A four hour flight from Shannon Airport, the island caters for all sorts of trips, from weekend jaunts with the family to longer vacations and educational tours, with the island’s volcanic landscape a must-see attraction.
One of the most popular destinations in Europe for sun seekers, Lanzarote has long catered for jet-setters from all over Europe, though the island has always been most popular with Irish and British visitors.
It is the fourth largest of the Canary Islands and is dotted with several towns, each offering something different. The capital, Arrecife, is home to around one-third of the island’s inhabitants and exhibits a more cosmopolitan atmosphere than the smaller surrounding settlements.
Puerto del Carmen (the island’s oldest resort), Playa Blanca (a relaxed, tranquil harbour town), and Costa Teguise (which has been a popular holiday spot since the ‘70s) act as the main stomping grounds for families and revellers alike. The island is also home to a small Irish ex-pat community.
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If you’re visiting the island as part of a package holiday deal, transport to and from the airport will more than likely be included in the price of your trip. Taxis on the island are reasonably priced but fortunately, the land mass is small enough that most of the travelling required can be done on foot.
All resorts on the Canary Islands boast a wide range of restaurants, with foods to suit all palates. Those wanting to be a bit more adventurous can sample some of the local cuisine: traditional Spanish dishes commonly available include paella (a saffron rice and fish dish) and merienda (primarily a bread meal with optional cheese, chocolate or meat). For more homely comforts, traditional fish and chips and Chinese food are never far away.
The island of Lanzarote is encircled by kilometres of spotless, pristine beaches. Most of the island's visitors go there for just that reason – to enjoy the golden sands and clear seas. While peace and quiet is the order of the day, the island's nightlife is just as renowned, with strips of bars and clubs lining many of the shorelines.
Apart from the traditional tourist activities of lounging on the beach and swimming in the ocean, many of Lanzarote’s visitors also choose to explore the island’s volcanic mountains.
Tour operators usually advertise their deals in hotels and public places.