The closest of the Canary Islands to Africa, Lanzarote has a spectacular rugged landscape that contrasts beautifully with the turquoise waters that lap upon its shores. Holidays in Lanzarote appeal to a wide spectrum of travellers. With busy family resorts, to secluded eco-friendly getaways, there are deals to suit every budget whether you want a cheap holiday or an escape in a luxury boutique hotel.
Being an island, the main way visitors arrive is through Arrecife Airport, which sees millions of holiday makers disembark each year. It is located near Lanzarote's southern coast in the Las Palmas region. The airport is served by a number of European airlines, including budget providers Easyjet, Ryan Air, and Jet2. If you're flying from Ireland, you'll find flights from Dublin and Cork with Ryan Air and Aer Lingus, seasonal flights from Shannon with Aer Lingus, and from Knock with Ryan Air.
Once you arrive, you can take a taxi or airport transfer to your final destination, or hope to catch one of the infrequent local buses. If you want to do any sort of exploring, you should really rent a car. We have great deals on car rental to pick up at Arrecife Airport.
What to See
Of course part of the charm of visiting Lanzarote is spending time on its breathtaking beaches. However, the island has much more to offer visitors; don't miss out. Arguably the top ‘not to miss’ attraction is Timanfaya National Park and its otherworldly landscape formed from volcanic rock; a truly inspiring place. A great family attraction is Rancho Texas Park, an American Wild West themed park complete with gold panning and pony rides.
Another amazing natural treasure is the Las Cuevas de los Verdes, a beautiful series of caves that includes an underground lake. And finally, you can't visit Lanzarote without getting acquainted with the island's most famous artist Cesar Manrique, who's legacy is not only seen in the work he created but his passion for protecting the island's natural environment. He played a big part the implementation of Lanzarote's strict planning laws that ensured it didn't get overdeveloped.
Where to Stay
Lanzarote has three major holiday resorts: Puerto de Carmen, Playa Blanca, and Costa Tequise. Each resort has well maintained blue flag beaches with excellent facilities. Many of the lovely beaches in these resorts were especially created for tourists using Sahara Desert sand. Unlike the other Canary Islands, Lanzarote has only a small number of volcanic black sand beaches, of which the best can be found at Playa Quemada.
We have cheap offers and all-inclusive deals in each of the major resorts. When considering where to stay, there are several large, modern hotels overlooking the sea with their own shops, restaurants, stretch of beach and large swimming pools. SunSearch Holidays offer a range of Lanzarote holidays from cheap and cheerful to five star luxury. Playa Blanca has the fewest large hotels with most accommodation in the form of holiday villas, bungalows, and low-rise apartments. While still busy, Playa Blanca has a much quieter atmosphere with a less manic nightlife. If you want excellent nightlife, the best resort is Puerto del Carmen. If you want the best of both worlds, why not try staying in one of the quieter areas right beside Puerto del Carmen – Playa de los Pocillos or Matagorda.
Lanzarote's southern location means that it experiences warm temperatures throughout the year. However, it is good to note that areas along the northern coast can get to cool and windy to do some serious sun worshipping. The weather hovers between 21C to 29C and it hardly rains. Peak season runs from November to April. A great time to visit to avoid the big crowds is in the late spring – May and June – or in September. For the best Lanzarote holiday deals plan to visit in the off-season. Regardless of when you go, Lanzarote's unique character will quickly win you over.