Re: rip-off lanzarote
Date: January 14, 2004 01:30PM
I live in lanzarote and have yet to find spam!!
Yes there are many British bars catering for the average working to middle class tourists who come here for sun, sea, relaxation but want British style food and drinks. Mostly families and couples - very very few 'lager lout' types, as in the brochures Lanzarote is promoted as a family resort. What is wrong with resorts catering to the working class? Are they not entitled to a holiday?
We eat out often and rarely eat at British places as we can eat British food at home, but there are numerous Spanish and Italian restaurants offering great food at low prices - we pay on average 15 each for 2 courses with a couple of drinks each but can get 2 courses each with a bottle of wine for 20. In British places you can things like delicious southern fried chicken and chips with a drink for 5. Or you can go up-market and pay 30 a head for a course meal at a posh place. Overall eating out is slightly cheaper than UK.
In the 4 years we've been here we've only seen slight price increases, around 5%, in fact we can still buy drinks in bars for the same price as 1999! Obviously some things are dearer than UK but this is offset by cheaper things: for example cigarettes only 2 a pack, our total electric and water bills all year round (the only bills we have here!) work out to just 15 a week - that's a tenner! Bus travel is ridiciously cheap too. Most tourists think it's expensive because they now get less euros to the pound, it's not because prices are higher!
You get what you pay for - as someone mentioned if you want 5* luxury you won't get it on cheapy deal.
Lanzarote is far from featureless: The volcano tour is amazing with views you'll never see anywhere else, there are the pretty cactus gardens, wine tasting, caves, lovely secluded sandy bays and beaches and old buildings and museums. Remember it's a tiny Island so you cannot expect the diversity of mainland Spain.
Most people come here for family holidays where a: they are pretty much guaranteed sunshine all-year round, b: Their children can get sausages and fish-fingers and chips, b: The people are friendly, c: The beaches are clean and sandy, d:99% of the accomodation is new and clean, e: Prices are lower than at home. And this is what they get. If you want culture you go to European Cities, if you want mega-cheap you go to Turkey, if you want 18-30's you go to Ibiza, if you want exotic you go to India,- Lanzarote caters for a certain type of person and does it well.
We have a Scottish bar in Costa Teguise and have many repeat visitors, we have factory workers, cleaners, unemployed, teachers, nurses, accountants, footballers, hotel owners, doctors, lawyers, journalists, taxi-drivers etc etc. Okay so they probably want different things from their holidays but the main thing is they all have a good time and 20% come back to Lanzarote for 2 or more visits.
Rip-off Lanzarote? I don't think so, certainly no more than any other holiday resort in the world. We've been ripped off more in France, mainland Spain, Cornwall and Blackpool than we ever have here.
For those of you reading this who haven't visited Lanzarote yet heres a quickie resort guide: Puerto del Carmen is lively, bright, a little tacky in parts but with a multitude of eateries for all tastes and pockets with a huge sandy beach, McDonalds and a Casino. Costa Teguise is smaller, more laid back, 5 lovely beaches, safe for kids with a golf course and water park, good mix of Spanish and British. Playa Blanca is smaller again, more Spanish, only 3 very small beaches. The whole Island is only 29 miles long. Buses, taxi's and car hire are cheap. Best weather june July august october, very hot september, can rain and be cloudy dec to may but never for long.