Welcome to Lanzarote, our Port of the Month for the penultimate month of the year, November! This Canarian hot-spot is one of our favourites, especially in the cooler months. Here’s why…
Formed by volcanoes, both Lanzarote’s rich history and lush landscapes are fascinating. Its beaches are also stunning, but the mountainous terrain surrounding you here definitely steals the show. Even though it’s not the biggest island in the Canaries, it’s got something for couples and families of all ages. If your next itinerary features this picturesque port, you’re in for a treat.
You could be forgiven for thinking you’re on a film set looking at some of Lanzarote’s dramatic landscapes. They’re so special that UNESCO has given them the World Biosphere Reserve status. Sprinkled across the land you’ll see mountains, black rock formations, lava fields and craters, reminding visitors that the island is home to over a hundred volcanoes – also known as the Fire Mountains.
You can get a taste of traditional Canarian culture in many places in Lanzarote. Costa Teguise has a lovely selection of family-run restaurants where you can sample the local cuisine, as does Puerto del Carmen’s Old Town. For an insight into local craftsmanship, visit a village market and see goods made from locally sourced materials. The people here are known for their love of folk music, and there’s nowhere better to enjoy a night of it than in the incredibly atmospheric Cueva de los Verdes. Just make sure to join in!
Lanzarote’s coastline has an abundance of beaches ranging from black sand coves to long stretches of golden sand. You can find quiet beaches as well as activity-packed beaches, serving up water sports such as windsurfing and paragliding for those of you who like having fun in the sea. In the south, there are several of the best beaches on the island, such as Papagayo – a picturesque crescent-shaped, white sand beach hidden by cliffs in the Los Ajaches nature reserve.
The Green Caves
Once used by inhabitants as a secret hiding place from pirates back in the 17th Century, La Cueva de los Verdes is a popular attraction that also features the longest lava caves in the world, the Tunel de Atlantida. This intriguing maze of gigantic caves, caverns and galleries on different levels is brought to life by ingenious lighting, which makes these impressive rock formations reflect in a multitude of colours, all whilst atmospheric music plays in the background. A real must visit!
Thanks to its location off the west coast of Northern Africa, Lanzarote enjoys high temperatures and not much rain in November. The island’s the furthest east of the Canaries, and great for sun late in the year.
The average temperature in Lanzarote during November is 21ºC – with highs of 24ºC – so you can look forward to warm sunny days. Things stay quite pleasant at night, but you should bring a cardigan or jacket for the evenings just in case it gets chilly. The average sea temperature’s 21ºC, while humidity’s low and ranges from just below 60% to 90%. There’s still hardly any rain in November, with an average of just 15mm over three rainy days.
During November you can expect around eight hours of sunshine each day. UV levels will be moderate so remember to still pack your sun cream! Sunset’s around 6pm too – perfect for catching some perfect pictures as you’re sailing out of port.
Did you know?
- Lanzarote has its very own wine-making region called La Geria.
- The island is one of Europe’s top surfing spots.
- British band, The Stone Roses filmed their videos for Fools Gold and I Wanna Be Adored here.
- The rare and endangered Loggerhead Turtle lives in the waters of Lanzarote.
- Canarian wrestling, known locally as Lucha Canaria, is the most popular participation sport in Lanzarote.
Ready to set sail?
Lanzarote is popular hot-spot on most eastern Canary Island cruises heading south at this time of year. You’ll likely find Lanzarote on your itinerary along with Tenerife, Madiera and Lisbon! Give one of our cruise experts a call on 0800 107 2323 – they’ll help you find your dream sailing in no time. Alternatively, take a look at the deals section of our website by clicking here.
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