Free Guidebook to Lanzarote Out Now

Despite the credit crunch and weak state of sterling the holiday island of Lanzarote still expects to welcome well over one million tourists this year. The bulk of them from the UK and Eire.  And anyone planning to visit Lanzarote this summer can now get their hands on a comprehensive 96 page guide to the island – entirely free of charge.

Lanzarote Guidebook has been created by long term island residents in order to provide visitors with accurate and up to date information about the Island of Fire.  Along with plenty of inside tips about the best places to go and things to see and do.

The Summer 2009 edition features 96 pages – illustrated with some fantastic visuals – and is packed with useful information for tourists.  Which can be downloaded fast and for free at the Lanzarote Guidebook website.

Lanzarote Guidebook contains comprehensive information about all of the island’s resorts, towns and places.  Including maps for each resort. Along with coverage of all of Lanzarote´s many attractions.  Such as the Timanfaya Volcano Park and the Jameos del Agua.

Discover the work of César Manrique – the island born artist and architect who campaigned for the controlled development of tourism on the island. Find out more about upcoming events this summer – such as the Jazz Canarias Festival and the fiesta of Nuestra Señora del Carmen. 

For those who like to explore and enjoy days out Lanzarote Guidebook also features an overview of the islands most breathtaking beaches and information about the best excursions on the island.  Including kayak tours, catamaran trips and submarine voyages.

Lanzarote Guidebook also contains a handy Essentials section.  Which covers all of the holiday nitty gritty such as bank opening times, hiring a car, driving on the island, duty free allowances, shop opening hours and a list of emergency contact numbers.

This indispensable guide is published in a handy and portable A5 format and is distributed free to tourists on the island via car hire companies, hotels, tourist information offices and private villas.

Visitors to the Lanzarote Guidebook website will also find even more in-depth and detailed information about the island online.  They can catch up on all of the latest island news, check live weather reports and use in-depth climate information to work out when best to visit.  Whilst browsing one of the best selections of Lanzarote apartments and villas online

Hot Holidays in Costa Teguise

As a planned holiday resort Costa Teguise in Lanzarote revolves around the lovely beach of Las Cucharas. This includes the replica fishing village, the Pueblo Marinero, designed by the famous island-born architect César Manrique and which consists of pretty white-washed squares and narrow streets.

Costa Teguise is also a great base for visitors who wish to explore the northern half of the island, as it is only a short drive from some of the most spectacular attractions to be found on Lanzarote.

Getting There

The resort is a fifteen minute drive from the airport and is situated on the further side of the capital Arrecife. Although there is no bus service running between the airport and Costa Teguise, it is relatively easy and not expensive to get there. A taxi drive would normally cost around €15, whilst a hire car may prove the cheapest option for those who intend to go exploring during their holiday.

Several car hire companies have offices in the arrivals lounge at the airport, making the transfer to your accommodation much easier. On leaving the airport, drivers should choose the Arrecife exit, following the dual carriageway until the left exit marked ‘Circunvalacion’. This is the ring road which runs outside the capital and quickly transports you to the resort of Costa Teguise.

Accommodation

Costa Teguise boasts one of the best selections of holiday villas and apartments in Lanzarote.  Many of which command great locations, with direct access to the seafront promenade and local beaches.

Beaches

There are five beaches in total in Costa Teguise. Besides the main beach at Las Cucharas, there is a small beach, Playa Jablillo, in front of the hotel Teguise Playa, whilst a little further in the direction of Arrecife is Playa Bastian. Two much smaller beaches can be found at either end of the resort, Playa de los Charcos to the north and Playa del Ancla to the south. Las Cucharas is a particularly good beach for small children, as it gently slopes into the sea and generally has very small waves.

Things to Do

Anyone who visits Playa Las Cucharas will observe windsurfers getting in and out of the water. This is one of the best places to practice the sport as the enclosed bay usually has a prevailing breeze from the north-west, making ideal weather conditions for windsurfing.

Costa Teguise is also home to the island’s only water park, which is full of chutes and slides. And a little further inland, visitors will find the island’s second golf course. On the other side of town, a recently opened aquarium houses numerous examples of local fish.

Restaurants

Many of the resort’s restaurants can be found in the Pueblo Marinero, although two notable exceptions, that offer excellent food all round are Meson La Jordana, situated in Calle Los Geranios and Oscars, which is just after the Las Coronas Playa Hotel. 

