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.
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.
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.