This once active volcanic island – with its cratered landscape resembling that of the moon and quaint, whitewashed villages – appears to be something out of a dream. Of Spain’s 12 Canary Islands, Lanzarote is located the farthest east, just off the coast of Africa. Known for its perfect temperatures and scenic views, the “island of eternal spring,” is the idyllic destination for a beach holiday.
Lanzarote holidays have been a favourite of travelers for years. The deeply-hued red mountains, glimmering turquoise waters and warm black, gold and white sand beaches paint the picture-perfect setting for an unforgettable experience. With the dazzling views, the laid back atmosphere and enchanting culture, it’s apparent why this island is so mesmerising.
Whether you are traveling alone, with friends, family or as part of a couples retreat, the island’s diverse geography offers a range of activities and entertainment that cater to everyone’s tastes. From exploring the perfectly-preserved towns and majestic caves, to sunbathing along the extensive coastline and diving into the rich coral reef, you are guaranteed to have a relaxing and fun-filled trip. For the best holiday to Lanzarote, use our search plan to book your travels in 2017 and 2018 today.
As a result of its proximity to Africa, Lanzarote’s geography and climate share several characteristics with that of the Sahara. The wonderful temperatures, more than 300 days of sunshine and little rainfall mean that the island can be enjoyed year-round. Summer in Lanzarote takes place between April and November, when average temperature peak at 29°C. During the winter months of December through March, temperatures reach a maximum of 23°C.
With sun-soaked beaches, thrilling adventures and cultural discoveries around every corner, your holiday to Lanzarote is awaiting. The right amount of planning and time spent on the island affords you the opportunity to experience it all.
If an enriching cultural experience is what you desire, why not plan your holiday to coincide with some of the fabulous festivals and events that take place throughout the year? In June, locals celebrate the Corpus Christi and San Juan Festivals during which you can witness lively street festivities, elaborate decorations and traditional beach bonfires. For a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sample several different local delicacies, head to the island during the Lanzarote Wine Run and Traditional Cuisine Festival. The festival combines a half-marathon through the country’s wine region and a showcase of local restaurants’ and wineries’ best offerings. August brings a large gathering in the island’s capital city of Arrecife for the San Ginés festival which honours the patron saint.
Lanzarote is the perfect destination for soaking up the sun’s rays, lounging on the pristine beaches and frolicking in the warm waters. The island has a staggering 93 beaches and an extensive, rugged coastline to explore. The variety of beaches – from the bleached white sands, to the black volcanic sands to the soft golden sands – provide for a relaxing holiday, as well as for stunning photographs. Some of Lanzarote's most notable beaches include Famara on the northwest, Papagayo on the southern tip of the island, Las Conchas to the north, Caletón Blanco on the northeast and Playa Quemada on the southeast. In addition to the diverse beaches, Lanzarote is home to Timanfaya National Park – a barren terrain that was created during the 18th century when dozens of volcanoes formed the part of the island. The last eruption occurred in 1824, however, activity remains, as evidenced by the surface’s extremely high temperatures. The rare plant species and moon-like terrain are a must-see during holidays to Lanzarote. To the north of the island is another impressive volcanic-formed landscape, yet this one lies beneath the ground. The Cueva de los Verdes (Green Caves) span nearly 6km. They d boast beautiful rock formations and an open space that is often used to hosts concerts.
There’s plenty to see and do in Lanzarote’s inland and small towns. To learn more about the island’s rich culture, head to the International Museum of Contemporary Art to view the paintings and sculptures by natives of the island. With all of the markets and street vendors, there are plenty of opportunities to pick up unique arts, crafts, clothing and jewelry. If you want to experience some of Lanzarote's fantastic nightlife, try Arrecife and the resorts of Puerto del Carmen and Costa Teguise. All throughout the island, it is easy to find cheap, local cuisine, which features fresh fish and notorious papas arrugadas (small boiled potatoes). After a rewarding trip to the majestic island, you will have plenty of stories and stunning pictures to share with friends and family. All that is left to do is book your 2016/2017 holiday to Lanzarote.
Flights to Lanzarote from the UK take approximately 4 hours and are available from a number of airports including Luton, Gawick and Stansted, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Bournemouth, East Midlands, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds/Bradford, Belfast, Bristol, Cardiff,Doncaster/Sheffield, Birmingham among others. So no matter where in the UK you live you are not far away from an airport which can fly you away to start your Lanzarote holiday.