Lanzarote


Lanzarote is one of the many island that make up the Canary Islands off the coast of Spain. The island is only inhabited by just over 139,000 residents, which makes this island primarily occupied by tourists and visitors. Most of these residents, about 59,000, are located in Arrecife, the island’s capital city.

Many of the tourist find themselves in one of three main areas of the island: Costa Teguise, Puerto del Carmen and Playa Blanca. Each one of these resort areas has its own identity and personality.

Costa Teguise was primarily built to offer package vacation deals to tourists. The package deals include lodging, food and a host of different activities, depending on the package you buy.

Puerto del Carmen is a resort community that has been on the island the longest. Since its is one of the oldest tourist resorts on the island, it has a mix of hotels that range from standard to luxurious. Most of this area is surrounded by a lot of the nightlife, including a mix of bars and clubs on Avenide de las Playas. The area is also located close to one of the many marinas on the island, Puerto Calero, where a lot of the water sports, such as sailing, fishing and tour boats are found.

Playa Blanca is the newest resort area on the island. Since its development about ten years ago, it has grown into a resort with a host of different family villas tourists can rent. Where Puerto Carmen seems to attract adults, Playa Blanca has more of a family environment with family-based activities available.

When traveling to Lanzarote, you will have to make sure your personal appliance work on a two-pin connector plug with power requirements of 220 volts. You will probably have to get an adapter plug to carry with you. European Union passport holders will not have to get a visa to visit Lanzarote, but check with your local embassy to make sure that you have all the documents required to vacation on the island. The island’s currency is the Euros, but any bank on the island will exchange your currency or traveler’s checks to Euros for you.

Even if the island seems small, it has a lot of attractions and activities tourists can enjoy.

  • The Fire Mountains in Timanfaya National Park is a popular area to hike. One area of the park many visitors enjoy sightseeing is the crater-like landscape formed by volcanic eruptions in the 18th century. You can visit the craters then spend some time spelunking in many of the caves.
  • Many of the tourist enjoy the Rancho Texas Park, where an Indian town and shows are located. The Texas park also has rides and activities for children.
  • If you enjoy playing golf, you can test your skills at the Costa Teguise Golf Course, one of the best golf courses in Spain.
  • Another place worth checking out is a small village named El Golfo – famous green lake, couloured by local minerals and algae. Besides the museums, castles, zoo and cactus gardens you can sight see, most of your time will be spent on the crystal-clear beaches.

One of the few things you need to be aware of when traveling is not to drink the water from the facets. You can brush your teeth and bathe in it, but always order water from the reception desk or drink bottled water. No special inoculations are needed to visit Lanzarote, other than the standard travel vaccines that most world travelers get before visiting another country.

The island will most likely become one of your most favorite vacation spots, because of the year around weather and limited rain, less 5.9 inches a year, the area receives.