anyone been to Lanzarote?

(37 Posts)
racingheart Sat 12-Jan-13 22:38:54

DC and I really like the sound of it but DH doesn't.

DC: volcanoes, black sand and free ice cream.
Me: cheap hotels and sun in April.
DH: tourist trap holiday from hell.

I just really want a very cheap sunny holiday and would love to hear what people think of it.

Thanks

deleted203 Sat 12-Jan-13 22:41:52

I've been and enjoyed it immensely, because I basically wanted to lie in the sunshine in December and do nothing. It was cheap, the hotel was very luxurious and the weather was nice and hot. It certainly wasn't a tourist trap, but we went to Playa Blanca which is in the South and quieter. Would highly recommend, provided you don't want to do cultural sightseeing (there is little to see on Lanzarote).

givemeaclue Sat 12-Jan-13 22:42:31

These are lovely parts of the island, you can avoid the masses. Lots to do and see , good weather. Really liked it there

It was lovely when we went last april. We had a villa with a pool tho so we didn't really have to mingle with the other tourists too much!
Owners direct plus cheap flights and it was cheaper than a package deal
Overall nice beaches and good weather. We stayed in puerto del carmen and it was nice.
Cheap to eat out and animal park thing was a good day out. Supermarkets a rip off tho for nappies etc

finethanks Sun 13-Jan-13 09:32:22

If you do go, I would recommend a visit to the Timanfaya National park, Papagayo beach and the Manrique foundation. We also did a boat trip and saw lots of dolphins. It's a bit like holidaying on the moon in some places ... really interesting for the children. Also, the weather is good. We went at Easter and temperatures were around 21c every day, so not too hot and not too cold!
We stayed at a villa with our own pool which was great.

dreamingofsun Sun 13-Jan-13 13:38:20

love going in the winter - its one of our favourites - sad this year as can't afford it. no more touristy than portugal, parts of france and where we've gone in greece. yes there's tourism but i'm very averse to disco/macdonals type places - though thinking about it there might be a macdonalds in playa blanca. much much nicer than majorca - which admittedly we haven't been back to after 15 years - that was grosse.

racingheart Sun 13-Jan-13 20:21:11

Oh this is making me really want to go even more. Dolphins and moonscapes and volcanoes and black sand and SUN.
Thank you for the replies. it's definitely way up my list now. We're really craving a bit of sun.

GeorginaWorsley Sun 13-Jan-13 20:26:37

Been 3 times and going again at Easter hopefully.
We stay in a villa in Playa Blanca,nice family friendly fairly quiet resort.

franticallyjugglinglife Sun 13-Jan-13 20:45:42

I love it.... great for children, the volcano is fantastic, beaches great. Stay in playa blanca and get a car - the north of the island is far from touristy - the viewpoint is amazing (as are the views to get there). Lunch in el golfo one of my favourite things smile

Tell your DH it is only touristy in certain areas... loads of it isn't. We have always stayed in villas - can recommend if needed.

Good luck in persuading him!

smile

loopsngeorge Sun 13-Jan-13 20:53:04

We went in April a couple of years ago and I was really surprised by how much I loved it. In fact I'd go so far as to say it's one of those places you should see at least once because it's unique. The volcano park is great for the kids but we also enjoyed seeing Famara beach, El Golfo (sunken crater) and Jameos del Agua.
The only bit I didn't like was the resort of Puerto del Carmen although the beach was good. I would recommend Playa Blanca - we stayed at the Natura Gardens Apartments which use all the facilities of the Natura Palace hotel where the food is lovely!

popserinis Mon 14-Jan-13 19:57:31

We love lanzarote and it's got to be playa blanca every time. It's not too built up and has lovely marina. Close to the centre you'd be best in a villa or lanzarote princess if you want kids club. We love the Los colorados end which only as a few shops and hotels but close to the papagayo beaches. Papagayo arena or dream Castillo hotels are at that end and are fab but about 15 min walk to marina along coastal path and another ten or fifteen minutes walk into the town after that. At the other side f payable blanca is rubicon palace which is good for families too. We love it as although it is hot, there is always a breeze so never feels uncomfortable. Hope you persuade him, it's great. I have recommended to lots of friends who now go every year.

racingheart Mon 14-Jan-13 21:39:42

Brilliant - this is so helpful.

Playa Blanca sounds like the place to be, so I'll look there. (Though with my limited knowledge of Latin languages, that sounds like it's a white beach and the DC were really wowed by the idea of black sand. Is there black sand near by?)

The DC have asked to stay in a hotel for once as we usually go SC. They love the idea of signing for free ice creams and drinks. Can anyone recommend a good all-inclusive hotel?

Also, does anyone know, if you don't hire a car, can you get to El Golfo and the Volcano Park etc by tourist bus?

