Flights to Lanzarote take around four to five hours from the UK and visitors arrive at Arrecife Airport (ACE). Though a part of Spain, Lanzarote is a duty-free destination so visitors stock up on goodies - but before you cram your suitcase with your purchases, check your luggage allowance or all the money you've saved on shopping could be wiped out on excess baggage fees.
The constantly warm and dry climate attracts holidaymakers, as does the eerie lunar-like volcanic landscape and the 'Fire Mountains' of Timanfaya National Park.
Holidays in Lanzarote offer so much more than a resort experience. There are watersports to try and golf clubs to swing. That's if you want to actually tear yourself away from the pool or the beach in your resort. Relaxation is at the top of the agenda for most visitors, after all.
When it comes to resorts, there are a number of options. Nowhere is built up and rowdy in Lanzarote, not even the most popular holiday hotspots such as Puerto del Carmen. Other choices include Costa Teguise, Matagorda, Playa Blanca, Playa de los Pocillos, Puerto Calero, Arrieta, Haria, Playa El Cable and Playa Dorada. That's 30 kilometres of coastline and 99 beaches on which to find your perfect spot.
Car hire is a great idea in Lanzarote, as it opens up the island to your adventurous spirit. Popular day trips include a visit to Jameos del Agua, where a natural gallery of grottoes and caves will have you transfixed. El Golfo, or the gulf, is a crater with a green lake, caused by the presence of algae. Lanzarote's most beloved son, the artist César Manrique, is celebrated at his Foundation (or you can spot his distinctive creations all around the island). The kids will enjoy a day in the 'Wild West' at Rancho Texas theme park too.
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From a warm 17C average during winter, to daily averages in the high twenties in summer, Lanzarote truly is a year-round destination. It rains a little in December and January, but even the winter months see daily sunshine averages of eight hours.
Arrecife Carnival; February: Food, drink, dancing, fireworks, floats, and music - these all come together with colour and energy to create an unforgettable tourist experience in the town of Arrecife.
Teguise Festival; March: Another spectacle of revelry, this time in and around the tourist area of Costa Teguise. Every year there are processions, parades, parties and plenty of things to see and do.
Dia de la Cruz; May: A religious festival, the Day of the Cross is marked with parades of crosses that have been decorated with flowers, carried by locals in traditional costume.
Ironman; May: This annual competition has grown in popularity and now attracts nearly 2,000 male and female athletes who must swim, run and pedal themselves to possible victory.
Jazz Festival; July: The annual music event takes jazz to a few of the Canary Islands, and you can catch a number of performances in Lanzarote.
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Grown-up families: Ride a camel on the moon. Well, almost. Explore the moon-like landscapes of Timanfaya National Park on the back of a camel. Or take a seat on a coach. The family will be gobsmacked by hissing geysers and giant craters.
Babies & toddlers: Playa Blanca is a great option for safe paddling in the sea thanks to a gently sloping beach and clear shallow waters.
Romance: Romance your partner with a subterranean feast in the lava tunnel at Jameos del Agua.
Kids & teens: Guinate Tropical Park, in the Valley of a Thousand Palms, will keep youngsters happy as they spot an abundance of colourful wildlife. Older kids will enjoy the thrills of Rancho Texas theme park.
Relaxing: Head to the northern tip of the island to Mirador del Rio, where beaches and salt flats fall into view at the top of this cliff viewpoint. Late afternoon is a quiet time to visit.
Active types: Costa Teguise is the place to be for action under and above the water. Try surfing, windsurfing, or head below the waves to check out the reefs, caves and underwater life with a diving experience.
Nightlife: Heady beats do not provide the soundtrack in Lanzarote, though Puerto del Carmen has a number of lively nightspots along the Avenida de las Playas.