Flights to Lanzarote
Lanzarote is a Spanish island and part of the Canary Islands, situated in the Atlantic Ocean about 125 kilometres off the coast of Africa. Its striking volcanic landscapes, beautiful beaches, and great weather are what attract many tourists each year to visit Lanzarote.
The Lanzarote Airport (airport code: ACE) is also sometimes called the Arrecife Airport, as it is located near the city of Arrecife. The only 1-stop flights to Lanzarote from South Africa are with Iberia and Swiss Air. They have connections in Madrid and Zurich, respectively. Otherwise you can take South African Airways for stops in Lagos and Madrid, or Lufthansa that offers stops in Frankfurt and Dublin. Most flights to Lanzarote are around 20 hours long, including the layover times.
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The Tourist Attractions of Lanzarote:
Lanzarote is a beautiful island with interesting scenery, lovely beaches and great weather throughout the year, presenting many reasons why this is such a popular tourist destination. Whether you’re coming to Lanzarote with friends or family you’ll find there’s enough to keep everybody occupied. Among the top attractions on Lanzarote are the following:
Timanfaya National Park
One of the best known and most popular attractions on Lanzarote is the Timanfaya National Park. The park allows visitors to see the volcanic landscape that Lanzarote is so well known for, and it’s a landscape that’s barely changed since the large eruptions that took place here between 1730 and 1736. This landscape actually covers around a quarter of the island and features rugged, yet beautiful hills. A national park was established in 1974, and in 1993 UNESCO declared a biosphere reserve that not only covers the national park, but the whole of Lanzarote.
Inside the park you can visit the visitor’s centre and find out more about the origins of Lanzarote and what happened when the volcano erupted.
You should also see the Mountains of Fire section of the park. You can get here by car or bus then take a guided bus tour of some of the interior sections of the national park. The restaurant here is very popular and has great views.
Whales and Dolphins Museum
Based in the marina area of Puerto Calero you may think this is just another aquarium. In fact the Whales and Dolphins Museum on Lanzarote is not an aquarium at all but has many interesting exhibits on the evolution and whales and dolphins, including displays showing their skeletons, sounds they make and much more.
Mirador del Rio
As you travel around the island of Lanzarote you may see many references to a man named Cesar Manrique. Manrique was born on Lanzarote and was an artist and architect, responsible for creating some of the island’s most popular attractions. The restaurant in Timanfaya National Park for example was designed by him, and he obviously enjoyed working with volcanic landscapes because he also designed a whole entertainment complex within a volcanic cave!
Mirador del Rio is one of the best examples of his work. It’s a spectacular viewpoint in the north of Lanzarote that was designed by him and includes a café and shop.
When Should You Visit?:
Thanks to the latitude of Lanzarote this island has warm weather all year round, making it a popular year-round destination. The hottest months are in the summer, from June all through the October when average highs range between 26 and 29C. There’s virtually no rainfall from May to September, and the other months of the year there’s only a small amount. Even in January, the coolest month, the average high is still around 20C.