Lanzarote, a safe destination

If you’re wanting to travel round Spain and venture to the region of the Canary Islands, make sure you visit Lanzarote. This island in the Canary archipelago is part of the province of Las Palmas, and is named after the Genoese navigator Lancelotto Malocello. He visited the islands at some time around the 14th century.

Lanzarote has become the third most-populated island of the Canaries, with approximately 156,000 inhabitants. It covers almost 850 km², making it the fourth largest of the entire archipelago.

One of its key tourist attractions is the Timanfaya National Park, located in the centre-southwest of the island, and the entire island was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1993.

That said, is Lanzarote a safe destination to visit? If you’re thinking of visiting Lanzarote and are concerned about safety, this article seeks to allay any misgivings you may have about how safe Lanzarote is.

Safety in Lanzarote

One of the reasons why Lanzarote is so popular is because it is considered a particularly safe destination, as well as nowadays being recognised as the safest tourist island in all of Spain.

In fact, according to figures released by the Spanish Home Office in February this year, the crime rate in Spain for 2021 was one of the lowest over recent years, and the statistics improve even further if we only take into account those for the Canary Islands.

Over the past few years, even further significant reductions in Lanzarote’s crime rate have been noted, with the island being mentioned during the opening of Fitur 2022 as “the safest and most sustainable tourist destination in Spain”.

So if you’re thinking of visiting Lanzarote, and safety is something that worries you, I can assure you that there is nothing to fear in that regard.

Lanzarote and tourism post Covid

If you’re concerned about public health safety on the island, then you should be even less worried.

So that tourists can enjoy 100% safe holidays, Lanzarote demands certain entry requirements, such as a certificate of full vaccination against Covid-19, a negative Diagnostic Test of Active Covid-19 Infection (e.g. PCR test, performed a maximum of 72 hours before arrival in Spain), or a Coronavirus Recovery Certificate issued at least 11 days after the positive test result.

In recent news, Lanzarote’s current health situation was highlighted as it is the only island in the region to be on Alert Level 2, acknowledgment of the low number of infections in the region.

Other Canary Islands are on Alert Levels 4 and even 5 as a consequence of the ineffective measures taken and non-compliance with health protocols.

This is another reason why Lanzarote received a special mention at Fitur 2022, when it was recognised for offering a “safe, clean, sustainable and premium” experience. This is in relation to the new model being rolled out across the island, based on respect for the surroundings and the environment. In addition to this, Lanzarote’s tourism plan aims to prevent overcrowding by permitting too many visitors to enter the island in order to offer tourists a more comfortable stay.

Being able to return to a certain “normality” two years after the start of the Covid-19 pandemic was unthinkable at the start of 2020. The work of society as a whole has brought about the very real possibility of returning to normal, to everyday life, and dreaming, once again, about travel.

We recognise that getting back into this habit after going through the worst moments of a pandemic as tragic as that of Coronavirus may be difficult but having all this information at hand when planning your itinerary should be highly reassuring. Knowing that a destination has such promising crime reduction figures and that it strives to uphold public health protocols is hugely important. Both tourists and residents alike feel cared for and comforted by these factors.

Bearing in mind the crime rate, and what’s been highlighted from the tourist perspective, it’s clear that Lanzarote has secured its place as an outstanding travel destination, second to none.

So… have you decided on Lanzarote as your next holiday destination yet?

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