The most prevalent language is Castilian-Spanish, when accents and words unique to the Canary Islands. You will usually have the option of ordering food and drinks in English, if the establishment has a menu for this purpose. However, when speaking to locals you may occasionally find some confusion. English and German is typically the second language. Use simple words and speak slower to help people understand you. It should be noted, however, that since Lanzarote’s primary business is tourism more and more locals are learning the language.
One nice aspect of travelling to Lanzarote is that you will have the same time zone as in the U.K. and Ireland, and thus your sleeping schedule will not be adversely affected. Even the British Summer Time change in March and October is reflected in Lanzarote.
If you take regular medications make for certain that you have enough to get you through your trip and back home before you have to worry about running out or running short. Travel insurance may help in this regard, and will also protect you from any unpredictable accidents that could occur. In warmer climates, you may want to be sure to pack the sun block to protect your skin.
When it comes to getting around the island, taxis and buses may well be the most efficient value. You can rent a car and it is cheaper than you might expect. A car rental works for exploring the wilderness areas, but bear in mind that you can cross the entire island in about 40 minutes (north and south) and 25 minutes from east to west. This is why some people choose to use scooters, bikes or segways to travel since it’s not really a full driving location.
There is a small bus stop at the airport which stops at terminals for Playa Honda and the Capital Arrecife. You can also connect to other locations by busing. Buses leave twice per hour for most of the day, every day, with the exception of Sunday. Bus fare costs approximately 1.5€. You can take a ride from the airport to the capital city, or to Puerto del Carmen.
Taxi rides to the airport are a bit more expensive and can cost up to 24€. However, you may need this option to travel to certain resorts. There are ATM machines at the airport, but resorts actually charge less interest than the airport location.