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What Would You Buy in Lanzarote ?

Asked by: 4th April 2013

We’re going on vacation there next month. 


25 Answers

  1. Frank on Apr 04, 2013

    I take it you mean what’s cheap to buy to bring back to the UK ?

    If it is, then in the words of Paul Daniels ‘ not a lot’. Prices are roughly the same as in the UK.

    Warning- avoid the Asian camera shops – there have been lots of examples on here of people being held to ransom.

    You are outside the UK so duty free limits mean you are restricted to 1 litre spirits and 200 cigs. Apart from this then there is little to buy except the usual line of souvenirs and the goods from the lookie lookie men.

  2. Terry on Apr 04, 2013

    also the smellys are limited i cant remember how many mills your allowed but its around 100m,

  3. Wendy Middleton on Apr 04, 2013

    Artemi ! (Honey Rum) It’s on my list 🙂

  4. Frank on Apr 04, 2013

    Forgot the smellies …..yes my wife frequents Charlie’s and Dahlia.

    Oh and she like the honey rum as well.

    Now I know where my money goes!

  5. frankp on Apr 04, 2013

    guajiro honey rum 30 proof any time.my wife says the smellies are no cheaper than uk

  6. Tracy R on Apr 04, 2013

    I have had some nice handbags from the Friday market in the square. Be prepared to haggle and pay roughly half the asking price.

  7. Kitty on Apr 04, 2013

    Shoes. You can find some great shoes at reasonable prices. Also I agree with the handbags as Tracy says.

  8. jude on Apr 04, 2013

    caramel vodka!!!! mmmmm, cant buy it in the uk and all my relatives are hooked on it lol, its only 7 euro a bottle too! bargain

  9. Paul D on Apr 04, 2013

    The best thing to take home is actually free !

    Memories !…

  10. Terry on Apr 05, 2013

    Tracey/Kitty can you delete your comments? my partner reads this, if she sees you can haggle down the price of a hand bag, that would be all our spending money gone for the holiday and alot of hand bags to take home! 😛

    • Kitty on Apr 05, 2013

      Keep her away from Judes caramel vodka aswell…..it is to die for

  11. Trevor M on Apr 05, 2013


    So many good suggestions already but dependant on what you like there are a couple of markets I can recomend for more “local produce” other than the mass produced stuff that it is sold at the Teguise & Marina Rubicon (Playa Blanca) markets. Haria is good on Saturday morning 09:00 – 14:00 I think, various stalls with arts & craft, lace work, fruit & veg & breads. We got there last Saturday at 09:30 and they were still setting up but that was fine as there are plenty of places to have coffee/breakfast.

    Also last Sunday morning we went to a farmers market at Macha Blanca in the municipality of Tinajo. This was a new one to us and we really enjoyed it and very much a locals market, all local produce, great cakes, cheese, fruit & veg, wines etc, no arts & crafts at this one though, not sure about time on this but we were there around 10:00, by the time we found it.
    I think the best route is on the LZ56 and the market is opposite the large church, there is also a restauraunt next to the market,the place looks amazing for food, bit early for us, only had coffee, the lady explained that the place is famous for food and people come from miles around, can hold up too 800 people.

    Wish we were back there for this weekend but not too be as we flew back last Monday.

    Have Fun…

  12. Barry Dunne on Apr 05, 2013

    If i had the money an Apartment

  13. Wendy Middleton on Apr 05, 2013

    Good Answer Barry – love it

  14. David myers on Apr 07, 2013

    I to agree with Barry I would love a place but when speaking to a local last week she told me of a house that had just been sold after being repossessed by the bank (3 beds 2 bathrooms 40000 euros) it could be a lot easier to buy than we thought and there still dropping, very tempting for retiring to

  15. david charles hind on Apr 07, 2013

    What not to buy would have been an easier question,dodgy sunglasses,watches off illegal immigrants wandering about and cameras etc from the Asian shops BEWARE !!!!

  16. david charles hind on Apr 07, 2013

    ps if you buy spirits etc don’t carry home in your hand luggage

  17. Paul D on Apr 07, 2013

    David , You are quite right to advise people to be very aware and guarded about buying from the many Asian owned camera shops. I have heard some disturbing horror stories about threatening behaviour in the past and forced sales of faulty goods too.. However , , , ( and maybe i was just lucky with this . ) but i purchased a camera mid 1990s from a shop in PB and had no issues with the guy i purchased it from and i also still have the camera now,,,Works fine and the drivers work fine with it too for connection to my pc. . This is most likely before the really bad activity of these camera shops peaked. . I am pretty sure i would not buy from one of these shops now !. . They are generally one of the shop types that everyone should avoid like the plague,,,Far too many bad reports circulating now to risk entertaining them with your hard earned money !

  18. David myers on Apr 07, 2013

    Paul there are some shops which can be trusted the one I have used in the past is Visanta which is in Arrecife and PDC they seem to get lots of customers returning while on holiday hopefully due to there honesty but there prices seem to be creeping up so maybe if the prices look to good steer clear

  19. david charles hind on Apr 07, 2013

    paul/dave there maybe honest camera shops around in lanzarote,but I would”nt risk them now,as you have little comeback with any problems when you return home

  20. David myers on Apr 07, 2013

    David if the shops ok your purchase comes with an international warranty which is what i got with one camera i purchased ( Minolta ) 6mths later back in the UK the camera packed in i returned it to Minolta UK and within 7 days i received a brand new replacement thats better service than you can expect if purchased in the UK but you still need to be carefull as most people say

  21. R Sutherland on Apr 09, 2013

    About the Asian camera shops, I was in Costa Teguise, beware of the shop with an old

    man and an older bloke who looks like a chipmonk with his bulging cheeks, and a younger


    The old man showed me a camcorder a Sony, but it weighs a bit light for a hard drive

    camcorder , I paid 40 Euro’s cash, then the chipmonk guy after I had paid for the

    camera says , I have a better one for you to look at, I said no thanks, but by then, the old

    guy had gone, so i looked at the camcorder , it seemed ok, he showed it to me working on

    the television, it had a great picture, I was tempted , so I paid another 150 Euro’s with my

    Visa card, he showed me the receipe book he had it seemed ok too, but I was in a hurry,

    he stamped the card but it was smudged could’nt read anything at all, he may have done

    it as he put it in a bag with the accessories, I said what about the box ?, he said it will go

    through customs better, when I got it home it wasn’t the one I had bought, he must have

    swapped it, it was total rubbish, I then looked at the receipt it had no refunds on it.

    so what a scam , I should have known better.

    • Kitty on Apr 10, 2013

      This has been a common problem in the past. You can claim a refund from your card provider.

  22. david charles hind on Apr 13, 2013

    That’s that crowd from the shopping centre at the far end of cucharas beach I think r Sutherland,they are scum

  23. David myers on Apr 15, 2013

    Come on DCH don’t being sitting on the fence ha ha