29 Answers

Exchange rates ?

Asked by: 26th May 2012


29 Answers

  1. Terry on May 26, 2012

    Hi Guys and Girls,

    Im flying to Lanzarote this week and staying in CT 🙂

    Do anyone know what the exchange rates are currently over there? and where are the best places to go to exchange GBP to EUROS? or is it best to exchange in the UK first?

    any info would be appreciated 🙂

  2. Debbie on May 26, 2012

    Hi Terry, the best rates i have found recently is Thomas Cook at 1.21. I work for a bank and Thomas Cook even beat the staff rate I can get. Hope this helps. Debbie.

  3. jason on May 27, 2012

    1.21 in my local town in uk

  4. Terry on May 28, 2012

    Thanks Debbiw, and Jason 🙂
    but would you know, or anyone else know, if its better exchange rates over in Lanzarote compared to the UK?

  5. david charles hind on May 28, 2012

    The asian shops where giving 1.21 to the pound two weeks ago

  6. Fred on May 29, 2012

    I booked some Euros last week via Ace in London Bridge and got €1.23. Details are here:


  7. Pam Furniss on May 29, 2012

    If you are taking your currency with you then using a company called FairFX you can get 1.235 to the pound today. Order online and it is delivered by Royal Mail special delivery the following day so long as you order before 3pm. Have used them twice before and are pretty good. Orders above £750 there is no delivery charge.

  8. Terry on May 29, 2012

    thanks guys, i was looking at taking Sterling over with me, but in the end had to go with the Post Office as time was running out and we fly out tomorrow 🙂

    Thanks for all your surgestions most appreciated 🙂

  9. Steve p on May 30, 2012

    1.21 is about the ave at this time

  10. Charlie on Jun 02, 2012

    Can categorically confirm that the better rate BY FAR is in Lanzarote, you can pay for items on your credit or debit card and chose either the credit card rate or the rate in sterling from the bank, its printed on the card for you to see at a lot of places, other than that I got a better rate from a cashpoint in Arrecife than I could get in the UK, by about 3percent!!

  11. Terry on Jun 07, 2012

    hey guys and girls, i flew back into Bristol/UK yesterday, i exchanged my sterling to euros the day before we went at £1- E1.18 from a post office exchanging £530.
    i thought this was a good rate considering what i found online/ordered was £1.21 ish per euro,

    what i would do next time is take sterling over, as they were exchanging £1 – E1.22 with no commision, so i recommend anyone reading this thred to take Sterling over, and just a few euros for either on the plane (witch i recommend not using as they rip you off with drinks and food,,,,) or to use untill you can get to an exchange place,
    Where we stayed in Barcelo in Costa Teguise there are about 3 places, within 500m from the hotel, one oposit the Playa Teguise Hotel. (i recommend not staying in that hotel, as i over heard some english people saying they had cockroaches in there hotel rooms,,,, though the hotel looks nice from the out side)

    deffo a place to visit, and would go back again,,, also dont go there looking to buy cheaper clothes, as they are expensive!!! and stay away from the guys selling hand bags, and sunglasses they dont like the words “not Thankyou”

  12. Steve p on Jun 07, 2012

    Last time I was in Costa Teguise there were lots of those guys selling hand bags and sunglasses and yes your right they dont like no thank you, Can’t say I have seen there any where else other than Costa Teguise.

    The Sunday Market in Teguise is good you get some great bargins there only thing we found was some places the food and drink was expensive they wanted to charge us 2 euros for a can of coke so next time we took our own in a cool bag.

  13. Nicky on Jun 10, 2012

    Hi Terry

    We are going to Barcelo in three weeks time, can you tell me what its like. Is it cold at night.


