Lanzarote is an island at the eastern end of the Canary Island chain. Located approximately 125 km off the African Atlantic coast, and 1,000 km from Spain, it is a highly popular tourist destination, particularly for European travellers. Its neighbours include other famous sun destinations such as Fuerteventura and Tenerife and the local economy relies chiefly on tourism for revenue, making this industry the focus of island government. The island is famed for its nightlife, particularly during the summer months. A variety of resorts are available to stay at, as well as rentals in more remote areas, for those seeking some peace and quiet to go with the beautiful sunny climate.
Lanzarote lies near the equator and tends to be sunny year-round, with average highs of 29.1°C in August. During the colder winter months of December and January this tends to drop to approximately 20°C. Due to the islands relatively small size and low profile, it is exposed to the winds of the Atlantic. These tend to pick up during July as a result of the higher temperatures. The most popular times to travel are May to August, though many take the opportunity to soak up some winter sun by visiting in December or January. At the end of August a two week celebration of Lanzarote's patron saint, the Fiesta de San Gines, is held, while for those visiting during the spring time, Carnival is held on the island in February with a variety of parades to see.
Due to the island's Duty Free status, Lanzarote offers consumers the opportunity to indulge in luxury items such as perfumes and high-end alcohol at lower prices than in the UK. Food and drink is also generally less expensive, with fixed menu options available in many restaurants starting from approximately EUR 10. If you wish to get out of the tourist centres and see the islands landscape and smaller villages, car rental is available on the island and is by far the most convenient option.
Lanzarote offers over 26km of sandy coastline from which to enjoy the water and sun. If you wish to enjoy some of its landscape, the mountains of Famara, Ajaches and Peñas del Chache all exceed 600m in elevation and offer beautiful views. Local dishes include mojo and papas arrugadas (potatoes and sauce), which is usually eaten with fish.