Lanzarote is often seen as a ‘winter sun’ destination. A place to visit during the colder months in the Northern Hemisphere, where you can bask in the warm rays on this volcanic island.
But it is so much more than that. Dig a little deeper and you will find a lively and vibrant island, rich in Canarian and Hispanic culture. Here you will enjoy fiestas, music, literature, art and dance.
During your holidays to Lanzarote take in some of the local churches. During the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries much of the art had a religious influence. This can now be found in churches throughout the Canary Islands. Look for sculptures from José Luján Pérez or murals from Néstor Martin Fernández de la Torre.
Andalusian and Latin American dances such as Salsa are popular. But look out for venues providing traditional folklore music and dance. This is often seen at fiestas. The sound of the timple and castanets is unforgettable. This traditional five-string guitar hails from the colonial town of Teguise.
Classical music is also popular and the Classical Music Festival takes place between January and March each year. And don’t miss the Visual Music Festival which is performed in volcanic caverns. The acoustics in this underground venue are extraordinary and unforgettable. The caverns also boast a restaurant and bar.
If museums and galleries are more your thing then Lanzarote will keep you busy. Check out the César Manrique Foundation. As well as Manrique’s work, the gallery houses work by other notable 20th century artists such as Picasso and Miró.
See also the International Museum of Contemporary Art in the old military fort of Castillo de San José. The beautiful venue is an 18th century fortress and is in itself is worthy of a visit. The fortress was built in the 18th century to provide a stronghold against possible pirate attacks.
The southern town of Yaiza houses a number of small art galleries exhibiting the work of local artists. This beautiful town has achieved the accolade of the prettiest village in Spain for two years and rightly so. The streets and squares are lined with colourful planters. Take time to walk around and enjoy the view of the volcanoes from the rear of the town.
Cultural holidays can be a welcome change to the hustle and bustle of everyday life. This can be interspersed with trips to notable landmarks, relaxing on the beach and enjoying some of the activities the island has to offer.
Lanzarote is also known for its natural beauty and there are countless places of interest. The Jardin de Cactus is another ‘must-see’. It houses one of the best collections of cacti in the world. A giant, eight-metre high metal cactus guards the entrance to these beautiful gardens.
Holidays to Lanzarote are often associated with a sun, sand and a lively nightlife. This is all on offer. But if you enjoy a more leisurely holiday then you won’t be disappointed. Art, music, dance and fiestas are all here in abundance. Lanzarote offers all of this in stunning surroundings in the rays of a warm Canarian sun.
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