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Lanzarote

Lanzarote

Ever wanted to explore the real Spain? As the capital of Lanzarote Arrecife and indeed the entire of the island has a refreshing and welcoming attitude to visitors, allowing you to explore the local sights and intensely relaxing beaches with the minimum of fuss. Situated on the eastern coast of the island there is a treasure trove of historic architecture to be found around this beautiful port city, while the variety of museums and historic buildings never fail to draw the history-buffs away from the beautiful beaches…at least for a while.

Thanks to strict building regulations, you won’t find any towering blocks on Lanzarote. Instead, everything is low rise and frequently self-catering, although there are some stylish gems in the mix if you know where to look. In the main resort of Playa Blanca, try the luxurious H10 Timanfaya Palace (Calle Gran Canaria 1, Montaña Roja) or the cheaper THB Tropical Island Resort (La Secreta). Away from the tourist hubs, try the wonderful Gran Meliá Salinas (Avenida Islas Canarias), which is sandwiched between two white-sand beaches and perfect for a spot of chilled R&R.

There’s no shortage of places to splash the cash in Lanzarote, with most places boasting an array of shops, boutiques and markets. A good place to start is the Calle Leon Y Castillo in Arrecife, known as the Calle Real to locals. Along with high-street chains such as Vero Moda and Zara, there are cigar emporia galore and a small street market. For an earthier experience, head to the weekly market in sleepy Teguise, where you’ll find everything from handmade lace to African figurines, fake Rolexes and fresh local food.

From salty papas arrugadas (wrinkled boiled potatoes) to tiny papas crías (wild potatoes), Lanzarote overflows with dishes that make the most of the local staple – the humble spud. Get stuck in at El Diablo (Timanfaya National Park), which opens only for lunch but specialises in traditional fare. Spectacular though the views are, they don’t quite compare to eating supper in a lava tube, which is exactly what you get at Jameos del Agua (Road Orzola). Less striking but just as lovely is El Charcón (Arrieta Wharf), a pretty beachside restaurant that specialises in seafood and sea views.

Lanzarote Carnival
February-March
Expect weeks of dancing, parades and one-off exhibitions and events during the island’s annual party month. Festivities commence in Arrecife, followed by San Bartolomé, Puerto del Carmen, Haría, Playa Blanca, Costa Teguise, Tinajo, Famara and La Graciosa.


Ironman Lanzarote
May
One of the toughest physical challenges on the planet, Ironman Lanzarote kicks off with a 3.8km swim off the coast of Playa Grande followed a 180km bike ride round the island before finishing with a marathon along the promenade in Puerto del Carmen. Exhausting but fun.


Corpus Christi
June
Head to the church of San Ginés in Arrecife for the highlight: a colourful procession around the church over an elaborate carpet made from coloured salt.


International Jazz Festival
July
It’s not exclusive to Lanzarote but with some of the world’s top jazz acts making a beeline for the island, it’s well worth a visit. Teguise hosts the main event – a free concert staged in a vast carpa (marquee).


Fiesta of the Virgen de los Dolores
September
An annual excuse for the islanders to dust off their glad rags and party, the fiesta celebrates Lanzarote’s patron saint, the Virgen de los Dolores. Although there is a religious element, most of the action is focused on eating and drinking as much as possible.

ESSENTIALS

Language
Spanish
Currency
Euro
Time zone
GMT +1
Flight time
4 Hours
Holiday type
Beach , Sightseeing , Summer Sun

WEATHER

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Jan
21°C max
15°C min
Feb
21°C max
15°C min
Mar
22°C max
15°C min
Apr
23°C max
16°C min
May
23°C max
16°C min
Jun
26°C max
19°C min
Jul
27°C max
21°C min
Aug
28°C max
22°C min
Sep
27°C max
21°C min
Oct
26°C max
20°C min
Nov
24°C max
17°C min
Dec
21°C max
15°C min

TODAY'S WEATHER

Moderate or heavy rain shower 24°C
20°C
min
22°C
max
71%
huimidity

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