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You’ll love holidays in Lanzarote!
Looking at the arid maroon vistas of Lanzarote it’s impossible to ignore that this is a volcanic island. In many ways, it displays its heritage far more proudly than the other Canary Islands that were also formed from a volcanic blast 15 million years ago.
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Golden beaches and artistic attractions on a lunar landscape
But whilst the untypical terrain offers endless surprises, the golden beaches of its coastline are just as alluring. Working in conjunction with these natural wonders, native artist César Manrique’s contributions to Lanzarote are the ultimate example of how to work with the land, and not against it. As such, Lanzarote has retained the precedent he set, by keeping high-rise hotels to an absolute minimum.
Even in the most built-up, tourist focused of resorts, such as Puerto del Carmen, there’s a natural Canarian character in harmony with the beach holiday vibe. Stay here and you’ll have unlimited choices on how to spend your holidays in Lanzarote, from lazing on a huge dusky golden beach to partying in lively bars or wandering through the quiet whitewashed Old Town.
Similarly, Costa Teguise is an incredibly popular resort, yet it still manages to offer an authentic experience alongside all of its radiant beaches. There’s never a shortage of things to do here either, as Cesar Manrique’s artworks are nearby, as well as fun family activities.
Located on the southernmost tip of Lanzarote, Playa Blanca is the place to be if you want to relax and unwind in refined surroundings. There are some fine 4* and 5* hotels here, such as the Princesa Yaiza Suite Resort available from our Indulgent Escapes range. And the beauty of the Papagayo coastline complements this perfectly. In essence, Lanzarote combines stunning coastlines with wondrous landscapes and idyllic retreats to make beach holidays like nowhere else in the world.
What to look out for in Lanzarote
There are some beaches, bars and attractions in Lanzarote you simply shouldn’t miss. Luckily, the island is relatively small and connected well with several main roads. That means you should be able to experience all the best of Lanzarote during your holidays here!
As mentioned in our overview, Lanzarote is a land of amazing natural wonders, so wherever you stay it’s likely you’ll be close to breath-taking attractions. Having your holidays in Costa Teguise puts you at a great base for exploring the north of the island. Indeed, the beauty starts from the very northern tip of Lanzarote, where you can take in the panoramic views at Mirador del Rio. At its peak, you’ll see the radiant blue waters of the Atlantic stretch for miles, only broken up by the small mountainous islands of the Chinijo archipelago nearby. Also in the northern area is the famous caves of Jameos del Agua, it features one of the largest underground tunnels in the world and the lake is home to a rare species of tiny white crab. The network of craggy caves that make up Cueva de Los Verdes are nearby too.
Easily reachable from Playa Blanca and Puerto del Carmen, the centre of Lanzarote is dominated by the volcanic Timanfaya National Park. The Martian-like maroon landscapes of the park are a dream for film directors, and scenes from Star Wars and the Planet of the Apes were filmed here. You could also make a day trip to the island’s capital, Arrecife, to admire César Manrique’s artwork at both the Castillo de San Jose and the Fundacíon César Manrique.
But maybe you’d prefer to spend your time relaxing on a beach? The dusky golden coastlines of Lanzarote will more than serve your need. To hide the original volcanic black beaches of the island, much of the sand has been shipped in from the Sahara, and is incredibly fine and radiant. Often recommended as the best set of beaches in Lanzarote, the secluded coves around Papagayo near Playa Blanca offer a perfect sunbathing experience. Other great beaches include Playa de Famara, the famous surfing hotspot on Lanzarote’s quieter northern coast, and Playa del Reducto, a beautiful white beach that’s often unexplored by tourists as it’s in the capital Arrecife.
Family activities deserve special mention in Lanzarote, especially in the popular resort of Puerto del Carmen. Stay here and you’ll be very close to the action-packed zoo, gardens and swimming pools that make up the Rancho Texas Park. Plus there are three different race tracks nearby, with one made just for children, at Go-Karting Lanzarote. And if you love waterparks, it’ll definitely be worth your while staying at the HL Rio Playa Blanca Hotel & Waterpark. In a first for Lanzarote, there’s a brand new waterpark here with lots of different slides for children and adults alike.
The nightlife certainly isn’t lacking in Lanzarote either, and if you like lively nights out Puerto del Carmen will be your best choice. The Strip here has a huge range of bars and clubs, but its Old Town and neighbouring Puerto Calero have a more sedate atmosphere when you want to take things more slowly. Staying in Costa Teguise will put you close to the authentic bars of both Arrecife and the Old Town of Teguise inland. Whilst Playa Blanca has a host of bars at the Papagayo Commercial Centre, a place that also doubles up as a shopping centre for picking up those souvenirs!
