Location and Climate
Lanzarote is situated just 79 miles off the coast of Africa and is the most easterly of the Canary Islands. The island is 37 miles (60km) long and 12 miles (20 km) wide, making it the fourth largest island in the Canaries.
Lanzarote enjoys a mild dry climate with average daytime temperatures ranging from 21°C in January to 29°C in August. Annual rainfall is just 140mm (5.5 inches). This makes Lanzarote the perfect year-round destination. Lanzarote is Volcanic in originand has several beautiful white beaches such as at Playa Blanca and Papagayo.
Lanzarote is only a short distance from Fuerteventura and the town of Playa Blanca can be seen gleaming white in the distance from Corralejo. An ambitious plan to build a bridge linking Lanzarote and Fuerteventura so that it would be possible to travel by train between the north of Lanzarote and the south of Fuerteventura have been posited, but for the foreseeable future the only options involve crossing by boat or a very long swim.
Catlanza’s luxury 74ft catamaran, Ocean Voyager, sets sail from the exclusive millionaires marina of Puerto Calero (just ten minutes from Puerto del Carmen). The destination includes the most beautiful beaches on the island – at Papagayo Bay
Submarine Safaris SL, located in Puerto Calero’s marina, offers an unforgettable experience on board of a highly sophisticated tourist submarine, equipped with large viewing points, each with its own TV monitor showing alternative viewing angles as well as a digital display panel where you will be receiving information regarding the submarine.
Diving in Lanzarote’s surrounding waters means exploring a sub aquatic volcanic world with an incredible variety of marine life. Lanzarote is a diver’s paradise with crystalline waters and underwater sceneries of rare beauty. Off the harbour of Puerto del Carmen, a number of wrecks have been sunk to create a fascinating marine park, bubbling with life.
Fully experienced dive guides, with excellent knowledge of Lanzarote’s dive locations, deal with divers of all levels (from beginners to experienced) in almost any language.
Many say about Lanzarote as surf destination that it comes right after Hawaii and that it has some of the best waves of all Europe, especially off the northern and north-eastern shores – both recommended only for experienced surfers. One of the toughest surf spots, even challenging the technically proficient, can be found at the beach near Jameos del Agua, where the waves break in multiple sections over the volcanic reef.
Deep Sea Fishing
The Atlantic Ocean surrounding Lanzarote also provides excellent conditions for game fishing and if you want to try your hand at it – or you are already an enthusiast of this sport – head for the marinas and harbours on the south coast (Puerto del Carmen, Puerto Calero, Playa Blanca) or Caleta del Sebo (on the islet of La Graciosa). All of them offer professionally equipped boats for charter, some even specializing in shark fishing.
The main species caught in the waters off these ports are blue marlin, tuna (the best season for these two species is between April and November), swordfish and bonito. As Lanzarote is renowned for its rich fishing grounds and many anglers want to try their luck, we recommend that you book early!
What better way is there than to explore the island high up on a horse or camel? Alike many other efforts in favour of preserving Lanzarote’s natural assets, local authorities have developed defined riding routes (called Plan de Rutas Ecuestres), allowing horse-riding lovers to get in touch with the surrounding nature without any risks of personal damage because of the often-rough terrain.
At present, Lanzarote has only one golf course at Costa Teguise, but two more are either currently in construction (at Puerto del Carmen) or in the planning stage (at Playa Blanca).
Costa Teguise’s 18-hole, par-72 course, designed by John Harris, comprises a driving range, practice putting green, restaurant, bar, pro-shop and a golf equipment rental service. Located at the foot of an ancient volcano, each hole of this course provides captivating ocean views.
Lanzarote has a number of exciting spots suitable for the practice of air sports, such as hang-gliding and paragliding. Though, wind directions and strength have to be considered when choosing the best take-off place. Most of the year, Lanzarote’s winds are too strong for paragliding, but between November and March you can find many flyable days.
The lack of high peaks makes it "almost" easy to explore Lanzarote on a bicycle. Also for this environment preserving sport and in order to promote "cycle tourism", the regional government set up the Plan de Rutas Cicloturísticas (literally "plan of cycle tourism routes"), comprising a series of defined routes and trails for enthusiastic cyclists to enjoy their sport to the full extent.Check Availibility