  14. Terry on Jun 11, 2012

    I found Barcelo pretty nice considering it was a 3* hotel/appartments, only bad things i can say about it our the beds (2 singles pushed together to make a double bed, and probably the breakfestwasnt that nice) i recommend going to a bar called “Fuel Stop” its on the sea front next to the “last minute travel” shop, book your trips in there both the ladys that work there are fab! and helped alot on the 2 trips we took, (Volcano trip and Swimming with the Sea Lions) i recommend both of these 😛

    i wouldnt say its cold, it was around 18/20 degrees at night, we had the window or doors open on the nights,
    Entertainment wasnt that good, it was aimed at the older generation in my opinion and out of the week i found only 2 nights pretty good (me and my partner are 28/29) but its a small price to pay considering its free beer/spirits if your AL 🙂 if yoru a cocktail drinker order the non alcholic ones from teh bar, and just add your own spirits after as its help your self service on those 😛 (entertainment part is downstairs as you come out of reception to the left, follow the signs for “SHOW” you can get to the main front easy this way as well)

    If you are taking kids, they have some great games during the day near the pool side, for adults as well, though i never took part in them, i was to busy drinking,

    I read many reviews about this Hotel (after i booked) and i would say 40% wasnt that good, it made me pretty worried about having a bad experience, but it was totally the oposit, staff were polite, and the rooms were pretty good, though i wished they had a lift considering we were on the top floor above the pool side bar, over looking the pool…. wasnt good after drinking lots,,,, :
    Cleaners came into the rooms everyday apart for monday, one thing i will say about this, is make sure you have something on, they didnt leave much time from buzzing at the door to letting them selfs in,,,, me and my partner had a close call, lol 🙂 they done a good job though, but im not sure they changed the towels often,

    another good bar to try is “the bulldog” oposit the front of the hotel, thats a good british bar 🙂 and there entertainment isnt that bad 🙂 (theres a shop next to there witch is good to buy beach towels 2 for 19euros)

    Word of warning, if you are wanting to be by the pool all day, get down there before 8/8:30am and put your ttowel on a lounger,,, even though it says “reserving loungers is restricted” no one takes any notice of this i found, and done it anyway,,,,, 🙂
    If you wanna be on teh beach (ie where the webcam points to on this site, it costs 10euros for 2 beds, and an umbrella, you get given a ticket, witch you can use all day on any of the beaches on that side, and behind the playa teguise hotel)

    If you are into water sports, you wont find anything like jet skis, banna boats, or the rings, though plenty of Wind Surfing at the far end of teh main beach, near hotel Melia, theres a shop near “The Water Front” Bar (witch is another English bar and pretty nice and good) and the “Fuel Stop” bar/cafe that rent Body boards for the day but i dont know how much for 🙁 looked like a good idea as you get a few good waves at times 🙂

    I hope this helps sorry for the Essay 😛

  15. David myers on Jun 11, 2012

    I feel like i have just done a week there after reading that lot see if Nicky can beat that, bet she cant

  16. Nicky on Jun 11, 2012

    Thank you very much Terry that is really helpful. I may have more questions once my kids have read you comments. Well I say kids they are 15 and 24 so not youngsters lol

    Thanks again

  17. gordon on Jun 11, 2012

    im still a kid and im 48teen

  18. Terry on Jun 12, 2012

    lol@David 🙂
    Your Welcome Nicky, i just hope you find Costa Teguise as good as me and my partner did, just wish we had a few more days there, 🙁 its deffo on the cards to go back to for my 30th this year 😛

  19. Nicky on Jun 12, 2012

    Hi Terry

    Can you advise of any good shopping areas near the Hotel or do we have to travel ?

    Also how much did the trips cost you ? really like the sound of swimming with sea lions.

    slightly worried at the clouds that seem to be on the webcams over the past few days


  20. Terry on Jun 12, 2012

    Shoping areas,,,, theres many shops close to the hotel, tbh theres to many to remember and recommend, if you came out the front of Barcelo and and walked past the “Bull Dog” pub and then left at the end of the road, you have a few shops there for cameras, perfume etc, and one of the far to many SPAR shops that are around Costa Teguise, 😛 as well as the Tobacco shops, there were other shops above these but didnt check them out,

    Volcano trip was 44euros for 2 of us, for half a day, i recommend doing the full day though as you would wish you had that cost 68euros for 2 adults i believe, and you have a meal included on that price, also if you have the female guide, (whos Spanish but done the whole trip in English!!) you will learn a fair bit about the island on the way to your first cafe stop 🙂

