Lanzarote has something of a split personality. As although this popular Canary Island welcomes millions of tourists every year the main holiday resorts are all concentrated in the south. Leaving the north of the island largely undeveloped. A result of local laws governing development that have created an island of two distinct halves.
What Is Different?
To most tourists the differences will never be known as most tend to visit the south of the island which is home to the three main holiday resorts and the bulk of the tourist accommodation. And this is where visitors who have booked breaks in Lanzarote villas and apartments will find themselves staying. But the north remains the preserve of the locals – with agriculture and farming very much to the fore and with life is conducted at a slower pace. For travellers there are a number of independent websites featuring a whole host of There is a good range of holiday apartments in Lanzarote to choose from.
From the main resort of Puerto del Carmen visitors need to drive along the LZ1, past the airport and towards the ring road, the turn off for which can be easily missed. The ring road takes traffic past the capital of Arrecife and just after this is the junction for Tahiche, which is en route to the north of the island. And which is also well worth stopping off at as here tourists can take a tour of the former home and studio of the famous local artist César Manrique. Which has been constructed over five empty chambers in the lava flow. After Tahiche tourists have a choice of two routes. They can head for the former capital of Teguise, which is home to some superb examples of colonial architecture such as the Palacio Spinola. Or instead follow the coastal road in the direction of Arrieta. Which is the main beach resort in the north of the island and very popular with locals. Arrieta is also an ideal spot for a lunch break as there are some great fish restaurants here.
If you are simply interested in a beach vacation then chances are that you will miss out on most of the islands attractions as being in the north a little travelling will be required.
If you haven’t booked a car then there is a good availability of tours and excursions to the northern part of the island , which is hardly surprising as this is where most of Lanzarote’s attractions will be found.
The south of the island is a total contrast to the north. It is dominated by volcanic scenery and lava scapes which were created by eruptions in the 18th century. The 300 odd volcanoes here are all now dormant but this whole area remains a real tourist hot spot as hundreds of thousands of visitors tour the area every year.
Lanzartote places of interest can be located here.