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Exchange Rates Make Lanzarote Villa Breaks More Affordable

Apr 23, 11:30 am

There’s not been a better time to book a villa break in Lanzarote in years, at least in terms of the sterling versus euro exchange rate. Which has now hit €1.20 to the pound, the best return in 20 months.

Anyone planning to book one of our Lanzarote holiday villas this summer can tie themselves into the currently favourable exchange rates by reserving and paying for their accommodation in the next few weeks, as the sterling to euro exchange rate is expected to remain at current levels for the foreseeable future. Indeed some observers suggest that this rate could in fact increase over the coming 12 months, although given the current levels of economic instability everywhere this prediction remains little more than guesswork at best.

Either way British based holidaymakers are now some 3% better off than they were at the start of the month in terms of their sterling spending power – and well ahead of rates that last year almost reached parity. As a result some foreign exchange companies have recorded a 50% increase in sterling to euro transactions over the last few weeks.

According to national newspaper reports sterling’s current status is more to do with weakness in the euro zone sector than any inherent strength in the British economy. As markets continue to react to worries over Spain’s debt to GDP ratio.

But for British holidaymakers it’s all good news, as this means that their pounds now stretch further, making villa breaks on Lanzarote that much more affordable.
Lanzarote is an ideal choice for both summer and winter holidays, thanks to the island’s excellent year round climate. And visitors will find that there are loads of things to see and do here, such as the many creations of César Manrique, historic towns and villages such as the former island capital of Teguise and an abundance of beautiful beaches.

Eating out on the island is also going to be much more affordable too, an important consideration for anyone visiting Lanzarote on a self catering break. And there are thousands of good quality restaurants on the island to try, encompassing a wide range of styles, from traditional Canarian through to Thai and Mexican.




Discover Manrique’s Magic on Your Lanzarote Villa Holiday

Apr 19, 12:20 pm

Anyone booking one of our villas in Lanzarote will soon come into contact with the work of the islands’ favourite son César Manrique. As this enormously creative Canarian artist and architect has had a profound impact on the development and evolution of tourism on Lanzarote, whilst also playing an instrumental role in the creation of many of the islands best loved attractions.

Manrique was born in the island capital of Arrecife in 1919 and showed artistic talents from a very young age, before leaving the island in his teens to study in Madrid. After serving during the divisive conflict of the Spanish Civil War he became a leading figure in Spain’s nascent surrealist scene. Eventually leaving the island to exhibit his paintings in New York.

At around this time in the mid 1960’s General Franco began to open Spain up to foreign tourism, largely in order to bring in some much needed foreign currency to Spain’s closed economy. Initially these plans seemed to involve running bulldozers across previously unused land along the Spanish coast, areas which were not highly valued at the time but which still obviously had a fair degree of natural beauty.

Fearing a similar fate for Lanzarote, Manrique returned to become the islands main guardian against over development. Which is why when you visit Lanzarote today you don’t see any high rise hotels or apartment blocks.

At the same time, it was obvious to Manrique that Lanzarote needed a degree of tourism in order for islanders’ to escape from livelihoods based on just farming and fishing. So he resolved to create attractions for tourists that were ecologically and environmentally sound and which harnessed the natural volcanic beauty of Lanzarote in a sympathetic fashion.

The results of his philosophy are evident across the island to this day and all of the six Centres of Art, Culture and Tourism bear Manrique’s imprint. You can read more about these unique sites on our Lanzarote guide page, but if you are planning to visit the island we strongly recommend that you get out and explore these treasures for yourself, especially the Jameos del Agua and the Cesar Manrique Foundation.

Thanks to Manrique’s efforts Lanzarote today remains a lot less undeveloped than many other Spanish sun spots, a factor that is now becoming a real plus point as tourists start to seek out more authentic and organic holiday destinations. His work was also instrumental in securing UNESCO protected biosphere status for Lanzarote in 1994, two years after his death. Lanzarote was the first island in the world to enjoy this status.




Great Value Villa Breaks in Playa Blanca

Apr 17, 11:00 am

Playa Blanca is the hottest resort in Lanzarote – quite literally. As this former fishing village located at the foot of the island enjoys the best microclimate of any of the main holiday destinations, making it the ideal choice for sun seekers.

Playa Blanca evolved during the 1980’s and 90’s, shaking off its former skin as a quiet and sleepy Canarian fishing village to become the second most popular resort on Lanzarote, after Puerto del Carmen to the north. Yet it has still managed to retain plenty of charm, whilst new developments such as the Rubicon Marina have added new layers of character.

The majority of our Lanzarote villas are located in the resort – and accommodation here tends to be a little cheaper than elsewhere on the island. Offering holidaymakers on a budget some serious value for money.

