Lanzarote Complete Travel Guide – Part 1 – The Storyteller Blog

Lanzarote is a unique island of unusual and spectacular beauty. In this Lanzarote Travel Guide, you’ll discover its incredible nature, dramatic landscapes, black sand, red volcanos and intriguing local culture, which all make this island an ideal destination for your next holidays. Don’t miss the second part of this guide which will be online later this week!

I rarely accept press trip offers. They are exhausting and ridiculously rushed. And I also rarely return to a destination I’ve already visited. But when Jet2 invited me to Lanzarote, I had no doubts. I visited Lanzarote over 10 years ago, so I was really curious to see if and how it had changed. And a Jet2Holidays to the Canary Islands was the perfect occasion to see it all, once again.

Below, you will find all the info to plan your trip to Lanzarote, including some local tips and hidden treasures I had the opportunity to visit during my month on the island.

Lanzarote Travel Guide

In this complete guide to Lanzarote, I will cover the followings:

  • Getting Started: Practical and General Info
  • What to see and do in Lanzarote (part 1)
  • Food in Lanzarote
  • Sleep and Dream in Lanzarote
  • Books + Movies about Lanzarote

Lanzarote’s guaranteed sunshine, a short flight time from London and the relaxed attitude of the locals has been attracting travellers for decades but without turning into a crazy tourists hotspot.

Lanzarote, a fascinating volcanic island just off the coast of Africa, features year-round sunshine, traditional villages, gorgeous beaches and a lot of outdoor activities, like surfing, volcano climbing and wine tours.

And, differently to the other Canary Islands, Lanzarote’s strict building regulations have saved the island from high-rise hotels, leaving space to the traditional villages, valleys and history.


Getting Started – Lanzarote Travel Guide

When to visit Lanzarote

Less than 80-miles of Ocean separate the north-west coast of Africa and Lanzarote. Its location means that you’ll find year-round sunshine, with temperatures rarely dipping below 16 degrees. Summer is hot but a constant breeze keeps temperatures manageable, while winter is perfect if you love sports and travelling offseason.

Practical Info

  • Currency – Euro
  • Time Zone – Greenwich Meridian Time (GMT)
  • Language – Spanish, but don’t worry, most people also speak English

Getting around

  • Airport: The UK is well connected to Arrecife Airport, in fact, Jet2 flights directly to Lanzarote. You can easily and stress-free book your Jet2Holidays from London Stanstead.
  • Public Transport: With no trains and limited public transport, the best way to explore Lanzarote is by hiring a car. You can either get one at the airport or from the city centre. If you are interested in great car-rental deals, leave me a comment below and I will get in touch with the details of the cheapest rates on the island.
  • Taxis/ Ferries: There are taxis on the island, which run on meters.
    There are also ferries that connect Lanzarote with La Graciosa, Fuerteventura and the other Canary Islands.

Basic Spanish

As mentioned, the local language is Spanish, but like anywhere else in the world, it is good to learn a few words of the local language. So here are a few handy phrases to get you started:

Hola – Hello
Buenos días – Good morning
Buenas tardes – Good afternoon
Buenas noches – Good night
Por favor – Please
Gracias – Thank you
Adiós – Goodbye
Sí – Yes
No – No

What to see – Lanzarote Travel Guide

So what to do on a volcanic island on top of lying on the beach working on your tan? Here are some ideas!

1. Timanfaya National Park

This National Park was created in 1730 after one of the largest volcanic eruptions in the history of humankind, which lasted for six years and completely destroyed several villages. Today, the Mars-looking Timanfaya National Park is a 20 square miles of lava beds, volcanic cones and the Mountains of Fire.

Head to the visitor’s centre to book your tour as you cannot access this area without a guide since it’s a protected area.

🌵Secret Tip: If you opt for the official tour, arrive after 15:00, when the crowds have eased off, the weather is cooler and you get 20% off the entry price. Grab a window seat on the right-hand side of the bus for the best views.

