Lanzarote is a mountainous island that is full of tropical and pine forests and a perfect visit for nature lovers and a great hideaway for those who long for a great, relaxed beach holiday. Due to frequent and cheap flights, thousands of tourists arrive from the UK in Lanzarote every summer. Being out in the Atlantic Ocean, the island is a perfect surfers’ paradise, with wind always blowing here. Apart from that, the climate of Lanzarote is mild all-year long.
What makes Lanzarote a Great Last Minute Holiday destination?
Lanzarote is one of the greatest places on Earth for you, if you love nature, hiking, adventure and want to travel to one of the most unique islands in the world, which was formed by nothing less than 300 active volcanoes!
Lanzarote is a perfect place for those who would like to have a calmer holiday, although around the beach resorts Costa Teguise, Puerto Del Carmen and Playa Blanca, summer life is also full of parties and fiestas, and its capital Arrecife is a nice Mediterranean style city.
Apart from beach life, the island is the most suitable to visit for those who would like to see its very interesting natural treasures such as the Timanfaya National Park which is a great site for hiking and for those, who would like to do relaxing activities or water sports. The surrounding small islands also serve as attractions to Lanzarote and boat trips and excursions go out several times a day to one of them. Due to its unique flora and fauna, the whole island has been declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reservate. Costa Teguise is the island’s popular diving paradise.
Try local specialties the mojos, which means sauce in local dialect and they taste great.
Budget tips for Lanzarote holidays: if you are on a watchout for Last Minute prices, you can travel as cheaply as for 10 Pounds to Lanzarote. Packages are also sold extremely cheaply for season start and season ending.
Why visit Lanzarote: Lanzarote is a natural wonder and acts as a perfect beach paradise for those wanting to have a more relaxed holiday.
Cheap Lanzarote UK Flights:
The island’s airport is located close to the capital Arrecife. UK Lanzarote flights mainly depart from Gatwick with main budget carriers being Ryanair, EasyJet, Thomas Cook (mainly charter), Hapag Lloyd, Jetair and Jet2. UK flights operate roughly between May and October. There are ferries taking passengers to the neighbouring islands and a few go to the mainland, mainly Cádiz.
Travelling in Lanzarote: Most of the island being mountainous, only rent a car if you have a strong experience of driving in the mountains. Find good car hire deals at Holiday Autos with pick up and drop off at Lanzarote airport (Arrecife) or Playa Blanca. The island’s population is not too big; therefore, the roads are not that busy as in the other Canary Islands. The island has good bus transportation and even locals often use taxis.
When to visit: All year, but best from May to October.
Lanzarote – Things to Do:
• Timanfaya National Park
The Timanfaya National Park is a worldwide unique landscape, also an UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. The park represents huge lava fields and it looks like you are on another planet. There are guided bus tours taking tourists around the National Park; one trip takes 45 minutes. If you are the adventurous type, you can hire a camel to stroll around the park!
Opening hours: From 9 am to 5 pm.
• Rancho Texas Park
If you are up for having some fun and visiting a great theme park at Lanzarote, then Rancho Texas Park is just for you! Inspired by the Wild West in Western movies, this park has so much to offer for its visitors! The park also has its own zoo, housing some authentic creatures, such as birds of prey, turtles, iguanas and even armadillos, prairie dogs and alligators! For those wishing to relax, Rancho Park has a great hotel area with quality rooms, restaurant, bar and a swimming pool area.
Opening Hours: The theme park is open every day from 9.30am to 5.30pm
• Cueva de los Verdes
Being one of the most beautiful natural attractions and being open to the public in Lanzarote, the “Green Caves” offer an unforgettable sight of the great cave, which is aged around 3000 years. This cave is a huge, 4-mile long tunnel that ends up in the sea. There are 16 Jameos, or tunnels seen here, and guided tours go down to see this beautiful cave day by day.
Opening Hours: Call +34 928 848 484 for information once you are in Lanzarote.
Entrance fee: Around 10 Euros/Person
• Mirador del Rio
Once in Lanzarote, you just must visit the highest viewpoint of the island, being 500 metres high located on the top of the Risco de Famara Mountain in the Northern part of Lanzarote, to be amazed by the sight of the straits of El Rio and the neighboring islet of Graciosa. Of course, Mirador del Rio is much more than just a viewpoint. You can find it all furnished inside the rocky mountain, containing a restaurant with a great balcony where you can enjoy the bird view from Lanzarote with a tea, coffee or a proper meal.
Opening hours: From 10 am to 6 pm. Entry is free!
• La Graciosa Island
Once you are in Lanzarote, you must have to have the time to do a beautiful sea excursion to neighbouring islet called La Graciosa. Although being small, Graciosa has its own population and has all the amenities that allow people living there. The main industry here is fishing and tourism. La Graciosa is very famous for its wonderful beaches with crystal-clear water. Guided tours come here daily; for more information, ask your hotel.
Top Three Lanzarote Beaches to Relax:
Playa Blanca: The central golden beach of Lanzarote, this is a very popular spot for tourists.
Playa de las Cucharras: On Costa Teguise, this is one of the most relaxed beaches of Lanzarote.
Playa Grande: This is one of the best of the golden-white sandy beaches of Puerto del Carm.
Other places of attraction:
Jameos del Agua
Fundación César Manrique in Arrecife