Hot Holidays in Puerto del Carmen

After Catalonia the Canaries are Spain’s most popular holiday destination.  Attracting over nine million visitors during the course of last year alone.  Thanks to the fact that the Islands boast a great climate all year round – and are home to some magnificent beaches.

Lanzarote is the most easterly link in this chain and remains one of the least spoiled of the larger islands.  Tourism first really took off here during the 1970´s in what was once a small fishing village called La Tiñosa.  Which has rapidly evolved over the last forty years to become the busiest resort on the island – Puerto del Carmen.

Much of the secret of Puerto del Carmen’s success as a holiday destination lies in the fact that the resort is located within a sheltered bay and is blessed with great (if man made) beaches.  With golden grains imported from the nearby Sahara desert.

The most impressive of these are the huge stretch of sand at Los Pocillos and the main hub of the resort – Playa Grande.  But there are a number of smaller and more intimate beaches for visitors to explore.  Such as the small bay at Playa Chica – which is protected by a barrier of volcanic rocks, making it ideal for snorkelling and scuba diving.  And Playa Fariones – which is located just in front of the Los Fariones – one of the most popular hotels in Lanzarote.

Since the resort started to grow during the 1970s it has become divided into two distinct zones.  The Old Town – which is located around the harbour area and which is predomiantly residential.  And the New Town – which runs parallel with Playa Grande and which caters more to tourists. 

There are only two main hotels in the resort.  So the majority of visitors opt for self catering accommodation.  The best selection of villas in Puerto del Carmen can be found in and around the Los Mojones area – which is about ten minutes walk from the Old Town harbour.  Whilst there are a host of apartment complexes to choose from in the New Town area for those on more of a budget.

Puerto del Carmen offers plenty for holiday makers to do beyond just relaxing on the beach.  A new golf course has just opened on the outskirts of town.  Whilst boat trips run throughout the day from the harbour area.  Children will also be entranced by the zoo and theme park at Rancho Texas – the largest attraction of its kind on Lanzarote.

Holidays in Playa Blanca

Playa Blanca is the fastest growing holiday resort on the popular island of Lanzarote.  And little wonder as visitors here can enjoy wonderful beaches as well as a wide selection of good quality accommodation options.  Encompassing everything from basic studio apartments through to luxury high end hotels.
Tourism, first started to really take off here back in the 1970s –  as holidays in Lanzarote started to feature in the brochures of tour operators.  But Playa Blanca didn’t emerge as a resort until the late 1990´s.  As tourist development on the island has followed strict planning controls.  As a result Playa Blanca is the newest resort and the most modern destination on Lanzarote.  Whilst also enjoying the best weather – as the micro climate at this end of the island is much more favourable than elsewhere.
Playa Blanca is also home to one of the largest selections of apartments and villas in Lanzarote – making it ideal for anyone planning a self catering holiday.  And also offers better value for money than many of the other resorts, with the price of a weeks stay here in a private villa with pool starting at about €400 per week.
Playa Blanca enjoys a really sheltered position on the island which is another reason why its climate is so good.  It therefore enjoys more protection from the Trade Winds that can gust through here from April to August.  Whilst its location on the more placid south east shoreline of the island ensures that the waters here are calm and ideal for swimming all year round.
As well as great weather Playa Blanca also boasts some wonderful beaches to lap it all up on. The best known of which are the beaches at Papagayo – or parrot in Spanish.  Which are located around fifteen minutes walk from the centre of the resort and which are superb stretches of all natural sand.  Where beach lovers can wander from one cove to the next whilst drinking in great views across to the neighbouring island of Fuerteventura.
Such is Playa Blanca´s allure that many visitors here end up buying property as a result.  Villas in Playa Blanca represent great value for money as they can currently be purchased from as little as €200,000.  And command rental rates of €400 per week upwards.    Whilst apartments start at around €100,000 for anyone seeking to invest in something a little smaller.
 

 

 

 

Discover Lanzarote This Winter

In spite of the recession hundreds of thousands of tourists will still be flying off for a sunshine break this winter.  Exchanging the cold and gloom of the UK for warmth and beaches in far flung destinations around the world.  But you don’t have to break the bank to join the jetsetters this year.  As some destinations, such as Lanzarote in the Canary Islands are within the reach of all.