Cost: Adult €10. Children under 12  €5 (under 7 go free)

2. Jameos del Agua

Another of Manrique’s artworks, and a truly spectacular one. Jameos del Agua is a subterranean cave network that reaches the sea water and includes the world’s only cavernous auditorium.

🌵 Secret Tip:  Book tickets in advance for the Jameos Nights like screenings and concerts (Tuesdays and Saturdays).

Cost: Adult €9.50. Child under twelve €4.75 (under sevens go free).*Bargain hunters should arrive 15:00 – 19:00, when you get 20% off your entrance fee.

3. Cueva De Los Verdes

Another incredible sight in this tiny island and one you don’t want to miss! Cueva de los Verdes is a lava tube which lies within the Monumento Natural del Malpaís de La Corona, a protected area of the Canary Islands. 

🌵Secret Tip: Go to the end of the tunnel for an incredible surprise. Scary!!!

4. El Golfo

This is a half-submerged cone of a volcano, which over time has been eroded by the sea. At the foot of the crater wall is Lago Verde, a half-moon-shaped striking green lagoon filled with volcanic minerals and micro-organisms which give the lake this incredible green colour.

Here, you’ll also see a beach of black volcanic pebbles which gives a striking sight to the blue of the Atlantic Ocean.

5. Cactus Garden

Whether you have a minimalistic-MarieKondo style, a boho vibe or a hipster vision, I am pretty sure you also have 1 (or 10) succulents at home.
⁠The Cactus Garden was the last of the many works César Manrique, the island’s favourite child and artist, created. Back in the 70s, Manrique found the site of an old disused quarry and a mill and immediately thought of giving the space a new life turning it into a cactus garden, so well before cactus were considered cool – when you talk about being avant-garde! It took him over 20 years to complete the #JardínDeCactus which was inaugurated in 1990, two years before his death.⁠
Manrique’s botanical amphitheatre is unassuming from the outside – as most of his sites are – but once you are inside, you’ll embark on a slow-paced journey on paved paths surrounded by more than 4500 specimens and 450 species of cactus from the five continents. ⁠
Check the amazing succulents I’ve found on my gallery here Now swipe right to see the amazing succulents I found at the @cact_lanzarote and let me know which one is your favourite. ⁠

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Food & Restaurants in Lanzarote

Wherever I go, I always want to try the local food. Whether is pho in Vietnam or curry in India. I have to eat what the locals eat. And in Lanzarote, I made no exception. Here are some of my favourite dishes and restaurants.

  • Cactus Burger at the Cactus Garden Restaurant
  • This dessert at the La Cascada del Puerto:
  • soup at the Jameos Del Agua Restaurant
  • Codfish “Encebollado” (traditional pickled sauce) at the Michelin-starred restaurant, Lilium
  • chicken cooked over the heat of the vulcano 🌋at the El Diablo Restaurant
  • this incredible dessert at the Amura Restaurant

Sleep and Dream in Lanzarote

Seaside Los Jameos

Located in Los Pocillos, Puerto del Carmen, the Jet2HolidaysSeaside Los Jameos Playa Hotel is strategically placed by the ocean as well as to explore the rest of the island.

This 4-star hotel features 530 air-conditioned rooms (it’s a true maze inside) and a stunning entrance hall (pictured above).

Massive thanks to Ana Sanchez, our guide and now a friend who led us around the island with incredible patience and knowledge.


Hope you enjoyed this Lanzarote Travel Guide, if you did or need further info about Lanzarote, leave me a comment below! Anytime is the right moment for a Jet2Holidays to Lanzarote!

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Jaiselmer, Sleeping Under the stars

In the north-west of India, at the most remote corner of Rajasthan, almost on the border with Pakistan, sits a golden city that emerges out from the Thar desert like an oasis in the middle of the dunes. That city is called Jaisalmer and it is another remarkable fort-gifted town I visited during my travels there last month.