I really really want to go after reading all your comments. Off to look up Lanzarote Princess and Dream Castillo.

popserinis Mon 14-Jan-13 22:54:50

Dream Castillo and papagayo arena good all inclusives. There is a black sand beach in front of gran Castillo though quite pebbly. The papagayo beach is about ten mins over a hill from there. There's also a nice little play area between these two hotels which has slide and zip wire. All the main tour organisers pick up from the hotels so no need to hire a car

popserinis Mon 14-Jan-13 22:58:34

Gran Castillo far better hotel than lanzarote princess. FAmily rooms are great. The only thing is it's further out but walk is beautiful

deleted203 Mon 14-Jan-13 23:02:40

I stayed in the H10 Rubicon Palace in Playa Blanca and we were all inclusive. The food was absolutely FANTASTIC and we couldn't believe how good it was. I would highly, highly recommend it. The hotel was wonderful - several swimming pools, right on the beach, really luxurious - beautiful Moorish architecture, great entertainment every night. I would love to go again. One thing I would add about the all inclusive was just how good value for money it was - DD1 and I found ourselves having a pina colada about 11.00am every morning, purely to spoil ourselves, although we don't drink much. But it was definitely worth doing - it would have cost you a fortune extra to fund all the cokes, etc that the kids wanted during the day.

grendel Mon 14-Jan-13 23:16:00

We stayed in Gran Castillo (just outside Playa Blanca) for our first ever all inclusive holiday and were really pleasantly surprised. Lovely rooms, beautiful pools, good food, all very civilised. Beach immediately outside Gran Castillo is unappealing, stony and covered in seaweed. Papagayo beach (white sand) is 15-20 mins walk over the headland - would be a hot and tiring walk for little ones. Immediately over the headland is another pretty good beach (Playa de Mujeres I think it's called) though which is more accessible. There is not much immediately around the hotel - you need to walk over to the Marina (15-20 mins) for a selection of restaurants and gift shops.
We hired a car for a few days and explored the rest of the island. Can recommend Timanfaya, Jameos del Agua, the Manrique cactus garden. Vinyards with bright green vines each growing in its separate hollow of black lava are a sight to see!
Avoid the more tacky resorts and the rest of the island is lovely.

loopsngeorge Mon 14-Jan-13 23:47:12

There's a black sand beach outside the Natura Palace and Rubicon Palace (next door to each other) with a nice little development of bars overlooking it.

JumpingJackSprat Tue 15-Jan-13 18:33:21

i drove through lanzarote on a coach trip from fuerte and was struck how non touristy it was - seemed very quiet and traditional which from what i understand is the locals aim with very strict building regulations etc to maintain their way of life ( i seem to recall our guide saying this) it seemed nice for a quiet beach holiday, fuerteventura and tenerife much more lively and the sort of places your husband describes.

marmitepeanutbutter Tue 15-Jan-13 18:53:38

We went to Lanzarote a couple of years ago for some winter sun with low expectations but were very pleasantly surprised. It's a lovely island, very attractive and not built up. We stayed in Playa Blanca which is a good holiday resort but I wouldn't go so far as to say it's really nice, the main town is a bit tacky but the marina is lovely, some great shops, a lovely craft market and some good restaurants. The beach at Playa Blanca is great and it's nice to walk along the front. There are also a few excellent restaurants but it's still a bit of an english resort albeit a nice one and very tame. Having said that, I would be very happy to go there again, it's great for a family holiday. We hired a car and really loved the island, we found a few nice galleries and places for wine tastingand tapas and I believe that there is a great fishing village which has wonderful fish restaurants but we couldn't find it.

Arcadia Tue 15-Jan-13 20:53:49

Playa blanca is great, me and DP went once on our own and again with DD and my PILs. Managed to get two self catering villas on a little complex near the sea front, with a pool, really good value. We are snobby picky about where we go and I highly recommend! Also amazing sea food and tapas on offer if you are selective where you eat (check out trip advisor). Am utterly baffled by the 'lanzagrotty' rep of the 80s as no high rises or high density accommodation.

It is not a very exciting place (apart from the dramatic landscape) but perfect for a relaxing family holiday.

duende Tue 15-Jan-13 21:02:55

Great to read this thread. DP, I and DS (3.5) are going in April. I will be about 25 weeks pregnant. We are staying at the h10 rubicon and I'm sooo looking forward to it. We will not me able to afford a holiday when I'm on mat leave and for a while after so it's our last treat for a while.

Jakadaal Tue 15-Jan-13 21:08:47

We went to the other end of Playa Blanca in May to the H10 Rubicon Palace. All inclusive, food was really good, excellent animation team and built like a bit of village so plenty of pools. About a 20 min walk to the main (yellow sand beach!) along a nice boulevard. We went with Jet2 holidays and got a really good deal. Only down side was the wind - it was particularly windy in June according to the reps

wiltingfast Tue 15-Jan-13 21:22:06

I've been there twice. I hate it. Tourist trap, boring, windy, no decent food, chips with everything, night life in the shopping centre, no nice shops, TOTALLY miserable fgs don't go, the sun is not worth it imo (bloody wind)!

Plus it's a long flight.

deleted203 Wed 16-Jan-13 00:02:03

But you've been there TWICE???

