Located in the Atlantic Ocean 1,000 kilometres off the Iberian Peninsula, Lanzarote is the easternmost region in the Canary Islands. The island sits just west of Tunisia, and is closer to the African nation than it is to Europe. That location has helped shape the island over the centuries. From its food to its architecture, Lanzarote has been influenced by its settlers since it was first explored.
Expect to see sun and surf when visiting Lanzarote, as average summer temperatures can reach 30°C. Shorts and t-shirts are a must, but in winter, the island can become quite cool and long sleeves or jackets are needed. Visitors should be prepared for nights that resemble the British summer, as the average low is a comfortable 15°C.
Lanzarote has plenty to offer tourists, with national parks and beaches dotted throughout the island. Timanfaya National Park is famous for its “Martian landscape” and rare plants. Local volcanoes that last erupted in 1824 created the area, and it offers guests a chance to visit a place like no other on the island.
The Playa Dorada Beach is an unspoilt shore with golden sands and plenty of space to lay down a towel. Surrounded by bars and restaurants, the Playa Dorada is a beach that one can spend all day on soaking up the sun.
For something a little off the beaten track, and for those that are into literature, there is the Casa José Saramago to see. The house is the former home of Nobel Prize winner José Saramago. His home on Lanzarote is a shrine to his work, after he moved to the island seeking exile from Portugal.
A must try when on the island are Lanzarote’s famous potatoes. Grown in volcanic soil and cooked with lots of salt, these potatoes are unlike those produced anywhere else. Like many of the Canary Islands, Lanzarote is also well-known for its fish. Sancocho is a traditional stew eaten by locals, and shows the island’s Spanish, African and the Caribbean influences.
Although the island isn’t quite as famous as its sister islands when it comes to nightlife, Lanzarote is still full of all-night fun. Many of the bars and clubs stay open until the early hours of the morning, which means that the party doesn’t start until late. While there are plenty of clubs and bars that cater to tourists, Lanzarote also has an ample supply of local hotspots for those wanting to do as the locals do. Regardless, Lanzarote has plenty of nightlife to keep everyone satisfied during their stay.