All you need to know for your Lanzarote holiday
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How long is the flight to Lanzarote?
According to website TravelMath, these are the flight times to Lanzarote from major cities in Europe:
- London – 3 hours, 54 minutes
- Edinburgh – 4 hours, 21 minutes
- Belfast – 4 hours, 7 minutes
- Dublin – 3 hours, 56 minutes
- Oslo – 5 hours, 20 minutes
- Paris – 3 hours, 43 minutes
- Rome – 3 hours, 55 minutes
Can you drink the water in Lanzarote?
You can, but we always recommend you avoid tap water and buy bottled mineral water instead. Due to the weather and scarcity of rainwater, much of the tap water is desalinated seawater. As such, you might not like the taste. Bottled water is cheap and readily available.
When did Lanzarote’s volcano last erupt?
Lanzarote’s volcanoes erupted over a six-year period from 1730 to 1736, with a smaller eruption in 1824. As such, its status is classed as dormant. A visit to the Timanfaya National Park is a must during your Lanzarote holiday to see the moon-like landscape left behind and geo-thermic demonstrations.
What’s the weather like in Lanzarote?
Being one of the Canary Islands, Lanzarote has a great year-round climate with mild winters and warm and sunny summers.
The warmest month of the year is August with an average temperature of 25°C (77°) and over 10 hours of sunshine per day. The coldest month of the year is January with an average temperature of 17°C (63°F). December is the wettest month with just 29mm of rain on average.
The best time to holiday in Lanzarote is from May to mid-October when there is minimal rain and the sea is still relatively warm. But it’s really great any time of the year!
What are Lanzarote beaches like?
The beaches across Lanzarote are amazing. There is a beach for everyone – family-friendly beaches, windswept and wild beaches, private beaches – all with fine, golden sands and crystal blue waters.
Unlike many of the beaches in the Canary Islands there are very few black sand beaches.
According to website The Culture Trip, the top 10 beaches on Lanzarote are:
Playa de Papagayo
Located on the southern tip of the island, these are a series of beaches separated by volcanic rocks. The sand is golden and fine and the water is perfect for snorkeling. The main beach (second to last) has a bar-restaurant so you can pick up snacks and drinks.
Although one of the island’s smaller beaches, it’s really pretty here and one of the most popular in the resort area of Playa del Carmen. The water is calm making it ideal for children and divers who want to explore the local sea life.
Playa de Famara
You’ll find Famara on the northwest of the island, away from the main resort areas. This large, sweeping bay with amazing cliffs has some of the island’s most impressive waves so draws a large surfing crowd and has earned Lanzarote the title the Hawaii of Europe.
This is one of the two beaches in the resort area of Playa Blanca. This beach is sheltered by breakwaters, has fine sand and clear water and palm trees providing much-needed shade. There are also several bars and restaurants nearby.
Playa de las Conchas
Although on the nearby island La Graciosca, this beach makes it to the top 10 because you can reach it during your holiday in Lanzarote. It’s not easy to get to, but it’s definitely worth the effort with find golden sand and turquoise water. But keep to paddling as there is no lifeguard.
This string of coves can be found on the north of the island. Here, you’ll find natural pools, white sand and black lava rocks. Although away from the main resort areas, it is still easy to get to with a hire car.
Playa La Francesca
Another La Graciosa beach, this one has much safer waters for swimming and golden, sandy beaches and dunes. It’s also a great spot to sit and watch the day tripping boats anchor.
Playa de los Pocillos
This Puerto del Carmen beach is popular with families because of its lively atmosphere, gently sloping sand and mostly calm waters. There is a promenade with plenty of shops, bars and restaurants running the length of the beach. Every September, the sand is covered with a thin layer of saltwater known as the pine tides.
Playa Del Jablillo
Located on the east of the island, the volcanic rocks form a natural breakwater that forms a lagoon at low tide. There is a huge hotel here but it is perfect for children and scuba divers.
Playa del Charco de los Clicos
If you want to visit a beach because of its sheer beauty then this is one for you. With pitch-black sand, red cliffs and green lagoon, this is weird natural phenomenon is one to visit on your way to Los Hervideros or another of Lanzarote’s golden beaches, villages and sites.
If you’re staying in Puerto del Carmen, you can read more about the best beaches of Puerto del Carmen.
Why is Lanzarote duty free?
Although part of Spain and the EU, Lanzarote is an autonomous region and not part of the customs union. As such, this means when you buy cigarettes, and alcohol you are limited by how much you can take home.
Lanzarote is also exempt from VAT (Spanish IVA), although there is a 6.5 per cent local sales tax.
This means that these and other products are duty free so cheaper than at home.
What to buy in Lanzarote?
Here’s out list of the best things to buy in Lanzarote:
As Lanzarote is duty free you can pick up a bottle or two of your favourite tipple at great prices. Or why not bring home some honey rum or locally made wine? But remember your duty free allowances and don’t pack in your cabin bags.
Items that are easy to bring home are mojo sauces, olive oil, goat’s cheese, smoked fish, and saffron.
Art and Pottery
There is a very active art scene on the island due to the legacy of Cesar Manrique, so why not pick up some pieces from local artists?
You’ll find some great perfumeries in Puerto del Carmen.
Lanzarote aloe is some of the best in the world and is perfect for sunburn, stings and bites. You can buy direct from the factory shops on the island or at the airport.
