San Bartolome Holidays

Travel Agent's View

Travel Agents View ...ideal for a laid back holiday with a chance to sample the local tapas bars...

San Bartolome is great for anyone looking for a traditional unspoilt Canarian town. Situated in the centre of Lanzarote, the rural location of San Bartolome sees picture perfect narrow streets, a main square with an 18th century church, and little white washed houses.

The town is ideal for a laid back holiday with a chance to sample the local tapas bars and with a splattering of local restaurants. Sightseeing opportunities are in abundance with museums, the Cesar Manrique Foundation and the Timanfaya National Park is within a short distance. For a more tourist excursion, there is a local karting circuit close by.

The nearest beaches can be found about a 15 minute drive away and Arrecife is the same.

The Arrecife airport is approx 10km from the resort.


Insider's View

 by Julie Cliffe-Jones

Lanzarote Insider San Bartolomé is not overly commercialised, and offers a charming taste of "real life" in Lanzarote.

Almost everyone who visits Lanzarote passes through the munipality of San Bartolomé without knowing it. That's where the airport is!

The town of San Bartolomé is perched on the hill overlooking Playa Honda and the aforementioned airport. In recent years, it has become a largely residential town, providing homes for people who work in the island's capital Arrecife, as it enjoys fast and easy access via dual carriageway.

Although the outskirts consist of modern housing, as with many places in Lanzarote, entering the town centre is like a step back in time, with some fabulous traditional Canarian houses on display. Within the old town area, you can find quiet streets, an ornate Ayuntamiento (town hall) and a beautiful plaza.

One of the island's main theatres can be found in the town, and as well as a diverse range of plays and music concerts, it's often used as an exhibition hall.

Located almost dead centre in the island, the town was somewhere local inhabitants often ran to during the period when the island was subject to regular pirate attack. It was this central position that encouraged César Manrique to site his Monumento Campesino sculpture in San Bartolomé - his tribute to the workers who managed to grow food in our inhospitable climate and the famous "Jable" sandy soil.

Just outside the main town, you can find the village of La Florida, now home to a stunning rural hotel. It was from here that a group of Lanzarote residents emigrated to the new world, and eventually founded the state of the same name in America.

The town is also home to the Museo de Tanit, which is housed in a restored 18th century Bodega. The museum's exhibits are every day items from down the centuries and provide a fascinating insight into life in The Canaries long before tourism.

There's an excellent go kart track within the municipality, which can provide some good fun ranging from a quick solo drive to a full-on Grand Prix.

Being central makes San Bartolomé an excellent place from which to visit other parts of the island - the fabulous beach and cliffs at Famara are nearby, and heading west towards Playa Blanca will take you first through the amazing wine region of La Geria, where you can visit the various bodegas and taste their offerings.

San Bartolomé is not overly commercialised, and offers a charming taste of "real life" in Lanzarote.
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