Canary Mellow – Discover Lanzarote
It may lie just 70 miles off the coast of West Africa, but the small Canary Island of Lanzarote is Spanish owned. And has long been a hot favourite with British and Irish tourists – who accounted for over one million visitors last year – attracted by a delightful year round climate, good quality holiday accommodation and the island’s unique volcanic scenery.
Flights to Lanzarote depart on a regular basis from most European countries, and once you arrive there are some fantastic villas in Lanzarote for you to stay in or you could choose a hotel or apartment depending on your preference.
Lanzarote is just four hours flying time from the UK – making it the closest winter sun destination to Britain and Eire. And it’s serviced by numerous low cost flight operators, such as Monarch, easy Jet and Thomas Cook. Making it possible to book flights to Lanzarote from around £200 per person – depending of course on the time of year.
Despite the number of tourists visiting the island there is only one international airport on Lanzarote – and it’s named after the nearby island capital of Arrecife. Although locals refer to it as Gaucimeta. Thanks to its central location and the small size of the island transfer times to the three main resorts are very quick, averaging out at only 20 minutes.
The majority of visitors to the island arrive on package holidays. So they are usually transferred to their resort on board coaches provided by their tour operators. But Lanzarote is also very popular with independent tourists who like to make their own travel arrangements. And they rely on either taxis or hire cars to get them to their resort accommodation.
Hiring a car in Lanzarote is surprisingly cheap in relation to many other holiday destinations around the world. It’s possible to rent a basic class C vehicle for as little as €20 per day, whilst petrol is also much more affordable than in the UK or the Republic of Ireland.
Around 40% of all visitors book hotels in Lanzarote, which are of a high standard, particularly in the island’s newest resort of Playa Blanca in the south of the island. There all establishments built over the last 10 years are of a four star standard and above.
Puerto del Carmen is the spot to head for for those planning to book apartments in Lanzarote, as the island’s oldest resort has the highest concentration of apartment complexes of any destination on the island.
Lanzarote also offers holiday makers plenty to do. The island boasts lots of natural beauty – such as the Valley of 1000 Palms and the famous Green Lagoon at El Golfo. Along with some incredible man made attractions – such as the Mirador del Rio and the Cesar Manrique Foundation. Which was constructed by the island bon artist of the same name from five underground bubbles in the lava flow. And which is – by some distance – the most unique property in lanzarote.
NB: See our Lanzarote Gallery for outstanding Lanzarote Prints and Posters.
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