few final thoughts to help you have a great vacation…..
We are sure
that everything will go well during your trip, but with the native language
being Spanish it is always a good idea to have contact with a
just in case you have issues with the police, medical, or other authorities.
In the past, we have worked with Philippa, who is a delightful young lady, and
her translation services are quite reasonable. Keep this number handy -
Another number you are
going to want to remember is the Spanish emergency
number, 112. You can call from any phone for fire, police and
ambulance, even a cell phone that is no longer in service.
There is no
natural water on the Island; it is all produced through desalination.
Although we cook, make coffee and brush our teeth with tap water, we recommend
you purchase drinking water
at the supermarket. Be careful though, the prices will vary from €0.80 to
€3.50 for 5 litres.
As you will
see, car hire is fairly inexpensive on Lanzarote, but please be
cautious of drinking and driving.
The Spanish police are most vigilant and I understand that Spanish prisons do
not offer the same amenities as Lago Verde.
is a great way to get around. Distances are short, and fares are reasonable.
For example, a taxi from the airport to Lago Verde is about
From the Avenida to Lago Verde is about
is very easy, and inexpensive. For example the thirty minute trip to Arrecife
is just €1.40 each way. Give it a try, it can be a fun way to travel!!
Be cautious of
They vary dramatically in price, and are particularly expensive near
hotels and apartment complexes. There is a great one on Calle Reina Sofia,
called Hiper Dino.
Probably the best value you will find, and just a short walk home. There is
another one on Calle Juan Carlos, near the Petrol station called Super Marcial.
These two are probably the best for selection and price in Puerto Del Carmen.
We have found it far less expensive to do our grocery shopping where the
locals go, and stay away from the tourist areas.
There is a
that has just been built at the top of the Old town called
Great selection, but it can be expensive. If you have a car, Deiland is a
shopping mall in Playa Honda, on the highway, just past the airport. Very
new, with a wide variety of stores. For take home presents, we find the small
boutiques are very reasonable.
There are laundry
facilities at Lago Verde (you can buy tokens at the reception), but if you are
feeling a little lazy (you are on vacation after all :), there is a place
called 'Smarty Pants' that
will do the laundry for you. Their phone number is 928.512.440.
Lanzarote electricity is 240VAC. Although we leave adaptors
in the apartment so you can plug in North American and English type power
plugs, some appliances from North America will also need a power adaptor.
Many computers and .mp3 players already have power supplies that will accept
240V and 110V input, so you might want to check before you go. To make life a
little easier, we have provided a hairdryer and an alarm clock in the bedroom.
If you need anything
special (ie, baby strollers, child car seats, playstations etc) there are a
few rental places in Puerto del Carmen that might be of assistance. Although
we have never used their services, you can try
Rent it Quick at 928.511.507, or
Hire Me at 620.255.040.
When you get to the Island,
you should try to pick up a copy of the
Gazette. A free local magazine published monthly, which
will tell you what is going on while you are there.
Lago Verde is
our home and we are happy to share it with you. Since purchasing the apartment
we have invested over thirty thousand Euros to make it 'just right', and we will
continue to spend more money on upgrades every year. However, we are just
normal people from a regular family - we are not millionaires or a corporation
that makes obscene profits. We make a bit of money, but by the time we pay
electricity, water, taxes, various management fees, and everyone has had their
share, there is not much left. This is not a business, which is why our prices
are more reasonable than other, similar locations. We do it to have a place to
stay in winter and hope the rental income will offset some of our expenses. We
have gone out of our way to make our place desirable and to ensure everything is
in place for you to have a wonderful vacation. It is pretty obvious that this
kind of investment is not without risk. We would like to think that everyone
who stays at our place is responsible and respectful, and would treat the
apartment as if it where their own - but life does not always work that way.
You would be amazed how many people use our garden as a giant ash tray.
If you suspect
that a previous guest caused damage to any of the appointments, please let us
know as soon as possible so we can rectify the problem.