Lanzarote: the island that warms you in the cold winter months

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The easternmost of the Canary Islands, Lanzarote is famous for its excellent surfing beaches and its volcanic past. The fourth largest island in the Canary archipelago is not only suitable in the summer months, but also offers a pleasant thaw in the winter.

An island of many surprises and contrasts. The mighty and mysterious volcanic landscapes of Lanzarote often give travelers the feeling of being on an alien planet. They are not far wrong. Lanzarote impresses with its volcanic appearance, which can be admired in the Timanfaya National Park, and despite the increasingly mass tourism, it does not change. But tourists are not only attracted by the strangeness of the island, but also by the wide sea coast, which offers magnificent beaches, many of which are suitable for water sports such as surfing and kite-surfing.

When to Lanzarote?

Most tourists visit the island between June and September, when temperatures hover around 31C, while others prefer to visit in winter, which offers pleasant temperatures and a gentle breeze.

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What should I see in Lanzarote?

The main attraction of the island is Timanfaya National Park, which reveals in detail the history of this volcanic island and allows visitors to come into contact with the unusual nature. Dormant volcanoes have not erupted since 1824, so massive eruptions in the 18th century created a vast basalt landscape that covers about a quarter of the island. The landscape, which resembles the surface of the moon, is suitable for exploring either on foot or with guided tours. Lanzarote is also an island of art, which was written into the depths of his soul by Cesar Manrique.

His studio in Las Palmas can also be visited by tourists, as it is both artistically and architecturally something special. It is built into an old lava flow with five underground caves that form volcanic bubbles. Even if you're new to design, you'll love this artist's unusual home, which also boasts curved pools set into white patios and stunning palm trees, as well as interesting mid-century furniture. Lanzarote's most famous artist, Manrique, turned the island into his own museum, of which they are the highlight Jameos del Agua caves – underground with cave corridors and openings to the sky. With a curved pool and an auditorium built into the living rock. Here you can enjoy musical and culinary events, and the real feast for the eyes is the ambiance itself.

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If nature is more your thing, visit another Marinique masterpiece – the Jardin de Cactus. A beautiful garden full of cacti of all sizes, shapes and types, set up like an amphitheater in an old quarry. There are as many as 4,500 specimens of cacti (450 species) here, which thrive in the sunny and arid landscape. Would you like to dive to the bottom of the sea? Check Museo Atlántico, the first European underwater sculpture museum. Located 12 meters underwater, near Marina Rubicon, it is the work of Jason deCaires Taylor.

If you prefer to stay above sea level, then check out the natural swimming pools located on the south and east coast of the island. Most of them are stone structures that can be accessed by a ladder, while others are connected to the sea. You can also see for yourself the power of the sea in El Golfo, a coastal town on the Atlantic coast that attracts with excellent cuisine and its sea charm. Surf lovers will find their refuge in Famara, which, with its ridges and waves, attracts surfers from all over the world every year. The five-kilometer sandy beach is just a short walk away from the town, where you can find a variety of colorful bars and hostels. Also visit Teguise, the oldest settlement on the island, which also served as the capital for more than 450 years.

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How to explore Lanzarote?

You will have the most freedom with a rented car, the rental is relatively affordable, and your own transport allows you to drive even on more remote routes. The rest of the Canary Islands, such as Fuerteventura, Tenerife and Gran Canaria, are also easily accessible by ferry. The island also has an excellent public transport bus network.

How much is a plane ticket to Lanzarote?

Return flight tickets from Venice with Ryanair, excluding baggage, will cost you from 61 euros. You can search for flight tickets according to your vacation date HERE.

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Covid-19 restrictions in Lanzarote

In mid-September, the Spanish relaxed all restrictions related to the new coronavirus, so you do not need to be tested or vaccinated to enter the country. Check all current information about Covid-19 restrictions HERE.

Accommodation in Lanzarote

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In Famara, just a few minutes' walk from the famous beach, there is a charming apartment. It offers two bedrooms and a bathroom, as well as a fully equipped kitchen with a living area. The apartment also has a nice terrace.

Finca Isolina Hotel Boutique

Finca Isolina Hotel Boutique is located in Mácher and boasts a refreshing outdoor pool and a typical island garden. The hotel offers room service and a concierge service, and every morning you are spoiled with a sumptuous breakfast.

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