BackforGood Wed 16-Jan-13 00:04:57

Marking spot as haven't got time to read now, but was wondering about Lanzarote too.

AnyFucker Germany Wed 16-Jan-13 00:32:24

I have been twice

Once in Sept...lovely and warm, nice old town of Puerto Del Carmen (didn't think much of the "new" bit though, a bit touristy but not at Torremolinos levels, eg)

Again in February and it was absolutely freezing and rained quite a lot

Don't believe the hype about it being a winter sun destination. Well, I suppose it is if you take your duffel coat and don't want to swim in the pool.

We've booked to go for a week at Easter and this thread is really encouraging. We're staying in Puerto de Carmen and have booked a two-bedroom self-catering apartment in a hotel complex with swimming pools etc. which was less than £300.

For those of you that have been, do we need to hire a car for the volcano park etc.? Other places I've been the hotels often have day trips and coaches organised or can you get local buses?

dreamingofsun Wed 16-Jan-13 16:12:28

queen - we got a coach that was organised by a local tourist office. If you go in a car you have to queue whilst the coaches get priority, plus you aren't allowed to drive through a lot of the park in a car but you are in the coach. Don't think local buses would go there. Definately worth seeing.

DeDevilTail Wed 16-Jan-13 16:25:24

Worst holiday of my life. It pissed out of the heavens for a week and there is nothing to do in Lanzarote in bad weather except drink, which we did. Copiously

If I want a cheap week of guaranteed sunshine out of season now, I go to Egypt.

digerd Wed 16-Jan-13 16:49:10

My experience of Lanzerote was in April - cold wind which they said always came in April, sun too hot to sit in - I got a terrible itchy rash, and even through a cotton top the sun irritated it. So had to sit in the shade with a padded jacket on. It was on the east coast. No rain though. We had a pale sandy beach, but the wind blew the sand all over us. Loved Gran Canaria.

AnyFucker Germany Wed 16-Jan-13 17:52:07

Horses for courses, innit. I have no wish to holiday in the Middle East because 1) I believe it is a soul-less place 2) I have major issues with the (non) rights of women (although of course female tourists have all the rights they need as long as they don't have the misfortune of "getting themselves raped") < buttons gob >

AnyFucker Germany Wed 16-Jan-13 17:54:58

QOW, you will have a lovely time but do take some jackets/cardi's as it may be coolish at Easter

PDC is built up but no ugly high rises and the Old Town is pretty nice (easy to get to as although the resort is massive as it stretches along the coast from one end to the other, there is a regular bus going up and down the length of it)

Pontycarloandcasvegas Wed 16-Jan-13 17:59:57

We go alternate years for new year, hire a villa with friends. I am v fussy (!) have had villa in puerto del carmen ( near old town) - old town nothing like the rest of PDC - restaurants in the old town great. Thinking of playa blanca this year with 13 and 11 yr olds - any recommendations?

pebbles1234 Wed 16-Jan-13 21:21:44

We're big lanzarote fans, in fact our next visit will be our 4th to playa blanca and 5th overall, it's one of the few places we've ever returned to but I've found with a baby initially, now toddler the familiar is welcome!

We always stay in a villa so can't comment on hotels but the island is very family friendly and actually we've found lots to see and do, favourite trips being the old capital teguise, tapas and wine in la geria and yaiza, timanfaya worth a visit especially with older children, el golfo village for fresh fish by the sea...

The resorts themselves can feel quite touristy, though blanca less so, beaches are fab.

As beach/pool destinations go I'd say it's a very good choice. We've been in november/dec and it was still warm enough to swim, September temps fantastic... Summer a bit too hot for us, well me!

Bunbaker Sun 20-Jan-13 00:59:52

"(there is little to see on Lanzarote)."

Nonsense. Timanfaya national park, Cesar Manrique foundation, jameos del agua, el Golfo, Mirador del Rio, cueva de los verdes are all really interesting.

"I've been there twice. I hate it. Tourist trap, boring, windy, no decent food, chips with everything, night life in the shopping centre, no nice shops, TOTALLY miserable fgs don't go, the sun is not worth it imo (bloody wind)!"

You must have stayed in Costa Teguise then. I didn't like Costa Teguise but I like the island as there are plenty of interesting places to visit.

We have been twice and hired a car the first time. On our second visit we found the increase in the amount of traffic on the roads and lack of parking put us off hiring a car so we took a couple of (excellent) bus trips instead.

starsandunicorns Sun 20-Jan-13 01:24:20

When married me and now exh had a timeshare there went six times our complex was in PCD at the bottom end it was fab. Theres a large waterslide park the volcano the animal park in PCD in the harbour area there is a beach where u can snokkle and feed the fish and also loads of scuba dives. Plus theres a western theme night show in PCD We went on a catermarron ( sp) and saw dolphins yes its windy but not cold i found playa blanca more overcast ( we had friends who did a week at our complex then a week at theres) the dds loved every hoilday

starsandunicorns Sun 20-Jan-13 01:27:23

PCD typo should be PDC

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