Lanzarote insider tips

Lanzarote Landscape

By Jane Egginton, your Lanzarote expert

I write for AA Travel Guides, Berlitz, .... Read more

How to save money plus other advice on Lanzarote

Like many destinations in Europe, Lanzarote isn't a particularly cheap place to visit, particularly for visitors from the UK hit by the poor pound to euro exchange rate. Follow these tips on how to save money and make the most of your holiday savings.

Eating and drinking

  • For good value set meals go for the menu del dia in local restaurants, which usually include three courses and a drink for under 10 euros.

  • With wonderful farmers' markets offering fresh local produce and impressive bodegas selling superb regional wines, some of my favourite meals in Lanzarote have been picnics I have packed myself and enjoyed on a day trip.

  • It is not normal in Spain to tip at restaurants, as service charge is included, although you may want to give loose change for helpful service.

  • Look out for sociedades and teleclubs (social clubs) that are great value little bars in towns and villages, offering food (usually there is no menu) and drink and run by local people.

  • Enjoy two-for-one and other discounts during happy hour - which usually runs in bars from 5-6pm.

Getting around

  • The island is a lot smaller than you might think - you can drive from one end to the other in an hour or so, so it won't cost you much in petrol. It's also relatively traffic free.

  • If you are driving from the airport, Lanzarote Information (www.lanzaroteinformation.com/content/lanzarote-directions-airport-puerto...) has step-by-step instructions, complete with photographs, on how to get to the main resort of Puerto Del Carmen, as well as to Costa Teguise.

  • Consider travelling by bus between the major resorts or towns. The bus system is efficient and cheap.

  • Look at www.arrecifebus.es (with an English option) for full details of very reasonably priced buses, including timetables and buses. If you have to ask a local for information, it is worth knowing that buses are known as ‘guaguas’ on the island.

  •  Free buses are available to many of the larger attractions from the main resorts. Just look out for local signs.

  • Consider hiring a bike to save money (and the planet). They are available at all resorts and from some rural hotels and self-catering accommodation.

  • Don’t tip taxi drivers – just round the fare up to the nearest euro.

Sights and attractions

  • Many of Lanzarote’s highlights are free: its spectacular local landscapes are there for all to enjoy. Spend a day visiting its distinct regions, from the wine valley to the coast and the volcanic national parks.

  • Lanzarote has a lively programme of events, many of which are free. One week may see a gastronomic or music festival, another a high profile club night.

  • At attractions, discounts for children and families are sometimes offered. It is always worth enquiring.

  • Some companies offer online discounts for booking; e.g. www.submarinesafaris.com gives 15 per cent off tickets bought 48 hours in advance. 

Other tips

  • There is free WiFi in some cafes and often in hotels (although you will have to bring your own laptop), where you can use Skype to save on the cost of calls (www.lanzaroteinformation.com/content/wifi-hotspots-lanzarote).

  • Lanzarote has a duty free tax status, so items such as cigarettes, perfumes and alcohol are considerably cheaper here.

  • Buy duty free goods in the shops and supermarkets on the island, though, rather than in the airport where they are invariably more expensive.

  • Avoid buying electronic goods, particularly without a guarantee, as there have been recent reports of a wide number of faulty items, such as cameras and camcorders, being sold to tourists.

  • Both islands are popular destinations for older travellers and senior citizen discounts are sometimes available.

  • A good quality map can be downloaded from the tourist office site here - www.turismodecanarias.com/canary-islands-spain/web/maps/map_of_lanzarote....

  • Yoga is becoming increasingly popular on the island. I can highly recommend the Amatista retreat (www.villa-amatista.com) as well as Holistic and Yoga Holidays (www.hoho.co.uk).

  • Although massages are available in the big hotels, for the personal touch try Angie Appleton (www.holistictherapies.es). Angie is so much more than just a massage therapist, offering all kinds of wonderful holistic treatments. She has a sublime treatment room in Costa Teguise where you can hear the sound of the sea as you have your treatment.

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