Lanzarote has long been a firm favourite with British holidaymakers thanks to a great year round climate and an abundance of excellent golden sand beaches.  Boasting a terrain that is far more arid and dry than the other six islands that makes up the archipelago.  A legacy of low rainfall and the islands volcanic roots.

Flights to Lanzarote have become much cheaper recently – as there is now more competition on this route as the bigger low cost airlines such as Ryanair have started to enter the market.  Dropping ticket prices to as low as £9.99 return.  Cheaper than some London tube train journeys.

Accommodation in Lanzarote is very affordable too.  For example a weeks stay on an apartment complex in the main resort of Puerto del Carmen – home to some fabulous beaches – costs as little as £160 this winter. And that’s the price per room, not per person.

Visitors will find that the temperatures are in the 20´s – making it possible to enjoy long lazy days by the pool or at the beach.  Although during the winter months the mercury can fall quickly after sun down.  Which is never earlier than 18.00.  Giving more sunshine hours than the UK too.

In the unlikely event that the weather refuses to play ball for a day or two there’s still loads to do and see.  And many first time visitors are amazed at the abundance of Lanzarote´s attractions. 

There are a dozen good quality museums – such as the Museum of International and Contemporary Art located in the historic Castillo San Jose in the capital of Arrecife.  Along with a wealth of cultural attractions created by the island born artist Cesar Manrique.  Whose influence on Lanzarote is inescapable.  As his work adorns everything from coffee mugs to roundabouts and much more in-between.

One of the joys of a holiday here is that the island is small.  Making touring and exploring really manageable and easy.  Car hire in Lanzarote is cheap too – starting from as little as €90 per week.

Discover Magical Mallorca

The largest Balearic Island of Mallorca is a real hot favourite with tourists. Who flock here in their millions from May through until September.  Boasting beautiful beaches, stunning pine clad scenery, historic towns and cities and a real wealth of things to do and see.  Offering all the right ingredients for the perfect holiday destination.

Mallorca has in fact been welcoming famous guests and VIP visitors for centuries.  As the island has played host to eminents such as Frederic Chopin, George Sands, Joan Miro and Robert graves over the years.  And is still a magnet for creative and artistic types today. 

The island was restored to Christian rule in the early 1300´s after many centuries of subjugation by the Moors.  With this victory marked by the construction of Palma Cathedral on the site of their main mosque.  An amazing feat of architecture which has effectively been a work in progress ever since – as successive rulers and bishops sought to add their own personal flourishes to this amazing edifice.

During the 1980´s Mallorca began to acquire a reputation as a slightly downmarket destination.  Fuelled by the boozy escapades of British tourists and the Club 18-30 crowd in mega resorts such as Magaluf in the south of the island.

That’s all largely history now – but the north now enjoys a more upmarket image as a result.  With well heeled holidaymakers heading for destinations such as Puerto Pollensa and Alcudia.  Which is also where the bulk of the best hotels and holiday villas in Mallorca are located.

The majestic Tramantuna Mountains dominate this part of the island. Providing a hugely atmospheric backdrop for tourists staying in coastal resorts such as Puerto Pollensa.  Which is the seaside sister to the former Roman settlement of Pollensa which lies about 8km inland.

As a result visitors can enjoy hiking and mountain biking whilst on holiday here – as well as days on the beach or by the pool.  Offering plenty of variety to those who like to do more than just soak up the sun.

Such is Mallorca’s size that separate resorts on the island even cater to specific nationalities and age groups.  With British tourists especially opting for destinations such as Alcudia – with its enormous 9km long beach – and Cala D’or on the east coast.  Home to seven separate sandy coves.

Travelling to the island is easy from mainland Europe.  As well as cheap flights from most countries there’s also a regular ferry service to Mallorca from both Valencia and Barcelona.

Villa Holidays in Playa Blanca

Where will tourists find the best selection of hotels and villas in Lanzarote? The Island of Fire has long been a hot favourite with holidaymakers.  Who historically have headed for either Puerto del Carmen or Costa Teguise to spend their holidays on Lanzarote.

But over the last ten years a new rival resort has emerged to challenge this duopoly – in the form of Playa Blanca.  Which is located right at the southern tip of the island.

