Lanzarote is an Island just of the Coast of West Africa, but although its location suggests that it is part of Africa it actually isn’t. The island is part of Spain, it is known for its volcanic breathtaking landscapes, tasty wine, all year round warm weather and the beaches.
I just came back from a relaxing 4 day getaway with my Mum for her birthday. I didn’t get to do all the touristy trips/tours around the Island but it was still very nice to get to know the people, their culture, gastronomy and have a relaxing time celebrating my Mother’s B-day.
Here’s a quick run down of where we’ve stayed, how we got there and a couple of my fave things I’ve done while in Lanzarote. Oh hey! I’ve done a video too.
How to get there
Since i was in Portugal with my family, myself and my mum flew from Oporto to Madrid where we had a stopover and slept there, then in the morning we flew to Lanzarote. We flew with Iberia and from Madrid to Lanzarote its about 2 hours and 20 minutes flight.
There are a few cities that have direct flight, but as we’re on a budget we chose the flight with one stopover as it could be cheaper to pay a night in Madrid than the difference between the direct and the one stopover flight.
Where we've stayed
While in Madrid e stayed at Senator Barajas Hotel just to sleep, so quite honestly i don’t have any photos of the room or the hotel facilities. So all i can say is that they have a free shuttle, to and from the hotel which is about 20 min drive from T4 where we flew from, they also have a very early breakfast that starts at 05 Am which is quite handy if you’re flying early like we did.
In Lanzarote we stayed at Hesperia Lanzarote 5 * Hotel, situated in a quiet village just near Puerto Calero. The hotel has a seafront setting but also a cool mount just on the side, it also comprises its own private ribbon of volcanic sand. Hesperia Hotel is huge, it has 331 rooms, 4 pools, spa, gym and so many restaurants/bars.
We were on a half board pension, which was cool. We would have a good breakfast, roam around the rest of the days and sometimes eat out or in pool bars, and then at dinner time we’d go to the buffet. Now, i read so many comments about the food before i traveled, that i was a bit apprehensive that i chose half board, but let me tell you that the food was great. Vegan friends, gluten intolerant friends, you’re good! I had no problems whatsoever finding something to eat, and i must say that i had so much more than salads and fruits.
The Hotel was gorgeous, we enjoyed the pool, the spa, took fitness/yoga classes and used the gym. Me, i pretty much lived in the pool, with my lil book on hand or my underwater cam, i have so many weird videos from this holiday i must say. For families with children, they have so many activities, they even have disco for kids.
The only down side to this hotel is the travelling, if you rent a car then you’re sorted but if not then you’ll have to rely on tour buses and taxis From the Hotel to the airport you can take a bus but you also gotta walk, and if you’re with children then i would not suggest it at all. We took a taxi when we were going home, it costed us 18 euros.
Timanfaya National Park
Timanfaya National Park is probably one of the main attractions of this gorgeous island. Yes, it is must visit if you’re travelling to Lanzarote. It has breathtaking landscapes, getting to the top and being able to look over the National Park is just and amazing sensation.
You can explore it with a tour by coach, camel ride, private car and and with the Ranger walks.
Private car – the National Park Ticket Price is 8 euros per adult (4 euros for children), and you might have to queue for quite a while. The park opens at 9 am so try to get there before mid-day when it gets a bit busier. Gather around the El Diablo restaurant to watch the experiments and get on the Orange bus to visit the park.
Camel ride – once in the park you can ride a camel to get to know a small portion of the park. Now, i don’t agree with this one but i thought i’d list it anyways. You’ll see pictures of me and one of the camels and the reason behind it is that i felt so sorry for him and decided to pet him a little bit while i was waiting for the group that i was with.
Bus tour – these are the tours that you book through agencies, and tour companies. we booked ours online through First minute travels. They take you from your Hotel or nearby area, then you go to the National park (skipping the big queues) and then off to the wineries to try some tasty wine and get some souvenirs.
Ranger walks – these type tours are probably the coolest but they only take up to max of 8 people of those walks. I would have loved to do it but didn’t book it in time.
Those are few ways you can visit the National Park, but to be quite honest with you the best way is going on a programmed tour. While i was visiting i noticed that tour buses get priority and that private cars just line up in a endless line to buy tickets to get in the park.
The only downside to it is the photos, the bus stops a few times but you can’t get out because its protected land, but the reflections of the windows don’t help.
This quiet little white town is Lanzarote’s oldest capital. The town is pretty quiet during the week, but when it comes to Sundays.. its gets filled with market stalls, colorful banners, street food, performers and so much more.
Teguise Market is the biggest in the island of Lanzarote, and probably on of the biggest in all Canary Islands. The Market opens every single Sunday from 09:00 to 14:00, and there’s no entry fee. It’s quite easy to get there as there is buses that come from Arrecife, Costa Teguise and Pureto del Carmen. You can also drive there but parking is limited, so be sure to arrive early. We went on a tour, but having said that it was only pick up and drop off at our Hotel as it was quite further South of the Island.
When in the market, you’ll see all sort of stalls. From clothing, DIY, Toys, Shows, Accessories and souvenirs. A couple of things you’ll see quite often while there, are handmade dresses made of 100% cotton and bracelets made of volcanic stones.
If you’re looking into getting a few souvenirs to take home, make sure to go to the market. I got a few bracelets for myself and the family, kids toys, Cactus marmalade and a fridge magnet all for less than 15 €.
Now, onto what actually matters.. FOOD. There are so , so many places where you can grab a bite from. Whether your vegan, meat eater, gluten free, celiac, there’s always something for you. I cannot count the amount of coffee shops there that would make dairy free beverages, vegan cakes/breakfast. Oh, i had the best crepe with lemon and sugar there, so damn yumm!