You certainly won’t mind the odd cloudy spell every now and again, and most hotels and resorts are equipped with lots of fun and entertainment activities indoors. During the day the temperatures are warm, though sometimes there may be cool winds blowing, but usually a quick swim in the pool or the beach can be refreshing, but don’t forget to take along your swimsuit, sunscreen and flip flops. Evenings can be a little cold, so carrying a fleece or a light jacket along is good, and a quiet stroll along the beach every night is awesome. New Year celebrations or Nochevieja celebrations by the locals start early in the morning. At midnight the new year is welcomed by performing the Spanish 12 grapes tradition of eating a grape per chime and drink a glass of cava.
Don’t miss Cabalgata de los Reyes or Three Holy Kings / Wise Men parade, which takes place at 7 pm on January 5th, where three locals are dressed as the 'Three Kings', parading on camels around the streets of Arrecife, decorated floats follow them handing out sweets to crowds.
On 6th January the Epiphany, Día de Reyes or the King’s Day is celebrated like all christians around the world. Bonfires are lit in some towns. Christmas gifts are also exchanged because this was when the Three Wise Men gave their gifts to Baby Jesus. To celebrate this day, traditionally the Kings’ Cake (Roscón de Reyes) is made with the usual baking ingredients with lemon and orange juice, brandy and orange flower water, covered with crystallised fruits and sliced almonds. Inside the cake there is always a small gift and a broad bean. According to tradition the person who gets the bean pays for the next cake!!
From January 17th to February 1st in 2015 the celebration of Nuestra Señora de Candelaria y San Blas in Tabayesco in Tias will happen. This is a religious festival with lively street parties, processions and displays of traditional Canarian wrestling. It is a great opportunity to learn about the local culture.
It is always good to hire a car and drive around the island, it is much cheaper too. Most of the attractions like Timanfaya National Park, Museums, sightseeing, caves and more can be visited easily. LanzaroteON's partners ExcursionsLanzarote have a short south day trip especially for those who are only looking to see the volcanoes.
If you are into sports then do witness or participate in some sporting events like :
- International Lanzarote Duathlon: This is held on 11th January starting at the Club La Santa, through the natural landscape of Lanzarote and ends at the Club La Santa Stadium. The course is exciting with a 5km run, a 20km bike course, followed by a final 2.5km run, rather than a swim.
- 4 Stage Mountain Bike : This is held from 25th-28th January at Club La Santa. The four courses are - Short Course, Long Course, Time Trial and XL. You must carry a license issued from your national Cycling Federation which is valid for that year. If you do not have these, you will be required to purchase a Spanish day license for each Stage at registration.
*It is always good to pre-register for these events*