About Matthew H
Lives in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Since May 2012
35-49 year old
I'm a journalist/blogger who's been residing in the totally tropical city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria since 2004. The capital is a great base to cover Gran Canaria for my blog, Gran Canaria Local. I've also visited the rest of the islands including Lanzarote and Tenerife to write features for magazines like Living Spain and newspapers such as The Independent.
Bodies of Water
Other Outdoor Activities
Many have speculated that Robert Louis Stevenson based Treasure Island on La Graciosa. This isle is only accessible by ferry, from Orzola in the north of Lanzarote.
Travel to the west of the island to see an emerald lagoon that looks like it's been transplanted to Lanzarote from Polynesia.
Welcome to the house that Omar Sharif bought, but which was won back by its developer in a game of bridge (before the actor had even moved in). This stunning place also has a bar and restaurant.
There's more than one Playa de Papagayo, but the main beach is the most easterly, coming from Playa Blanca.
César Manrique, the guardian of unspoilt Lanzarote, rated the wild and rugged Playa de Famara in the north of the island as his favorite beach.
Overlooking the old capital of Teguise, this old fortress has seen many a pirate attack. The Canary Islands were targeted by pirates during the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries.
At 30km from the airport in the north of the island, Arrieta is a traditional fishing village and a unique reminder of what Lanzarote was like before it became a tourist destination.
The access road to this isolated resort in northeast Lanzarote is 3km in length. There's a natural — and naturist — swimming pool at the end of it.
Located in the far north of Lanzarote, this viewing point offers stunning views over La Graciosa.
Geologists will have a field day at this volcano, with its unusual rock formations.