Thoughts on choosing a Lanzarote resort
There two or three larger, popular resorts but, having stayed there, I would recommend Puerto Del Carmen.
Its very near the airport, and I think it's the biggest resort. Nice beach, loads to do, good shops and bars and great choices for eating-out.
Playa Blanca is popular but for me it's sort-of stuck-out on its own a bit.
Costa Teguise is the other one - again, its a bit isolated away from other places but looks to be very nice.
P-D-C for me had it all - and, if you didn't want too-big-a-town, then the smaller area just to the North of P-D-C is Matagorda. HUGE beach, smaller and quieter but quite a few shops and bars. There is a regular bus to Arrecife.
PDC, Matagorda especially, is a brisk 5-mile walk along the sea front to the capital Arrecife.
Oh and although it's right on the end of the runway almost, the noise is not a problem because of the angle that the flight path takes. (Kids are fascinated by the low flying planes!)
Unique Suggestions: Take a walk along the front past the airport perimeter to Arrecife via Playa Honda (then maybe take the bus back!)
This is held every Sunday, in the old town which is also the old capital if Lanzarote,Teguise. (not to be mistaken for Costa Teguise) The whole of the Island seems to descends on Teguise, it is heaving with wall to wall people, and, sadly the pick pockets.
The usual tat can be found. Football shirts, table clothes galore, some crafts and jewelery.
But, it's worth a visit once in a life time.
Unique Suggestions: My tip is................ if you must go, find yourself a nice restaurant or bar to sit in and people watch !
Keep your wallet or purse safe.
Fun Alternatives: Teguise is the oldest town on the Island and also the old capitol town. It Doe's have a Castle (now a museum ).Stroll round the street's and look at the old Churches and buildings. Watch the entertainment in the old square, with local singer's and dancers.
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Sunday Market at Teguise - horrors museum
Every Sundays a market takes place in the pretty town of Teguise. Nearly all the streets have stands, but all of them sell the same stuff: t-shirts, lava jewellery and the things you put on your chimney between the Venice gondola and the Paris Tour Eiffel.
Nothing traditional, completely tourists oriented.
Huge parking lots are waitings hundred of cars and buses.
Fun Alternatives: Teguise is a nice town. It was the capital of Lanzarote in the past. Go there any day but Sunday...
Be aware when calling overseas!!
Spanish phones are very, very expensive when calling overseas. After spending in phone booths a lot of Euros, i learnt my lesson!
Fun Alternatives: A friend gave me a number that he uses and he gets much cheaper rates.
I call through this number which is 902 99 53 01, from any land line or phone booth, and all i pay is just 4 cents a minute at nights and wekends, or 6 cents at daytime. It is also so easy to use, i have been using it for 4 months now. highly recommended!!!
I've used it to call the US, UK, France, Italy and some other places where i have friends. I think they have more than 60 countries, so chances are yours will be listed.
When you dial the number,902 99 53 01, and then get the operator, just press 1, and 00 plus your country code and your friends number. Beleive is worh it! I think you can use it form a mobile phone also with rates around 20 cents a minute or something like that.
if you want details or list of countries the page is www.iCallCheap.com in English and www.TelefonoBarato.com in Spanish. just check it out, you'll thank me :)
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Every Sunday morning there is a big market in Teguise. Instead of the "authentic" market we were told to visit, the market was totally dedicated to useless tourist crap. So certainly useful if you want to buy some cheap souvenirs for those you dislike at home...
Don´t go there with an overpriced organized tour (like we did against our principles, but it was our last day...) but just take the public transport if you still have to go there!
Mirador del Rio
You have to pay to get into this panorama point.
If you walk 100 m to the left, you have the same view at the island La Graciosa for free!
Skip it I would say, unless you are interested in this construction of Cesar Manrique.
Jameos del Agua
A cave with some small white blind lobsters.
Although the surroundings of the cave have been designed by Cesar Manrique, we found this place a complete waste of time (we even had to wait in line) and money.
See for yourself but don´t complain I did not warn you!
Out and about
If you want to hire a car on the Island will be inexpensive compared to UK. You need to be aged 21 and possess a full driving license and hire agreement with you.
I have rented a car for three days, and was enough for me to visit all the Island. However, if you have more days, maybe is better driving more relaxed.
Car hire costed me for three days 120 Euros + 30 euros for petrol... it is fantastic!
Unique Suggestions: There are lots of Car hires companies in the Island... hotels and holidays packages offer sometimes as well the service.
