Why off-peak in Lanzarote is actually the best time to visit

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Read on to find out exactly what the weather is like in Lanzarote in October, what are the best area’s to stay and what activities can be done in October.

The weather in Lanzarote in October

Where to stay in Lanzarote in October

Here I will give a detailed description of the three most popular area’s on Lanzarote – Puerto del Carmen, Costa Teguise and Playa Blanca. As well as listing the best hotels to stay in each area.

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Puerto del Carmen

Puerto del Carmen is the perfect area to base yourself in October. It is one of the busiest tourism area’s in Lanzarote, so, you will still find lots to do in the typically quieter month of October. The 6km stretch of golden sand beach that runs the length of the main town is likely where you will spend most of your daily hours should you choose to stay in Puerto del Carmen – it is a blue flag beach so it is safe to swim here.

There are well over 100 restaurants on the Avenida de Las Playas alone, this is the main street in Playa del Carmen. And all the restaurants and bars here depend on year-round tourism. So, even in October you will have your pick of the restaurants and bars.

In Puerto del Carmen, we highly recommend staying in one of the following stunning hotels:

  • Gloria Izaro Club Hotel – located 650m from the beach with a large outdoor pool and air-conditioning in each room. A one-bedroom apartment (including breakfast) costs from €85 per night
  • Gueldera Apartments – just 400m from the quieter Playa de los Pocillos, each apartment here offers a terrace . A standard apartment costs from €57 per night.
  • Rocas Blancas Apartments – just 50m from the main beach in Puerto del Carmen, you are certainly right in the middle of the action – making it ideal for couples. There are stunning views from your private balcony. A one-bedroom apartment costs from €70 per night.
Gloria Izaro Club Hotel, Puerto del Carmen
Gloria Izaro Club Hotel

Costa Teguise

Nicknamed breezy Teguise due to the cooling breeze that blows over the area every so often. Costa Teguise is ideal for families, given it’s a little quieter than Puerto del Carmen. Beach-wise – Bastian beach is ideal for families with small children since it is easily accessible and protected from the winds. Jablillo beach is also stunning with its fine white sand.

In Teguise town why not visit the Pueblo Marinero, which is a cluster of typical Canary buildings developed by artist Cesar Manrique. It is home to many restaurants, bars and stores, as well as a market held every Friday from 7pm.

On the Costa Teguise, we highly recommend one of the following hotels:

  • Oasis Lanz Beach Mate – located a short walk from the town and just 350m from the beach. It is surrounded by gardens and has two heated swimming pools as well as a tennis court. A deluxe room (including breakfast) costs from €97 per night.
  • Apartamentos El Guarapo – just 200m from Playa Bastian beach and 300m from the main town. All apartments are set around a gorgeous central swimming area with a kitchen in each apartment making it easy to prepare your own meals if you so wish. A one-bedroom apartment costs from €60 per night.
Oasis Lanz Beach Mate, Costa Teguise
Oasis Lanz Beach Mate

Playa Blanca

Playa Blanca is both peaceful and stunning, and is the third largest tourism area on the island (behind Puerto del Carmen and Costa Teguise). The Playa Blanca boardwalk is where the majority of the bars and restaurants are located. The recreational port is also worth a visit as there is a large shopping centre here.

The best beaches in Playa Blanca are Dorada, Flamingo and Papagayo. With the latter (Papagayo) being the most popular with its white sandy coves.

In Playa Blanca, we highly recommend these hotels:

  • Casa Real – a little further from Playa Blanca at 1km away and 750m from Dorado beach, it is worth a stay for the value-for-money alone. Each apartment has a terrace and two bedrooms. A stay here costs from €95 per night.
  • Bungalows Coloradamar – just a few minutes walk from Papagayo beach, the resort has a communal pool with a hot tub. Each apartment has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen and patio. A stay here costs from €125 per night.
Bungalows Coloradamar, Playa Blanca
Bungalows Coloradamar

What can I do in Lanzarote in October

If you have a rental car, driving in Lanzarote is relatively easy and stress-free. Alternatively, the Lanzarote bus service is very reliable and cheap – you can view the bus timetable here.

Take a day trip to Caleta de Famara

A long, winding road with stunning volcanic scenery on either side will take you to the unique town of Caleta de Famara. Famous for kite-surfing, Famara as it’s affectionately known by locals has a more relaxed vibe than other towns on the island. There are a few seafood restaurants here, overlooking the sea, most with a lovely outdoor terrace. A bus ride here from most resorts should cost you €2.50.

caleta de famera, lanzarote
Caleta de Famara

Stroll around the capital city Arrecife

We were pleasantly surprised by Arrecife and its white-washed buildings, our favourite area was Charco de San Ginés boat lake which has lots of cool bars and restaurants overlooking the beautiful boat lake. Take your pick of the bars and sit outside with a coffee or a beer.

The Castillo de San Gabriel is located on a tiny island in Arrecife, which can be reached by foot via a small ball bridge. In the 16th century the Castillo played a vital role in the protection of the harbour and the town. It is worth a visit for the views over the Atlantic Ocean alone.

Cheap Flights to Arrecife (ACE) | BudgetAir.com®
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Visit old-school and charming Teguise

The small former capital of Lanzarote has lovely cobbled streets and is a joy to walk around. Every Sunday morning a large market takes over Plaza de San Miguel, it is very popular with locals and tourists alike. There are street entertainers to entertain the kids should you decide to bring them. Another, must-see in Teguise is the castle of Santa Bárbara which stands atop the Guanapay volcano, overlooking the town.

History of Villa de Teguise
Photo: Tourism Teguise

How can I get to Lanzarote in October?

Ryanair and EasyJet (and other European airlines) have announced they will resume regular flight routes to Lanzarote shortly. Hopefully, for a cheap price too!

Whew, and now you’ve come to the end of my in-depth guide for a vacation in Lanzarote in October. I hope, this will convince you to holiday there in October. After all the madness happening this year, I think we all deserve a short holiday – don’t you?

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October is a great time to visit Lanzarote. The weather is still warm, the prices are cheaper and the island's many beaches will be so much quieter.  #lanzarote #lanzarotecostateguise
October is a great time to visit Lanzarote. The weather is still warm, the prices are cheaper and the island's many beaches will be so much quieter. 
#lanzarote #lanzarotecostateguise