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Lanzarote Destination Guide

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Your guide from the Luxury Travel Experts


Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Lanzarote , created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Travel Consultants.

Overview+

Capital Arricife
Language Spanish
Time Difference 1 hours
Currency Euro
Voltage 220

With over 300 days of sunshine a year and only a short-haul flight from the UK, Lanzarote is the ideal location for a relaxing luxury beach holiday with plenty of activities for all the family. The Canary Islands are the classic holiday destination, famed for their sublime sun, sea and sand but Lanzarote is fast developing a reputation for luxury and exclusivity.

Lanzarote is famed for its captivating lunar landscape, the beauty of which has seen the ingénue island receive UNESCO biosphere reserve status in order to protect the extraordinary ecology of this glorious suntrap.

The island owes much of its iconic design to the artistic talents of its native architect and environmentalist, César Manrique, who faught tirelessly to protect his beloved homeland from over-commercialisation and development to ensure the island remained an icon of natural abundance and riches. Manrique’s substantial legacy and influence on the island is still visible across modern-day Lanzarote, with much of the culture and geographical plain indebted to his vibrant vision. His work and tributes are amongst some of this action-packed island’s most popular attractions.

Lanzarote is infused with Spanish sensibilities, right down to the mesmerising Mediterranean climate and endless epicurean experiences, including the island’s signature papas arrugadas. The island also enjoys African and Moorish influences in the architecture and historically significant sites. A beguiling blend of cultures and traditions, Lanzarote relishes the opportunity to impress and intrigue.

Lanzarote’s warm, dry and stable climate makes it an all-year-round destination, with no end of options for how you spend those sundrenched days. Outlined in blissfully beguiling beaches, stunning scenery and an endless array of eateries across the island, Lanzarote is a delightful destination for any travel tastes.

Nestled in the North Atlantic Ocean, just off the West African coast, Lanzarote is an island infused with interesting and intriguing elements waiting to be uncovered. With a wealth of fabulous family-friendly facilities, outdoor adventure opportunities and plenty of delightful dining options on the menu, Lanzarote is sure to be a captivating Canary Island getaway.

The island comprises many of the archipelago’s best beaches and has more natural attractions and points of interest than many of its smaller neighbours. From cultural to culinary, Lanzarote will have a highlight to savour long after your tan has faded. The island’s capital, Arricefe, is a modern metropolis, home to a picturesque port and many shops, parks and the island’s most lively nightlife.

Playa Blanca

Located on the island’s stunning south coast, Playa Blanca began life as a sleepy fishing town, but the picturesque setting soon won many hearts and Lanzarote locals and guests plumped for Playa Blanca as their setting for endless island days, dreaming and soaking up the charming Canary ambience. At its core, Playa Blanca remains true to these origins, but enjoys elevated status as a modern yacht marina with upmarket boutiques, bars and eateries facing enjoying stunning views across the Atlantic Ocean and eponymous ‘white beach’; ‘Playa Blanca’ in Spanish.

In recent years, Playa Blanca has enjoyed tasteful development and investment, making it the ideal location for a luxury family beach holiday with exciting activities for all. Within the vicinity of Playa Blanca there are many stunning beaches, entertainment facilities and amenities to explore during your luxurious Lanzarote escape.

Highlights+

Marina Rubicón

The newest development in Playa Blanca is a modern marina complex, complete with shopping village and a glamorous array of seafront restaurants and bars. Marina Rubićon is fast-establishing a reputation as the location of choice for the island’s elite and is also home to many of Lanzarote’s best aquatic adventure retailers, with diving, sailing and yacht charter all directly available from the marina.

Beaches

Playa Blanca is home to a trio of Blue Flag beaches. The main beach, Playa Blanca, is a popular and family-friendly stretch of soft sand and cool waters, however the neighbouring Playa Flamingo is within walking distance of Playa Blanca’s marina and remains something of a hidden gem, don’t be surprised to find local fishermen sourcing the day’s octopus and barracuda from this beach’s beautiful waters. In equally convenient proximity is Playa Dorada, meaning ‘Golden Beach’, which is the hub of watersport activity for those seeking an adventurous day at sea.

Waterpark

Younger travellers are sure to delight in Lanzarote’s two waterparks. Dino Park is located in Playa Blanca and is a small but substantial waterpark with a range of rides for adults and specialist children’s slides. The island’s main waterpark is located in Costa Tequise, on Lanzarote’s east coast, forty minutes drive from Playa Blanca, though there is a popular and regular bus service from the resort to the park. Aquapark Costa Tequise comprises many slides and pools of different styles, shapes and depths to cater for younger guests and thrill-seeking adults.

Dining

The marina is home to many excellent eateries and refined restaurants. There is an extensive range of cuisine on offer, but the abundance of local fishing makes seafood a speciality which should not be missed. Papas arrugadas is the signature dish of The Canaries and is traditionally served tapas style, as an accompaniment to a main meal. The basic recipe calls for the smallest new potatoes the chef can find, lashings of salt and a rich tomato sauce, but many modern interpretations see this dish served in new and inspiring ways throughout the islands.

Travel Gems+

Every Wednesday and Saturday, from 9am to 2pm, the Marina Rubicon Market takes place in Playa Blanca. The market showcases a colourful variety of stalls selling authentic island specialities and souvenirs, together with a thriving social scene, including live music and dance.

Our featured hotel, Princess Yaiza Suite Resort’s signature Thalasso Spa is located a short distance from the main hotel building and is Lanzarote’s go-to destination for rejuvinating, relaxing and replenishing treatments. The spa offers the ultimate indulgence treatments including the volcanic stone massage, inspired by the island’s volcanic geology, and the Family Spa Day Package, which promotes health and wellbeing for all ages.

Climate+

Although belonging to Spain , the Canary Islands are actually closer to the African coastline and this means that Lanzarote enjoys mild temperatures year-round. It is a particularly popular winter sun destination, as the island boasts the lowest temperature difference between summer and winter in the world. Summer temperatures bring the hottest days, when hot, dry air is blown over to the island from the Sahara Desert – however, by the time it crosses the Atlantic Ocean it has been somewhat cooled. There may also be some fog and cloud cover during the summer, but temperatures near sea level generally remain warm. On the north shores there tends to be more wind and rainfall, while the south shores tend to be drier. In the winter there may be short periods of stormy weather and rain. For those who like to swim in the sea, the Atlantic Ocean waters remain quite cool year-round.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Lanzarote.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January1716
February1818
March1912
April205
May212
June230
July240
August250
September252
October2310
November2115
December1929

Getting There+

Flight Information
easyjet direct from London Gatwick to Lanzarote.

Flight Time
From London Gatwick to Lanzarote: 4 hours, 5 minutes.

Travel Documentation+

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

All passengers must ensure they have valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information. For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Health+

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/

In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.

Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net, www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs as early as possible. We highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your Doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling. Sources of information include: www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

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