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    Lanzarote, Canary Islands: where it is, when to go and what to see

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    Lanzarote is the wildest island of the Canaries, where beaches and tourist attractions meet volcanoes, unspoiled nature and endless deserts. Located in the easternmost part of the archipelago, Lanzarote is only 170 km from the African coast and, thanks to the cooling action of the trade wind, it manages to keep a low temperature, which otherwise would be equal to that of the nearby Sahara. Also known as the island of fire, Lanzarote was once a tourist destination reserved for a few "wallets" but today, things are definitely changing.


    1. Travel informed: useful information
    2. Where it is
    3. When to go? Info on climate and best time
    4. 11 things to see: beaches and places of interest
    5. What to do in Lanzarote: excursions and tours
    6. How much does a holiday in Lanzarote cost? Prices, offers and advice
    7. User questions and comments
    8. Request a personalized quote

    Travel informed: useful information

    • Inhabitants: more than 150.000
    • Capital: Arrecife
    • Languages: Spanish, but foreign languages ​​such as Italian and English are understood by the locals
    • Local currency: EUR
    • Weather: sub-tropical desert, with encroachments in the arid climate in the lower latitudes. The maximum temperatures range from 20 ° in the period between May and November, and are below 30 ° during the hottest period, which runs from July to September.
    • vaccinations: no vaccination required
    • Entry requirements: The Canary Islands are part of Spain, therefore of the European Community. To travel to the islands you only need a valid identity card for expatriation. If you want to rent a car on the spot, the Italian driving license is recognized.
    • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

      Where it is

      The volcanic island of Lanzarote belongs to the archipelago of the Canary Islands, located in the Atlantic Ocean, southwest of Morocco.

      How to reach us

      • From the main European capitalsBoth direct and stopover flights are available from Berlin and Paris, with travel times varying from 4 to 7 hours. From London, on the other hand, flights to Lanzarote are all direct, and last approximately 4 hours. The major airlines from European capitals are: Iberia, easyJet, Vueling and SWISS

      When to go? Info on climate and best time

      • Weather: almost desert, with mild winters and hot and sunny summers.
      • Best time: from May to mid-October, when the risk of rain is low, however the island is also suitable for visits in the mid-seasons, when the sea is still relatively warm but some slight disturbances can cause waves that are appreciable for surfers.
      • Period to avoid: thanks to its climate, Lanzarote can be visited all year round but, if you want to do only beach life, the period to avoid is winter.
      • Advice: In winter: light clothes for the day, sweater and jacket for the evening. In summer: summer clothes, but also a scarf for the wind, a light sweatshirt, a light jacket, hiking shoes. Excluding the period from May to September, it is always good to have a raincoat and / or umbrella with you

      11 things to see: beaches and places of interest

      1. Papagayo Beach: it is probably the most beautiful beach on the island and is located in a basin, sheltered from the winds. Particularly suitable for families, children and snorkelers, despite being one of the best, it is never excessively crowded.
      2. Playa de Famara in the Caleta de Famara: the five kilometers of fine sand that make up Famara, together with the wind - almost always present - make the area an era and its own magnet for tourists: even if its size allows you to enjoy some privacy. A favorite beach for surfers, low tide in Famara is a sight not to be missed, given the way the patches of water that remain on the beach reflect the sky.
      3. Timanfaya National Park: about 50 sq km large, the park incorporates more than 100 volcanoes, which can be seen up close by taking advantage of the numerous guided tours on board the bus, from which you cannot get off. A valid alternative is to opt for the guided walking tour but, in this case, it will be necessary to book months in advance.
      4. The Hervideros: slidified vucanic lava, not far from Playa Carmen, which throwing itself into the ocean has created enormous caves and impressive cliffs.
      5. Green Lake: crater located between sea and land, where it is possible to observe the different stratifications recreated by the lava, of different colors according to the period.
      6. La Geria scenic route: road that connects Yaiza to Masdache, home to the famous windproof vineyards. These have been obtained by winemakers within a dry layer of lava, surrounding them with walls to protect them from the wind. Thousands of pits have been created, and the visual result is spectacular.
      7. The Mirador del Rio: located in the extreme north of the island, this is an observation point on the island of "La Graciosa", built by the architect César Manrique.
      8. The Cactus Garden (Jardín de Cactus): another work by César Manrique, the garden hosts more than 4500 species of cacti, coming from 5 continents, and protected by a small wall.
      9. Jameos: this too is the work of Manrique, and consist of an auditorium, a garden and a restaurant and swimming pool integrated into galleries, formed following an eution. This is also the only place in the world where Blind Albino Crabs live
      10. The Cueva de los Verdes: in the past it was a cave used to escape invasions and pirate attacks, today it is a work of art of light and color
      11. The Atlantic Museum: located off the coast of Playa Blanca, the museum consists of a dozen sculptures located 12 meters deep. The works, by Jason deCaires Taylor, promote education in the marine environment, and are made of a particular material destined, over time, to become food for marine fauna.

      What to do in Lanzarote: excursions and tours

      How much does a holiday in Lanzarote cost? Prices, offers and advice

      The Canaries enjoy a particular taxation, which is reflected on rather affordable prices. Petrol has an average price that is equivalent to half of that applied in Italy while it is very convenient to buy products such as tobacco and perfumes.

      For consumer staples, such as water, supermarkets are the cheapest outlets. A full three course meal, in a middle-class restaurant, costs around € 25,00. Car rental, on the other hand, has a daily cost starting from € 15,00 (the Italian driving license is recognized).

      • Hotel and b & b starting from € 30,00 per room -
      • starting from € 64,00 -
      • Custom quote: to request a personalized quote

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