Free Guidebook to Lanzarote Out Now
Planning a holiday in Lanzarote? Or simply want to find out more about this unique Canary Island? Then download the new edition of Lanzarote Guidebook – the free, in-depth tourist guide to the Island of Fire.
Lanzarote Guidebook is researched and written by long term island residents. Which means that it provides readers with the real inside track to the island. And it is published every quarter. Ensuring that information is always accurate and up to date.
The new edition is packed with useful information for visitors. Along with some fantastic pictures of the island from local photographer James Mitchell. And can be downloaded fast and for free at Lanzarote
Lanzarote Guidebook contains comprehensive information about all of the island’s resorts, towns and places. Including maps, restaurant and accommodation recommendations and sightseeing tips. As well as detailed information about where to find the best beaches on the island. An introduction to the works of the island born artist and architect Cesar Manrique. And a guide to all of the islands many attractions.
In addition Lanzarote Guidebook contains a handy Essentials section. Providing useful information on details 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 and private villas.
Visitors to the Lanzarote Guidebook website will also find even more in-depth and detailed information about the island online. Where 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. The site even features a Tourist Advice Line, which allows visitors to ask specific questions direct – along with interactive island maps. Lanzarote Guidebook also features a large selection of over 300 apartments and holiday villas. Along with links to the leading low cost flight operators to the island. Enabling visitors to construct their own holiday online.
Lanzarote is the fourth largest of the seven Canary Islands which are all owned by Spain, despite the fact that they are located just off the West African coast of Morocco. On a similar line of latitude to parts of Mexico, Florida and the Bahamas. As a result Lanzarote enjoys a great year round climate, with temperatures averaging 22 Celsius even in winter.
The island is home to around 140,000 inhabitants – a population that is augmented each month by up to 140,000 tourists. The bulk of whom arrive on flights to from the UK – as British tourism accounts for around 60% of all arrivals. Holidays in Lanzarote are also very popular with visitors from Germany, Scandinavia and of course mainland Spain.
Tourism is concentrated in the south of the island in three main resorts – Puerto del Carmen, Costa Teguise and Playa Blanca. This is where the bulk of the best apartment complexes and hotels in Lanzarote are located, although rural tourism is also on the rise, particularly in the more unspoiled north of the island.
Unlike many other destinations in Spain Lanzarote has been spared from high rise hotels and apartment blocks. Thanks largely to the influence of a local artist called César Manrique who lobbied against the over development of the island – and won. So away from the main resorts Lanzarote is still a very peaceful island.
Lanzarote is arguably best known for its surreal volcanic terrain, which was created by large scale eruptions which rocked the island back in the 1730´s and 1820´s. These carpeted about a quarter of Lanzarote´s land surface in lava – destroying villages and farmland in its wake. At the time this forced many locals to flee and start a new life abroad. But today this whole region has become one of the most treasured national parks in Spain and attracts close to one million visitors every year.
Cesar Manrique worked to fuse this volcanic terrain with his own creativity and developed some unique visitor attractions as a result. Such as the Jameos del Agua, where he converted a former lava tunnel into a stunning underground auditorium and concert venue. And the Mirador del Rio, where he transformed a former gun battery into a dramatic lookout point granting great views of the small neighbouring island of La Graciosa.
Lanzarote is a small island, measuring just 60km by 40km so it is very easy to explore. Unlike other Spanish islands which have a shorter holiday season car hire in Lanzarote is cheap and affordable all year round – with rates starting from just €15 per day. There are also numerous companies offering guided tours of the island.
Lanzarote currently welcomes about 1.5 million visitors per year and has seen significant growth in the independent travel sector, fuelled by the arrival of cheaper flights to the island from operators such as Ryanair and easyJet. With returns now starting from about €100. This, in tandem with the internet, has also helped to fuel the growth of the private self catering accommodation sector and today there are around 15,000 villas in Lanzarote available for rent.
Such is the islands popularity that many visitors return year after year and even end up purchasing their own property in Lanzarote either as a bolt hole for themselves or to rent out to fellow tourists. As is the case elsewhere in Spain prices on the island have fallen considerably over the last two years and are now estimated to be back at 2003 levels by most local agents.