Lanzarote is the smaller of the two main Canary Islands, located about 100 km off the African coast. It’s capital, Arrecife, is home to the Canary Island’s largest fishing fleet, due to its close proximity to mainland Africa. Shopping opportunities for souvenirs include local embroideries, baskets, and native Guanche pottery.
Arrecife has three beaches, Playa Blanca, El Reducto and Guacineta. Playa El Reducto, just south of Arrecife, is said to be the best beach. A short camel trek through Timanfaya National Park in the Fire Mountains is a popular tourist activity.
The primary destination along the northern coast from Arrecife is the volcanic grottoes at Jameos del Agua, formed when the lava flow reached the Atlantic Ocean.
Things to See & Do
* Beaches of Papagayo
* Volcanic grottoes at Jameos del Agua
* Playa El Reducto beach
*Timanfaya National Park
Cruise Season – Feb to Dec
Currency – Euro (€)
Language – Spanish
Land Area – 846 sq km’s (Lanzarote)
Population – 50,000
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time –GMT/UTC plus one hour
International Country Telephone Code – +34
Port Location – The Port at Arrecife is located about 6 km’s from the town centre.
Transport Links- Guacimeta International Airport is five minutes outside the capital, from where there are direct flights every day to the other islands in the archipelago as well as frequent connections to the Spanish peninsula and the major cities of Europe. The commercial port is in Arrecife, the main gateway for import-export. From Playa Blanca, you can take a ferry across to Puerto de Corralejo in Fuerteventura. There is another commercial port, Los Marmoles, in the Municipality of Teguise.