Paradise Lanzarote forms part of the Canary Island chain, and is the closest of these islands to Africa, lying just 125 km from the African shore. Its equatorial climate, coupled with sandy beaches, resorts, holiday cottages and legendary nightlife make it a popular destination. There are a variety of pastimes to keep you occupied, from lying by the sea or pool, relaxing at the bar, to tours of the islands beautiful scenery, among others.
Best times to travel, weather and events
Lanzarote boasts sunny and warm weather 12 months a year. Average highs in August are approximately 29 Centigrade, dropping to 20 Centigrade in the colder winter months. Atlantic weather has a significant impact on Lanzarote due to its small size, resulting in a windy environment, particularly in July due to the increase in island temperature. Peak season is between May and August, with prices for accommodation and flights tending to be more expensive. The island celebrates its patron saint at the end of August with two weeks of celebrations, known as the Fiesta de San Gines. Expect a variety of music, fireworks and workshops to take part in. For those travelling in off-peak months, Lanzarote plays host to its own Carnival festival in February, celebrated with parades and street festivities.
Information to note before you travel
Lanzarote offers Duty Free status on luxury items such as perfume and alcohol. You should be aware of individual restrictions on the quantity of Duty Free that can be brought to your home country. Food and drink is less expensive on the island than in the UK, with a variety of menu options provided by most restaurants; some start from approximately EUR 10. Hiring a car is the best way to see the island; you should book in advance during the busy season.
Lanzarote accommodation and getting around
The island is small and most destinations are a short distance from Arrecife. Bus (called "guaguas" here) routes 22 and 23 connect the city Bus Station to the airport, with a single fare costing approximately EUR1 for the 20 minute ride into town. Alternatively, a taxi costs approximately EUR6. Bus 61 connects the airport to Puerto del Carmen and Playa Blanca resorts for approximately EUR 1.35 and EUR 3.15 respectively. Accommodation is relatively cheap and centred in the resorts, with hotels starting at around EUR 25 per night. Parking in Arrecife itself is difficult and it is best to use the municipal car park and walk into town.