We recommend that you take out travel insurance before your trip to cover any unforeseen medical expenses or emergencies that may occur during your stay. It is also important to protect yourself from the sun by using sunscreen with a high SPF, wearing a hat and sunglasses, and avoiding the hottest hours of the day.
In order to avoid stomach upsets, we advise you to only drink bottled water, avoid consuming tap water and ice cubes made from tap water, and to only eat food that has been properly cooked and served hot.
If you plan to engage in sports or other physical activities during your stay, it is important to warm up properly, wear appropriate protective gear, and to stay hydrated.
Finally, we recommend that you consult with your healthcare provider regarding any necessary vaccinations before traveling to Lanzarote, especially if you have any pre-existing medical conditions or if you are traveling with children.
FAQ Health tips on holiday
Sunburn is caused by ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. It usually causes the skin to become red, sore, warm, and occasionally itchy.
Here on Lanzarote the intensity of the sun is often underestimated. Redness does not develop for a few hours, and the breeze and water can cool your skin, so you will not even realise you are getting burnt until you are already burnt!
It is important to avoid sunburn; it damages the skin and can increase your chances of developing skin cancer in later life.
What to do if you or your child has sunburn
- cool the skin by sponging it with cold water or having a cold bath or cold shower
- drink plenty of fluids
- apply a water-based emollient or petroleum jelly (such as Vaseline) to keep the skin cool and moist
- use pain killers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol. Aspirin should not be given to children under 16 years
Seek medical advice when
- your baby or young child has sunburn, as their skin is particularly fragile
- you have symptoms of oedema (blistering or swelling of the skin, chills, fever (high temperature), dizziness; headaches, nausea (feeling sick)
Take extra care in the sun if you
- have pale or white skin
- have freckles and/or red or fair hair
- have many moles
- tend to burn rather than tan
- have skin problems relating to a medical condition
- have a family history of skin cancer
- wear suitable clothing (hat, long sleeves/trousers/skirts)
- always wear sunglasses
- spend time in the shade from 11am to 3pm
- adapt to the sun slowly: start with an exposure of 20 minutes and increase by 5-10 minutes each day
- USE SUNSCREEN, even on cloudy days. Please note that sunscreen cannot guarantee protection from sunburn and that it has great potential to irritate the skin and cause allergic reactions
Food and Drink
Lanzarote is an extremely dry island
Due to the climate here you need more fluids than usual to avoid dehydration, which can cause headaches, migraines and constipation.
DO NOT drink from public fountains. Drink only bottled water. The only source of fresh water is desalinated seawater, which does not taste very well and can be contaminated.
Be careful mixing alcohol and the sun! It is a dangerous mix and actually promotes dehydration.
Canarian food is generally healthy but does contain a lot of garlic and olive oil. If you are not used to eating these, start with smaller amounts to allow your digestive system to get acclimated to it slowly.
Lanzarote offers a wide variety of outdoor activities.
Please consider your personal fitness when exercising and do not overdo it. After all, it is your holiday!
Respect the ocean when you go surfing, wind- or kite-surfing! There are dangerous currents out there.
Before you go diving, you should undergo a health check. You can do that at our clinics. All diving schools will ask for a medical “fit for diving” certificate. Be aware that some will not accept certificates from abroad.
DO NOT dive if you are suffering from an ear or sinus infection.
More than 2 dives in one day are a strain for the body.
To avoid serious health risks it is advised to put a period of 24 hours between your last dive and your flight.
If you cannot perform decompression due to otitis media you are not fit to fly. Doing so can result in severe pain, bleeding, and perforation of the eardrum.
Tropical diseases are not a risk in the Canaries. You’ll be fine if you keep the required immunisations in your home country up to date.
Positive effects of vacationing in Lanzarote
The climate and 360 days of sun have a very positive effect on your health. It can be especially beneficial for you if you suffer of one of the following conditions:
- recurrent respiratory tract infections
- skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis
If you do not hold private health insurance we recommend that you purchase travel insurance. It is not expensive and usually covers all costs for private consultations and hospitals as well as for medication and medical evacuation.