Canary Islands 2 Centre-Lanzarote and Fuerteventura by Lauren Kemp

Lanzarote & Fuerteventura – June 2019
I have recently returned from a long weekend in Lanzarote and Fuerteventura with Classic Collection Holidays.
For the first two nights we stayed at the 5* Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel located on the south-east coast of Lanzarote in Playa Blanca. This Luxury beach-side setting hotel has 385 spacious bedrooms, 6 outdoor pools, Spa & Thalasso Center and 9 restaurants. Children are well catered for at Kikoland with a supervised activity program, playgrounds, children’s pool and sports facilities which is in separate area of the hotel.

On our first day we visited Monumento al Campesino, created by Cesar Manrique marks the entrance to the Monumento al Campesino in San Bartolome. There is no entry fee to visit the Monumento al Campesino. We also enjoyed a typical Canarian lunch whilst we were here.

In the afternoon we visited Timanfaya National Park, the spectacular volcanic landscape, that covers a quarter of the island. Visitors get to witness demonstrations of the intense heat as straw auto-ignites after being dropped into a shallow pit, steam gushes out of the ground moments after being poured into a hole as cold water, and the gravel under your feet is hot enough to burn your hand! This is a must to for every visitor to Lanzarote.

   

On our first evening we visited the nearby Hotel Volcan Lanzarote, where we enjoyed a fantastic dinner in their buffet restaurant. This was one of the best buffet style restaurants I have been to. The Volcan is a five star sea facing resort with 251 rooms, you will admire the distinctive architecture of the island, but you will also discover places of the island like the church of Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe in Teguise at its entrance, or La Geria at its solarium. The hotel is in a great location, you can directly access the sports marina. At Hotel Volcan Lanzarote there is a private are for adults. This space features 48 rooms, a breakfast room, a leisure lounge, and a solarium terrace with a private heated pool, jacuzzi and balinese beds.

On our second day we had private Cesar Manrique tour. Firstly, visiting Jameos del Agua and Cueva de los Verdes – volcanic tunnels and caves. They are both worth visiting, the beauty of the caves is amazing, and it is certainly one of the most interesting volcanic structures on the island.In the afternoon we visited Mirador del Rio, located high up on the Risco de        escarpment, at an altitude of 474 metres, in the northernmost part of the island. From here you can gaze out at one of Lanzarote’s most spectacular panoramic views.

   

On our third we travelled to Fuerteventura by ferry which only takes approximately 25 minutes. We had a private tour of the island which took us through lovely villages and the lovely town of Betancuria – very picturesque. We stopped by near Betancuria to see the Barbary Ground Squirrels (Chipmunks) which you will find in almost every part of the island. We also visited Pepe and Isabella’s goat farm where they produce lovely goats’ cheese. The beaches at Corralejo are amazing and the sand dunes worth a stop for.

 

We stayed at the 5* Atlantis Bahia Real in Corralejo – my favourite hotel of the whole trip! The sunrise in the morning was fantastic! The luxury beachfront hotel has a perfect location and is a short walk from the centre of Corralejo. The hotel has 6 restaurants, an amazing spa, 242 rooms which the majority have a sea view.

 

We also had a tour of the 4* Suite Hotel Atlantis Fuerteventura Resort, which is brilliant for families. Only a short walk from the Atlantis Bahia Real, again has a great location. The all-inclusive hotel has 5 restaurants, 8 pools, and various sports facilities. Children are well looked after, there is a fantastic animation programme, kids club and teens room. For those travelling without children there is an Adults Only Premium Club (+16 yrs) area of the hotel. The Premium Club is designed for those who are looking for a quiet and exclusive area to relax as a couple or with friends.

Both Islands are completely different to each other, I would recommend visiting both. The ferry between the two islands was so easy a two centre is an option! All the hotels we visited were fantastic and I would recommend them all for different reasons.

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