The resorts of Lanzarote are located in the south and southeast of the island, most of them are only few decades old. The traditional municipalities are located in the middle of the island, and agriculture is still present. The north-west of the island is sparsely populated and is characterized by bizarre volcanic structures. To the north is the Chinijo Archipelago. It includes the smaller island of La Graciosa and four other islands, including Alegranza and Montana Clare, both uninhabited.
The island is divided into several regions around the biggest cities:
Not all that much is known about the Island's early history, because most archaeological evidence has either been buried under lava or carried off by raiders. The Phoenecians were there, followed by the Romans. The Arabs then settled the island, the French explored it, and the Spanish conquered it.
The island thrived for a while by producing cochineal, an expensive, crimson dye taken from the carapace of a scale insect that lives on cactus. Cochineal is used for dying fabric, decorating china, in cosmetics, and as a food colouring.
The eruptions in 1730-1736 covered a quarter of the island's surface, destroying its most fertile farmland and eleven villages. Still, visitors marvel at how stone walls and semi-surrounds are used to capture moisture to grow crops elsewhere on this decidedly desert island.
The coherence and beauty of the island's cultural and tourist centres is largely the legacy of the local artist César Manrique (1919-1992). He also played a key role in having the island declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1993.
Lanzarote islanders speak Spanish (Castilian) with a distinct Canary Island accent and some vocabulary not found on the Spanish mainland.
Lanzarote's principal economic activity is tourism, and a large proportion of tourists are from Ireland and the U.K. so most people working with tourists can speak at least some basic English.
Most restaurants offer menus in Spanish, English, and German. Although, do remember that this is a Spanish speaking island and try not to get too flustered if the local people cannot understand you. Many residents speak some English or German as a second language, but it helps immensely to speak slowly and using simple words/grammar when not being able to speak Spanish.
The island's only airport is just to the west of Arrecife: 1 Arrecife Airport (IATA: ACE), Apartado de Correos 86, 35500 Arrecife, Lanzarote (5 kilometers from Arrecife via LZ-2), ☎ +34 913211000, e-mail: email@example.com.
In addition to the charter flights that serve Lanzarote from Northern Europe, there are scheduled flights operated to some of the other Canary Islands, to the Spanish mainland and to a few international locations, most notably London (Gatwick).Live arrivals and departure information for the airport at Lanzarote is available here: Lanzarote Airport Live Arrivals information
Some of the airlines serving Lanzarote (ACE) include: Iberia, Air Europa, EasyJet, Monarch, Thomsonfly, Thomas Cook, Hapag Lloid, Air Berlin, Jetair, Lauda Air, Aer Lingus, Ryanair, and Jet2. Two local companies : Islas Airways & Binter Canarias, with mostly flights between the Canary Islands.
Note: ATMs at the airport charge about 8 euros to get cash, wait until you get into the resorts where it will be 1.50 euros
The best way to travel on the island is by a rental car. The streets are good and the island is small, so you can see the main sights in two to three days. In all three holiday centers, Puerto del Carmen, Costa Teguise and Playa Blanca as well as in the capital Arrecife, a car can easily be rented. As a rule, the driver must be at least 21 years old and a deposit is usually required. In addition to regular cars, it is also possible to hire jeeps, which make it easier to drive the unpaved roads - but they also cost twice as much per day. In the off-season there are regularly special offers for several days.
Multiple car (with prices approx. 30-50€/day including taxes and insurance) companies are operating here. When choosing one of the cheapest companies (like Goldcar), make sure to understand the terms & conditions, since there may be hidden fees or tricks. Such as petrol refill fee at the time of return, or mandatory insurance to be paid at pickup.
It only takes about 40 minutes to cross the entire island from North to South by car, and about 25 minutes across.
Lanzarote tends to be a bit windy, and often a bit more in July, making motor scooters or bicycles a little difficult and risky.
The Airport is served only by a small bus that stops at both terminals to the city of Playa Honda and the Capital Arrecife, so it would be necessary to go there to connect to other destinations by BUS. Buses leave about twice per hour daily for most of the day, except for Sundays when there is a reduced schedule. Check ARRECIFEBUS for bus schedules (bus line 23). As in 2006, bus fare from the airport to Arrecife is about 1€ and from Arrecife to Puerto del Carmen about 1.5€. A Taxi ride from the Airport to Puerto del Carmen can range from 12€ to 24€. And around 30 Euros to the resort of Playa Blanca at the south of the island.
There is also a hop on, hop off bus service which stops at all major attractions and the island's three resorts. The service is called Vision Bus.
