It doesn’t happen often, but we do get some rain in Lanzarote in the winter months. When it does rain, it can really come down!
So here are some tips in case you are affected by a rainy day whilst here on holiday:
1/ Visit an attraction
Five of the seven main attractions of the island are inside or under cover. So a rainy day is a good time to visit The Fundacion Cesar Manrique, The Mirador del Rio, the Cueva de los Verdes, the Jameos del Agua or the Castillo San Jose.
2/ Visit the Aquarium in Costa Teguise
The Aquarium in Costa Teguise is well worth a visit and has more than a million liters of water, with some amazing beasts, including sharks to see. You can even get up close and personal with some of the sea creatures in the “touch” tank.
3/ Hire a car and head north!
The northern villages are famous for being the most green and fertile part of the island. So if it’s raining, head up there to see how green the valley of a thousand palms can really become in the winter months. It’s truly spectacular!
4/ Go to an amusement arcade
All three resorts have some good amusement arcades, and most have decent cafes within. So you could spend a few hours racing Ferraris or betting on the slot machines.
5/ Go shopping!
The two main indoor shopping centres on the island are at Deiland in Playa Honda, and The Biosfera Centre in Puerto del Carmen. Both are small by European standards, but they have a decent selection of shops, bars and restaurants.
6/ Go diving!
The rain doesn’t matter when you’re underwater, so diving is a good option. There are many dive schools on the island, who will take qualified divers out, or who will give you a try dive, to see how you get on with breathing under the ocean.
7/ Watch a movie
The cinemas at Deiland in Playa Honda, and in Arrecife show English language movies from time to time. Search “English language movies” here to see if there are films showing this week.
8/ Go bowling
There are bowling alleys in Deiland and at Centro de Ocio, Santa rosa in Costa Teguise – they’re under cover!
9/ Enjoy a spa
Many of the hotels with spas allow you to pay to use them for the day. Our favourite two are both in Puerto Calero – the Costa Calero and The Hesperia are fabulous!
10/ Find a barranco and watch the flow
The island has “barrancos” all over the place, designed to take the flow of water during heavy rain from the mountains out to the ocean. When it rains heavily, the become muddy rivers, and it can be fascinating watching them and seeing the debris they bring with them. Here’s some video of one in Costa Teguise.
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