Lanzarote in February

Lanzarote in February

After my dad passed away in February 2011 my mum and me wanted to get away around this time of the year and also celebrate my dad’s life as he loved going on holiday.
However, I was still a nervous flyer at that point and also suffering from severe anxiety so didn’t want to fly far. Due to it being winter most European destinations would be too cold so we started going to the Canaries less than 4 hours from UK.
We went to Lanzarote 3 times and Fuerteventura once. It always seemed to rain the week we went but it still had sunny spells and was still a lot warmer than the UK. I think this gave me the taste of getting of the UK during the winter as nothing better than beating the winter blues than getting some sun.

lanzarote beach

Here is my quick guide to visiting Lanzarote in February
Currency: Euro
Language: Spanish and English
How to get there: EasyJet
Airport: Arrecife ACE
Where to stay: Lanzarote Villas, Lanzarote Hotels, Lanzarote All-inclusive resorts, Lanzarote Campsites
Weather: Average day temperatures around 21oc with 7 hours of sunshine.

Things to see and do in Lanzarote

Lanzarote has some great all-inclusive resorts. It is a perfect destination for chilling for a week and doing nothing but eating drinking sunbathing and sleeping. But there are other things you can do on the island.

Hop on Bus

I really enjoyed the hop on bus tours as I do these in most countries. One of the routes went into the country so we could see the cacti and vines growing. It doesn’t make too many stops but is a great way to just sit and watch the surroundings.

Carnival Time

The carnival is on in February but visits different resorts on different dates and for 2 years we missed it by a couple of days and then the 3rd year we were in Puerto del Carmen at the same time. It was a great experience. Very loud very crowded which wasn’t helping with my anxiety but also so colourful and the music was great I would definitely recommend trying to visit when this carnival is on. Although they don’t tend to advertise it properly the website to get more information is here.

lanzarote carnival sign

UNESCO Biosphere Reserve

Leave the hustle of the resorts and you reach some beautiful volcanic surroundings. Lanzarote became a UNESCO Biosphere reserve in 1993 which means it has some strong historic links between man and nature. It is definitely worth getting out to this area either by hiring a car or going on the bus tour as it is so different in comparison to the holiday resorts. We even saw camels but I do think they were there purely for the tourists.

Click here for more details about tours in Lanzarote.

What to eat in Lanzarote

The resorts have some amazing restaurants I had the best ever chocolate mousse in an Italian style restaurant in Costa Teguise and really tender fillet steaks in Puerto del Carmen at a fraction of the price you would pay for it in the UK.

Papas Arrugadas – Wrinkly skinned Potatoes boiled in sea water served with mojo sauce
Mojo sauce – a canarian sauce made with garlic herbs or paprika. You normally get two options and one is a little spicy so watch out.
Puchero – stews made from lentils chickpeas veg and meat
Rabbit stew
Goats cheese – often accompanies with a honey sauce
Sancocho –  local fish stew made with salted seabream
Seafood – tuna, seabass, swordfish, crab to name a few
Bienmesabe – honey, almond cream eggs and rum served as a dessert
Ice cream – Of course on holiday what better way to spend it then a few ice creams. You will be spoilt for choice with ice cream parlours in Lanzarote. I had ice cream and strawberries and the strawberries were so juicy and tasty and nearly as big as my head OK slight exaggeration but they were huge.
Wine
Lots of cocktails on offer
Rum is very popular

ice cream in lanzarote

Resorts to stay at in Lanzarote

Costa Teguise

This is my least favourite resort purely because I had my purse stolen at the hotel and also there was no sun whilst we were here so I had quite a miserable holiday but I have heard others rave about this area so maybe one day I will give it another chance.
Costa Teguise is on the east coast of the island and is a great place for water sports. During our visit in February is was very windy so much so that you could not sit on the beach without getting sandblasted. However, it meant it was perfect for windsurfing and kite flying.

During this holiday we went back down to Puerto del carmen and the sun was actually shining there so it sort of made me think maybe this is not the best area to go in February but again that is only my one personal experience.
Despite my bad experiences I have to say this area has some excellent restaurants. It was where I had the best chocolate mousse I have ever had and it got me on my mission to try chocolate mousses on my travels which of course is a lot of fun.

The Pueblo Marinero Square is the place to go of an evening for some tasty food.
There were also a few souvenir shops but hop on a bus and go to Teguise which has a great Sunday market to spend a few hours looking around before going back to the pool.

Arrecife

Is the capital of the island and also where the airport is situated. It seemed quite industrialised in some parts. Definitely worth a visit specially to do some shopping but I would recommend staying at one of the other resorts if you are looking for a relaxing holiday. It does have a beach called Playa Reducto and a 18th century fortress Castillo de San Jose. It is a nice place to go for an ice-cream and to watch the local fishermen.

Puerto del Carmen

On the Southeast coast of Lanzarote. This is my favourite resort as it seems to have the best weather during February from my own experience. Sunny with a nice breeze from the sea. The town is a nice area to promenade at night to work up an appetite. There are plenty of bars to pop into for a cocktail or an ice cold beer and for the party goers there are quite a few nightclubs. The choice of restaurants is great, a real mixture of culinary delights on offer from your pub grub to Indian. I love going to the steak houses as they are so good and a fraction of the cost from home. There are a lot of souvenir shops to look around, some great restaurants, the beach is lovely and it is quite lively at night if you fancy a few cocktails.

Puerto Calero

This town has a market every Tuesday and Friday at 10am in the marina. It is not far from Puerto del Carmen so you could stay at either place to visit the other.
It has a lovely marina to walk around and dream that one day on of those yachts might be yours but if at the moment you are like me I can only afford the half sunk fishing boat but a girl can dream.

Playa Blanca

Is in the south and very popular with all-inclusive English holidaymakers so is set up ideally for this type of holiday.
Marina Rubicon is a busy port with some shops and here you can catch a boat to Fuerteventura another one of the Canaries.
The beach is lovely with 9km and was very clean, not overly busy and plenty of beach bars to pop in for a beer and of course to use the loo.
It is the furthest away from the airport just over 30km so still only about 30 minutes transfer.

quick guide to lanzarote

11 thoughts on “Lanzarote in February”

  1. Oh my parents LOVE Lanzarote! They go from October through to December and then January through til the end of February, and I am sooooo jealous! We’ve never been but are thinking about going next October!

  2. We went to Lanzarote for our honey moon years ago in July and stayed in Costa Teguise, I would like to go back and experience more of the island. The winter sun sounds lovely it was just a bit too hot when we were there.

  3. I hear so many people talking about how lovely Lanzarote is. I don’t think I’ve ever been. Maybe one day, when I get around to saving the money for our passports. (My bucket list of places to visit is going to require me to win the lottery!)

  4. It sounds like you had a fantastic time exploring! I loved lanzorote when I went especially Puerto calero for the markets!!

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