From Costa Teguise to Arrecife, from Lanzarote’s weather to things to do… this blog is dedicated to all things Lanzarote! Beaches, attractions, temperatures and where to stay: read on for all you need to know about beautiful Lanzarote.
Lanzarote is the easternmost Canary Island and lies approximately 125km from the coast of Africa. With an amazing location like this, you just know that the Lanzarote weather is going to be fantastic. The island is relatively flat, meaning that there is very little rainfall which keeps the weather great for holiday makers. July to September sees temperatures of over 30°C, especially in the sheltered parts of the island, and night-time temperatures rarely fall below 20°C. With summer temperatures like this the Lanzarote weather is hot, dry and very sunny. Thankfully the north-easterly trade winds and Canary Current keep the breeze and sea a little cooler than you’d expect from an island on the same latitude as the Sahara and so close to the equator, which is another reason why the Lanzarote weather tempts travellers back year after year.
It’s not just the gorgeous Lanzarote weather that beckons tourists from all over the world. The island has some fantastic resorts, attractions and beaches… so let’s find out more!
Where to stay
Costa Teguise is about 20 minutes’ drive away from Arrecife airport. It’s a purpose built tourist resort and is one of the most popular on the island. It has large, sweeping beaches that are perfect for windsurfing, lots of bars and restaurants and attractions for the whole family to enjoy. There are also various hotspots for shopping, from tourist shops through to designer boutiques. Visit Cucharas Beach for wind-surfing schools where you can perfect this popular water sport. If you’d like a cultural day away from the gorgeous beaches then visit Teguise, which has history stretching back to the 1400s. It’s got pretty streets, historical buildings and hosts the island’s largest market every Sunday, which attracts visitors from all over the island. Head to Aqua Park Costa Teguise for lots of water slides, pools and splash fun!
This resort is popular with families and couples looking for a relaxing holiday, one of the main reasons being the several beautifully sandy and calm beaches in the area. Playa Blanca, Playa Dorada and Playa Flamingo are three of the main beaches, with more hidden eastwards including the beautiful Papagayo beaches. Restaurants and bars line the Playa Blanca boardwalk and the streets that lie parallel to it and the Marina Rubicon has lots of lovely places to eat and appreciate Lanzarote’s pink-gold sunsets.
Puerto del Carmen
If you’re a partygoer looking for drinks, music and lots of fun then Puerto del Carmen is the resort for you. Puerto del Carmen has the greatest density of bars, pubs and clubs on the island, creating an electric party atmosphere. Stroll along the pretty, palm-lined Las Playas Avenue promenade in the day for great shopping, plenty of cafes and restaurants and a good choice of bars. In the evening. visit the old harbour for delicious fresh seafood. Puerto del Carmen is bursting with Blue Flag beaches, awarded for their beautiful sand and clear water. Puerto del Carmen’s main beach, Playa Grande, is the largest beach on the island and stretches out for an impressive 6km. Other lovely beaches include Playa del Pocillos and Playa Matagorda. The Rancho Texas Lanzarote Park has animals, birds, exhibitions, water slides and hosts a Wild Western Night which has great reviews on Trip Advisor.
Puerto Calero is the perfect Lanzarote destination for holidaymakers wanting a chic, stylish and sophisticated break. The marina has lots of up-market shops and boutiques to browse and a great choice of bars and restaurants, perfect for enjoying an evening meal watching the boats and yachts bobbing in the water. There are no immediate beaches in Puerto Calero but if you venture along the cliff top path, a ½ hour walk will bring you to Playa Quemada The beaches here are dark with gravellely sand but they are usually quite deserted and make a lovely change from the busy, golden sand beaches elsewhere in Lanzarote. Playa Quemada also has a handful of traditional restaurants for you to refresh and relax in after the journey.
Arrecife is Lanzarote’s capital and is a bustling, cosmopolitan city. It’s the best shopping destination on the island with endless shops and boutiques plus lots of cultural treats such as the Centro Insular de Cultura El Almacén, a cultural hub coloured with exhibitions. There’s even golden sand and tranquil water at Playa del Redutco, Arrecife’s beach. Head to the Bolas Bridge and the Castle of San Jose if you want to immerse yourself in Lanzarote’s steep history.
Other places of interest
The Green Lagoon in El Golfo is a famous Lanzarote landmark. Trapped seawater forms a lagoon-like lake and the algae that lives there turns the water a striking, acid-bright green. The surrounding landscape is striking with a pebble beach and wildly eroded cliffs.
Many people visit the Timanfaya National Park to see its incredible Martian landscape –a desolate, awe-inspiring volcanic expanse. Have your meal cooked over an open volcanic fire pit, take a camel ride across the barren land or watch experiments being performed over a live volcano.
*Prices based on 2 adults sharing 1-8 August 2014. Prices correct when checked 15/08/2014