Playa Blanca has rapidly grown from the archetypal small fishing village to become Lanzarote´s second most popular holiday destination. Thanks to a number of natural advantages that give it a real edge over the resort rivals to the north.
Perhaps most importantly Playa Blanca boasts the best microclimate on the island.  Which means that tourists staying here experience the best weather Lanzarote has to offer.  A factor which is of paramount importance – especially during the winter months when the contrast between the north and south of the island can be pronounced.

Playa Blanca is also more sheltered than Costa Teguise.  As the resort is contained within three small coves that are set within one larger sheltered bay.  Providing protection from the Trade Winds that blow across the island for much of the year and which can lower temperatures noticeably.

The best beaches on the island are also located in very close proximity to the resort.  With the five  coves and bays at Papagayo – regarded as some of the most beautiful beaches in the whole of the Canarian archipelago –
just a short stroll from the town.

Playa Blanca is also the gateway to the neighbouring island of Fuerteventura.  Which sits just 8km away across the Bocaina Straits.  Providing tourists with the opportunity to visit not just one but two Canary Islands whilst on holiday.  As well as an atmospheric backdrop come nightfall. As the lights shimmer across the water.

Thanks to the fact that Playa Blanca was developed later than Lanzarote´s other resorts planners learnt from these earlier developments.  And as a result placed luxury hotels and holiday villas right at the core of the blueprint when developing Playa Blanca.  So ensuring that most of the villas here occupy elevated positions – and as a result enjoy great views.
The property boom of the late 1990´s saw overseas investors snapping up these villa properties.  For use as either private holiday homes or to rent out to fellow tourists.  With the average price of a weeks stay in holiday villas in Playa Blanca coming in at around €600 per week for a two bed property with pool.

Self Catering Holidays In Lanzarote

Lanzarote is an ideal year round holiday destination.  As this small Spanish island in the Canaries enjoys good weather even in winter.  Whilst boasting loads for visitors to do and see. 

The most popular attraction on the island is the Timanfaya National Park – which was created by violent volcanic activity during the 18th century.  Leaving much of the interior of Lanzarote looking like the surface of the moon.  Today hundreds of thousands of tourists visit this spot very year to gaze at the lava flows and dormant volcanoes. 

Away from the volcanic interior Lanzarote boasts great beaches – close to 100 in total.  Some of which are regarded as amongst the best in the whole of the Canaries.  Such as Famara on the raw North West coastline and Papagayo located down in the south.

Which Resort?
There are three main holiday resorts on Laznarote – each with its own identity and characteristics.

Costa Teguise is in the north of the island and is the best choice for anyone planning to view some of Lanzarote´s main attractions.  As most of these are within a fifteen minute radius of the resort.  Which is also home to a very good selection of hotels – such as the Gran Melia Salinas.  One of just two five star establishments on the whole island.

Playa Blanca is located at the southern end of the island.  Which makes it the best choice during the summer months as it tends to enjoy the best weather Lanzarote has to offer then.  Whilst the north can be cloudy and grey.

Playa Blanca is also home to the largest number of villas in Lanzarote – many of which have been built over the last five years.  So offering good quality, modern accommodation.  Playa Blanca is located just across the Bocaina Straits from neighbouring Fuerteventura and is ideal for a beach holiday all year round.

Puerto del Carmen is located in the centre of the island – and is the biggest and most popular resort on Lanzarote.  Boasting great beaches and excellent nightlife as well as a huge range of restaurants for visitors to choose from.

Puerto del Carmen is the ideal choice for anyone seeking apartments in Lanzarote.  As the resort is home to the biggest selection of complexes of any resort.  And has recently undergone something of a facelift as local tourist authorities have pumped €16 million into improving the tourist offering here.

Discover Manrique´s Lanzarote

Lanzarote is often wrongly regarded as just a sunshine holiday destination with little in the way to offer culturally. But such an assumption falls way wide of the mark – as the island is home to numerous museums and a host of attractions created by a famous artist called César Manrique, who was born on Lanzarote in 1919.

Lanzarote is located off the North West coast of Africa and as result enjoys year round sunshine and very little rainfall, making it ideal for a beach holiday. But away from the golden sands the island boasts a vibrant cultural life, much of it developed by Manrique during the 1960´s and 70´s.

