Hey Guys! So we recently took a trip to the volcanic island of Lanzarote in late March 2019 (17th-21st). As far as the Canary Islands go, honestly it’s probably not our first choice, there’s more to see and do in Tenerife or Gran Canaria. If you’re a hiker or a biker though this place is for you. That said it was a good trip and is a great place for a family holiday, the weather’s great all year round and there’s a decent amount to do in that respect. We’ll cover all of this, so without further a due let’s get into our Lanzarote Travel Blog!
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Just to save you time if you’re looking for something specific, this article’s going to cover the following in this order:
1. About Lanzarote
2. Our Holiday Booking
3. Things to do
4. Don’t bother taking a trip to Fuerteventura. Here’s why…
5. Frequently Asked Questions
1. About Lanzarote
The Spanish Island of Lanzarote is essentially a product of a series of volcanoes eruptions in one place over a period time that have created the popular holiday destination as we know it. On arrival, the good thing is that the heat does hit you, which is great! It was roughly 24 degrees Celsius in mid March. En route to our hotel, Lanzarote seems pretty under developed – being transported in our lovely coach you can’t help but notice the volcanic debris everywhere. Our first thought was “this must be what Mars looks like”. Fortunately when we arrived at Playa Blanca the beach was lovely. Since the beach was what we came for we were very happy.
Lanzarote itself has a lot to offer different travellers. For anyone looking for outdoor activities there’s hiking and cycling routes, road and off-road. For anyone looking to enjoy the nightlife, hustle and bustle there’s Puerto del Carmen or Costa Teguise. Finally, for the beach life there is Playa Blanca, which brings us nicely onto our review.
2. Our Holiday Booking
We managed to secure, in our opinion, a phenomenal deal including self catered accommodation, flights and transfers for 4 nights costing just £2000! (for 6 Adults and one toddler). Our travel package was with TUI UK (Not Budget travel) and our accommodation was a four star rated place and consisted of three flats, one for each couple (Not too shabby, trip advisor link below). We’ll go through it all so hopefully you guys can secure a great deal too!
Where we went: Playa Blanca – in a few words it’s family friendly, lovely marina and sandy beaches.
Booking Details: TUI UK including Thomas Cook Flights, TUI coach transfers to and from our accommodation.
Accommodation: THB Tropical Islands Hotel. Excellent location -approximately 10-minute walk to the beach or if you prefer to use taxis, it will cost you roughly 4 Euros to get to the beach including a tip which is not too bad going. There’s a number of pools on site, a shop for all your essentials and the customer service was generally good.
Hotel Perks to mention:
-The hotel offers a free daily coach service to the beach (although there are only a couple of trips a day).
-There are lots of swimming pools to choose from if you get bored
-The hotel has a bar and pool table which is always nice
-There is also a small supermarket which was very useful for us (as we were self catered)
3. Things to do in Lanzarote
Lanzarote is fantastic for biking and hiking but there are other things to see as well for instance the vineyards, live volcanoes, superb local markets and boat trips.
Cyclist or a Hiker – There is loads for you. Lanzarote itself only has a population of roughly 150,000 people, and lots of lovely roads. So as well as not having to worry about weaving through traffic, you also benefit from the untouched landscape and cleaner air. If you’re looking to plan your routes before you head out to Lanzarote, use websites like komoot to check out popular trails and cycle routes before you head out there.
Fire Mountains in Southern Lanzarote and Vineyard tour – This is half a day tour, perfect if you’re with the family or with young children. We enjoyed this tour at a cost of €29pp , with children under 3 years old travelling free. This included admission to Timanfaya National Park where you get a real feel for the heat of the live volcanoes and there are man- made geezers too. You’ll get taken to a Vineyard as well (the picture above is a vineyard, yep you read correctly), where you get a free glass of wine (not bad!) as well as a coach tour.
To be honest the Fire Mountains Tour is a must is you travel to Lanzarote as the tour covers a lot of its history and its always good to learn a bit when you’re on holiday.
