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Introduction

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Lanzarote is the easternmost of the Canary Islands, located just 125 kilometres west from Africa's coastline. It covers almost 850 square kilometres and has about 130,000 inhabitants, nearly half of which in the capital Arrecife. Its proximity to Africa is reflected in the fact that (together with Fuerteventura is the driest island of the Canary Islands and parts are semi-desert areas. It's climate, beaches and some great (volcanic) landscapes attract numerous tourists, mainly from Europe. It was artist and architect Cesar Manrique who had a huge influence on how the island looks today. Because of him, you will find only one highrise building on the island, and is the island free of advertisements on the side of the roads. Besides this he built some of the biggest attractions on the island.

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Geography

Lanzarote is located 11 kilometres northeast of Fuerteventura, west of the Africa mainland, with Morocco its nearest neighbour. The island is about 60 kilometres long and 25 kilometres wide and has over 200 kilometres of coastline, of which only part is sand/beach, and the remainder is rocky. Its dramatic landscape includes the mountain ranges of Famara (671 metres above sea level in the north and Ajaches (608 metres above sea level) to the south. South of the Famara massif is the El Jable desert which separates Famara and Montañas del Fuego. The highest peak is Peñas del Chache rising to 670 metres above sea level. The "Tunnel of Atlantis" is the largest submerged volcanic tunnel in the world.

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Cities & Towns

  • Arrecife - the capital
  • Teguise - the previous capital
  • Puerto del Carmen
  • Tias
  • San Barthalomé
  • Yaiza
  • Haira
  • Playa Blanca
  • Tinajo

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Sights and Activities

Timanfaya National Park

Lanzarote, Timanfaya National Park

Lanzarote, Timanfaya National Park

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Timanfaya National Park covers a huge part of the central eastern part of the island. The moonlike landscape you see today dates back from the eruptions that took place between 1730 and 1736, and from a smaller eruption in 1824. Access to the park is prohibited apart from 3 footpaths, of which two need to be done with a guide, that can be booked at the Timanfaya visitor center. The other one is a footpath along the coastline, which is free for everyone. Needless to say, you should stay on the path and take litter with you. The most used option is however to drive up to the El Diablo restaurant, and to take of the bustours that start from there. Take the LZ-67 either from Mancha Blanca (from the north) or Yaiza (from the south) and follow the signs. Upon leaving the LZ-67, you will have to pay the entrance to the park (€8). The ticket already includes the bustour. The bustour follows a 14 kilometre-long road, which was build under supervision of Manrique, and passes by the main features of the park. Apart from the tour and some demonstrations (including burning scrubbushes, and pouring water in the ground to create an artificial geyser), there is not much more to do.

Jameos del Agua

Jameos del Agua

Jameos del Agua

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The Jameos de Aqua is one of the structures of Cesár Manrique, in which he tried to merge nature and culture. The structure is located in a partly collapsed lava tunnel. In the first part you will find what is called the great lake, which is an underground lake located in the old lava tunnel in which the rare albino crabs find their home. In the second part you see the pool, surrounded by a garden features. Behind the pool, and missed by many visitors is a venue, which can house up to 600 people, and is used for a couple of cultural events during the year.

Mirador del Rio

The Mirador del Rio is a lookout located at the northermost tip of the island, with great views over La Graciosa, Lanzarote's smaller sister island. (which can be visited by ferry from the town of Orzola.) At the Mirador you will also find a restaurant/bar.

Cueva de los Verdes

The Cueva de los Verdes, is basically a hollow lava tube which was formed after an eruption of the Volcano La Corona. The entrance to the caves can be found pretty close to the Jameos del agua.

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Other Sights and Activities

  • Jardín de Cactus
  • Fundación César Manrique
  • Casa Monumento al Campesino ("House of Monument to the Peasant")
  • Whales and Dolphins Museum
  • Agricola Museum
  • Beaches, like Playa de Papagayo

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Weather

Lanzarote has one of the most perfect climates. Summers last from May to early October when temperatures are generally between 25 °C and 30 °C during the day and a pleasant 20 °C on average at night. Winters are a little wetter but still nice with temperatures from November to April mostly between 20 °C and 25 °C and nights of around 15 °C. The southern parts of the island are slightly warmer than the northern parts, which also see a little more rain.

