Holidays to Lanzarote has been a popular spot for British tourists for as long as I can remember. It requires only a few hours travel, is pretty much guaranteed to have sunshine weather for eleven months of the year, and it has everything you might need for a cost effective few days away. I had visited Lanzarote many-a-time as a child on family holidays, but when Jet2holidays* invited me to join them a press trip, I was excited to revisit it as an adult and explore some of the culture I was too young to appreciate the first time around.
How to get to Lanzarote from the UK
Travelling to Lanzarote is very quick and affordable, and the best and quickest way to visit is by plane. There are regular flights to Lanzarote via Jet2 and it takes around 4 hours, or 3 if you count the hour time difference. You can also find plenty of inclusive deals and package holidays on the Jet2holidays website.
Lanzarote is popular with a lot of sunseekers due to the year-round sunshine (their rainfall is so limited and tends to be in November), so its great for restful winter escapes, luxury holidays or, if you prefer to keep busy, there are certainly some adventure packed itineraries you can enjoy too.
Day 1 in Lanzarote - Travelling from London Stansted, El Golfo and Timanfaya National Park
With only three days to execute our busy itinerary and see as much of the island as possible, we caught a super early Monday morning flight from London Stansted. This was the perfect excuse to grab a hearty breakfast from the in-flight menu (would have been rude not to), and we were treated to some beautiful sunrise views once in the air. Before we knew it, though, we were touching down in sunny Lanzarote and feeling the heat. With just a little bit of time to get changed before swiftly heading to our first destination of the day.
Timanfaya National Park and the El Diablo Restaurant
Next up on our itinerary was one of my most anticipated stops of the trip - Timanfaya National Park. Spanning over 30 miles, the parkland is a vast barren land which served as the backdrop for The Dawn of Man scenes in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey.
The red landscape is result of six years of the eruptions which would go on to be so deeply engrained in Lanzarote's culture, agriculture and tourism. It is entirely made up of volcanic soil - making it look and feel like another planet entirely. Fun fact - NASA is even working with the Lanzarote government at the national park in order to better understand the landscape of Mars.
After some demonstrations from the park rangers, it was time to grab some lunch from the El Diablo restaurant which uses nothing more than the heat of the earth and volcanos to prepare it's dishes. After a long morning of sightseeing and travelling, this did just the trick - and for dessert they even served adorable popping candy volcanos.
With our bellies fully and having experienced some of the best cultural experiences Lanzarote has to offer, we headed to our hotel to unpack and relax for a few hours.