The Teguise Market on a Sunday is worth checking out as well. Happening once a week, it’s worth checking out just for the atmosphere. You can buy lots of things there including local handicrafts and souvenirs but it’s not really a place to go if you are looking for a bargain. It is nice however to take a look and go for a wander if that’s what you want to do. If you’re looking for something a little more local, the Haria Market may be better suited to you. Its smaller than Teguise but you can pick up local food and drink and it’s generally a bit more relaxed.
Casa Museo César Manrique – The museum dedicated to the man responsible for Lanzarote is worth checking our it you are a museum buff and like that sort of thing. The man himself is the reason why Lanzarote has kept its volcanic landscape as well as its beautiful winding roads. Opening hours are mid-morning to mid-afternoon (see below) so if you are going, make sure it’s open. At the time of writing this blog, the admission fees and opening hours were as follows.
Daily, 10.30 to 14.30
Last Admission is at 13.50
Adults €10, Children €5
Playa Dorada Beach – So as we mentioned we pretty much spent our holiday lazing around on the beach in Playa Blanca. It is gorgeous by the way. The water itself was nice and warm. Beach chair loungers are available at a cost of €7 for the day which isn’t bad at all, and it’s an extra couple of euros for an umbrella. The beach is bordered by some nice restaurants which aren’t too expensive either which is always a plus. We had some fantastic Gelato ice creams there as well which is worth a try for sure.
Water Sports at the beach- There’s option for Jet Skiing (€50pp for 10 mins), taking a pedalo ride €15pp for 30 mins), and flyboarding too (€150 for 10 mins), if that’s something you want to try. Aside from the pedalo journey, it’s all pretty expensive to be honest but then again with these kind of activities the prices are quite standard wherever you go.
Catlanza Catamaran Boat Tour . The tour itself costs €59 for adults and €35 for children. The tour includes an opportunity to snorkel at Pogoya bay, as well as a chance to see dolphins. The little ones are also guaranteed endless fun as they’re given bandannas and pirate tattoos so they’ll feel like they’re part of a pirate crew which is nice. Kids are also given bread to feed the fish which is also a bonus. Lunch is provided and has vegetarian options too.
4. Don’t bother taking a trip to Fueterventura. Here’s why…
You may find it tempting to hop over and check out the neighboring island Fueterventura, but to be blunt about it, you’re wasting your time and money. It’s not that Fuerteventura isn’t nice, it is and has lovely beaches for sure, however you may find that Lanzarote has everything Fuerteventura has except there is more to do. As well as lovely beaches, Lanzarote has its beautiful landscapes and coupled with the outdoor activities you can do it’s a no brainer to see that it’s a better island. Fuerteventura has nice sand dunes and nice beaches too…but that’s about it.
5. Frequently Asked Questions
Just in case we haven’t covered all questions you might have before booking a flight to Lanzarote we’ve put together some questions and answers just in case you were thinking of these points.
What is the warmest part of Lanzarote?
The north of Lanzarote is not as warm as the Southern resorts of Puerto del Carmen and Playa Blanca. The weather in Lanzarote is basically the same as Fuerteventura just less windy.
Can you drink tap water in Lanzarote?
Generally in Spain-canary islands you are advised not to drink the tap water and stick to bottled. We generally do this anyway when going abroad as the last thing you want is to get sick on holiday.
What is the coldest month in Lanzarote?
The best thing about Lanzarote is that it is warm all year round. We went mid March and had highs of 26°C, however January is supposed to be cooler and in December it’s meant to rain the most. I wouldn’t let these stats put you off however, given Lanzarote’s landscape and geology it doesn’t rain much and is always warm. Take a trip out there when you feel like it is what we say. Take advantage of visiting off season and bag a great deal!
Lanzarote is a lovely place to relax, which is what we did. But if there’s more that you want to get out of the break there’s many other options too including hiking, cycling, participating in water sports. You may find it got an interesting history, if that’s your thing .
You may find it a holiday destination that can be considered all year round. Breaks away are all about experiences and the people that you go with, so whatever you do just make sure that you go on holiday for the right reasons have as much fun as possible and if you can learn something too that’s great too. Also, make sure you spend within your means. If you don’t, the chances are it’s going to bother you and what’s the point in that?!