Manrique was exhibiting his latest collection of paintings when tourism first started to take off here – but quickly retuned in order to ensure against the complete destruction of Lanzarote´s unique landscapes by unscrupulous property developers. Fortunately Manrique was able to call on friends in high places as his family were close to the island’s governor of the time Pepin Ramirez. He shared Manrique´s enlightened view that Lanzarote would be better served by developing unique visitor attractions that worked in harmony with the volcanic landscapes, instead of following the lead of other Spanish resorts and building high rise hotels and golf courses.

As a result the island today isn’t scarred by any high rise buildings or unattractive billboards at all. Manrique and Ramirez saw to this – drafting a law that prohibits the construction of any edifice taller than a Canarian palm tree. Strict planning controls also prevented the sort of resort sprawl so evident on the Spanish Costas, confining tourist destinations here to the south east coast.

As a result the raw natural beauty of Lanzarote has been left with room to breathe freely – and this approach is now paying dividends as more and more tourists seek to connect with the authentic and unspoiled nature of the island.
Nowhere is this more evident than in the north of Lanzarote where there are no tourist resorts whatsoever, just remnants of the islands agricultural past. Here you can explore delightful little villages such as Haria and Yaiza which retain all of their identity and traditions intact. As well as unspoilt coastal villages such as Arrieta, where a great beach hasn’t been scarred by the addition of any tourist accommodation.

Indeed anyone seeking to book Lanzarote villas or hotels will need to focus on the two main resorts of Playa Blanca and Puerto del Carmen, which is where the bulk of tourist beds are located. Puerto del Carmen is the older of the two resorts and revolves around its Old Town harbour area. Whilst Playa Blanca is located further so the south and enjoys better weather as a result.

Wherever tourists choose to stay they will find that Lanzarote remains a great holiday destination and one that is best explored by car. Car hire in Lanzarote costs from just €20 per day so it is also a cost effective means of getting around too.

Brits Refuse to Surrender Holidays In The Sun

Expectations that the credit crunch, weakening pound and diminishing disposable incomes have sounded the death knell for foreign holidays appear a little wide of the mark.  As specific markets, such as Lanzarote in the Canary Islands are reporting a bumper increase in British visitor numbers for the first half of 2008. 
 

According to research recently released by AENA, the Spanish airport authority, tourist visits from the UK have in fact increased by a whopping 15.6% during  the first half of this year, in comparison with the same period in 2007.  With the island welcoming 509,755 British guests up until the end of June2008.
 

And it´s not just the British who are refusing to give up their holidays in the sun.  As Irish visitor numbers have increased too – with 123,047 tourists from Eire travelling to Lanzarote over the same period.  A rise of 5.4% on 2007 figures – and an indication of the islands incredible popularity in the Republic, with Lanzarote attracting more Irish visitors annually than any other destination in Spain.
 

Other key markets, such as Holland, Austria, Norway and Sweden have also helped contribute to an overall increase in foreign visitor numbers of 5.6% during the first half of 2008.  With Germany the only major market returning negative figures – down 13% to date on 2007.
 

The Canary Island Tourist Board has also recently reported that the number of Spanish nationals visiting Lanzarote is on the rise too.  Up 3.7% during the first half of 2008.
 

Collectively, these figures represent the best first half annual performance that Lanzarote has enjoyed for many years – a trend which if continued will see the island break the one million British tourist visits barrier for the first time since 2003.
 

All of which makes happy reading for the owners of apartments and holiday villas in Lanzarote.  Many thousands of British and Irish oveseas investors have taken the plunge into the Lanzarote property market over the last decade.  Attracted by the fact that the islands year round clement climate creates twelve months worth of rental returns.  A claim which no other European sun spots can really match.
 

In addition these owners will have enjoyed annual capital appreciation of around 9% per annum.  Representing an attractive return on their initial investment.  And with the Lanzarote tourist market remaining buoyant many owners of holiday accommodation on the island are reporting bumper bookings for the year ahead.
 

 

Much of Lanzarote´s attraction to British tourists lies in the fact that the island is only four hours flying time from the UK yet guarantees year round sunshine, even in the depths of a northern European winter.  Making Lanzarote and the Canary Islands the only really viable short haul winter sun destination in Europe.
 
Holidays in Lanzarote also remain affordable in relation to other destinations.  As it is still possible to find combined flight and accommodation deals to the island for around 300 pounds.  And the cost of living on the island still compares very favourably to prices in the UK, despite the decline of sterling against the euro.