Famara, Lanzarote

Hailed as the 'European Hawaii', this small coastal village in North Lanzarote is far removed from the livelier destinations in the south of the island. Boasting a more laid-back atmosphere, Caleta de Famara, which is the original fishing village and harbour in the Chinijo Archipelago, is a place where locals and tourists exist side by side.

Famara Beach with its golden sands and undulating dunes stretches out across 3km, bordering Caleta de Famara on one side and the dramatic Risco Mountain on the other. The steep dusty pink cliffs that rise out of the ocean and the stunning views to the Isle of La Graciosa make for a beguiling landscape.

There’s also a smaller beach at San Juan, and it’s both of these beaches that attract surfers from all over the globe. With high winds and a perfect tide, this is a surfers paradise, and the surf shops and schools dotted around are testament to this. Surfing not your thing? Try paragliding around the mountains, or taking a stroll across the top of Risco for a simply spectacular view.

And if you’re just looking for somewhere to sit back and enjoy the atmosphere, look no further. This may be the perfect playground for kitesurfers, windsurfers, gliders and joggers but it’s also somewhere to enjoy a wonderful view and be entertained if you so wish. With a number of seafood restaurants and bars, sandy streets to stroll around, cliff walks and sand dunes that kids will spend hours running up and down, there really is a lovely vibe in this little-known part of the island.

Hand-picked villas

Take advantage of this wonderful setting and stay in a countryside villa. Light, spacious villas with their own swimming pools and terraces (perfect for al fresco dining) offer the perfect place to admire the dramatic landscape as mountains and sandy white beaches collide.

For unspoilt views and distinctive luxury accommodation, Sun-hat Villas & Resorts can help find the right villa for you.

Things to do

Whether surfing is your thing or not, watching the 6-start ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) event is a fantastic experience. The ASP La Santa Pro is a leg of the world surfing championships, held every year in October at the beautiful beach of San Juan, and with great weather pretty much all year round this is as great a time as any to visit this sunny isle.

There are skate, bike, surf, and windsurfing rental places galore in this area, so if you are in the mood for getting in touch with your adventurous side there’s no excuse not to do it. Pilates and yoga classes are also available.

Take a walk along the Risco cliffs for amazing views. It’s also possible to walk along the old sandy tracks to the original capital of Teguise.

Not to be missed

Take a seat at one of the delightful bars overlooking the Atlantic and enjoy the spectacular show of paragliders, surfers and kitesurfers taking place before your very eyes, or make the most of the freshly-caught fish and eat at one of the restaurants watching the sun set on this wild, rugged and spectacular coastline.

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