Tourists flock to Lanzarote every year to enjoy the sandy beaches, volcanic landscape and lively holiday resorts.
Lanzarote has a mild, dry climate. The wind picks up in July and August making it ideal for water sport activities like wind surfing, paragliding and surfing. The island is also known for its many holidays and festivals. There's an exciting carnival in February with processions and festivities. Why not visit for two weeks in late August when the island hosts the Fiesta de San Gines in honour of the patron saint? You can enjoy firework displays, music and even local workshops.
Make arrangements to hire a car before travelling. It's the best way of seeing Lanzarote's more remote parts and villages. Try the local food such as mojo and papas arrugadas (potatoes and sauce) normally eaten with fish. Food and drink are usually cheaper than in the UK especially compared to London prices. The good value menu del dia at lunch time will set you back around 10 Euros upwards for a set menu. Don't miss out on the island's duty free status. Cigarettes, alcohol and perfume are all cheaper than in the UK. The time zone is WET/WEST, the same as in the UK.
If arriving at Lanzarote International Airport, the buses 22 and 23 go to Arrecife bus station. Single fares cost approximately 1 Euro and the journey time is about 20 minutes. Expect to pay around 6 Euros for a taxi from the airport to the centre of town. You can find most hotels in the resorts of Puerto del Carmen, Playa Blanca and Costa Teguise. Hotel accommodation in Arrecife is around 25 Euros per person for one night. A night in budget accommodation costs approximately 22 Euros per person. Public transport on Lanzarote is quite cheap especially on the buses (known locally as guaguas). There are often free buses to the island's attractions from some resorts. Taxis are also good value for money but round up the fare, drivers don't expect an extra tip. If you want to visit central Arrecife, parking can be a little difficult as spaces are limited. It's best to park on the municipal car park and just walk into town.
The Canary Island of Lanzarote is an upmarket holiday destination. It has an extensive selection of fine restaurants, bars, shops, hotels, beaches as well as many things to do and see. This eco-friendly island is also perfect for cycling, walking or scuba diving.