    Rancho Texas,,, is a must!! the trip cost around 22euros (bare in mind price may change as we had a little confusion with this when we get to the park they tried to charge more even though we paid the deposit and agreed to pay another 90euros on the gate) i will comment later with the exact prices we paid as now i have put them above im having to question my self if this is correct, lol i think im still on a buzz from the kiss from Nemo the Sea Lion 🙂 lol

    Dont worry about the cam pictures, we found it pretty cloudy up untill 12 ish and some times 1-2pm but it cleared pretty quick, you would appreciate the cloudy days though 😛

  21. Nicky on Jun 12, 2012

    Hi Terry

    How far is the barcelo from the beach ?


  22. Terry on Jun 16, 2012

    right got back on eventually 🙂

    the prices we paid were:
    Volcano trip: E60 for 2 people + E6 for the Camel ride witch i would say you have to do for the experience,,, they take pictures with your cam, but also theres some one taking pictures as well for about E5 🙂
    Rancho Park and Swimming with the Sea Lions: Entry for 2 people, E44, and E80 for the Sea Lions,

    all this was booked throu Last Minute Travel on the sea front next to the cafe/bar Fuel Stop, ask for Heidi she served us, but there both really nice in there 🙂 this includes coach travel for both trips 🙂

    Barcelo is very clost to the beach, i hate walking, as im a bloke,,, its less than 3 mins to walk from either the front of back entrance 🙂 keep in mind they close the back entrance about 12:30/1am 🙁 so make sure you know your way to the front 🙂

    Hope all this helps, sorry for the late response 🙂

  23. Nicky on Jun 17, 2012

    Thanks Terry really helpful, only got 17 days and we will be there can’t wait.

  24. Sue on Jun 17, 2012

    Hi Nicky and Terry, it’s worth checking that you are both talking about the same Barcelo as there are 2 in Costa Teguise. The one that Terry is referring to is the La Galea. I believe that the other one is now referred to as the Barcelo Lanzarote Resort – this one is on the outskirts of the resort.Hope you have a lovely holiday Nicky

  25. Terry on Jun 18, 2012

    yeah Sue is right, lol forgot about that one,,, hopfully its not the one sues on about cause ive heard some bad things about that one 🙁 and is a fair walk away from the beach 🙁 though takis are cheap,,,

    Though if you like the F1, there is a shop just outside that hotel, 🙂

  26. Nicky on Jun 18, 2012

    Oh dear, we are going to Barcelo Lanzarotee Resort, let’s hope it’s better than you think Terry. Will let you know when we get back but to be honest all I need is a nice pool and the sun and I will be happy.

  27. Sue on Jun 18, 2012

    Hi Nicky, I’m sure it will be fine. I stayed there a few years ago and it was great. I’ve been there to eat several times in recent years and the food is good and there is a good selection. The pools are lovely and I’m sure you’ll see plenty sunshine. There is a small beach about a 5 minute walk away which is mainly used by the locals (it doesn’t have any sunbeds, toilets etc but it is a lovely peaceful beach). There is a large Eurospar supermarket at the back of the hotel which is cheaper and has a better selection than those in the centre of town. There are a few shops just outside the hotel and plenty more around a 15 minute walk away. It would take about 30 minutes to walk into the centre of town but the local bus stops right outside the hotel and if there are 3 or 4 of you a taxi will probably be cheaper at around 4€. I think the hotel may also have a courtesy bus into the centre of town but you’d need to check this when you arrive.

  28. Kitty on Jun 18, 2012

    The Barcelo Lanzarote is lovely. Very nice pool area. You will have a great time. Agree with Sue that it’s about a 30 minute walk into the centre but there is s walkway around the seafront all the way. Its a nice stroll back in the evenings after a night out.

  29. Nicky on Jun 18, 2012

    Thanks Sue and Kitty, really excited to be getting away from UK for ten days and am sure we will all have a lovely time