Once reserved only for the richest, these days thanks to cheap flights the Canary Islands are a popular holiday destination for all. Located near the south coast of Morocco, the Canaries are the most far flung Spanish territory. The archipelago consists of 13 islands inhabited by a total of over 2 million people. The three biggest and most populous islands are: Tenerife, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria. Located in the north-east corner of the archipelago Lanzarote is the fourth in size but its holiday allure is on a par with its more famous, bigger neighbours. Why not book a cheap flight to Lanzarote today and see for yourself!
The biggest city in Lanzarote is the coastal town of Arrecife. Picturesque and atmospheric, it’s the main transport and tourism hub on the island but the Lanzarote airport is located 5km west, in Casas de Guasimeta. Numerous airlines offer cheap international flight tickets to Lanzarote from London but travelling from a different origin usually means booking your flight via mainland Spain. Barcelona is a popular choice but the lowest airfares can be often booked also via Málaga or Madrid.
At the moment there are no direct, low cost flight deals available from Morocco. There are also no passenger ferrier operating between Lanzarote and Africa but cruises to and from other islands in the Canary archipelago are easy to come by.
However, with many low cost flights options available to and from Lanzarote, sea travel is on the decline and remains used mostly as a luxurious leisure option.
Remember that lowest airline fares can be usually found when booking in advance but it’s also worth searching for last minute discounted flights. Great deals on flights and hotels can spring up overnight at any time.
Before the Castilian conquest of the Archipelago, the Canaries were probably inhabited by tribes related to the Berbers of Northern Africa. It is quite possible that the destination was used for leisure already by ancient Greeks and Romans, but before the era of low cost airlines getting to the islands was quite the challenge, so for many centuries the Archipelago became forgotten again. The European conquest of the Canaries took place over most of the 15th century and, after many bloody battles with the local population, the islands became a Spanish territory.
In the 20th century the whole country was torn by a civil war. Victorious dictator, General Franco, ruled over Spain for over two decades. During this time the Canary Islands gained popularity as a tourist destination for wealthy travellers.
After Franco’s death Spain underwent a democratic transformation and the Archipelago became an autonomous region with its own government based out of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
The proliferation of cheap international flight tickets in the recent decade made the Canaries less of a luxurious destination. Of course there are still plenty five star options available but budget travellers can also enjoy the natural wonders of this corner of the world without breaking the bank. Flight and hotel deals, all inclusive trips and even hostels and campsites are all at your fingertips thanks to convenient and cheap online booking options.
Every year nearly ten million foreign tourists visit the Canary Islands.
Lanzarote is famous for its golden sand beaches and calm, warm water. Believed by many to be the most beautiful on the island, Papagayo beach is located in the southernmost part of Lanzarote. The only downside of this spectacular spot is that it gets relatively busy in the peak season. Searching for peace and quiet on Papagayo is certainly a challenge!
The Famara beach is a somewhat more secluded option and it attracts many hippie types from all over the globe. Its golden sand and breathtaking views on nearby cliffs provide a perfect ambience for relaxation but the the beach is also very popular among sporty types who come here with their surf and kite boards.
Learning to surf, windsurf and kite surf is a popular holiday option on Lanzarote and there are many schools offering courses or even one-off classes. Watching the pros ride the waves is also a great past-time!
Snorkelling and scuba diving are very popular in Lanzarote and many tourists come here tempted by the opportunity to swim with manta rays, a large species of manta growing up to 5,5m long.
Animal lovers can also spend a great day at Rancho Texas Lanzarote Park. It’s a facility dedicated to education and conservation of nature and a great place for a family outing, or an emergency option in case of rain.
Museo Lagomar is said to be one of the most beautiful places in Lanzarote. A natural wonder of caves and labyrinths, it’s very different to any other museum in the world! Created by an unusual combination of art, engineering and forces of nature, Museo Lagomar is the perfect place for design enthusiast. In fact, for many artsy types it’s the foremost reason to book their cheap flights to Lanzarote!
Although the island is known as one of the quieter locations in the Archipelago, Lanzarote is also home to hundreds of bars and restaurants providing delicious eating out opportunities at any time of the day. Avenida de Las Playas in the town of Puerto del Carmen is the most lively destination on the island, highly recommended for all those searching for a good party.
The climate of the Canary Islands is rather mild and often referred to as ‘the eternal spring’. The temperature stays much the same throughout the year, with average of 18 in winter and 24 in summer. Between May and October there’s virtually no rainfall so whenever you chose to book your cheap flights to Lanzarote for, good weather is practically guaranteed.
Remember to pack sunscreen and a hat. Summer’s sun can be very strong but there aren’t many things better in life than a Lanzarote beach holiday.
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