Tips for Organizing a Trip to Lanzarote

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We have repeatedly talked in this blog about the splendid Canaries, 7 volcanic islands increasingly popular with tourists from all over Europe and at any time of the year, thanks also to their favorable climate, considered the best in the world.

Today we see specifically all tips and information for organizing a trip to Lanzarote, the northernmost island of the archipelago.

Lanzarote is the wildest of the Canaries, a place that amazes for its immense charm, ideal for lovers of nature and unique landscapes: pristine beaches, volcanoes and natural parks.



So let's see what you need to know to plan a holiday in beautiful Lanzarote and enjoy the trip in safety and comfort.

ADVICE AND INFORMATION TRIP LANZAROTE

How to get to Lanzarote

Getting to Lanzarote is simple and not overly expensive. The best way is obviously by plane; there are several low cost airlines that offer direct flights (4 hours) at very affordable prices, even around € 100.

Prices increase in high season even exceeding € 350 per person.

I advise you to search for flights even starting from alternative airports, you will often find cheaper solutions. For example, in June, by purchasing a multi-leg flight with stopover in Berlin, we saved a good 152 €, as I explained in the article Voli Open Jaw.

The only airport of Lanzarote (ACE) is located about 5 km south of the capital Arrecife.

Alternatively there are ferries that depart from Cadiz and arrive at the port of Arrecife. However, this is not a cheap and not very comfortable solution, the journey takes about 31 hours.


How to get around in Lanzarote

The best way to get around Lanzarote is by renting a car.


The roads are in excellent condition, except for the dirt section for the Los Ajaches Natural Park which however does not require a 4 × 4, any car is fine. There is no traffic, it is always easy to find parking and gasoline is very cheap. In addition, with your own vehicle you will be much more independent and you can easily visit any point of the island.

As I already have you recommended for Gran Canaria, among the best agencies there are Payless e Cicar, are cheap and do not require payment by credit card.

If, on the other hand, you have the possibility to pay by credit card (not prepaid) I recommend you Auto Travel, very low prices, no deductible and cars in excellent condition. Do you think that for 2 weeks we paid € 94,29.

If you don't drive or can't rent a car, the alternative is to rely on public transport. By bus you can visit most of the island, but not all major attractions.  To visit areas where buses do not arrive, such as Timanfaya park, you will need to contact agencies that organize group tours.

On the other hand, it is not recommended to rent a scooter to visit the whole island, especially due to the wind which can sometimes be very strong.

When to go to Lanzarote

Like all the Canary Islands, Lanzarote also enjoys a mild climate with hot summers and mild winters and temperatures ranging on average between 20 and 27 ° C


Its particular position makes it subject to winds for most of the year and the ocean water is always quite cold.


Depending on what you want to do, you can visit Lanzarote at any time of the year, also because the island, in addition to its beautiful beaches, offers a lot to do and see.

For a mostly seaside holiday, the months from June to October are preferable,even better from the end of August when there is less wind and the water temperature is higher.

Also keep in mind that Lanzarote is a quiet island, never crowded and liveable even in the high season.

Even during the winter months it is possible to enjoy its beaches and sea life during the day.

However, we must always consider the unpredictable climate and the climate changes to which the Canary Islands are also subject. However, for those who want to escape from the winter cold, Lanzarote is a great destination.

Recommended clothing

As we have seen, the climate is mild for most of the year. So I recommend bringing light and beach clothes for the day and a sweatshirt (preferably with a hood) or a jacket for the evening. A pashmina may come in handy if the wind is particularly strong.

Comfortable sneakers are generally good for hiking, unless you plan to do more challenging routes, in which case hiking boots are better. A windbreaker is recommended to go to Timanfaya.


How much to stay in Lanzarote

Lanzarote is a fairly small island that turns easily and in a short time. However, the attractions it offers are many. To visit the island and the main points of interest in comfort, I recommend spending at least a week in Lanzarote. If you want, you would be able to see almost everything even in 3 or 4 days, but obviously you would always be around.


And if you have a few more days you could also visit La Graciosa and spend a few days in nearby Fuerteventura.

Where to sleep in Lanzarote

Choosing the best area to sleep in Lanzarote is very important to make the most of your stay. Obviously it depends on personal tastes and your needs.

Among the most popular places are: the capital Arrecife, Puerto del Carmen, Costa Teguise or Playa Blanca.

For more information, I invite you to read the article Where to stay in Lanzarote, where I explain in detail the characteristics of the main places on the island.

What to do in Lanzarote

Lanzarote is a perfect mix of art and nature. In fact, its natural wonders have been embellished by the work of the visionary genius César Manrique. A multifaceted artist who managed to shape the island by exploiting its naturalistic resources but without ever defacing the landscape.

The works of the Spanish artist are visible in every corner of the island.

In addition to this Lanzarote is famous for its pristine beaches, such as the Los Ajaches Natural Park, a protected area with wild coves bathed by crystal clear waters.

Find all the main attractions of the island and some tips for planning your travel itinerary in the previous article What to do in Lanzarote.

If you want you can also participate in organized tours, cruises to spot dolphins and many other activities to discover the island and the archipelago.

Cost of living in Lanzarote

The cost of living in Lanzarote as in all the Canary Islands is slightly lower than in Spain. Starting with petrol which costs just over 1 euro per liter, or in supermarkets where local products such as fruit and vegetables cost less. For packaged products, on the other hand, I didn't find a big difference.

Same thing for the restaurants, especially the tourist ones that have prices quite in line with ours. Instead, the typical places and out of the more touristic contexts cost less.

As for traffic, there are no toll highways and parking spaces are generally free.

In general, compared to other Canary Islands, Lanzarote seemed a little more expensive, a more sought after destination, but on the other hand it is the most chic of the 7 sisters.

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