About 140 kilometers off the Moroccan coast in the Atlantic Ocean lies the island of Lanzarote. The Canary Island belongs politically to Spain and is a dream destination.
Lanzarote is the fourth largest Canary Island and got its name from Lancelotto Malocello, the “discoverer” of the Canaries (or rather rediscoverer). The original name of the island is Titerrogatra, which means “Red Mountains” and refers to the volcanism on the island.
The island is something special. The whole life on the island is characterized by its volcanic origin. About 36 million years ago, the base of the island was formed by submarine volcanic eruptions. The surface then developed in four main volcanic phases, which gradually created the island.
The last of the formation phases is not so far back. From 1730-36 and 1824 there were several eruptions which distributed 3-5 cubic kilometers of new lava over about 23% of the island’s surface. A large part of this area is now in Timanfaya National Park.
Because of this uniqueness, the island has been a UNESCO biosphere reserve since 1993.
Travel information about Lanzarote
Lanzarote has a mild climate with little precipitation all year round.
The average air temperature is 20.5 degrees, the coldest month is January with an average of 16.9 degrees and the warmest month is August with an average temperature of 24.7 degrees.
Fresh trade winds occur throughout the year. Lanzarote has the lowest rainfall of the Canary Islands. About 85% of the rain falls from January to March. In the mountainous north there is much more rainfall than on the rest of the island. Whereby the precipitation is not always in the form of rain. There is often humid fog. In recent years, there have been occasional short torrential rain showers on the island during the summer months.
The water temperature is about 17-22 degrees.
Lanzarote has an airport which is located near the island capital Arrecife. 95% of all holidaymakers arrive by plane. Most of the planes fly charter flights, but there are also regional connections to the other Canary Islands. The flight from Germany takes 4-5 hours.
The distances at the airport are quite short, there is only one terminal.
In Arrecife is the seaport of Lanzarote. It is the most important transhipment point for the island’s supply. From here the ferries also run to other Canary Islands and to the Spanish mainland.
From Playa Blanca and Puerto del Carmen boats go to Fuerteventura.
On the way …
The road network on Lanzarote is well developed.
In a Lanzarote vacation it is definitely worthwhile to book a rental car. The island is small and you can easily reach all the sights by car.
Arrecife is the center of the bus service on Lanzarote. From here buses depart to almost all places on the island. From smaller towns, buses often leave in the morning for the capital and return in the evening.
Tickets can be bought from the bus driver.
Taxi drivers must have a licence on Lanzarote. Overland trips have fixed prices, otherwise a taximeter runs.
Lanzarote vacations – our tips
To spend a vacation on Lanzarote offers the possibility to discover the unique nature and culture of the island, besides relaxing on the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean.