Soaking Up The Sun On Lanzarote
Lanzarote offers more sunshine hours than any other European destination, thanks to the fact that it isn’t really part of Europe at all! As it is in fact located in the Canary Islands close to the coast of West Africa.
Spanish Island – Close To Africa
This administrative anomaly was created as long ago as the 15th century, when the Canaries were conquered for the Spanish crown by a band of adventurers of diverse nationality, led by the Frenchman Jean de Bethencourt. And whilst the islands do boast their own identity they remain very much part of Spain and the European Union to this day.
As a result the journey time from the UK to the islands is about double that of flying to the Med resorts, around four hours and fifteen minutes on average. But it is well worth going this extra distance during the winter months especially, as Lanzarote´s location means that tourists can enjoy proper sunshine and beach holidays all year round.
Finding The Best Accommodation Deals
Many visitors to the island these days prefer to book their own private holiday rental property, not least as this usually works out cheaper than booking a break through one of the big holiday companies whilst also offering more privacy. Whitebeach Holidays are one of the longest established local companies offering accommodation on the island and they focus primarily on the popular resort of Playa Blanca in the south of Lanzarote. View their latest special offers if you are looking for a bargain break.
Playa Blanca – Lanzarote´s Hot Spot
Playa Blanca is certainly the hottest spot on Lanzarote as thanks to its location at the southern foot of the island it enjoys the best microclimate. This resort is also a real haven for beach lovers as there are three in close proximity to the town center as well as the huge sweep of sand at nearby Papagayo (a word that means parrot in Spanish – although there are none here!).
During the winter months temperatures on Lanzarote usually reach the early to mid 20´s Celsius at their best. But you can also experience cloudier periods and when the sun isn’t shining the impact on the mercury can be dramatic, dragging the mean temperature down by as much as 10 degrees. The summer is obviously more consistent in terms of constant temperatures and during August it can get as high as the mid 30´s Celsius, although fortunately this is usually tempered by a cooling breeze.
Exploring The Island
Whatever the weather there is always plenty to do on Lanzarote, as the island often a surprisingly large number of interesting and unusual visitor attractions. Many of these are the work of the famous local artist Cesar Manrique, who was responsible for developing diverse sites such as the Cactus Garden and the Jameos del Agua. Many of the best beaches also are located outside of the main resorts, so there is plenty of incentive to hire a car and explore.