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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

Blessed with an intriguing medley of Spanish, African and Moorish cultures and traditions, Lanzarote offers a vibrant capital town, alongside a wealth of family-friendly attractions, assorted outdoor adventures and countless epicurean experiences. It is known for its captivating lunar landscapes and received UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status in 1993, to protect its extraordinary ecology. The island also showcases some of the archipelago’s best beaches, offering golden sands, naturally-formed coves and stunningly clear sea. Meanwhile, the island’s manmade beauty comes in the form of landmarks by local architect, painter, sculptor, town-planner and environmentalist, César Manrique – all hugely popular with visitors. Offering all of this, alongside the island’s warm, dry and constant climate, it’s little wonder that Lanzarote makes a popular year-round choice for luxury escapes.

Highlights+
Playa Blanca

Located on the island’s south coast, Playa Blanca began life as a sleepy fishing town, but its show-stopping setting soon won hearts, bringing locals and guests alike to spend sunny days here, soaking up the charming Canarian ambience. At its core, Playa Blanca remains true to its traditional origins, but enjoys elevated status as a modern yacht marina with upmarket boutiques, bars and eateries overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and legendary ‘white beach’ – the perfect destination for a luxury escape.

Marina Rubicón

The newest development in Playa Blanca is this sleek, modern marina complex, featuring an upscale shopping village and a glamorous collection of seafront restaurants and bars. Marina Rubićon is fast-establishing a reputation as the location of choice for the island’s elite, whilst also housing many of Lanzarote’s best aquatic adventure retailers, with diving, sailing and yacht charters all readily available from the marina.

Beaches

Playa Blanca is home to a trio of simply stunning Blue Flag beaches. The main beach is Playa Blanca itself, a popular, family-friendly stretch of soft sands and cool waters. 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 fish-filled waters. Also nearby, discover Playa Dorada, or ‘Golden Beach’, a hub of water sports activity for those seeking an adventurous day at sea.

Waterpark

Younger travellers are sure to delight in Lanzarote’s two glorious waterparks. Dino Park is in Playa Blanca and is a small but substantial waterpark, offering a range of rides for adults, alongside specialist children’s slides. The island’s main waterpark, however, is in Costa Tequise on Lanzarote’s east coast, just a forty-minute drive from Playa Blanca. Aquapark Costa Tequise comprises many slides and pools of different styles, shapes and depths to cater for younger guests and thrill-seeking adults alike.

Dining

The marina is home to many excellent eateries and refined restaurants. While there is an extensive range of cuisine on offer, the abundance of local fishing makes seafood a real speciality – don’t miss out! Another must-try is ‘papas arrugadas’, the signature dish of The Canaries that 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+

Local Market
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.

Rejuvenate
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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