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Lanzarote is the Goldilocks of the Canary Islands…

Lanzarote isn’t the biggest or the smallest of the Canary Islands. In fact, it’s the ideal size for exploration by foot or coach. Choose to follow one of the island’s walking paths and you’ll find some of the best vantage points on the island. You’ll discover the perfect spot to gaze upon Lanzarote’s otherworldly, volcanic vistas and the smooth, sandy beaches.

Full of fun, fiestas and food, Lanzarote is a colourful island. Build friendships over shared plates of tapas and jugs of sangria. Learn about the environment that inspired Lanzarote’s best known artist and architect, César Manrique.

Sample the island’s cuisine and soak up the culture, and spend some precious time relaxing on the beach for a break that’s just right.

 

Top holidays in Lanzarote

Culture and history

The majority of Lanzarote’s population are Roman Catholics by religion, and religious sculptures and art works are an important part of the island’s art history. Religion still plays an important part in the life of the islanders, but regular worship isn’t considered to be a necessity.

Lanzarote has an immense passion for food. The island’s speciality dish is papas arrugadas – wrinkled potatoes. These skin-on, salty, boiled potatoes are served with a dipping sauce called mojo. Choose from a red, spicy sauce or a refreshing, green sauce to go with your potatoes and you’ll have a quintessential Canarian side dish to accompany your meal. 

Spanish rule has influenced the culture of the Canary Islands immensely, but some native traditions, like lucha canaria (Canarian wrestling), and traditional folklore music and dances live on in the present day. Canarian wrestling dates back as far as the 15th century and has much in common with sumo wrestling. Participants compete in the middle of a circle drawn in the sand, known as a ‘terrero’, and attempt to topple their opponent. The sport is still popular today and wrestling contests are a highlight of local fiestas.

Things to do

Join us on a Saga holiday to Lanzarote and you can make the most of beach relaxation, art appreciation and volcanic discovery. Go on excursions and admire local attractions, where you’ll get the chance to meet fellow travellers and see Lanzarote’s sights.

Teguise Market

Lanzarote is known across the Canary Islands for its impressive weekly market. Every Sunday, Teguise, the former capital of Lanzarote, transforms into a huge street market. Hundreds of stalls offer local produce, crafts and souvenirs to the locals and tourists who visit Teguise for a day of shopping.

Street performers and musicians entertain the crowds, and food stalls sell fresh orange juice, local wine and crêpes. Treat yourself and bring back a bottle of wine or two as a tasty souvenir from your Lanzarote holidays.

César Manrique Foundation 

César Manrique is Lanzarote’s most famous artist and architect. His approach to art, architecture and nature has earned him recognition from all over the world. Manrique, who died in 1992, was passionate about protecting Lanzarote’s natural environment and often combined different aspects of natural and manmade items in his work.

Manrique’s home has been converted into the César Manrique Foundation and the artist’s commitment to nature shines through in the house’s design. The house was constructed around five volcano bubbles and features naturally formed rock walls and one room has a tree growing in the centre of it!

Visit the César Manrique Foundation to see Manrique’s vision for yourself. You’ll also have the opportunity to browse the stunning collection of contemporary art at Manrique’s home and discover some of Lanzarote’s other talented artists.

Timanfaya National Park

Take an excursion to Timanfaya National Park and experience Lanzarote’s volcanic history and marvel at the island’s landscape. Eruptions in the early to mid-18th century destroyed the settlement that was once here and created the sea of solidified lava, multi-coloured volcanic rocks and copper-coloured sand that has made this national park famous.

Just a few metres below the ground, temperatures reach as high as 600°C. Any water that falls onto the ground instantly erupts into a shot of steam, just like a geyser! Visit the park’s restaurant, El Diablo, to see the geothermic heat put to good use. The restaurant grills meat and fish on a cast iron grill over a hole in the ground. Bursts of heat and hot vapour grill the meat to perfection and you can experience the heat for yourself in the grill room. 

The park itself is only 20 to 30 minutes by car from popular Lanzarote resorts like Puerto del Carmen, Playa Blanca and Costa Teguise. If you’re staying in a hotel in either of these resorts, you won’t have far to travel.

Flight time

Flying from London to Lanzarote takes just over four hours. Watch a film or two and the time will fly by!

Currency

Euro

Passports and visas

Visas aren’t necessary for British citizens, so just make sure to pack your passport before you leave!

Visit GOV.UK for more advice on passports and visas.

Timezone

You’ll be happy to know that there’s no time difference between the UK and Lanzarote. The island does, however, observe Western European Summertime and turn the clock one hour forward towards the end of March.

You don’t need to worry about jetlag. You’ll arrive in Lanzarote feeling refreshed and ready to make the most of your holiday!

Electricity

Lanzarote uses Type F sockets, which take a standard two-pin European plug.

Find yourself a multipack of European adapters and you’ll never find yourself stuck again! Plus, you can reuse them on your next European break.

Language

Spanish; Castilian

Tipping

If you’ve received good service at a restaurant and do not see a service charge on your bill, the custom is to leave a tip of around 10%.

Are you eating or drinking in a bar? Leave a couple of euros for the waiting staff to show your appreciation.

Hotel porters will be happy with €1 per piece of luggage, and €1 or €2 per night for the cleaning staff is a fair tip. For taxi drivers, just round up your fare to the nearest euro.

Climate

The Canary Islands are known for their fantastic weather, and Lanzarote is no exception. The island enjoys average temperatures of anything from 20 degrees Celsius in April to 25 degrees Celsius in August.

Temperatures gradually revert back to around 20 degrees Celsius by November, but the island generally enjoys warm weather throughout the whole year – if you’re travelling from the UK and looking for a sunshine holiday, Lanzarote won’t disappoint you!

Health

As health information can change at any time, we’d advise you to consult your GP at least 12 weeks before departure.

Country-specific information and advice on possible health risks is also published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre, and The British Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit provides important health and safety information for British nationals travelling abroad.

Population and size

Lanzarote has a population of approximately 140,000 people and is 845.9 square kilometres in size – that’s less than half the size of Tenerife!

Lanzarote is the Goldilocks of the Canary Islands. It's not the biggest, or the smallest, but rather just the right size.

Smoking

There’s a smoking ban in place in Lanzarote, which means that you can’t smoke in public places.

Smoking rooms are still available in hotels, and smoking outside is permitted in most areas.

This ban applies across all of Spain and was implemented brought into place to create smoke-free environments for workers.