However I have found that AUTOS CABRERA as it is called the one that I chose, is right with agreements and service offers.
Here I give you the Contact Details for AUTOS CABRERA:
RUBICON PALACE HOTEL
Telfs. 0034 928 517 796 - 0034 928 518 500
C.C. PLAYA ROCA
Avda. del Mar, s/n.
Telfs. 0034 928 590 103 - 0034 928 590 076
Fax: 0034 928 591 722
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Time share touts
To be fair there are not many when compared to other sunspots. But they are usually waiting on the main shopping streets waiting for the unwary.
The scam they used on me was to offer me a free scratch card and told me I had won a prize. All I had to do was go to a bar nearby and wait and talk to the 'boss' who would give me my prize. I waited a good 30 minutes to see him and he waffled on about Lanzarote properties and I started to feel made a fool of. When he asked me for my credit card details I saw red and walked out.
Unique Suggestions: Ignore anyone on the street offering you things for free. If you want to buy property go and see an estate agent (called inmobilarios). There are many reputable German , British and Spanish agents on the island.
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Get out of your resort
Lanzarote can be so much more than a sun holiday. It has so many beautiful places to go to and see that you really should explore the whole island. You'll regret it otherwise.
Unique Suggestions: If you are getting bored by the pool go and rent a car. It's not expensive and the roads are really good around lanzarote. Go to the north of the island and have a look at the surfers on this side, visit the tourist attractions which are great and well worth it. Playa Blanca also has great beaches near by. Get your snorkel on!
This popular childrens attraction based in Costa Teguise has been described as 'freezing cold' by many people. One person left after 5 minutes, the company do not give refunds.
Unique Suggestions: The water is not heated. The best times to use it are Easter and July and August, or when it is a very hot day.
Fun Alternatives: Many pools on apartment complexes and around hotels are heated for use year round.
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We visited this Sunday market on a special offer run by Cactus Jack's at 15E, which included Sunday lunch back at Cactus Jack's. Lunch was ok, but the bus service was very expensive-we could have done the same short journey by public transport a lot cheaper! Also the state of the bus itself was questionable-very old and tatty.
Unique Suggestions: Do not go to Teguise on market day if you want to see the town itself- it is unbearably crowded, and the bargains are not really bargains. Ladies' toilets are not free on Sundays- a little lady collects money in exchange for a paper towel to wipe your hands- no fee the rest of the week!
Fun Alternatives: So, go on a different day and you will not see many people, you will see a beautiful town and you can walk around in peace and quiet, noting the attractive buildings. Don't miss the castle(see Santa Barbara tip)
water park washout
lanzarote has one waterpark. at 20 euros per adult it is one of the most expensive i have ever beenthis price does not inclued 5 euros for a locker and 2.50 for each sun lounger. this water park is dull and is badly spaced out . this place is not bad for Kids, i mean 2- 6 age group but if you are an adult looking BIG drops and fast slides you wont find it here.....dont bother
ps: sliding in and out of the bath at my hotel was more fun
Unique Suggestions: to make it more bearable dont go
Fun Alternatives: The best days we had in Lanzarote where spent on the beach. at least there was waves
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Full English Breakfast
You will see a 'full-english' advertised at about 3-4 euros, very cheap, yes ? Ask the waiter whether tea or coffee is included - as in some places this doubles the price of your meal.. Some places are a rip-off - stale bread, burnt bacon and sausage & eggs. I once asked for mushrooms and hash browns in place of bacon and sausage and had to pay 2 euros extra (I couldnt eat the mushrooms because they were stale).
Unique Suggestions: Always ask what is included in the price. There are many places offering the same kind of thing- some much better than others.
Fun Alternatives: Look at other peoples plates and see what your going to get, or ask someone leaving the place. Or other tourists.
Chefs and cooks come and go frequently, they dont get paid much and what was good last week may not be good this week with a new inexperienced chef.
The consistently best 'English breakfast' I have eaten is in the Marina in Puerto Calero at Mcquorleys overlooking the harbour. Well worth the trip if you can get there.
The Canary Islands are famous to have real bargains, specially on electronics.
This may be true in some cases, but for what we saw in Costa Teguise and Arrecife, you should not expect to get phantastic bargains: some articles were even more expensive than in the spanish mainland / peninsula.
Unique Suggestions: Compare prices between the different shops and also have in mind, what would be the price in your place.
Probably, the have overpriced the item with the idea of later negotiating a discount.
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