Dramatic volcanic landscapes, beautiful beaches, year-round sunshine. It isn’t difficult to see why the fourth largest Canary Island is such a popular destination! This is an island like no other. No really, it’s true! The history of volcanic eruptions have made Lanzarote into a landscape that looks truly out of this world. You’re a long way from home already, but on a Lanzarote holiday you’ll feel like you’re on a different planet!
Throw in the lively nightlife and tasty restaurants and you have yourself the perfect holiday, whether you’re here to chill, here to party or here to explore.
As with all the Canary Islands, the weather in Lanzarote is amazing all year round. For the perfect tan, the island’s 30°C summer heat will tick all of your boxes. Even in winter the temperature stays above 20°C, so what are you waiting for?
Puerto del Carmen
In the southeast of the island you’ll find Lanzarote’s original purpose-built resort. The most popular beach on the island is found here, and you’ll love it too! The Avenida de las Playas runs along the beachfront, lined with bars, restaurants, and shops. Puerto del Carmen has the most buzzing nightlife of the island so if you’re up for a night out then this is the place for you. For a more authentic Canary Island experience, stroll west to El Varadero harbour where you’ll find a fishing-village unchanged by tourism and time.
This resort is full of hotels, shopping centres, bars and restaurants, so you’ll never be short of things to do or places to eat. People flock here for the variety of water sports on offer so grab your water-skis and hit the sea! The nightlife in Costa Teguise is lively but family-friendly.
You’ll love the small, charming Arrecife, the capital of Lanzarote. With its sandy beach and stylish promenade it is an ideal holiday spot for sun-lovers who also enjoy a bit of culture. This is a genuine, lived-in city and there are plenty of bars and restaurants for you to sit and watch passers-by going about their day-to-day lives.
Lanzarote is home to some fantastic sandy beaches. Puerto del Carmen has the most popular beaches, including Playa Grande which is huge and striped with sun-loungers - great for families! Playa Blanca is smaller and quieter, and La Caleta de Famara is quieter still, and we think it’s one of the best sandy beaches on the island. For a day of windsurfing, banana-boating, and waterskiing, head straight to Costa Teguise.
With three water and amusement parks to choose from, you and your family will never have to look far for fun! Rancho Texas is a Wild Western water park which also has animals such as crocodiles, rare white tigers, pumas and more. AquaLava Water Park is a mixture of fast twisting slides, lazy rivers, and chill out zones make it ideal for all the family. Aquapark in Costa Teguise has all the usual water rides, as well as paintballing and an adventure trail for the kids.
Parque Nacional de Timanfaya
We know it’s hard to tear yourself away from the relaxing, sandy beaches, but make sure you explore Lanzarote’s impressive volcanic landscape! A volcanic eruption in the 1730s has left a huge area of the island covered in lava and molten rock. This area is now a national park, recognised by UNESCO, and it’s covered with craters of more than a hundred volcanoes, known as the Fire Mountains. At the top of Islote de Hilario – the tallest volcano - there’s a restaurant called El Diablo, designed by César Manrique, which uses heat from inside the volcano to grill meat and fish.
All over the island you’ll see creations made by this famous artist, architect and environmentalist. One of the most impressive is the Jameos del Agua on the north coast, where Manrique converted underground caves into a bar and concert hall. Kindly allowing you to tick ‘visited a bar and concert hall in a cave’ off your bucket list.
At the Mirador del Rio, Manrique has converted a 479m-high gun emplacement into a lookout point that has spectacular views over the sweeping lava landscapes.
Canary Island Cuisine
If you like seafood you will love Lanzarote! Being an island, the fish supplies are never-ending, so be sure to treat yourself while you’re here. A local speciality is a stew called Sancocho which is made with seabream. Tapas is very popular on the island and there are hundreds of tasty tapas restaurants to choose from.
Thanks to its constant warm weather, Lanzarote grows a lot of tropical fruits. And they also produce their own goat’s cheese. So be sure to visit one of the many farmers markets on the island to pick up some local produce.
They say some of the best wine is made on volcanic soil, so it’s not surprising that Lanzarote produces some delicious wines of its own. The most popular are Malvasia, which is also used in local drinks such as Sangria, and Tinto de Verano, which is made using red wine and lemonade.
A night of wine and cheese, anyone?
Whether you fancy a romantic meal, a family setting, or a lively bar, there are plenty of restaurants to choose from around the island.
For a relaxing evening, head to eat in Puerto Calero. It’s a former fishing village with a relaxed, bohemian vibe, and its waterfront bars and restaurants make it a beautiful place to come to admire the gorgeous sunsets. El Varadero harbour has waterfront restaurants with spectacular views across to Fuerteventura.
For relaxed and postcard-perfect holidays, Lanzarote is a unique island that will appeal to every traveller. Whether you’re looking for an all-inclusive deal or a self-catered stay, our array of holidays, flights and hotels means your ideal holiday in Lanzarote is out there.
Lanzarote not quite hitting the spot? Have a read of our other Canary Island destination guides for further inspiration and temptation!