Three days on … Lanzarote
As far as year around destinations go, the Canary Islands are perfect. A relatively short flight, however far enough away from hum-drum, with plentiful sunshine, endless relaxation, and great shopping opportunities. There is an island for everyone, however Lanzarote is a firm favourite.
The one thing to remember when you visit Lanzarote is that it is generally a very windy island, so you might not think you’re getting sun-burn, when you most certainly are! Believe me, I’ve fallen foul of this, so slap on that sun-cream, even if you think it’s not so hot.
It all depends on where you’re basing yourself on the island, however it is very easy to get around, with plentiful buses, and most resorts are only a short drive away from the airport at Arrecife, so it’s easy to see a lot during your stay.
Let’s look at what you could do if you found yourself with three days to spend on the sunshine island of Lanzarote.
The ocean is your first port of call, and a glass bottom boat trip out into the blue. You will find these at all resorts, however Playa del Carmen is our destination for day one. Typically trips are either for one day, or half a day, depending on your preference, and you will go out into deep sea, before stopping for marine-life spotting time on the glass bottom part of the boat. Some trips allow you to swim and dive too, so check out what your particular boat does, as they are all different. Remember sun safety though – a hat, sun-cream and to drink plenty of water!
We’ll stick with Puerto del Carmen for your first night’s fun, as this is where the most vibrant night-life is. Aptly named bar street gives you countless choices for partying until dawn, however all around the resort you will find different bars, including karaoke, sports bars, Irish bars, and plentiful restaurants.
Day 2 and we’re heading out into nature, specifically to Timanfaya National Park. By this point it won’t have escaped your notice that Lanzarote is a volcanic island, although thankfully dormant. Timanfaya National Park is where you head up into those volcanoes, either via hired car or by a bus trip, and check out their natural awe. You can ride a camel, have a meal that is cooked by the thermal heat from the volcanoes, and take some seriously impressive photographs. This is perhaps the most popular trip on Lanzarote, and is a full day at that.
Costa Teguise is only a 20 minutes’ drive from the airport, making it very easy to get to, and very popular too. This pretty coastal town is very busy on Sundays, thanks to the huge market that takes place, and this is a great idea for grabbing bargains and souvenirs. Once you’ve shopped yourself to death, it’s time to head to the beach to rest and relax. Nearby Las Cucharas is a popular spot, with soft, golden sand and watersports to cool down in the intense heat.
Your evening’s entertainment should be equally as laid back after all that sightseeing and shopping, so head out for a jug of sangria and a dish of authentic cuisine, such as Canarian potatoes with famous mojo sauce. Yum!
Your time on Lanzarote will be laid-back, chilled out, and you’ll certainly grab that perfect sun tan, regardless of the month.