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Welcome To Our Guide To Macher

Part of the municipal district of Tias, the tiny hamlet of Macher is situated approximately 14km west of the capital Arrecife, and the Arrecife International Airport, and 4km north of the largest resort on Lanzarote Puerto del Carmen.

Being primarily residential, Macher has so far remained almost completely "undiscovered" by many of the major tour operators, and as far as we are aware doesn't as yet feature as a recognised destination in any of their summer or winter sun brochures. As a result most visitors here will be independent travellers who either own holiday homes in the area, or are renting such properties from the owners.

Making the journey west to Macher from the Arrecife International Airport is usually very straightforward, although realistically there are only two options available for the journey.

The first, and possibly the most convenient option, would certainly be the door to door service offered by any of the numerous taxis waiting outside of the arrivals hall, who would typically charge around 10€ for the journey.

Taxis on Lanzarote do represent very good value for money by European standards, and can instantly be recognised as being the eggshell/white cars with a large red stripe on each front door.

However, a standard taxi on the island is only licenced to carry a maximum of 4 passengers plus a "reasonable" amount of luggage, so for larger groups of travellers, or those with special needs, it is our recommendation to make provision for a pre-booked taxi to be waiting for you at the airport, and clearly specify at the time of booking that a larger, or specially adapted, vehicle is needed for the journey.

The second option would be to pre-arrange for the collection of a hire car from one of the numerous agencies based at the airport. Driving over to Macher should be fairly stressless for most drivers, once you have remembered which side of the road to drive on, as you leave the airport facility you will automatically join the LZ2, the Carretera de Arrecife de Yaiza, at which point you need to head south west towards Tias.

Once past Tias, the LZ2 will then take you all the way into the centre of the village. If needed, a more detailed version of this route, complete with links to maps where appropriate, is available from the Route Map link on the left hand frame of this page.

Whatever method of transport you ultimately decide upon for this journey, once you have arrived in the village you will very quickly realise that Macher is not a purpose built tourist resort, but a very much a traditional Canarian town where you will always have the feeling of being an invited, but welcome guest, to another way of life.

The small numbers of visitors who do make it here are often middle aged, and use the village as a convenient base to see what still remains of the undiscovered Lanzarote, away from the over developed beach resorts and all night karaoke bars along the popular south coast.

Macher has a small local supermarket which stocks a surprisingly wide range of goods, although many of the brands may not be instantly recognisable to most British consumers, however for a wider choice, the town of Tias is only a few minutes drive away, and the Centro Commercial Deiland at nearby Playa Honda, is also less than 15 minutes away in a car.

The village of Macher could never be described as being lively, and children or young teens would probably be hopelessly bored within 15 minutes of arriving here. However, if you are looking for a relaxing holiday in a tranquil setting, away from the all night neon lit bars and nightclubs, then Macher may be the place for you.

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