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About Lanzarote

Situated off the coast of Africa at the easternmost end of the Canary Islands, the picturesque island of Lanzarote offers visitors a sunny climate, enchanting beaches and a relaxing atmosphere. Formed by volcanic eruptions about 15 million years ago, the modern landscape of Lanzarote features unique lava fields, scenic coastlines and visually stunning rock formations that call to mind the exotic island's fiery origins. Lanzarote is beloved by visitors for its welcoming seas, spectacular beaches and exceptional resorts offering a wide range of accommodation for tourists.

Thanks to its splendid views, captivating villages and attractive natural areas, Lanzarote is a paradise for sightseers. Visitors can travel throughout the island and enjoy the hospitality of Mirador de Las Nieves, the natural beauty of La Cueva de Los Verdes and the fascinating geology of Los Jameos del Agua. El Golfo, a natural seaside amphitheater formed by a crater, is a major attraction on the south side of the island. It is famous for its black volcanic beach that contrasts with a vivid green lagoon. Timanfaya National Park features an active volcano, a landscape resembling the surface of the moon and opportunity to ride camels along a scenic footpath.

Lanzarote is also an ideal destination for golfers and water sports enthusiasts. Several top-notch golf courses on the island offer players breath-taking views of the nearby ocean. The seas of Lanzarote provide ideal conditions for visitors who enjoy surfing or windsurfing. The sea beds off the coast rank among the best destinations in the world for divers of all skill levels.

Shoppers will enjoy exploring the stalls of the marketplace at Villa de Teguise. Merchants along the village's cobbled streets offer a wide range of clothes, shoes, paintings and handmade crafts. The island's major resorts also offer comprehensive shopping experiences.

Airport Information

Lanzarote Airport, also known as Arrecife Airport, is the primary airport serving the island. Located in San Bartolome, the airport is approximately five kilometers southwest of the town center of Arrecife. Taxis, minibuses, shuttles and limousines are the best options for visitors to travel from the airport to Arrecife and other destinations around the island. Airlines that fly from the United Kingdom to Lanzarote include Norwegian, Thomson, Monarch, Ryanair, Jet2, EasyJet, Flythomascook, Iberia, Air Berlin, Austrian, British Airways, Aer Lingus, Air France and KLM. The flights depart from U.K. airports including London Gatwick, London Stansted, London Luton, East Midlands, Leeds Bradford, Edinburgh, Glasgow International, Liverpool, Newcastle, Bournemouth, Blackpool, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Doncaster Sheffield, Cardiff, Exeter, London Heathrow, London City, Derry, Belfast International, Belfast City, London Southend, Southampton, Norwich, Durham Tees Valley, Aberdeen, Castletown, Glasgow Prestwick and Jersey.

Visa Requirements

British nationals do not need a special visa to visit Lanzarote or any of the Canary Islands. British nationals and citizens of any European Union nations can travel to Lanzarote holding only their national ID cards. Citizens from nations outside of the European Union must have a full valid passport and visa. 

Local Laws for Travelers

The legal drinking age in Lanzarote is 18 years of age. The minimum age to drive in Lanzarote is 16 years of age. Smoking is not permitted indoors in most public areas in Lanzarote. Public terraces with a maximum of two walls can be used as smoking areas. Hotels can set aside 30 percent of their rooms for smokers.

Local Transport

Transportation around the island of Lanzarote is efficient and convenient for visitors. Top-notch rental cars are easy to secure at the airport and at the island's major resorts. Taxis and shuttles are readily available at the airport and throughout the popular tourist regions of Lanzarote. Public buses serve the entire island and ferries are available for visitors who want to travel to surrounding islands.

Lanzarote Climate

The island of Lanzarote enjoys moderate weather throughout the year. The pleasant climate makes Lanzarote an excellent year-round destination for visitors. Rainy weather is mostly confined to the mountainous regions in the northern portion of the island. In the summer, maximum temperatures reach 24 degrees Celsius to 29 degrees Celsius on the island. In the winter, maximum temperatures typically reach 21 to 23 degrees and the temperature of the sea ranges from 19 to 22 degrees.

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