Situated just 125km off the north-west coast of Africa, Lanzarote has been named “the Hawaii of Europe” from Board ride magazine. The Sunday Times voted Famara Beach, the“Best Beach in Europe for Water Sports!” Lanzarote is a ‘World Biosphere Reserve’ and is famous around the world for being an eco and adventure sports haven. The island has kept its charm with Canarian villages, national parks, limited development and a climate that will blow you away!
With a population of around 139,000 Lanzarote has something for everyone. The island has three main holiday resorts; Playa Blanca on the southern tip, Puerto del Carmen mid-way on the east coast and Costa Teguise on the north-east coast. Costa Teguise is where we are based and offers a perfect blend of peace and entertainment with a wide variety of accommodation, bars, restaurants and sporting activities. We love Costa Teguise which is why we’re based here!
One of Lanzarote’s greatest assets is its fabulous climate! Here’s some useful facts:
- The island is a designated nature reserve with strict planning controls – no high-rise, out-of-control developments allowed!
- Being the oldest of the Canary Islands it boasts a spectacular volcanic landscape – around 200 volcanoes on the island!
- During winter months the air temperature rarely drops below 20° and often reaches 25-30°! Sea temperature averages 18-20°
- During the summer months air temperature averages 25-30°. The cooling Trade Winds prevent it getting too hot! Sea temperature averages 22°
- The climate is generally breezy making it ideal for most water sports – the steady Trade Winds make June – September the ideal period for real thrill-seekers!
- Despite its volcanic origins, Lanzarote has an abundance of fabulous sandy beaches!
- The Canary Islands are owned by Spain, hence the official language is Spanish and the currency is the Euro. Despite being part of Spain they are on the same timezone as the UK so no need to reset your watches.
- Lanzarote has a good bus service and car hire is also easily available and relatively cheap.
- Tap water is de-salinated salt water. Although not harmful to drink, its high salt content can cause stomach upsets, so it’s advisable to drink bottled water.
Diving in Lanzarote is awesome, one of the diving world’s best kept secrets! The island’s volcanic origin has created fascinating underwater topography, with lava flows, caves and swim-throughs to experience.
Mala is a fantastic dive site with a giant stride entry from the rocks taking you straight into the dive There are lava flows, caves and swim throughs, suitable for divers qualified to 18m and those qualified to 30m. Expect to see Angel sharks, Atlantic Rays, Eagle Rays and Morays plus much more. There is a ladder exit which can be great fun if there´s a swell! Everyone loves diving Mala!
Pto del Carmen has a variety of dive sites, with either beach entry or harbour-wall entry into about 5m of water. The volcanic reef drops off VERY quickly so 50m from shore you will find 30m plus in depth. Some of our favourite sites include the Cathedral (a large overhang where you can expect to see Groupers)s and the Blue Hole (a swim through) both of which are 25-30m dives. There are a couple of wreck dives off the old harbour at Pto del Carmen these are boat dives requiring a short 10 min trip in a RIB, descending to 18m then out to a number of deliberately sunk wrecks with a maximum depth of 30m. As well as exploring the wrecks you may be able to catch sight of octopus, a variety of rays, angel sharks and often barracuda. With great visibility (25m+) you will never get bored with diving lanzarote, with enough variety to excite any diver.