Here’s your

Creed guide to Jaisalmer 

COFFEE

City View Cafe
Address: Inside Fort Chougan Para, Jaisalmer, 345001, Raj India

Shiva Cafe

Excellent service and coffee, we stopped here for some refreshments and didn’t eat anything but everything is cooked with mineral water, so you should be fine. Oh, very happy staff!
Address: inside the fort, on top of Shiva guesthouse

 

Bhang Shop
Not actually coffee LOL, but it didn’t feel appropriate to put it in any other section of this guide 🙂 Bhang is a preparation of cannabis, frequently used in food and drinks in India and this shop is famous all over India or maybe the world for their bhang lassi and cookies. Take it easy! 🙂
Address: Fort Road, Khejer Para, Manak Chowk, Amar Sagar Pol, Jaisalmer 345001, India

READ

Bhatia News agency on Court Road, but also the various book stalls in the fort.

Dhahran Book Store includes a little coffee shop at the back and wifi connection to check your latest purchase.

Rawasl Handicraft and Bookstore on Vyas Para, Fort, is another interesting place to browse for new books.

EXPLORE

Jaisalmer Fort
It wouldn’t be a proper Rajasthan city if it didn’t have its Fort, right? So, make sure to visit this one too! The interesting fact of this one is that unlikely others in the state, people still live here, in fact the fort has about 2000 residents, the majority of  which are Brahmins.

Havelis
Commissioned by wealthy and powerful men during the eighteen and nineteen centuries, Havelis are stunning houses built on the principle of Hawa (Air) and Veli (Ventilation), they normally have two open courtyards and elaborated artwork on the mughal pillars.

Camel Safari
If you came this far across India, it’s probably because you are looking for a camel safari or sleep under the stars. Well, you picked the right place as this is probably one of the best and starrier sky in the whole world and if you avoid touts, scams and big organised tourists’ groups, you might even have a fantastic night in the desert.
In fact, me and my friend had a bespoke tour of the desert, we ate in the pitch dark food that had been cooked there in front of us on a fire and later we had the whole desert as our own bedroom as you can see from the pictures below! Leave the fuss of the tends and comfort for one night, just sleep in the wild!
I highly, highly recommend the tour organised by the accommodation that hosted me, (see the DREAM section below) and get in touch with me via email if you wish to be put in touch.

Gadsar Lake
This is probably one of my favourite places in Rajasthan and maybe India. It’s incredibly peaceful and it offers so many great opportunities for incredible pictures, like this one or the below.
In the past, this “little” lake acted as a reservoir that controlled the entire supply of water to Jaisalmer.

Pushkarna Trust Sunset Point
Just outside Jaisalmer, it’s a great place to watch the sun going down and painting the golden city in orange and red, but also to walk around the ruins and maybe chill under one of the many cenotaphs enjoying the incredible view.

EAT

Monica
Very calm, terraced restaurant that serves Rajasthani and tandoori dishes and several veg and non-veg challis.
Address: Near the Fort Gate

Midtown Restaurant
Very, very simple terraced restaurant, with basic decoration and setting, but excellent food and smiley staff. Bonus point is the view over the square where you can spy merchants making business or kids coming back from school. Excellent spot for some street photography without being noticed.
Address: Gopa Chowk, opposite to Bhang Shop 

DREAM

The foundations of Jaisalmer fort, built on a base of soft clay, sand and sandstone, are rapidly eroding due to the increases in water consumption related to tourism. Due to some drainage issues, during peak season some of the water comes back into surface and hits the foundations[read more here]

People died in 1998 and few more bastions fell in 2000 and 2001, for this reasons Jaisalmer is now listed among the World Monument Fund’s 100 Most Endangered Sites and as an eco-traveller as I consider myself, I decided (like many other conscious tourists do) to book an accommodation outside the fort.

I couldn’t have found a better hotel to host me during my stay in Jaisalmer.  In fact, The Gulaag Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel built in the traditional architecture of old hovels, including open courtyards and intricate sculptural work on each column.

It has twelve luxury rooms, eight deluxe rooms and four grand suites.

It includes a refreshing swimming pool and SPA as well as a rooftop restaurant that specialise in Rajasthani cousin as well as a few international dishes.

Address: in front of Nagar Praishad, Bera Road, Jaisalmer 345001

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