The beautiful Lanzarote weather In May: perfect for senior holidays
Are you looking for a last-minute sunshine escape but don’t like to feel too hot…or too cold? In that case, the Lanzarote weather in May is just the thing. With May temperatures averaging around 25º C coupled with a refreshing ocean breeze, it’s no surprise that the island is a favourite for couples, sports and senior holidays.
May in Lanzarote is also a tranquil month when children are in school, and most people are still dreaming of their summer holiday. Perfect if you prefer emptier beaches, immersing yourself in the island’s culture and history and a peaceful night’s sleep.
What’s more, Lanzarote is relatively flat compared to its Canary Island neighbours, making it easier for trekking, walking, or cycling. And you don’t have to travel very far to see the hidden corners of Lanzarote. Distances are short, and the smooth asphalt roads are well sign-posted and easy to navigate.
If you don’t want to drive, there are plenty of excursions you can join to see the island’s extraordinary scenery, markets and museums. Alternatively, ask about tours at your hotel reception; they’re usually only too happy to help.
Best resorts for senior holidays in Lanzarote
Lanzarote has the perfect place for everyone and is also ideal for holidays for the over-60s. If you’re active and want to hire a car to see the island for yourself, there are countless rural cottages and villas to choose from.
On the other hand, you may prefer not to drive and have everything within walking distance. In that case, choose accommodation in one of Lanzarote’s resorts and have everything on your doorstep, from beaches, cafes, shops, bars, and restaurants.
Playa Blanca is the sunniest resort in the south of the island, with golden sands, beachfront restaurants, and a long promenade for those afternoon strolls. Marina Rubicon sits between the resort and the Papagayo peninsula, with gorgeous marina views and a range of bars, cafés, restaurants, and shops. Those with reduced mobility may prefer accommodation nearer the centre, as the resort is spread out along the coastline.
Costa Teguise is closer to the capital, Arrecife, with convenient bus services between the Arrecife, Playa Honda and Puerto del Carmen. The resort offers everything you need with several beaches, each with its own cluster of shops, restaurants, and services. You’ll never have to go too far if you choose not to, but it is also an excellent base for discovering the rest of the island.
Puerto del Carmen is the most well-known of Lanzarote’s resorts. The original fishing harbour is set in the old town, which is quite hilly, so if mobility is an issue, look for accommodation towards the Matagorda end of the resort. Puerto del Carmen has a wide variety of restaurants, shops, services, beaches and transport and is very well located to visit the rest of the island.
Holidays for the over-60s: what to do in Lanzarote in May
Discovering the island
Lanzarote offers spectacular natural landscapes, perhaps the most famous being the majestic volcanoes of Timanfaya National Park.
One man who appreciated the beauty of his native island and devoted much of his life to preserving it through art and architecture was César Manrique.
Manrique’s work with the Lanzarote Tourist Centres showcases Lanzarote’s beauty, culture and magnificent landscape through a blend of art and nature.
Jameos del Agua is a must-see; there is no other place like it on earth. Part of a natural cave system resulting from the eruption of Volcán de la Corona, this magnificent site will take your breath away.
Located in the municipality of San Bartolomé, in the agricultural heart of the island, the Casa-Museo del Campesino is another place that can not be missed in the planning of your holidays in Lanzarote. A space conceived by César Manrique in honour of the cultural and agricultural tradition of the island. Visit this museum to appreciate the Lanzarote culture, history, food and architecture. Enjoy typical tapas and wine, and you’ll also find beautiful hand-made foods and gifts to take home. most traditional essence of Lanzarote and where you can immerse yourself in the culture, history, and rural architecture of the island and taste a wide selection of tapas and typical dishes of the island’s gastronomy.
Dia de Canarias falls on 30th May and is a bank holiday throughout all the Canary Islands. Most villages hold some sort of celebration and families come together to celebrate being Canarian. You’ll experience this first-hand at Monumento del Campesino which usually hosts traditional music and dancing in traditional Canarian costumes (Baile de Magos). You can also sample typical dishes such as gofio and Canarian red and green sauces.
The Cactus Garden is a haven of tranquillity that Manrique created in an old quarry. It’s home to 4500 cacti of all shapes, sizes, and colours and is well worth a visit during your trip to the north of the island. The cactus blooms are gorgeous in the springtime. Enjoy a coffee overlooking the garden on the café terrace.
La Geria is Lanzarote’s most important wine region, home to many of the island’s Denomination of Origin wineries. Its unique landscape is spectacular, different to anywhere else in the world.
This is also a lovely area for trekking, so bring a good pair of shoes. Alternatively, let the experts at Wine Tours Lanzarote pick you up at your accommodation for a fascinating tour. Discover the history and methods, while tasting some of the island’s best wines.
Markets in Lanzarote
Lanzarote offers plenty of shopping, but its markets are a delight. For local handicrafts, visit the Haria arts and crafts market on a Saturday morning. This beautiful village in the north of the island deserves a visit so Saturday is the perfect time to enjoy a coffee in the leafy village square and pick up some gifts to take home.
However, the queen of all markets in Lanzarote has to be Teguise on Sunday mornings. The town was the original capital of Lanzarote and is officially one of Spain’s most beautiful towns. The market is spread amongst its cobblestone streets amid historical buildings, shops and cafes.
If you’d like to buy locally grown produce, visit the Mancha Blanca farmer’s market near Tinajo on Sunday mornings. The flavours of the local fruit, vegetables, cheese, bread, jams, and wines are second to none. You can also join the pilgrims and pay homage to the island’s patron saint in the Dolores chapel, next to the market.
These are just some of the wonderful activities for senior holidays in Lanzarote in May. Contact us or one of our tourist information offices If you’d like more information.