Living the Island Life
Lanzarote is a vibrant Spanish island ideal for holidays. The sun soaked beaches, beautiful dining opportunities and interesting history succeed in tempting holidaymakers all year round.
Best time for Lanzarote, attractions and tips
The island experiences a dry and mild climate throughout the year. The wind becomes stronger in July. The Fiesta de San Gines takes place in late August over 2 weeks. The popular festival honours the island's patron saint and includes fireworks, music and artistic workshops.
Important information regarding Lanzarote
Travellers from the UK and the EU are not required to obtain a visa. The time zone is the same as the UK. The currency is the Euro. The best way to see the most remote parts of the island is by using a hire car. Food and drink on the Canary Islands is generally cheaper than in the UK. Fine local foods include mojo and papas arrugadas (potatoes and sauce), normally eaten with fish. A good value menu of the day at lunchtime can provide cost from around EUR10 and upwards. The Duty Free status of the island means cigarettes, alcohol and perfume are all cheaper than in the UK.
On arrival visitors can use public transport to get to the island's capital, Arrecife along with the various resorts. Bus 22 and 23 operate between Arrecife Bus station and the airport. A single fare is cheap at et about one euro and the journey takes only about twenty minutes. A taxi from the airport to the city centre costs around six euro. Bus number 61 goes from the airport to Puerto del Carmen (costs roughly one euro fifty) and the Playa Blanca (slightly more than three euros) resorts. Most hotels are in the resorts of Puerto del Carmen, Playa Blanca and Costa Teguise. A hotel in Arrecife normally costs from about twenty-five euros for a night. Budget accommodation is available for around twenty-two euros. Public transport is relatively cheap on the island, note that buses are called 'guaguas'. There a often free buses to attractions from some resorts. Taxis are also good value, instead of giving a tip, just round up the fare. Due to the narrow streets and lack of parking spaces in the centre of Arrecife, visitors are advised to park on the municipal car park and walk into town.