A Canary Island paradise
Lanzarote is the most easterly of the Canary Islands and is closest to Africa. It has beautiful beaches and volcanic landscapes. The National Park, Timanfaya, is of volcanic origin.
Best times to go to Lanzarote
Known as the island of eternal Spring, Lanzarote has an annual average temperature of 22°. It can be windy in July but generally the climate is mild and dry. Visit at holiday and festival time to experience the local culture. Carnival is in February with processions and festivities. In late August for two weeks the island hosts the Fiesta de San Gines in honour of the island's patron saint with fireworks, music and workshops.
Pre-travel Lanzarote information
Lanzarote time Zone is the same as the UK. Hire a car and discover the island's remote areas and unspoilt villages. Visitors are advised to park in the municipal car park in Arrecife as parking in the centre is limited and that streets are narrow. Enjoy local foods, try mojo and papas arrugadas, potatoes and a tasty sauce. This is usually eaten with fish. Food and drink is generally cheaper than in Britain and eating out can be cheaper than in London. For good value at lunchtime, try the set menu which costs about EUR10 upwards. The Duty Free status means cigarettes, alcohol and perfume are cheaper than in the UK.
Island accommodation and transport
Lanzarote Airport, also called Arrecife Airport, serves the island of Lanzarote. The airport is located in San Bartolomé, Las Palmas. Buses 22 and 23 connect the airport and Arrecife Bus station with a single fare costing roughly EUR1, the journey time is about 20 minutes. A taxi from the airport to central Arrecife costs around EUR 6. Bus 61 goes from the airport to Puerto del Carmen and costs about EUR1.35. The bus to Playa Blanca resort costs about EUR3.15. Most hotels are in resorts such as Puerto del Carmen, Playa Blanca and Costa Teguise. The hotel in Arrecife costs about EUR 25 per person per night. There is budget accommodation at about EUR 22 per person per night. Public transport is relatively cheap on the island, buses here are known as 'guaguas'. There are often free buses to attractions and resorts. Taxis are also good value, and it is not customary to tip but rather to round up the fare.