The most affordable villas in Playa Blanca start from as little as £350 per week. This will buy you a week’s stay at Villa Maisie, a comfortable two bedroom property that can sleep up to four guests in comfort. Making the cost per head just £87.50 each. Villa Maisie enjoys a quiet location, private heated pool, south facing terraces with sea views and all of the facilities you could need for a relaxing self catering break in the resort.

Villa Isabella is another great value property, with prices starting from just £360 per week. The villa is fully detached and located on a peaceful, newly built development just 10 minutes walk from the popular beach at Playa Flamingo. It boasts its own private pool as well as off street parking and a BBQ. Read more information about Villa Isabella

Given the fact that the cost of flights to Lanzarote have fallen considerably in recent years, with returns starting from as little as £150 per head, it’s easy to see how to put together a seriously budget friendly break.

Playa Blanca is a great holiday destination too. There are three main beaches within the resort, as well as the bays and coves of nearby Papagayo to explore. The resort is united by a seafront promenade that’s great for strolling and people watching and come nightfall there are lots of good quality restaurants to explore. Should you fancy a bit more adventure the next door island of Fuerteventura is just a thirty minute ferry ride away whilst Lanzarote’s key attractions, the Timanfaya National Park is also located just a fifteen minute drive away.

So if you’re looking for a holiday that doesn’t break the bank, take a closer look at Playa Blanca.




Repsol Oil Row Rumbles On

Apr 13, 11:32 am

The political row over potential oil drilling in Canarian waters rumbles on, with the Minister for Industry, Energy and Tourism, José Manuel Soria, saying that he would not give authorization for such activity to occur between Valencia and the Balearic Islands due to the Valencian community´s contribution to Spain´s economic recovery and its dependence on tourism and industry.

In an inexplicable move, he then stated that Spain lives on its tourism and for that reason he could not give permission for drilling just three kilometres from the coastline. Yet the probable site of some of the rigs intended just off the coasts of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura are scarcely more than ten kilometres away, a negligible distance in respect of oil spills.

The Minister´s statement follows a meeting with Valencian Community President, Alberto Fabra, who has refused to give his support for prospecting in the local coastal area. The proposed fields which lie between Valencia and the islands of Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca begin just three kilometres from the mainland and extend 100 kilometres out to sea.

In his defence, José Manuel Soria also stated that he has verbally told the petrol company Repsol that they will only be permitted to drill some 60 kilometres from the islands of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, insisting that he has never given permission for any oil extraction at only three kilometres from the coast, either in the Canaries or in Spain.

On a separate note, the Spanish Euro Deputy RaúlRomeva last week put a question to the European Commission as to whether the Spanish Government´s approval of prospecting for oil in Canarian waters actually met with the Commission´s regulations and those of the European Parliament. Romeva outlined the ecological and economic importance of the coastal zones in the Canary Islands, stressing how dependent the archipelago is on its tourist activities. It is anticipated that the European Commission will now investigate the situation more closely and give its verdict at a future date.




Bargain Breaks in Puerto del Carmen

Apr 11, 12:28 pm

April and May are a great time of the year for booking a bargain break on Lanzarote – as during the post Easter and pre School holiday period prices are at their lowest and some owners are willing to offer seriously enticing deals in order to fill their apartments and villas.

Whilst Easter, or Semana Santa as it is known in Spain, is one of the busiest times of the year for holiday rental bookings the period just after is much quieter – and ideal for anyone who is able to get away for a week in the sun on a budget.

For example, we have some great offers on apartments and villas in Puerto del Carmen over the next six weeks, with prices starting from as little as £159 per week for an apartment on the Columbus complex which is located right in the heart of the resort. And remember, this is the price for the property, not per person. So ally this with cheap return flights and you could be looking at a week in the sun for under 200 quid for two, a bargain in any language. And if you´re really looking for value these apartments can accommodate up to four people, bringing the prices down even further (there´s a supplement of just £25 per person for more than 2 guests).

The Columbus Apartments are situated just a short stroll from Playa Grande, the main beach in the resort. Sixteen self catering units are arrayed around the central swimming pool area and all of the accommodation is modern, light and airy. Featuring open plan kitchens, fitted wardrobes and a terrace or balcony.

If you are looking for something roomier we also have offers available on some of the best quality villas in Lanzarote currently, with discounts of up to 30% available for arrivals up until the end of May. Such as Villa Rupetea, which is also centrally located in Puerto del Carmen and which can sleep up to 6 people in total comfort. The villa has its own private pool, ample sun bathing terraces and a built in BBQ and is currently available for rent from just £437.50 per week.

We´ve got plenty more similar super offers available over the coming weeks so if you are planning a quick escape to Lanzarote contact us direct for the best deals.




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