Cheap flights to Lanzarote
When it comes to sun-kissed beaches, fantastic seafood, pumping bars and nightclubs and spectacular otherworldly scenery there is just one word – Lanzarote.
It is the bustling resorts that make Lanzarote the popular tourist destination that it is. Resorts like Puerto del Carmen, or Costa Teguise, where you can enjoy a spot of golf in the morning, hit the beach in the afternoon, and then head out to the bars and clubs in the evening for some merrymaking.
But it’s not all about big activity-filled resorts. Those looking for something a little more low-key should check out places like bohemian La Caleta de Famara with its stunning cliffs, laid back vibe and extra legroom on the beach.
Carnival is the biggest party of the year in Lanzarote, so much so that it keeps going for over a month. The biggest parade takes place in Arrecife on 3 March, followed by the Burial of the Sardine on the 5th. Don't worry if you miss that, though, you can still catch another huge parade in Puerto del Carmen on the 8th, with further celebrations elsewhere on the island over the following weeks.
Fiestas de Nuestra Señora del Carmen
This maritime festival is celebrated in Lanzarote's fishing villages (including Playa Blanca and Puerto del Carmen) on 16 July (check local listings for regional variations). Each village has its own programme of cultural events, but they all culminate with the locals carrying the statue of the Virgin from the local church out to sea for a colourful blessing-of-the boats ceremony.
While camera and electronics shops have earned themselves a bad reputation in the Canary Islands, Visanta is consistently recommended as the exception to this rule, and its prices aren't bad either (55 Avenida de las Playas, Puerto del Carmen, visanta.com/tiendas.asp).