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Just off the coast of Africa, the island of Lanzarote offers holiday heaven with year-round sunshine, pleasant beaches, remarkable natural attractions, excellent sports opportunities, and a delightful dose of outdoor artwork courtesy of Lanzarote's favourite son, César Manrique.

Why go?

As one of the sunny Canary Islands, Lanzarote promises sun, sand, amazing scenery, and a warm welcome...

Upon arrival in Arrecife Airport (ACE), the pleasures of this lovely Canary Island are never far away and car hire from the airport is a really good idea to fully explore the island once you've settled into your resort.

Arrecife Town is not far from the airport, and offers accommodation as well as some attractions. Great holiday options can be found across the island, with Puerto del Carmen taking the title for the biggest tourist resort. Nowhere is bursting at the seams in Lanzarote though, and high-rise buildings are nowhere to be seen here. Instead you'll find unobtrusive accommodation in charming resorts such as Playa Blanca, Costa Teguise, Matagorda, Playa de los Pocillos and Haria.

From its fiery birth at the centre of a raging volcano, Lanzarote has grown up to become a pleasant island. A moon-like landscape is the incredible legacy of its early years and Timanfaya National Park is the place to explore the lunar-like wonder.

Another natural spectacle worth visiting is El Golfo, or the gulf - a crater with a green lake. The caves and grottoes of Jameos del Agua make for a further interesting diversion away from the beaches and swimming pools.

Nature also plays a part in other fun past times in Lanzarote. Trekking on a camel over sand dunes is entertaining, and catching a ride on the surf of the Atlantic waves is sure to thrill at the beaches in the west.

How to get there?

As a popular summer and winter destination, flights to Lanzarote are plentiful and great deals are to be had when you compare prices...  

It takes only four to five hours from the UK to reach the warm shores of the island and flights to Lanzarote are frequent from most British airports and available via a range of airlines.

The low cost airlines have arrived on the island, with Ryanair now flying to Lanzarote from 11 UK airports including Stansted, Luton, Bournemouth, Prestwick and Manchester. EasyJet flies in from Gatwick and Liverpool, and Monarch operates from Gatwick, Luton, Birmingham, East Midlands, Leeds Bradford and Manchester. Jet2 will carry you to the island from Newcastle, Blackpool, Manchester, Belfast, Glasgow, Edinburgh, East Midlands and Leeds Bradford, and British Airways flies in from Gatwick.

Charter services also fly to the island year round with Thomson and Thomas Cook from all over the UK.

Whatever you're planning on doing, whenever you're planning on going, make sure you organise your Lanzarote flights early to get the best deal. Flight prices to this eternally popular sunshine isle don't fluctuate much, though prices will rise during school holidays.

Getting to and from the airport

As a bustling holiday resort, regular transfers are available round the clock...

Upon arrival in Arrecife Airport (ACE) buses and taxis are in good supply at the airport to take you to your hotel or villa. If you are travelling in a group, consider booking in advance. Many taxi firms offer mini-bus and people carrier services upon request.

Do double-check if your transfer is included with your holiday or flight deal as most operators offer a coach pick-up and drop-off to your destination.

Where to stay?

Lanzarote is one of the leading holiday choices for British travellers and you are guaranteed a superb choice of places to stay...

There are a number of key holiday resorts across Lanzarote, with some more popular with British holidaymakers than others. Throughout the island, accommodation tends to be apartment complexes, duplexes, hotels and villa rentals.

Puerto del Carmen, just near the airport, remains a popular base, and accommodation here is very much geared, as with other resorts, towards families.

Trends show UK holidaymakers gravitating north to Costa Teguise too, which has undergone a lot of development.

All-inclusive complexes are a common fixture all over Lanzarote, and the added the bonus of child-friendly pools (most with lifeguards) makes them a great choice for families whichever resort you choose.

Less well known to British holidaymakers is the south of the island, along the Playa Blanca. It is sometimes considered slightly remote compared to the rest of Lanzarote, but it does attract more couples or singles - possibly thanks to some of its hotels being located near naturist (nudist) beaches.

Whatever your preference for resort, be sure to check out some bargain flights before you head to Lanzarote using our price comparison tool.