One of the most diverse and colourful of the Canary Islands, Lanzarote has been able to appeal to those looking for a relaxing family holiday for many years and its popularity doesn’t look like decreasing any time soon. Continue reading
The declaration for the Town Council of Lanzarote by UNESCO as a reserve of the biosphere was unusual in the World Network as most of the other biosphere reserves were protected and unpopulated land areas.
After a conference in 1995 UNESCO approved the Seville Strategy whose main purpose for the 21st century consist of learning how to make a better job of what we do worng today in the future, particulary in the preservation of beautiful landscapes.
Lanzerote began it’s journey as a reserve of the biosphere in 1996, creating the council of the biosphere reserve of Lanzarote.
What is a reserve of the Biosphere ?
The reserves of biosphere’s are representative areas of territories whose importance has been officially recognised by the United Nations, as much for the conservation as for the provision of practical knowledge that can contribute to a sustained development.
The objective of a reserve of biosphere is the reservation of the natural values by means of a management that is socially respectful, creative and sustainable. Ensuring that natural landscapes remain for future generations whilst (in the case of Lanzarote) co-existing with new developments and tourisum.
Cesar Manrique devoted his whole life to his native island of Lanzarote and under his supervision the Council of Lanzarote created the Centre of Arts, Culture and Tourism.
Born in 1919 he became famous in the Canary Islands as early as 1938. In 1948 his work as an artist recieved the consecration it deserved in madrid. In 1963 some of his works were exhibited in America and the critics loved him !
In 1968 Manrique realised the harmful effects that tourisum was having on the landscape, the fever of building new hotels had siezed developers regardless of the effect on the landscape.
These “Green Caves” are an underground cave system formed some 3000 years ago during the eruptions of Monte Corona. Over 6km long La Cueva de los Verdes is the longest volcanic tunnel in the world !
The cave measures more than 15m wide by 15m high (approx. 4-5 storey’s) and the lowest part of the cave is occasionally used as a concert hall.
In 1964, Jesus Soto transformed almost 2km of caves, respecting to the utmost it’s structure, with the installation of a magnificent lighting system that enhaces this natural phenomenon, highlighting all it’s splendour the hues of the caves walls.
The Cactus Garden is one of Cesar Manrique’s last works before he passed away. Here he has turned an old quarry into an impressive cactus plantation. The impressive collection of cacti, which were selected by the botanist Entanislao Gonzales Ferrer. Features well over 1000 species of cacti.
A restored windmill and strange metal sculptures make an impressive contrast against the dry volcanic landscape. also a museum-garden of the island’s indigenous cacti provides a place to relax and think for many.
In 1993, Lanzarote was declared a Reserve of the Biosphere by UNESCO. Lanzarote lies in the Atlantic Ocean, about 100 km from the African coast and 1,000 km from the Iberian Peninsular. It is the most easterly of the seven main Canary Islands, once known as the Fortune Islands. It has a population of almost 100,000 with most living in the south-central part of the island.
In earlier days, fishing and agriculture formed the basis of the island’s economy but these have long been overtaken by an excellent tourist industry. Considerable care has been taken to preserve the islands historical and cultural heritage together with its character and customs.
Owing to its advantageous position, the island enjoys an average all-year-round temperature of around 22ºC. Map of Lanzarote.
Remeber to drive on the right hand side of the road and give way to traffic from the left. Allways have your car hire details with you and your driving licence. Keep within the speed linits at all times which are clearly marked as large on the spot fines can be imposed. Parking meters are in operation in all blue bays in Arrecife during peak periods. There are substantial fines for drinking and driving.
From the arrival car park at the airport follow signs to Arrecife / Yaiza. At the roundabout take the exit signposted Arrecife and Tias. After about 100 yards take the right fork to Arrecife and join the dual carriageway.
Buses : If you are planning on getting around the island by bus you can find a pdf of the bus timetables and routes here.
Taxis : Most of the resort towns and villages around Lanzarote have taxi ranks. You can flag down taxi’s in the street if they are available they display a green light. Fares are usually reasonable.
Situated on the south-east corner of Lanzarote, Costa Teguise is one of the most popular destinations on the stunning volcanic island, very popular with fans of water sports, young couples and families alike.
Our modern apartment borders on the coast (complex higlighted in red on the map of Costa Teguise). There is an excellent choice of facilities and activities such as bars, restaraunts, watersports not to mention a full 18 hole golf course in the idillic setting of rolling volcanic hills, and for the kids there is a fun-packed water park.
Costa Teguise is a well established resort known for it’s golden beaches and clear waters.
Idyllic 600m long golden sand shore situated in the town of Costa Teguise. It is easily accessable and popular with the windsurfers that come to the island. It is close to all types of amenities. Never more than a short stroll from bus stops, taxi’s, restaurants and shops. With good disabled access.