Sandy beaches and lunar-like scenery
First-class beaches, year-round sunshine and volcanic landscapes are Lanzarote's hallmarks. Its lunar-like scenery has even earned it UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status – a trip to the lava fields and craters of Timanfaya National Park is a must while you’re on the island.
Lanzarote is only 60 kilometres long, so it's easy to get out and about. In the south, you've got beach resorts like Playa Blanca, Costa Teguise and Playa de los Pocillos, while in the north, you'll find little fishing villages and family-run seafood restaurants. You’re only a half-hour ferry ride from neighbouring Fuerteventura, too, in case you fancy exploring its giant sand dunes.
Artist and architect César Manrique was one of Lanzarote's most famous residents. You can catch his quirky creations all over the island – Jameos del Agua, in the north, is one of the best. It's a series of caves that Manrique transformed into a concert hall, bar, restaurant and swimming pool.
Flight time from the UK to Lanzarote is around 4 hours 15 minutes.
Summers in Lanzarote are warm and dry, rarely falling below 25°C. A reliable beach destination all year round, the Canaries boast some the warmest winters around (temperatures tend to stick to the late teens), with lovely mild springs and autumns.
Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Spain.
Restaurant bills include a service charge by law in Spain, so whether you choose to tip further is up to you. If you enjoyed the meal and service, it is customary to leave 5-10%. Hotel porters and maids will appreciate a small tip, and while taxi drivers don’t require a tip, it’s common to round up the fare.
The official language of Spain is Spanish. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.