that boats over ninety beaches the incredible 8km long stretch of sand at Famara really stands out.  This raw, natural beach is flanked at one end by the 500 metre high Famara massif range of cliffs.  Whilst the small island of La Graciosa is situated a few miles off shore.  Providing a picturesque backdrop for sunbathers and surfers alike.

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Free Guidebook to Lanzarote Out Now

The Lanzarote GuidebookThe small Canary Island of Lanzarote is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Spain. Attracting just over 1.5 milion tourists during the course of 2008 alone. Thanks to a unique volcanic landscape, ninety plus beautiful beaches and a clement year round climate. And now visitors can pick up a copy of Lanzarote Guidebook – the comprehensive guide to the Island of Fire – entirely free of charge.

Lanzarote Guidebook is researched and written by long term residents. Providing readers with the real inside track to the island. And is published every quarter – ensuring that the information is always accurate and up to date.

The new 96 page Spring edition is packed with useful information as well as some great visuals of the island. And contains a What´s On section, outlining upcoming events such as the annual Iron Man contest in May. Along with an introduction to the works of César Manrique – the island born artist who did so much to ensure the controlled evolution of tourism on the island.Plus in depth guides to all of Lanzarote´s resorts, towns, places and attractions – such as the Timanfaya Volcano Park and the Jameos del Agua. As well as guides to the island’s beaches, museums and restaurants.

Lanzarote Guidebook is published in an easy to carry A5 format and is available on the island via local car hire companies, hotels and selected private villas. As well as being available as a fast download via the Lanzarote Guidebook website.Visitors to the Lanzarote Guidebook website will also find a wealth of information about the island online – including fully interactive maps, a tourist advice line and a comprehensive island news update service.

Visit Lanzarote Guidebook  to download your free island guide.

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Holidays To Fuerteventura – The Facts

Fuerteventura is one of the Spanish Canary Islands and it is one of our most popular holiday destinations. Personally, I have been eight or nine times, so as you can guess I like the place ! It’s an island with a rugged interior and glorious beaches, especially in the north of the island near Corellejo and in the south near to Jandia. It’s a fairly laid back place so it’s a great destination for a relaxing holiday. If you like windsurfing it’s ideal.

Here is the Global Holidays destination review of the island of Fuerteventura.fuerteventura beach near Correlejo

Fuerteventura is an archetypal holidaying paradise. With its soft, golden beaches and its endless sunshine and good weather, it is the perfect spot to travel to during the summer months, or indeed at any time of the year.As soon as you land at Fuerteventura Airport, right on the soft sands and next to the crystal blue sea, you immediately get a feel for the island and what it is all about.

With no real must-see sights, the temptation when visiting the idyllic location is to spend your days lounging about on your sunbed, reading your holiday paperback or topping up that tan.After all, Fuerteventura, the second largest of the Canary Islands, is made of 60 miles by 12 miles of beaches, with blue skies as far as the eye can see. More than 100 beaches exist along that golden stretch, with the most popular being Caleta de Fuste, now called Costa Caleta, and Corralejo.

However, the island is not solely about sea, sand and suntans and has a variety of different activities that holidaymakers can take part in to make the most of the gorgeous weather.Well regarded as a top-spot for sailboarding, visitors to the island might want to try their hand at the water sport, from the surfing family of activities. Although it might seem daunting, sailboarding is easy to pick up and is fun for all the family.

Those who want to escape the beaches packed with British holidaymakers might be put off from getting a cheap flight to Fuerteventura for fear that it will be packed full of tourists. However, despite being one of the most beautiful of the Canary Islands, its tourism industry is not highly developed, which has led to its nickname as “the quiet island”.

The fact that it has only 40,000 inhabitants makes it an ideal setting for family holidays, with few of the noisy late-night clubs found on some of the other islands which are more built-up and attract a younger clientele of holidaymakers.

Life in Fuerteventura is a lot more mellow, with a number of restaurants and bars in which to while the evening hours away and to sample some of the local delicacies. La Guanxia, a restaurant found in a small village just a few miles out of town in El Mattoral, is perfect for a good meal, while La Marquesina and El Patio in Caleta de Fuste is also a must-visit eatery.So if you would like to visit this beautiful Canary Island, hop on a plane at one of the various UK airports that provide cheap flights to the destination and see for yourself what it has on offer.

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