Hello from chilly Dublin! The cold spring months have dragged for me this year so I’m doing a post on the eternally sunny island of Lanzarote to remind myself that there is a sun in the sky somewhere.
Sunshine is a good enough reason to be number one. If your aim is to escape the cold weather in autumn, winter or spring without taking a long flight, Lanzarote is an ideal sun spot. As its just off the coast of Africa it enjoys year round sunshine. Temperatures ranged from 18-25 degrees during our December stay which was perfect. It does get a little cooler at nights so pack a light jumper for walking home.
2 -No Billboards, No High Rise Buildings
The island so small and beautiful that it would be a shame to have it destroyed with high rise concrete apartments and billboards. A famous painter, architect and town planner named César Manrique influenced the planning regulations on his native island. I noticed as we drove all around the island that all buildings keep with a colour scheme chosen by César and they all fit in with the authentic Spainish theme.
Peurto del Carmen is the ‘main’ tourist destination. I had initially decided to avoid it as I wanted somewhere quiet to relax. Playa Blanca at the south of the island was quiet and had all the facilities that you need for a relaxing holiday. We stopped at Peurto del Carmen while we were driving around the island and it was a little busier, but still very quaint and pretty. It wasn’t as busy as I had imagined so I’d recommend going to either.
Renting a car is a great option as the island is small and safe for driving, and you can explore small villages as you go along.
It takes around one hour to drive from the south to the north of the island. Pictured below is the the very north of the island which is a pretty lunch spot.
3 Volcanic Landscape
Lanzarote means ‘island of fire’ and a must see is the volcanic landscape of Timanfaya National Park on the southwest of the island. Access to the park is restricted to protect the flora and fauna so you can’t walk around the park, but the coach trip will take you all around the volcanic area. At the summit there is restuarant where your food is cooked using volcanic heat, which is a novelty!
I also recommend a trip to ‘Cueva de los Verdes’ which is at the north of the island and is one of the longest volcanic tunnels in the world. Its displays 2 km of a 6km lava tube formed 4000 years ago. You’ll find yourself crouching and ducking along behind a tour guide in beautifully lit caves. Its a little eerie being in a cave that was once flooded with lava!
4- Accomodation options
There are a wide range of accomodation options in Lanzarote, from hotels to apartments to villas to even luxury yurts! I had chosen the H10 White suites in Playa Blanca for our stay as it is an adults only boutique hotel with chic and contemporary feel- perfect for relaxing!
Seafood paella is one of my favourite foods so it is a good reason for me to go to Lanzarote. There are lots of different types of restuarants but if you like fresh seafood you’re in luck as its one of the traditional foods of the island.
Papas Arrugadas are worth trying, ‘wrinkly’ potatoes boiled in sea water and served with mojo, a traditional canarian sauce made with garlic and herbs or paprika.
There are many other types of restuarants to try if you don’t want canarian foods. Taj Indian Tandoori in Playa Blanca does amazing Indian food and is worth a visit.
So with warm sunny weather all year round, beautiful scenery and quaint whitewashed villas, volcanic landscapes and caves to visit, fantastic choices of hotels and lots of delicious food, I’d happily go again.
Finally, a fantastic reason to go to Lanzarote is the chance to drink Sangria in the sun, any month of the year!