Lanzarote travel information

Lanzarote travel information

Where
Lanzarote is located around 1,000 kilometres from the Spanish mainland and approximately 100 kilometres from the coast of Africa. This island is the most northerly and easterly of the Canarian Archipelago.

The Canaries are provinces of Spain and are in touch with its principle cities through frequent daily flights. Flying time from Madrid, the Spanish capital to Lanzarote is only a little over two and a quarter hours. AlI major air lines operate on Lanzarote connecting this island in the Atlantic with the rest of the world.

Lanzarote measures just over 800 square kilometres, including the isles of Alegranza, La Graciosa, Montaña Clara, Roque del Este and Roque del Infierno or Oeste. The island is divided into seven municipal districts (Haria, Teguise, Tinajo, San Bartolomé, Arrecife, Tías and Yaiza).

Despite its relatively small size Lanzarote offers visitors an exceptional diversity of landscapes. The volcanic eruptions of the 18th and 19th centuries left their mark in the form of a tableau of spectacular scenery. But besides volcanic caves and grottos, streams of petrified lava and craters the island also boasts beaches of golden sands and the crystal-clear waters of the ocean.

Timanfaya National Park, a large expanse of singular volcanic beauty, is one of the island's principle attractions as are Jámeos del Agua grotto and Cueva de los Verdes caves in the north of the island. Another great advantage is the mild year-round temperature averaging 22 degrees centigrade. This is due to its location in the tropic of Cáncer where the high temperatures of the Sahara meet the cold current from the Gulf of México. This isle of eternal spring is situated in the Atlantic Ocean between 28° 14' and 28° 49' north latitude and 7° 13'and 7° 41' west longitude.

Distances: Flying time from Madrid, the Spanish capital to Lanzarote is only a little over two and a quarter hours. And from London airports take around four hours.

Getting there
By plane: Lanzarote Airport, located 5 kilometres from Arrecife, is extremely important for tourism development on the island. Most of the traffic at the airport comes from European Union countries. The Airline companies that fly to Lanzarote are Thomas Cook, Thomson, Ryanair, EasyJet, Monarch,Jet2.com, Air Berlin, among others.

By ferry: There are also ships and Ferries to communicate with La Graciosa and Lanzarote with the other islands in the Canary archipelago and with Cádiz in Andalucía. The three main ports are Arrecife, Playa Blanca and Órzola. The ferry companies are Líneas Marítimas Romero, Trasmediterránea and Armas.

Getting around
Coach and bus services: During your visit to the island you can use its Bus service, which links the capital with the different municipalities, and taxi service too.

Driving: There are different car rental companies, both international, national and local, you may find a wide variety of offers and prices. You can find offices for renting a car at the airport, capital and tourist areas.

Weather
Sub-dessert climate, characterized by the lack of rain (140 mm. annually) and by the frequency of the trade winds. The average annual temperature is between 18ºC and 24ºC. January is the coldest month while August is the hottest month of the year.

The water temperature fluctuates between 17º to 23º on the surface. Ocean currents are more intense and persistent on the leeward side and flow most of the time from NE to SW direction. parallel to the shores of the island. Find out more about the weather in Lanzarote

Public holidays
At the level of the Canarian Autonomous Community:
  • Ermita de Los Delores, Lanzarote. Photo by Nick HaslamJan - 1 (New Year)
  • Jan - 6 (Epiphany of the Lord)
  • Holy Thursday
  • Good Friday
  • May - 1 (Labor Day)
  • May - 30 (day of the Canary Islands)
  • Aug - 15 (Assumption of the Virgin)
  • Nov - 1 (All Saints)
  • Dec - 6 (Constitution Day)
  • Dec - 8 (Immaculate Conception)
  • Dec - 25 (Nativity of the Lord)
  • On the island - Sep 15 (Our Lady of Sorrows)
Locally:
  • Arrecife: Tuesday Carnival & Aug 25 (San Ginés)
  • San Bartolome: Tuesday Carnival & Jun 24 (San Juan)
  • Haría: Tuesday Carnival & Jun 24 (San Juan)
  • Yaiza: July 7 (San Marcial) & Sep 8 (Nuestra Sra. de los Remedios)
  • Teguise: Tuesday Carnival & Jul 16 (Nuestra Sra. del Carmen)
  • Tinajo: Tuesday Carnival & Aug. 16 (San Roque)
  • Tías: Feb 2 (Nuestra Sra. Candelaria) & Carnival Tuesday
Find more local events.

Local time
Lanzarote's time zone is the same as the UK - both GMT and BST.

Currency
The local currency is the Euro €.

Electricity
230V AC, 50 Hz; European round two pin plugs are standard.

Dialling code
0034

Emergency contact numbers
  • Lanzarote Tourist Board: 928.811.762
  • S.O.S.: 112
  • Red Cross: 928.812.222
  • Fireman Department: 928.81.48.58
  • Policía Nacional: 928.597.107
  • Guardia Civil: 928.592.400

    Further reading
    Find out about responsible travel in Lanzarote.

    Read our top tips on things to see and do in Lanzarote.
  • Responsible Travel would like to thank the Lanzarote tourist board for their sponsorship of this guide
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