Ideal for families
If you’re thinking about where to take your family for holidays in Lanzarote, how about Costa Teguise or Playa Blanca? In Costa Teguise there are fantastic activities nearby with several safe and clean beaches at the coastline, whilst Playa Blanca has a relaxed atmosphere and family-friendly bars.
Ideal for friends
Time with friends during holidays in Lanzarote is best spent at Puerto del Carmen or Costa Teguise. Puerto del Carmen has the liveliest nightlife on the island, while Costa Teguise has great facilities for group windsurfing holidays and is near to the hundreds of bars in Arrecife.
Ideal for couples
The peaceful southern coast of Lanzarote provides the perfect place for relaxation in Playa Blanca. Papagayo is nearby, a natural beauty spot of secluded golden coves, and the stylish modern restaurants and pretty harbour of Marina Rubicón make for wonderful evenings out. Playa de los Pocillos and Puerto Calero also offer serene scenery to enjoy with your loved one.
Set up as a purpose-built resort, it’s easy to say that Costa Teguise is a success story when it comes to beach holidays. Everything’s been considered, from clean spacious roads to bright street lighting. Nothing is over-developed too, and the careful construction plans to avoid high-rises helps give Costa Teguise a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere.
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Located on the southern tip of Lanzarote, holidays in Playa Blanca have the unique qualities of being incredibly relaxing yet close to an awe-inspiring range of attractions.
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Puerto Del Carmen
There are plenty of good reasons why Puerto del Carmen is one of the most popular resorts in Lanzarote. It attracts many people to its shores thanks to the combination of great beaches, activities and Lanzarote’s liveliest nightlife.
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Club Siroco Apartments
Located close to the beach and resort centre, the Club Siroco Apartments are the ideal choice for a pleasant and great value holiday. The complex has two different areas; one more lively and ideally suited to families and the other, adult only Serenity apartments which provide a peaceful oasis withi...
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Jable Bermudas Apartments
Centrally located this apartment complex offers a good base for those wanting to be close to all the amenities the resort has to offer.
Galeon Playa Apartments
Located on the seafront overlooking the beautiful beach, this friendly complex enjoys with fabulous views along the coast. The Galeon Playa Apartments offer a peaceful base with spacious, well-equipped apartments and a great range of facilities. Plus, with the resort centre close by, this is a great...
El Trebol Apartments
Nestled within subtropical gardens yet in the lively heart of Costa Teguise, families will find this a fun, friendly, welcoming complex with excellent facilities to keep everyone entertained - especially the kids when they discover the fantastic waterslides! With a great value All Inclusive programm...
Santa Rosa Apartments
The Santa Rosa Apartments are perfectly located in the heart of Costa Teguise and is a great option for a relaxed family holiday. The complex provides high quality, comfortable accommodation and a friendly atmosphere as well as great facilities including a soft play centre and bowling alley the whol...
THB Tropical Island
This large, friendly complex offers a wide range of facilities including numerous pools, restaurants, sports facilities and an on-site entertainment dome so there's plenty to keep the whole family happy! In a fab location close to the beach and resort centre, these well-maintained apartments pro...
Puerto Del Carmen
Offering a peaceful beachfront location on the outskirts of Puerto del Carmen and plenty of entertainment and activities, this hotel is just perfect for families. The Flintstones themed rooms and dining area are sure to keep the kids happy.
Barcelo Lanzarote Resort
This large and modern Barcelo Lanzarote Resort is set within a peaceful area, only a short distance from a small sandy cove. Superb facilities, diverse cuisine and an excellent entertainment programme for adults and kids make this a highly recommended hotel for families.
The modern IBEROSTAR Papagayo hotel enjoys a peaceful location on the edge of pretty Playa Blanca, close to the luxury marina. Ideal for those seeking a relaxing holiday, this hotel has a welcoming atmosphere, stunning coastal views and excellent facilities for guests of all ages.
Hotel Costa Calero
This contemporary and stylish hotel is beautifully situated by a picturesque marina; the ideal location for rest and relaxation with a great spa on-site and activities close by. With excellent service, great facilities and spacious rooms, this is a great choice for discerning families and couples al...
Puerto Del Carmen
These luxury villas are surrounded by beautiful, exotic gardens and private pools; perfect for discerning guests that are seeking privacy, relaxation and comfort. With stylish decor and top class facilities, these villas are the ultimate indulgence.
Hotel Hesperia Lanzarote
Located next to the prestigious Puerto Calero Marina, this chic and elegant hotel offers great facilities, attention to detail and excellent service in luxurious and serene surroundings. Facilities include a selection of bars and restaurants, a choice of four swimming pools and a great range of spor...