Best time to visit: April, May, June
Average high: 25˚C
Average low: 17˚C
Price of meals: 2/5
Holiday type: Adventure / Beach / Family / Party
Lanzarote is the third-most populated of the Canary Islands after Tenerife and Gran Canaria, yet it still only boasts a little over 140,000 inhabitants. It is also the most easterly island and shares its time
zone with the UK, including British Summertime. Despite tourists generally favouring its bigger neighbours, Lanzarote also has its own selection of beautiful coastline and attractions for visitors of all types, meaning visitors can enjoy much of the same with fewer crowds.
While all the Canary Islands formed as the result of volcanic activity, nowhere makes this clearer than Lanzarote. Much of the island’s early history has been lost to the lava flows which cover most of the once fertile landscape. Timanfaya National Park attracts thousands of tourists each year to see the colourful black and red soil and to hike into the craters of volcanoes, including the dramatic but easily accessed Volán del Cuervo. Furthermore, the island boasts a number of other natural sites to enjoy, including 10 miles of soft beaches, its underground network of lava caves, and the uniquely beautiful Green Lake (El Golfo).
Puerto del Carmen is positioned close to many of these natural sites but also offers its own beautiful beach for sun-lovers and swimmers. It is also the best place for partygoers to enjoy music, bars and
nightlife. Meanwhile, Lanzarote has several animal and water parks for families to enjoy, including Texas Rancho, with bird and sea lion, shows, pony rides, cowboy lasso displays and a splash zone.
There are several tour opportunities to help visitors learn more about the island and its history, including visiting the salt pans and LagOmar Museum, a former home and quarry built into the volcanic rock which has since become a stylish restaurant, bar and art gallery. However, for a chance to interact with the locals and buy their food and handcrafts, browse the Teguise Market, held every Sunday.
Like its neighbouring islands, Lanzarote is often nicknamed “The Island of Eternal Spring” for its year-round comfortable, sub-tropical heat. The island basks in almost 3,000 hours of sunshine each year
and there is little rainfall, even in the winter months. Trade winds help keep temperatures cool, although it is not unusual for July, August and September to reach temperatures of over 30˚C. Therefore, for holidaymakers preferring slightly cooler temperatures and who want to avoid the busy periods, the springtime is the best season to book a trip.
Although an autonomous region of Spain, prices on Lanzarote are cheaper. A three-course meal for two averages at just €35, while cheap but satisfying meals can be purchased for €7.50 to €10. Beer ranges from €1.50 to €3. A cup of coffee costs about €1.50 and bottles of water can be purchased for less than €1.
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