One of the quietest Canary Islands, Lanzarote, is on high security alert this week after British Prime Minister David Cameron and his family have been settling in for a quick Easter break. Originally, it was thought the Camerons would be staying at the popular beach resort of Playa Blanca, but apparently they’re staying in a villa at Casa Tomaren.
Tomaren is a historic 18th century farm complex in the heart of Lanzarote, not far from San Bartolome. The Camerons are expected to stay until Good Friday, and sources say it’s the first holiday they’ve spent in the Canaries although the family have visited Spain’s Balearic Islands before. Sources add that the Prime Minister’s visit has ramped up security measures on the island.
The PM and his wife were spotted looking relaxed and at ease, sipping coffee in a beach cafe in the popular resort of Teguise this week, which was once the capital of the island.
The local tourist board’s Director Hector Fernandez said the PM’s visit was an “important pat on the back” for Lanzarote’s reputation as a holiday destination – as it’s excellent PR for the destination which still attracts an enormous number of Britons to its shores, particularly during the winter, thanks to its stable and very mild low season temperatures.
Casa Tomaren features on TripAdvisor where one reviewer has called it “the perfect spot for a laidback week or two”.
Situated just 79 miles off the coast of Africa, Lanzarote is the most easterly of the Canary Islands. The island is 37 miles (60km) long and 12 miles (20 km) wide, making it the fourth largest island in the Canaries.
Famous for its “lunar” landscape and black sand, the island does in fact boast some white sand beaches such as Playa Blanca, Papagayo and Caleton Blanco.
For the more active, the island offers great surf at Famara, plus windsurfing at Costa Teguise.
It’s more “eco” than the more popular islands of Gran Canaria and Tenerife – in fact local authority regulations on the amount and type of residential and commercial developments restrict billboard advertising and there are barely any high rise buildings in Lanzarote (with the exception of the Grand Hotel in Arrecife).