Pop along to any of the markets and you’ll be able to pick up some linens, straw hats, rag dolls, leather goods and jewellery.
There are also plenty of market stalls selling fake designer goods. Be warned…
It is possible to get bargains in the electrical duty-free stores in Puerto del Carmen. But remember, you can’t take purchases back once you’ve left the island. Check everything works and that all batteries, cables and plugs are included. Make sure there is a European guarantee, not an Asian one, and that all electrical items have a CE stamp.
Which area should we stay in on Lanzarote?
This really depends on the type of holiday you want.
- Family holidays: Puerto del Carmen, Costa Teguise
- Nightlife and daytime activities: Puerto del Carmen
- Historial feeling: Teguise, Arrecife
- Quiet: Haria, Yaiza
- Coastal charm: Punta Mujeres
- Resort holiday: Puerto del Carmen
- Wheelchair accessible: Costa Teguise, Playa Blanca
- Watersports/golf: Costa Teguise
- Upmarket: Playa Blanca
- Proximity to airport: Puerto del Carmen, Costa Teguise
- Laid back: Costa Teguise
How to get around Lanzarote?
Lanzarote is a small island and easy to get around. There are several options available to visitors.
Public bus services on Lanzarote are good especially between the main towns and resorts on the southeast coast. Known as the guagua, it’s efficient, clean, affordable and easy to understand. However, it is a little less regular inland and it’s certainly not the fastest way to get around. So be patient!
There is an Intercity Bus directly from the airport to Puerto Del Carmen and Playa Blanca. This runs every half an hour between 7.30am and 10.30pm.
A full list of routes and timetables can be viewed on the Arrecife bus website. Just select which route you want information on.
If you are going to be doing a lot of bus travel then a Bono card is a great option. It gives you visitors a 10 per cent discount on any of the Intercity buses or at the Arrecife Bus Station. Just ask the bus driver.
Official taxis are painted a uniform colour – white for Arrecife and Haria, and red and white for other areas. They all have a taxi sign on the roof. All fares are metered and government controlled and cheaper than northern Europe.
For a door-to-door service when you land, you can pick up a taxi outside Terminal 1 at the airport.
There are no mini-cabs or Uber on these island at the time of writing this page.
The best way to see every part of the island is by hiring a car. Driving is easy and the roads are good. It’s best to hire a car in advance, especially in the busy season. Don’t forget to bring your plastic license and paper license to be on the safe side – and to get your code in advance with the DVLA just in case.
If you don’t want to hire a car for your whole holiday, you can also pick up a hire car through your hotel or resort for a few days.
A week’s car hire is actually great value starting from as low as €70 for one week and two drivers.
There are plenty of places to hire bikes in the resort areas starting from as little as €15 per day.
Pre-book your airport transfers in advance and you can skip any queues and get to your resort even faster.
- Rancho Texas Lanzarote
- Timanfaya National Park South Tour Excursion Club Las Calas
- AquaLava Waterpark Must Visit Lanzarote Club Las Calas
- Jameos del Aqua must visit Lanzarote Club Las Calas
- Cactus Garden must visit in Lanzarote Club Las Calas
- El Golfo must visit Lanzarote Club Las Calas
- Lanzarote Wine Tour Club Las Calas
- The Mirador del Rio North tour excursion Club Las Calas
- Cactus Garden
- Atlantic Museum Lanzarote
- Pirate Museaum Teguise Children in Lanzarote
- The Cueva de los Verdes by Cesar Manrique Lanzarote
- The Jameos del Agua by Cesar Manrique Lanzarote
- Papagayo Beaches
- Jameos del Agua
- Timanfaya National Park
- Papagayo Beach Lanzarote
- Los Hervidores Lanzarote
- Lanzarote meadow
- Castillo de Santa Barbara Lanzarote
Places to visit on Lanzarote
What to visit in Lanzarote?
There’s plenty to see and do on Lanzarote so you and your family won’t be bored. Here is our top 13 things to do and places to visit on Lanzarote.
Timanfaya National Park
Take a bus trip around the volcanoes and craters formed from Lanzarote’s explosive past. This is a must-visit.
Popular animal park close to Puerto del Carmen with great displays and evening entertainment.
The green lagoon at Playa del Charco de los Clicos is one to see with your own eyes.
Jameos del Aqua
Created by Cesar Manrique from the lava rocks, this has a huge auditorium, lake with albino crabs and swimming pool. This is a must-visit.
Aqualava Water Park
A great wet and wild (sort of) day out especially for those with younger children.
Feel the force of the ocean around Lanzarote especially at high tide or a stormy day.
Located inside Fortress Santa Barbara, near Villa de Teguise, this is for adults and children.
Mirador del Rio
Breathtaking viewpoint overlooking the nearby island of La Graciosa created by Cesar Manrique.
An entire peaceful garden filled with hundreds of different types of cacti.
Cueva de los Verdes (Green Caves)
Go inside one of the lava tubes that were created during the volcanic explosions.
La Geria wine-tasting
Take a tour of Lanzarote’s unique wine-growing area then sample some of the wines produced on the island.
Created by Jason deCaires Taylor it features 400 underwater sculptures near the Marina Rubicon, Playa Blanca.
Lanzarote’s largest market takes place every Sunday and has hundreds of stalls with souvenirs, clothes, local food and the usual fake bags and watches. Don’t forget to haggle!