Lanzarote is one of the Spanish Canary Islands which lies just 125km from mainland Africa and more than 1000km from mainland Spain. Its closest neighbour is Fuerteventura which is only 11km away. Only around 140,000 people live permanently on the island with tourism being the island’s primary income source and agriculture the only other sector. The volcanic landscape of Lanzarote isn’t particularly attractive but the mild year round climate ensures the arrival of millions of sun starved north European vistors every year.
Lanzarote Airport lies just 7km from the capital city of Arrecife where half the island’s population lives. The popular resort of Puerto del Carmen is a mere 11km south-west of the airport. It’s a very busy airport considering the size of the island with over 5½ million passengers passing through it every year. Lanzarote Airport Transfers are easily arranged to all the island’s resorts which aren’t far away (airport to Playa Blanca is only 34km). You can also reach Lanzarote from the other Canary Islands and mainland Spain by ferry boat.
Puerto del Carmen near the airport is the island’s top resort whilst Playa Blanca in the very south of the island and Costa Teguise just north of Arrecife are the other main resorts. An upmarket option is the stylish marina at Puerto Calero which is only 5km along the coast from Puerto del Carmen. Here you’ll find some of Lanzarote’s best accommodation along with a small selection of excellent restaurants.
All the main tour operators offer holidays in Lanzarote with a wide range of accommodation on offer most of which is low rise due to strict building regulations.
Things to See & Do
If you’re looking for things to do in Lanzarote then rent a car and take a tour of the island. There are a few smaller resorts and a scattering of interesting little villages such as Tias and Yaiza around the island as well as the volcanic Timanfaya National Park which is well worth a visit. For the less energetic there are some very nice Lanzarote beaches near the main resorts. In the evening you’ll find that the Lanzarote nightlife is quite varied with something for everyone. Puerto del Carmen is the best choice for the younger crowd whilst other resorts are more relaxed.
Map of Lanzarote
This map of the island shows all Lanzarote’s main tourist destinations and places of interest in the interior that are worth visiting.
Weather in Lanzarote
The weather in Lanzarote is usually very mild with average annual temperatures around 21°C and the average annual rainfall only 14cm. Summer highs of over 32°C are common and winter temperatures can fluctuate between 15°C and 25°C. As Lanzarote is in the path of the North Atlantic trade winds there is often a pleasant breeze which is most welcome on those really hot summer days. Without these winds the island’s temperatures would be similar to those in the Sahara.