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The overall impression of Lanzarote is of neat and tidy buildings, with some interesting variations on"typical" and "traditional" themes.

The buildings are painted white, with either blue or green painted window frames, as set out by Manrique. The whole effect is pleasing on the eye.

The liveliest resort is Puerto del Carmen, which has an "old town" and a fine curved sandy beach backed by a very long promenade stretching for about three miles, with an amazing choice of good restaurants.

The smart resort of Costa Teguise, north of the capital, Arrecife, is also expanding very rapidly and offers a Casino, as well as everything else to suit visitors.

This resort has more hotels than Puerto del Carmen.

Timanfaya, or Fire Mountain, whose lava slopes and craters can be descended by camel, provides a very interesting and unusual excursion.

A nice day out is to catch the Fred Olsen ferry from Playa Blanca, a smart, quieter resort in the south of the island, for the short crossing to Corralejo, on the northern tip of the less-developed Fuerteventura, the Canarian island just to the south of Lanzarote.