All taxis and drivers have a license and are generally friendly and honest. There are fixed prices for an overland trip, otherwise taximeters are used. There are four tariffs: tariff 1 applies to trips in cities, tariff 2 for round trips, tariff 3 for landings (which do not have fixed prices) and tariff 4, which applies to holidays. In all larger places there are taxisand parking, otherwise taxis can be stopped by handsignal when the green lamp of the roof light is on.
The small neighboring island in the north, La Graciosa, as well as the larger island, Fuerteventura, can be visited by ferries. La Graciosa is car-free, thus the car must be left on Lanzarote. Not all car providers permit car transfer to Fuerteventura - get informed.
Sites managed by the island administration, designed by César Manrique (and with the participation of other local artists such as Jesus Soto). They are the entry points for the knowledge and discovery of the island. They can be visited separately but it is preferable to go bulk: 3 centers for 20 €, 4 centers for 26 € or the best 6 centers for 30 € (the entrance to the San Bartolomé is free)
Drive from Yaiza along the LZ-704 to El Golfo on the west coast, where there are a couple of black sand beaches and a long row of restaurants along the shore. From there head south along the coast road LZ-703, stopping at the lookout, the Charco Los Clicos, and Los Hervideros. Continue past the salt pans at the Laguna De Jaunubio then return to Yaiza along the LZ-2.
The local cuisine is typical of the Canary Islands:
Restaurants noted for local cuisine:
However, it is worth noting that in many of the resorts there are very few true Canarian restaurants. Most of those present tend to focus on English food (English fried breakfast, Roasts etc). If you are going on a package holiday it would be a huge saving to pay the extra for all-inclusive, especially if you're not likely to travel far from the resort.
There are many non-traditional places to eat out in the main resort towns, serving a wide range of food such as Greek, Chinese, Indian, and Mexican.
The 'old town' area of Puerto Del Carmen is home to Blooming Cactus Vegetarian Restaurant, but those with vegan or vegetarian dietary requirements will find limited choice outside of this eatery.
The tap water is treated sea water, brackish, and not recommended for drinking. Try to drink bottled water, which is affordable.
There are many bars in the tourist areas, in particular Irish bars in Puerto del Carmen.
Alcohol is very cheap in supermarkets. A 1 l bottle of San Miguel is around 1€, and a can of beer as little as €0.50. However, in bars and clubs, the same beer would cost around €3.50. There is no duty on alcohol purchased in Lanzarote (other than VAT at 5%) so restaurants tend to make a lot of their money from the selling of alcohol at a significant - but to foreign visitors seemingly imperceptible - markup. Again, if a package exists which is all-inclusive, it might be a good idea to pay the little bit extra in the long run.
Supermarkets vary greatly in price the most expensive are Netto (about 25% more expensive), then Hiperdino supermarkets, these are the larger ones and tend to have good local produce at reasonable prices, lastly there are SPAR stores.
Watch out for the cost of fresh fruit and veg as this has to be transported refrigerated by ship from afar and can be expensive, a fresh pineapple can cost 8 euros.
Some prices (supermarkets):
Can of coke: €0.60, Can of beer: €0.50, Litre of wine: €0.63, Orange juice: €0.80
Some prices (Restaurants):
Coke (200ml): €2, Beer: €3.50, Litre of wine €8, Orange juice (fresh): €3.20
While a generally safe country, as always beware of pickpockets and keep hold of any personal belongings. There are local police stations in all major cities and somewhat frequent police patrols around the streets. Emergency service phone number is the European standard "112". Always take a printout of all the Important Numbers and keep with you all the time.