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Getting There

By Plane

Lanzarote Airport (ACE) is located just 5 kilometres from the capital Arrecife. Numerous airlines serve the island. Arrecife Bus has regular connections to Playa Honda and Arrecife, from where there are connections to other destinations.
Ryanair now serves the island as well, with flights to/from Bournemouth, Birmingham, Bristol, Brussels, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Girona, Glasgow, Liverpool, London, Madrid, Shannon and Weeze(near Düsseldorf). Easyjet serves Liverpool, Londen and Madrid as well, while Thomson Airways and Thomas Cook Airlines serve many British destinations as well. Hamburg International and Air Berlin mainly serve the German market, while Air Europa and (slightly less) Iberia serve Spanish cities.
Other airlines mainly serve European destinations, including Paris, Amsterdam, Milan, Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen, Bergen, Gothenburg, Helsinki and Vienna. Gran Canaria and Tenerife have a flights as well and there are regular flights to Agadir in Morocco.

By Boat

Trasmediterránea provides ferries from Cádiz in Spain to and from the Canary Islands, including Lanzarote. Fred Olsen provides serves with other Canary Islands as well.
Naviera Armas runs weekly services between Portimao in mainland Portugal to Madeira and on to Tenerife, with connections to other Canary Islands, like Gran Canaria and Lanzarote.

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Getting Around

By Train

There are no railways on Lanzarote

By Car

Maybe the best way to get around and see a lot of the island is to hire a car. At the airport and in the bigger tourist spots, like Arrecife, Puerto del Carmen, Costa Teguise and Playa Blanca there are car rental companies.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Lesalizes du SaharaMarrajo 21,23,24 Costa TeguiseAPARTMENT-
El Mar y TuCalle La Garita 54 ArrietaGUESTHOUSE-
Caleta CampoLos Morros ArrietaAPARTMENT85
Aparthotel CostamarPlaya de los pocillos s/n Puerto del CarmenHotel83
Hotel LancelotAvenida Mancomunidad 9Hotel-
Villas San Blas - TiasUrb. San Blas 8 - TÍASApartment-
Villas del Océano - Puerto del CarmenUrb. San Blas 8Apartment-
Gran Villa Famara - Puerto del CarmenUrb. San Blas 8Hostel-
Apartamentos LanzaplayaCalle Mejico 2 Puerto del CarmenApartment-
Jable Bermudas ApartmentsC/ Bernegal, no 4 Puerto del Carmen - TiasApartment94
Villas Don Rafael - Puerto del CarmenC/ Barqueta 12 esquina GuatacaApartment-
Apartamentos TeneguiaCalle Finlandia 4Apartment83
Plaza Azul ApartamentosCalle Anzuelo, 19 Puerto del Carmen (Tias)Apartment83
Casa Rural Taoacoraida 12 tao teguiseApartment-
Casitas TabayescoCalle Chafariz 22, Tabayesco.Haria. Lanzarote.GUESTHOUSE93
Lanzarote Guest HouseAvenida el Marinero 28 La SantaHOSTEL90
Bungalow on the Beach (Famara)Calle Alamillo, Famara TeguiseAPARTMENT-
Apartment La SantaPaseo de los Chalaneros 5 La SantaAPARTMENT-
Casa Playa QuemadaPlaya Quemada Puerto del CarmenAPARTMENT-
Apartamento ClandestinoC/ Leito 4 FamaraAPARTMENT-
Apartamentos La LagunetaC. Finland, esq. Rambla Canary Islands, N 16 & 23 Puerto del CarmenAPARTMENT80
La Casa BlancaC/ Los Parranderos 3 SooGUESTHOUSE-
Villa MalvaCalle Las Malvas 10 Las BreasAPARTMENT-
H10 Bahia Blanca RockC/ Janubio, 1, YaizaApartment-
Apartamentos Puravida LanzaroteCalle Taburiente no 3 Playa Quemada YaizaAPARTMENT-
Hotel BulabulaCalle Montana Clara 32APARTMENT-
Hotel NiuaoCalle los Morros 19APARTMENT-
Hotel UdayCalle Laja del Sol 13APARTMENT-
Villa Casa DoloresAlegranza, 4 Puerto del CarmenAPARTMENT-
Apartamentos Islamar ArrecifeAv. Rafael Gonzalez 15APARTMENT-
Eco Lodge FamaraCamino Las Laderas 22 FamaraGUESTHOUSE-
Apartamentos Vistamar LanzaroteAvenida Charco de La pared 18 OrzolaAPARTMENT-
Famara Chill ZoneCalle Roque Del Este,19HOSTEL-
Finca Las QuentiaCalle Chafariz 1 TabayescoAPARTMENT-

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