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Landscapes to take your breath away

The beautiful island of Lanzarote is a holidaymakers’ paradise, complete with year-round sunshine and endless sandy beaches, making it the ideal setting for a villa holiday. Located off the west coast of Africa, this popular Canary Island is the result of early volcanic activity, which has given it the spectacular, other-worldly landscape that can still be seen today. No matter which of our villas in Lanzarote you choose, you don’t have to travel far to experience the breath-taking natural beauty of these volcanic remains. On top of exploring Lanzarote’s landscape, you can enjoy the relentlessly vibrant atmosphere of the family-friendly beachside resorts, test your nerves with exhilarating water sports, discover the island’s cultural history or simply bask in the sun. Whatever your perfect getaway may be, a holiday with James Villas in Lanzarote has something for everyone.

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Fun packed days in Lanzarote

From the moment you arrive at any one of our villas in Lanzarote, you’ll never be short of exciting things to do, because although it’s modest in size, the island of Lanzarote has heaps to offer. Water sport enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice, with everything from jet skiing to catamaran excursions to keep them busy, while fishing trips and dolphin-watching provides something a little more relaxed. If you’re looking for an activity the kids are guaranteed to love, look no further than Aquapark Costa Teguise. This fun-filled water park features all kinds of slides, rapids and whirlpools – everything for a fun day out! Another fantastic place to visit from your Lanzarote villa is the Rancho Texas Lanzarote Park. Here you’ll find magnificent birds of prey alongside beautiful sea lions and many other types of animals. There are pony rides, a splash pool and kids can even have a go at cowboy lessons. For the discerning golfers amongst you, a villa in Lanzarote is just the place to be spending your holiday. You can spend the day golfing at Lanzarote Golf in Puerto del Carmen or Costa Teguise Golf, soaking up the wonderful sunshine as you go.

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Retail therapy in Lanzarote

A holiday just wouldn’t be a holiday without a spot of shopping, and when you stay in a villa in Lanzarote you’ll be able to do just that. Many of the main resorts house large shopping centres where you’ll find your favourite retail chains, and enjoy fantastic savings thanks to tax-free shopping. Costa Teguise, Play Blanca, Puerto del Carmen and Playa Honda are especially popular. Make your way to any of the smaller resorts, away from the hustle and bustle, for stylish boutiques where you can shop for unique items and traditional gifts to take back home. Discover the winding, narrow streets of Arrecife, and the many quaint shops that line them. Here you can purchase hand-made lace, table cloths, local art, leather goods and more. Throughout the year, various markets are held, selling everything from local produce to hand-crafted jewellery. These lively markets are a great opportunity to find unusual items and nab yourself a bargain, too! Teguise market is the island’s oldest and largest open-air market, and is a lovely way to spend a Sunday morning away from your villa. The whole town comes alive and the atmosphere is buzzing as people search through the goods, trying to find the perfect purchase.

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On the beach in Lanzarote

Crystal clear waters, sandy stretches that go for miles and picturesque coves – it’s fair to say that Lanzarote’s beaches are a real delight. Whether you’re a dedicated sun-worshipper or an all-day-swimmer, you’ll hear the call of the beach from your Lanzarote villa and you definitely won’t be able to resist. To the north, Costa Teguise is the perfect spot for windsurfing, while nearby La Santa beach and Famara beach are where you’ll find surfers and body boarders catching waves. Costa Teguise and La Santa boast calm waters, making them perfect for beginners, while Famara has slightly larger waves for those who are more advanced. If you want a beach that’s in the heart of it all, head to Puerto del Carmen, a lively beach on Lanzarote’s south coast. This family-oriented beach is surrounded by excellent restaurants, bars and facilities – just what you need for a family day out. Kids will love splashing around in the shallows, and you’ll love reading your favourite book on the sandy shores. Everyone wins! Another amazing beach in Lanzarote is Playa Blanca. Playa Blanca translates to ‘white beach’ and when you visit, it’s easy to see why it’s been given this name. White sands stretch out invitingly before you. It’s a genuine paradise. From here, you can take a ferry across to Fuerteventura and explore what this neighbouring island has to offer.

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Sights to see in Lanzarote

Although it may be hard to drag yourself away from your fantastic villa in Lanzarote, this wonderful island has so much natural beauty, and so many amazing places just waiting to be explored. From natural wonders to cultural monuments, you simply must spend few days, at least, checking out some of the island’s most captivating sites. Head to Jameos del Agua, in the north of the island, and prepare to be wowed by the beautiful salt water lagoon and underground caves. Make your way into the caves and you’ll not only see stalagmites and stalactites, but you’ll find a unique cave concert hall. Wow! If you want to see what years of volcanic activity look like on the surface, the best place to go is the Timanfaya National Park. Even though the volcano beneath is dormant, you can still feel its heat due to temperatures of 400°C-600°C which can be found just a few metres below the surface! Special demonstrations are held at the very top, and you can also spend time exploring the craters that are over one hundred years old, as well as the breath-taking active geysers of the Fire Mountains. It’s sure to be an experience you remember forever. Lanzarote’s culture can be appreciated at every turn, with monuments and museums dotted all around the island. The Museo del Campesino is an absolute must-see. This attraction includes a 15 metre sculpture constructed from the designs of well-known local artist and architect César Manrique, and a life-size reconstruction of a traditional farm. There’s also a tapas bar and restaurant, so you can grab a bite to eat during your visit.