Lanzarote is a popular holiday destination in the Atlantic Ocean and it is the fourth largest Canary Island (after Fuerteventura, Tenerife and Gran Canaria). It is located about 1000 km from mainland Spain and 127 km from the African coast. As a part of Spain, it retains an upscale, European feel. With 800 million years of history, Lanzarote is the oldest island within the Canary Islands archipelago. The easternmost Canary Island, Lanzarote is known for its widespread volcanic terrain (a tourist attraction in itself) formed by extensive volcanic activity in the early 18th century. In 1993, the United Nations Education Culture and Science Organization (UNESCO) protected Lanzarote by naming the island a biosphere reserve. Welcome to Lanzarote - Planning Your Visit - Climate & Weather - Sightseeing & Attractions - Puerto Del Carmen - Lava Flow Surf School - Costa Teguise - Lively Lady Show Bar - Puerto Calero - Submarine Safaris - Arrecife - Museum of International & Contemporary Art - Castillo de San Gabriel - Playa Blanca - Lanzarote Carnival - Cueva de los Verdes - Casa Omar Sharif (LagOmar) - Wine Museum - Timanfaya National Park - Jardin de Cactus - Guinate Tropical Park & Penguin Paradise - Jameos Del Agua - Places to Stay - Santa Rosa in Costa Teguise - Nautilus Bungalows in Puerto Del Carmen - Lancelot Hotel in Arrecife - Hotel Diamar in Arrecife - Jardines Del Sol - Eating & Drinking - Restaurante El Navarro in Costa Teguise - TJ’s Caribbean Tapas Bar in Puerto Del Carmen - Poppadom Indian Restaurant in Arrecife - Atlantico Bar Restaurant in Playa Blanca - La Ermita Tapas Bar in Tias - Shopping - Calle Real in Arrecife - Biosfera Shopping Center in Puerto Del Carmen - Deiland Centre in Playa Honda - Old Capital Market in Costa Teguise - Casa-Museo Del Campesino in Mozaga
Whether you prefer the excitement of Carnival, quiet relaxation on the beach or relaxing in a deluxe villa, Lanzarote is a favourite holiday spot and an ideal location for winter sun.Lanzarote is home to some of the most unusual and scenic volcanic landscapes on the planet. The island is covered with lava formations and you may feel like you have stepped onto the surface of the moon! But slumbering volcanoes aren’t the only thing making Lanzarote worth visiting. The island's 150 miles of coastline make for stunning, sandy beaches and the views of the sparkling blue water will take your breath away.Introduction to Lanzarote - Overview - Culture - Orientation/Location - Climate and When to Visit - Sightseeing Highlights - Carnival - Cueva de los Verdes - The Wine Museum of Lanzarote - Beaches - Timanfaya National Park - Museum of International and Contemporary Art - Jardin de Cactus - Arrecife – Lanzarote’s Capital - Surf School - Lively Lady Show Bar - Recommendations for the Budget Traveler - Places to Stay - Places to Eat & Drink - Places to Shop
This is a travel book with a difference. Lanzarote is unlike anywhere else on earth, with its beautiful climate, jaw-dropping scenery and dramatic volcanic history. Three hundred years ago, the island suffered the longest and most brutal volcanic eruption the planet has ever seen - it was a raging cauldron for six years - and yet today Lanzarote is a holiday paradise. This book takes a close look at the 1730-36 eruptions, seeing them through the eyes of the parish priest at Yaiza, who kept a diary as the sky rained fire and molten rock.We also meet Lancelotto Malocello, the man after whom the island is named, and examine the bizarre events that led him here. Without giving the plot away, he was searching for two Genoese businessmen who had gone missing twenty years earlier, shortly after they had set sail to find India. They had no sea captain and no navigator - just a couple of monks whose job it was to pray them to their destination.Coming up to date, we take a tour of the island as it is today, driving a full circle through the tourist centres of Playa Blanca, Costa Teguise and Puerto del Carmen, up to Orzola in the north, and working our way back down through the vineyards and lava fields of the west, where the temperature below the earth's surface still bubbles away at a toasty 600 degrees. Whether you are visiting Lanzarote for a holiday, or have an interest in the geology and history of the island, you will find something here to delight you.
This new title in the Crossbill Guides Series covers Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, the two easternmost Canary Islands. Lanzarote and Fuerteventura only recently became known to the general public as a winter destination for sun seekers. However, these islands, with their odd mix of Volcanic and Saharan-style desert landscapes, support a wonderful flora and fauna - especially birds - many of which occur nowhere else in Europe (or even the world) but here. As any Crossbill Guide, the Canary Islands Vol. 1 - Lanzarote and Fuerteventura guide gives detailed route descriptions (9 in total) and site descriptions (about 10) for naturalists throughout both islands, covering the best sites for birdwatching, finding wildflowers, dragonflies and butterflies, seeing marine life and the most remarkable geological sites. It also gives detailed information on tracking down the evolutionary processes that shaped the unique ecology of these isolated Atlantic Islands. This information comes with extensive descriptions of the ecology, geology, history and flora and fauna of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.
Véritable land-art, l'île la plus africaine des Canaries est un enchantement pour les yeux. Découvrez un paysage modelé par deux artistes contemporains Cesar Manrique et Jesus Soto.Le guide vous propose 17 parcours-étapes, autant d'idées de visites pour ne rien perdre des sites les plus magiques.Terre d'aventures et de musées, l'île aux trois cents volcans ravira petits et grands. Bonne balade à tous! Dans la rubrique bon à savoir, quelques idées d'hébergement.Chaque visite-étape est illustrée de photographies panoramiques.
Temperature: 70°F / 21°C
Air pressure: 1010 hPa
Windspeed: 2.1 m/s