Lanzarote is the island where I live, the place that has changed my life, and I would like to share with you the beauties of this corner of paradise!
In this section I give you some general information about Lanzarote that you have to know before you visit it!
Let’s start with some unique features of Lanzarote! Features that you can hardly find elsewhere.
Here are some.
- Peace and tranquility.
Outside the main tourist centers you can find some places where you can enjoy an almost surreal peace and silence. Some of these landscapes seem to be out of time and space.
- Mars Landscape.
On the island there are more than 300 volcanic craters and its surface is almost completely covered by volcanic rock, which formed during the various eruptions that occurred in the past centuries. The feeling that the Timanfaya National Park transmits is to be teleported to another planet!
- Beaches of all kinds.
You cannot be disappointed by the beaches: there are all kinds! From those with golden and fine sand to those with black sand, but also rocky ones that form natural pools. You will surely find your favorite!
Not just for relax, this island offers various opportunities for practicing many sports in a truly impressive landscape. The most popular sport is surely SURF: the Canary Islands are considered by many as the “European Hawaii” and Lanzarote has types of waves suitable for any level, from El Quemao professional ones to the small waves of Famara, ideal for beginners and surf schools.
- Canarian food
Canarian cuisine is extremely healthy and delicious! It mainly includes fish and fresh seafood, goat’s meat and cheese and lots of fruits and vegetables. Typical are “Papas Arrugadas”, boiled potatoes with peel, and “Gofio”: Indigenous food obtained from grinding of roasted cereals, which produces different foods such as sweets or soups.
- Best climate in the world
The canary archipelago has a perfect climate almost all year round. The temperature rarely drops below 15 degrees or rises above 26 degrees in summer. It is always very ventilated and Lanzarote, being close to the African coast, has a warm, dry climate with little humidity.
If you are going to visit this wonderful island, I recommend to respect it!
Lanzarote is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1993, an island with great natural parks and innumerable pristine areas. It is a place where most of the works created by man are environmentally friendly, integrating perfectly urban development with the environmentally sustainable area.
Lanzarote is the northernmost island of the Canary archipelago and is only 170 km from the African coast. It has a population of about 140,000 inhabitants and the capital is Arrecife. It is the largest city and is where you can find all the main services of the island: from the hospital to the Police Commissariat.
Hotels and major tourist inflows are concentrated in three cities: Playa Blanca, Puerto del Carmen and Costa Teguise. Personally, I do not really like these places because they are mostly tailor made for tourists and do not really reflect the true essence of the island. That is why my guide will focus on the rest of the island, not deepening the description of these three cities.
In front of the northern coast of Lanzarote we can find the Chinijo archipelago: a group of small islands, including La Graciosa, Montaña Clara and Alegranza. Only La Graciosa is inhabited and is the only one that can be reached by boat from the port of Orzola, north of Lanzarote.
Lanzarote is influenced by the works of native architect César Manrique. He was A multi-faceted character, and thanks to his sensitivity towards protecting the environment, the island still maintains (apart from tourist poles) the government decree prohibiting buildings over two floors and a color other than white.
If you are looking for a great nightlife you will be a bit disappointed. Only in Puerto del Carmen or Arrecife you can find some clubs that remain open until late at night, and most of the customers are tourists.
Often, the various island towns organize, especially in summer, traditional local festivals that last a weekend or a little longer. They are very fun and help to understand the true spirit of the island, as the majority of participants are locals. Here you can find markets, food stalls and drinks, stages with different types of music and many other initiatives to entertain the present audience.
Getting around the island
If you visit Lanzarote, you can’t stay all the time just around your accommodation! The island is full of fascinating places and you have different possibilities to reach them:
This is the option I recommend. Renting a car is really cheap on this island! There are several rental companies within the airport, so just landed you will have your car ready! Beware though, it is always better to book a few weeks before your arrival from the various websites of the companies.
• Organized tours
This is the most expensive option and for that I recommend to use the Taxi only if you have no other way to reach a place.