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  • Explore the vast Sahara sand beaches around the Punta de Papagayo peninsular in the South.
  • Take a trip to Fire Mountain and have a barbecue with a difference. Forget charcoal – your steak will be cooked by the natural heat of the volcano.
  • The aqua park at Costa Tequise makes for a fun-packed day and a great way for the kids to cool off.
  • Visit Fundación César Manrique, the Lanzarote artist’s home, built in volcanic bubbles in the rock, which is now an art gallery housing works by Picasso, Miró and many more.
  • Take a glass-bottomed catamaran to Fuerteventura and look out for pods of playful dolphins on the way.
  • Explore the Cueva de los Verdes and Jameos del Agua - with an underground lake and a stunning complex of caves and galleries
  • Try the fantastic new golf course, Lanzarote Golf. This is a challenging 18 hole, par 72 course, designed by Ron Kirby
  • Take a trip to the old Capital of Teguise to visit the extensive local market which is held every Sunday morning

Costa Teguise

One of Lanzarote’s main tourist resorts, Costa Teguise, is just five kilometres north of the capital, Arrecife. The area is home to four beautiful beaches and boasts some of the island’s best amenities, including a fantastic water park and golf course. Windsurfing is a popular pastime in Costa Teguise with visitors and residents alike. The nightlife is bustling, with restaurants open until late and a good selection of bars, both British and local style, can be found in the resort.

  • 15mins fromArrecife

Macher

Located 3km outside of Puerto del Carmen, his traditional Canarian village is a charming base in undiscovered Lanzarote and offers fantastic views to the coastal resort and Fuerteventura. Macher has a small supermarket and a couple of restaurants offering Canarian cuisine. For a wider choice the nearby village of Tias is only a few minutes drive away. If you’re looking for a relaxing holiday in a tranquil setting, then Macher is the place to enjoy your sun-soaked holidays by the pool, yet its only a short drive to the charming harbour and old town in Puerto del Carmen.

  • 15mins fromArrecife

Masdache

Situated above the resort of Tias, Masdache is a traditional Canarian village located inland close to the main wine area of Lanzarote called ‘The protected Landscape of La Geria’. This quiet Canarian village is welcome retreat for those wanting to see the traditional Lanzarote and get away from the hustle and bustle of the main tourist resorts. Only a short drive to the village of Tias and a 10 minute drive to the main resort of Puerto del Carmen and sandy beaches. The village is situated in an area surrounded by volcanoes and famous for growing grape vines on volcanic ash, during the summer months the harvest and winemaking takes place using traditional techniques.

  • 15mins fromArrecife

Matagorda

Located a short drive east of Puerto del Carmen, the popular area of Matagorda is situated conveniently just five minutes from the airport. The resort boasts unique character and offers a wide variety of shops, bars and restaurants with an exclusive sea front promenade that stretches the length of the beautiful golden sandy beach. The resort is ideal for families and those looking for a more relaxed holiday, however, those looking for the hustle and bustle, Puerto Del Carmen’s centre can be found within a ten minute drive where a large selection of bars, restaurants and shops can be found, along with the quaint Old Town.

  • 5mins fromArrecife

Playa Blanca

A pretty, bustling resort with a sandy beach and popular promenade, Playa Blanca is the most southerly resort on the Island of Lanzarote and is only 15 kilometres from the Timanfaya National Park. There are four stretches of shoreline, and close by is the nature reserve of Papagayo which hosts the best beaches on the island. The resort has a large harbour shared by fishing boats and ferries that take you to Fuerteventura. Take a water taxi from central Playa Blanca to the Marina Rubicon, home to smart yachts moored in a private marina. Pavement cafés and good seafood restaurants offer a relaxing atmosphere in which to unwind in the evening. The resort is host to several markets throughout the week offering local handicrafts.

  • 40mins fromArrecife

Puerto Calero

Said to be one of the world’s most modern and exclusive yacht harbours, the marina of Puerto Calero is situated on the south coast of Lanzarote between Puerto del Carmen and Playa Quemada. Being one of the most sought after resorts on the island, Puerto Calero offers a friendly and family-oriented environment. You’ll find a complete range of amenities for both holidaymakers and those with a passion for sailing, along with many leisure and recreational facilities. As one of the most beautiful and natural environments in the Canary Islands, a villa holiday to Puerto Calero is a truly unforgettable experience.

  • 25mins fromArrecife

Puerto del Carmen

The main holiday resort of Lanzarote, Puerto del Carmen is just fifteen kilometres from the island’s capital town Arrecife. A wide, sandy beach, little rocky coves and a diving school line the coastline, while a great selection of restaurants, bars and cafés can be found at the harbour. Live entertainment, cocktail bars and night-clubs, as well as restaurants and café bars, are all positioned along a central avenue. Of our wide selection of villas here, some are nestled in the peaceful area of Los Mojones - a short walk from the harbour – with others set much closer to the main resort in residential areas. We also have properties in the adjoining areas of Los Pocillos and Matagorda with excellent restaurants and shops.

  • 15mins fromArrecife

Tias

Only a 10 minute drive from the airport and a short drive from Puerto del Carmen, Tias has a selection of shops, restaurants and tapas bars. This small village has retained a friendly community spirit and offers the ideal location for peaceful, sun-soaked holidays by the pool. Many fiestas and cultural events are held here, and local produce can be found in abundance, as well as the many Lanzarote wines. Tias is only a five kilometre drive from the bustling main resort of Puerto del Carmen, and a local bus service is also available.

  • 15mins fromArrecife

Yaiza

Situated between the resorts of Puerto Del Carmen and Playa Blanca, this typical Canarian village overlooks dramatic countryside and mountains. Yaiza is located close to the awe-inspiring volcanoes at Timanfaya and the National Park. The village itself is a tranquil place to explore, featuring a small square that offers a selection of restaurants and bars/cafes, as well as beautiful views onto the Timanfaya National Park. Yaiza is ideal for those seeking a more authentic and traditional Lanzarote holiday, whilst the livelier resorts of Playa Blanca and Puerto Del Carmen can also be found within a 15 minute drive.

  • 25mins fromArrecife

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