Lanzarote is one of the islands of volcanic origin in the Canary islands and it is slowly becoming an up-market destination. In spite of this there is nothing flashy or glitzy about spending your holiday there. It is all about staying at eco-friendly and chic places and lazing your time away in surfing, walking, cycling and tasting the local wines. The influence of local architect, artist and environmentalist Cesar Manrique is well evident all over the island. He is credited with saving the island from unplanned and rampant development. The unique creations of this artist are scattered all over the island and are also one of the big tourist attractions. A quiet vacation can be easily spent by just visiting the places designed by him. There is also the option of visiting the stylish restaurants and bars.
When to go
Canary Islands are at their best throughout the year and good weather is guaranteed at any time of the year. It does get windy sometime and there are also instances of storms, but the sky is blue most of the time. The average temperature is always hovering around 25 degrees even at the hottest months of July and August. The weather is always good enough for sunbathing and swimming.
Airlines flying from UK to Lanzarote include Easyjet, Monarch, Ryanair, Thomson, Iberia, Jet2 and Thomas cook. The destination airport at Lanzarote is Arrecife airport which is about three miles away from Arrecife town at the eastern coast. The resort of Puerto del Carmen is about six miles away from the airport.
Arrecife bus service is available all over the island it can get quite infrequent. There is bus service from the airport to Arrecife and from there you can change for going to other destinations.
A taxi ride from the airport to Puerto del Carmen costs about €20.
Hiring a car is necessary if you want to explore something more than the biggest attractions. A local car rental company called Cabera Medina offers car rental services and has offices at Puerto del Carmen, Playa Blanca, and Costa Teguise and at the airport.
There are a wide range of hotels and resorts at Costa Teguise, Puerto del Carmen and Playa Blanca. The budget and midrange hotels are located near the resorts. You also have the option of choosing from apartments, bungalows and boutique hotels.
What to see
The Volcano park at Timanfaya is a must-visit for all the tourists because of its dormant volcanoes and world famous landscape. There is also an aquarium and water park at Costa Tequise for chilling with your family.
The island is pretty large so there is something for everyone. The main attractions in the north island are the creations by Cesar Manrique. Some of the most famous creations are Jameos del Agua, Cueva de Los Verdes and Jardin de Cactus. Cueve de Los Verdes is one of longest tunnels in the world and it has been made even more beautiful by the handiwork of Cesar Manrique.
Last but not the least, there are the wonderful beaches of Costa Tequise, Arrecife, Playa Blanca and Puerto del Carmen.
Topless sunbathing is common in the beaches, but nudity is limited only to the quieter ones.