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The most easterly of the Canary islands, Lanzarote lies just 100 miles off the coast of Africa in the Tropic of Cancer. With an average temperature of 22 degrees, this makes it an excellent holiday destination all year round.

In 1987 the World Tourism Organisation declared Lanzarote one of the six universal models of sustainable development. And in 1993 UNESCO declared the island a Reserve of the Biosphere. The island is justifiably proud of these awards and jealously protects its natural, cultural and artistic heritage, although an economy based on fishing and agriculture has long ago given way to the mainstay of tourism.

Lanzarote’s unique volcanic geography has literally thrown up some stunningly dramatic landscapes, including the volcanic field of Timanfaya National Park. This has over 180 different plant species.

Like all the Canary Islands, most of the holiday accommodation is set right on the coast with good access to lovely sandy beaches and a wide range of local attractions and facilities. As well as Canary specialities, Lanzarote offers a truly international eating experience, with café and restaurant owners taking great delight in introducing you to their particular cuisine.

The island is popular with watersports enthusiasts, but offers a haven of peace and gentle sea breezes for those seeking a more relaxing holiday. You’ll also find a number of fascinating museums, including those dedicated to wine, contemporary art and the whales and dolphins of the Canaries

Currency                                     Euro
Time Difference (from UK)            None                                        
Flight Time (from UK)                             4 hours
Voltage                                      220V, 50Hz AC
Shop Opening Times                     0900-1300 & 1630-1930 Mon-Sat (1000-2000 department stores)
Bank Opening Times                     0900-1400 Mon-Fri, 0900-1300 Sat (except during the summer)

Costa Teguise

General Description:
At 2 miles long, 1 mile at its widest point, this is a purpose-built resort, modern and well planned, with a palm-dotted promenade and broad tree-lined avenues. Easy to get about. Centre designed in old-fashioned village style, but essentially little authentic Spanish flavour. Some unsightly industry, including a desalination plant, between airport and resort, but overall a notch up from Puerto del Carmen.

Midway along the NE coast of the island, 9 miles SE of Teguise, 5 miles NE of Arrecife, 8 miles NE of airport.

Large variety of tourist shops and supermarkets in centre. Friday-evening market in Pueblo Marinero for hand-made products and silver.

Eating Out:
Wide choice of restaurants, pizzerias and bars in and around Pueblo Marinero (resort centre). Few fast-food eateries; good-quality international cuisine including Chinese, Mexican and Italian.

For the less mobile traveller:
The promenade is really good and very accessible.  The streets which lead off the promenade have limited drop kerbs and the kerbs themselves are high. The beach is not wheelchair accessible in this area.

Playa Blanca

General Description:
Stretching more than 5 miles along the coastline, and less than ½ mile at its widest, this was once a tiny fishing village of which some older buildings and brightly coloured boats remain. In the tiny commercial centre, green-shuttered white buildings line the attractive waterfront walk, with its old-fashioned lamp- posts and pavement bars. The newer accommodation is scattered far and wide in purpose-built tourist "urbanizations", which are often more than strolling distance from the village.

At the south tip of the island, 18 miles SW of Puerto del Carmen, 26 miles SW of Arrecife, 21 miles SW of airport.

Supermarkets, gift shops; commercial centre by harbour. Limited choice.

Eating Out:
Some tempting fish restaurants and bars near the waterfront; Chinese and Italian options at the harbour shopping centre. Some fast-food eateries; German and British restaurants.

For the less mobile traveller:
The promenade is really good and very accessible.  The streets which lead off the promenade have limited drop kerbs and the kerbs themselves are high. The beach is not wheelchair accessible in this area, although some do have steep ramps down to the sand, there is no access across the actual sand to the sea.

Puerto Del Carmen

General Description:
The old quarter retains something of the fishing-village atmosphere, but the bulk of the resort is made up of modern, low-rise structures, with some interesting variations on "typical" and "traditional" themes. Overall, it's a smart, low-density suburban environment. Transport is often needed to get around.

On the SE coast of the island, 18 miles NE of Playa Blanca, 9 miles SW of Arrecife, 6 miles SW of the airport.

Commercial centres, spaced along the main road parallel with the coast, meet most day-to-day needs. At least 2 miles of continuous shops and restaurants. Local linen and cotton tablecloths and ceramics are particularly good.

Eating Out:
Some of the more tempting restaurants and tapas bars are found in the old fishing port, but there are numerous alternatives spread throughout. They include fast food and international cuisine as well as local fare. The choice here is the widest on the island.

For the less mobile traveller:
The promenade is really good in this area and very accessible being wide, flat and with good drop kerbs. In Matagorda and Pocillos the beaches here have wooden walkways across the sand and wooden cladded sunbathing areas with sun loungers and parasols available. Close to promenade they also provide lowered showers and accessible toilets. Beach wheelchairs are also available in these resorts. There are some ramps onto the beach in Puerto del Carmen but they do tend to be quite steep. An abundance of bars, restaurants and shops are located in this area and sometimes have to be negotiated by high kerbs as drop downs are not in great supply.

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