Lanzarote is a volcanic island which is part of Spain but lies geographically close to the African continent, meaning it enjoys a hot, dry atmosphere all year round, although it can get windy in the summer months from July onwards.
To take advantage of the pleasant climate while avoiding the winds, holidaymakers may wish to travel in February, when they can enjoy all the festivities of Carnival on the island. In August locals celebrate the birth of the island's patron saint with a two week long festival of fireworks and music. It is useful to know that Lanzarote is in the same time zone as the UK and Ireland, and also observes both annual time changes in October and March, so there is never a difference in time with the UK.
Hiring a car is the best way to get around the island, which has some interesting remote towns and villages that are out of the reach of public transport. Goods like cigarettes, perfumes and alcohol are duty free and cheaper in the Canary Islands than in the UK. Food is also significantly cheaper, with a good set lunch costing around ten euros. A local delicacy is papas arrugadas, a dish of potatoes in sauce usually served with fish, which is also in plentiful supply on the island.
It's easy and affordable to reach the centre of Lanzarote from the airport, as buses 22 and 23 both travel to Arrecife Bus station for a single fare of roughly one euro. The journey will take about 20 minutes. Alternatively, customers with lots of luggage may find it more convenient to take a taxi from the airport; this should cost around 6 euros. Once on the island, if you choose not to hire a car, taxis are an affordable method of travel, and if you mainly plan on visiting the main tourist attractions only, you may find you can travel for free on a shuttle arranged by your hotel.
Most travellers choose to stay in one of the popular resorts on the island such as Puerto del Carmen, Playa Blanca and Costa Teguise. Hostel accommodation costs in the region of 22 euros a night. Hotels will be from about 25 euros.