LanzaroteWelcome to Discover Lanzarote - the independent guide to Lanzarote.
Situated just 79 miles off the coast of the Sahara Desert, Lanzarote is the most easterly of the Canary Islands. The island is 37 miles (60km) long and 12 miles (20 km) wide, making it the fourth largest island of the Canaries.
Lanzarote ClimateLanzarote enjoys a mild dry climate with average daytime temperatures ranging from about 21°C in January to 29°C in August. With total annual rainfall at just just 140mm (5.5 inches), Lanzarote is the perfect year-round holiday destination.
Volcanic OriginsAs with the other Canary Islands, Lanzarote is Volcanic in origin. Due to the recent eruptions of the 18th and 19th Centuries, many parts of the island appear to be from another world, often described as 'lunar' or 'Martian'.
The dry climate (and lack of erosion) means that the Volcanic Landscape still appears much as it did just after the eruptions.
Amongst the many striking Volcanic features of Lanzarote is one of the longest Volcanic Tunnels in the world, the Atlantida Tunnel, which is over 7 km long and includes the La Cueva de los Verdes and Jameos del Agua.
Despite the Volcanic nature of the island (many volcanic islands have black beaches), Lanzarote has several beautiful golden sand beaches such as those at Playa Blanca, Papagayo and Caleton Blanco.
For the more active, the island offers great surfing at Famara and La Santa, great windsurfing at Costa Teguise and world-class sports training facilities at La Santa Sport. Local authority regulations on the amount and style of development mean that there are no large advertising billboards and no high rise buildings on Lanzarote (with the exception of the Grand Hotel in Arrecife).
If you are searching for accommodation, then check out our lists of villas, apartments, bungalows and hotels on the island. If you want to know who flies to Lanzarote, then have a look at our list of Airlines that fly to Lanzarote. Finally if you want to see the entire island, then renting a car really is a must.