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“You won’t find picture-postcard beaches on Lanzarote, no palms leaning over the ocean, but black-brown volcanic earth, unique caves and lakes, and characteristic, blindingly white houses, which all adds up to a unique atmosphere. Lanzarote is a popular destination for travelers looking for something different.

It’s also an island that tries to target more discerning travelers. There are no huge, luxury hotels, few youth hostels, and no noisy nightlife scene. I didn’t see any drunk young tourists at all. There are, however, many hikers and cyclists, and wine tasting is popular. Because of the big waves breaking on the Atlantic coast, it’s also a popular destination for water sports.

It seems that Lanzarote isn’t designed for mass tourism, and fortunately there are no crowds. Speaking for myself, it was those simple white houses that captured my heart, against a beach of black, volcanic sand. The island has a pleasant climate year-round, and even in winter it feels like spring.
(2016)”

Lanzarote - moonlike - Krista photo

Lanzarote - Cueva de los Verdes - pool - Krista photo

Practicals

Transport

You can reach the settlements by regular long-distance buses. But to get to the tourist attractions, you need a rented car or an organized tour. On weekends, during school holidays, it is not easy to find an available rental car.

Lanzarote - sparse traffic - Krista photo

Lanzarote - out of order boat - Krista photo

Accomodation

We recommend making the booking as early as possible for the high season, as Lanzarote's accommodation sells out quickly.

Lanzarote - vacation houses on the rock - Krista photo

Food

Agricultural land is minimal, so most of the food is imported from the mainland.

Lanzarote - Yaiza - Tapas&Wine bar since 1890 - Krista photo

Lanzarote - Restaurant in Haria - Krista photo

Shopping

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Lanzarote - shopping - Krista photo

Fun

Puerto del Carmen is the place for young people who want to party.

Public safety

Lanzarote has even better public safety than Gran Canaria or Tenerife, being less bustling, upscale island. However, thefts, burglaries into the apartments can happen.

Lanzarote - Playa Blanca - statue of wrestling boys - Krista photo

Health

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Lanzarote - palm trees - Krista photo

Lanzarote - exercise - Krista photo

Lanzarote - promenade - Krista photo

Others

Beaches

Lanzarote - South of the island - Playa de Mujeres

Background

Lanzarote - view from Manrique's house - Krista photo

Lanzarote - some love sunsets - l.m. photo

Lanzarote - Haria - hilly background - Krista photo

Destination in brief

Lanzarote is one of the Canary Islands, situated north of Fuerteventura. 

Size: 845.9 km² (326.6 mi²) - smaller than Tenerife. Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria

60 km (37 mi) from north to south and 25 km (16 mi) from west to east

Population (in 2020): 148,000 - receives over 3 million vacationers per year

Main city: Arrecife


Geography

Lanzarote is a volcanic island, formed as a result of eruptions millions of years ago along a fault line in the Atlantic Ocean.

Lanzarote is a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, meaning that nature and man live in a harmonious relationship on the island.

Lanzarote - Timanfaya National Park - Krista photo

Lanzarote - bare coast - Krista photo

Lanzarote - Cliff at the Papagayo Beach, close to Playa Blanca - Krista photo

Lanzarote - landscape - Krista photo

Lanzarote - Los Hervideros - Krista photo

Lanzarote - landscape - Ata photo

Climate

The climate is spectacular all year round, enjoying sunny and hot days even in winter. It is a tropical island, where the wind usually blows a lot. It does not often rain, and the temperatures are regular during all the seasons, oscillating between 17º and 26º almost all year round. Of course, the seawater is quite cold; we must not forget that it is the Atlantic Ocean.

Lanzarote - beach - windshield canvas - Krista photo

History

The island is named after Lanceloto Manocello, a Genoese sailor in the 16th century.

Nowadays

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Lanzarote - French divers - Krista photo

People

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Attractions

Timfaya National Park

Some tourists say the organized tour of the national park is a tourist trap. However, an individual visit to the park is not permitted.

Lanzarote - volcano in the Timfaya National Park - Krista photo


Cueva de los Verdes

Lanzarote - Cueva de los Verdes - Krista photo

Lanzarote - Cueva de los Verdes - Krista photo

Haria

Lanzarote - Haria - Town hall - Krista photo

Arrecife

Lanzarote - Arrecife - city beach in January before the crowd comes - m.m. photo

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