Due to its location 80 miles (128 km) off the coast of Morocco, Lanzarote is warm throughout the year but if you’re booking a flight to Arrecife with the hope of sunny days and warm temperatures, the best time to visit is July, August or September. During these months the average high temperature is 28-29°C and the average low is 20-21°C. This is a popular time to visit so flights to Arrecife and accommodation are likely to be more expensive.
The coolest months in the city are December and January, although temperatures are mild at around 14-21°C. There is an increase in rainfall during this period which can be discouraging for some tourists. This makes it a better time to look for cheap flights to Arrecife and lower room rates.
The island is also well served by special events. Carnival season which attracts thousands to the streets at the beginning of Lent every year consists of concerts, all night dancing, colourful processions and a sea of traditional costumes. It sweeps the island in late February and continues to the end of March, while June sees the Corpus Christi and San Juan Festival covering the streets of Arrecife in coloured salt. Lanzarote also hosts events for those of an athletic temperament, with the 1.5 mile (2.4 km) swim across the El Risco to the neighbouring island of La Graciosa happening in October. And for those really wanting to mix it up, attend the Wine Run in June when runners embark on a 15 mile (24 km) race that includes stops at local wineries!
The small city of Arrecife is the gateway to the popular island paradise of Lanzarote is as well as a hopping-off point to some of the world’s most charming beaches, landscapes and fishing villages. The city itself is more an administrative hub than a tourist destination, but Arrecife is surrounded by a wealth of tailored seaside resorts catering for everything from family holidays, to 18-30 getaways, as well as a host of must see tourist attractions.
Most of the island’s resorts are located in Puerto Del Carmen, a beautiful seaside town south of Arrecife, and Playa Blanca, one of the Lanzarote’s most celebrated beaches. Alternatively, the northeast corner of the island is home to the equally as popular Costa Teguise and its fair share of oceanfront property. Wherever you decide to make your base, Lanzarote is a small island measuring only 330 square miles (854 sq km), making everything well within reach.
Like the other Canary Islands, Lanzarote is volcanic and its population of extinct volcanoes is an absolute must-see. Head for Timanfaya National Park in the southwest corner of the island where a rugged landscape of volcanoes stretch across the horizon, their recently-erupted appearance having gone unchanged since their last activity in the 18th century. Away from the park’s Land Before Time look you can find restaurants that utilize the tectonic activity beneath the surface to cook all manner of traditional grill dishes. Coastal activities are also in big demand, with Puerto del Carmen running a number of aquatic sports including kite surfing, banana boating and fishing trips. For an altogether different experience, check-out Jameos del Agua, a cave complex that includes a lagoon, natural concert hall, restaurant and museum.
Getting around Lanzarote
Arrecife boasts good public transport facilities, but it is recommended that visitors hire a car so they can visit the island’s attractions.
Getting from the Airport to the City
Arrecife Airport (ACE), also known as Lanzarote Airport, is well served by regular bus connections. Private hire taxis and car hire is also available.
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