Lanzarote Holidays

An otherworldly island paradise

With rocky and wild volcanic landscapes, arriving in Lanzarote can feel a bit like landing on the moon. Look closer at its rugged slopes and you’ll see a diverse range of rich flora and fauna – so celebrated in fact that the entire island has been given protected status by Unesco. For this reason, and many more besides, Lanzarote holidays are truly special. Located a few miles west off the coast of North Africa, Lanzarote is the fourth largest of the Canary Islands, which enjoy balmy temperatures all year round. the island is peppered with gorgeous beaches, making it the perfect place to relax by the sea.

That said, on holidays to Lanzarote it would be a shame to miss out on the excellent scuba diving, year-round surfing and competitive cycle tours on offer. Not enough to get your heart racing? Real adrenaline seekers can whoosh through the air on a paragliding trip. If that sounds exhausting, instead spend time cycling through its picturesque vineyard-lined towns at your own pace, stopping of course to sample the local vintages. Few places in the world offer as much to see and do, so it’s no wonder that many holidaymakers return to Lanzarote time and again.

Three tips for a top trip

Get on your bike
With its wide, flat asphalt roads and variety of winding tracks, cycling is a popular way to get around Lanzarote, and there are lots of bike rental shops.
See a unique sunset
The view out to sea from Salinas del Janubio, Lanzarote’s mesmerising salt flats, is undeniably romantic. Watch the salt reflections turn rainbow-coloured as the sun sinks.
Grab a picnic
The Sunday farmers’ market in Teguise brims with fresh local produce. Stock up, then take a picnic to one of the many beaches or parks.

Best attractions to see in Lanzarote

Timanfaya National Park

Also known as the Montañas del Fuego (mountains of fire), this wild, lunar-like landscape has to be seen to be believed. Take a day trip and enjoy panoramic views from the restaurant.

Underwater critters

With coral reefs and shipwrecks galore, Lanzarote is a hotspot for scuba diving. Snorkellers can also spot schools of fish and underwater plant life, too.

La Cueva de los Verdes

This four-mile long series of underground lava tunnels was created during a volcanic eruption thousands of years ago. Prepare to be wowed by the unusual shapes and colours.

Your Lanzarote questions, answered

Beaches in Lanzarote are varied and plentiful. Choose between black, volcanic sand and fine, golden grains – the best of which are arguably found on the south coast.

The Canary Islands were created by ancient volcanic eruptions, which is what makes the landscape so interesting. Don’t worry – Lanzarote’s volcano has been dormant for almost 200 years.

Lanzarote’s location close to Africa means it enjoys warm weather year-round. Dedicated sunseekers should visit from June to August, when the temperature often reaches 30°C and there are several hours of sunshine. The second most popular time for Lanzarote holidays is around Christmas, when people flock to the island for some winter sun. It’s often around 20°C during the day, although nights can be cold. If you prefer to visit at a quieter time, try April and May or September and October, where rainfall is still low and temperatures are mild.

Aside from the many sea creatures under the water, Lanzarote is a great destination for birdwatchers. Look out for kestrels, hoopoes and other feathered visitors.

Spanish is the official language of Lanzarote, although the Canary Islands have their own dialect and accent, so it may sound a little different. In the tourist areas, most people also speak English, German or both, as many visitors come from the UK or Germany. You don’t need to speak a lot of Spanish to get around Lanzarote, although you may find it useful to learn a little if you are visiting the north of the island or the more rural areas.

Lanzarote holidays are often booked by those seeking sea, year-round sunny weather and lots of sandy beaches. You can easily spend a week or two simply sunbathing and swimming. You can also enjoy a more active break if you wish. You may like hiking or biking through volcanic landscapes, snorkelling, fishing or sailing around the island.

The shortest flight from the UK to Lanzarote is from London, which takes just over four hours. You can also fly to Lanzarote from Liverpool, Manchester, Bristol, and Belfast, with most flights taking between four to four-and-a-half hours. Lanzarote is easy to get around, with four bus routes that run from the airport to the main towns and tourist resorts. You can also pick up a hire car, with easy driving routes to get you around, and you can drive from one end of the island to the other in under two hours, so it’s easy to take day trips.

There are a variety of places to stay in Lanzarote for different types of breaks. The port capital, Arrecife, is perfect for relaxed, cultural breaks, while the popular tourist area of Puerto del Carmen has miles of beaches and buzzing nightlife. Costa Teguise and Playa Blanca both have a selection of luxury and all-inclusive hotels, as well as beaches and shopping, making them popular with tourists. Famara is perfect for when you want a quieter resort as it’s in the less-developed north of the island.

Lanzarote is an extremely family-friendly destination, especially resorts like Playa Blanca, Puerto Calero and Costa Teguise. You’ll find great family-friendly hotels in these areas, with pools, entertainment for the kids and close to sandy beaches. Most restaurants on the island offer kids menus, and welcome younger guests, so it’s easy to eat out with kids in tow too.