For people who like to travel around Europe, the term Lanza-grotty might be familiar. If you speak to people who use it freely they have basically come away from Lanzarote having had a bad experience, usually with a particular resort or accommodation. Of course, in principle, its easy to have a bad holiday experience wherever you go, but poor old Lanzarote was unfortunately labeled - 'Lanza-grotty' - by a few bad experiences and the name stuck.
Personally, I have never had a really bad experience in Lanzarote. On one occasion the apartment we stayed in wasn't particularly great, but I certainly wouldn't label the island because of it.
It's perhaps easy to see, when you get off the plane and hop into your hire car or shuttle transport, why people think that Lanzarote doesn't offer much. The first thing you see as you travel down the LZ-2 is dry, baron land. Having said that, if you are lucky enough to arrive to a perfect blue sky, the orange landscape does sit quite nicely against the blue backdrop!
I can't help feeling that people who have their bad experiences generally pay a little less for their holidays. I am not saying that is a bad thing by any means, as I often look around for the best deals to save a few pounds. But as the saying goes, you generally get what you pay for, and again I find it a little unfair that the island gets a bad reputation for the sake of us keeping a few notes in our pockets.
I would also like to point out that my bad experience was in Puerto del Carmen, about 10 years ago. Now, Puerto del Carmen, or PDC as the locals like to call it, is sometimes known as Blackpool in the sun, and its easy to see why. The sea front is lined up with English Cafes and Bars and it does little for the image of the island. Again, I am not saying that there is anything wrong with this as the resort obviously does very, very well in attracting visitors year on year but I wonder if people who have had these experiences might have had them in PDC rather than Playa Blanca or Costa Teguise?
Having said all that, we are all entitled to our own opinions, and the fact that we are all so different is what helps to make the world go around. Just because I find something satisfactory doesn't mean someone else will and so its very easy for a place to get a bad reputation.
The unfortunate title of Lanzagrotty, in my view, is totally unjustified. I love the island, the year round climate, the great food and compelling culture and am happy to put my bad experience down to, well a single bad experience! Lanzarote has so much more to offer than the odd complex in need of repair and I urge anyone who has once had a bad experience to go back, hop in a hire car and explore the, quite frankly, stunning island.