Lanzarote offers up dozens of beaches and otherworldly volcanic scenery, not to mention international cuisine in all of the resorts.
The volcanic origins of Lanzarote are still on show, with dark mountain ranges and solid lava fields spanning the island. The dramatic volcanoes in the Timanfaya National Park then give way to sandy beaches on the edges. Calm waters, sandy shores and great weather make them popular with families and couples alike.
From Costa Teguise in the north to Playa Blanca in the south, resort towns are centred on their strip of beach. Take your pick from lively ones where watersports are a must, to quieter ones perfect for families. Up and down the island, there are secluded coves where you might be the only one on the beach.
The island is dotted with Cesar Manrique-designed attractions. There’s the Mirador del Rio lookout in the north, plus his ultra-stylish house that’s been converted into a museum in honour of the man himself. That’s not to mention the restaurant in the Timanfaya National Park, a perfect treat after you’ve toured the volcanoes.
Lanzarote is flush with beaches – from the clear waters of Charca de la Novia in the north, to the serene Papagayo beaches on the southern tip of the island. Resort towns all boast their own beaches, with Playa Grande in Puerto del Carmen the biggest of the lot. Head to Famara beach on the north-west coast for the best waves on the island.
Take a tour of the world-famous volcanoes at Timanfaya National Park. A bus through the Mars-like terrain takes you along the craters’ edges. Look across the island of La Graciosa from the Mirador del Rio lookout, or drive up the green Tabayesco valley to get a feel for rural life on the island.
See the work of the island’s most famous artist at the Cesar Manrique Foundation. For something a little livelier, head to Costa Teguise – there’s the waterpark on the outskirts of town, plus windsurfing, snorkeling and diving at the beach.
Try out Canarian cuisine at authentic local restaurants, both in rural towns and resort hotspots. Seafood is often on the menu, as well as staples like papas arrugadas with mojo sauce. Otherwise you have a choice of international cuisine – with everything from Mexican to Japanese – as well as home favourites served in Brit bars around the island.
Head to the island’s capital Arrecife for high-street shopping. The pedestrian-only Real Street is lined with boutiques, tech stores and duty-free shops. Fill your suitcases with household brands like Zara, Bershka and Timberland at the Biosfera mall in Puerto del Carmen.
Whether you’re after a quiet drink or clubbing till dawn, Lanzarote has you covered. Puerto del Carmen is the nightlife centre, with a main strip boasting family-friendly bars plus clubs in the Centro Atlantico complex.
Lanzarote is the 4th largest and most eastern island in the Spanish-ruled Canaries. The island of Fuerteventura is to the south, while the coast of Morocco is 100km to the east.
Beeraround €2 a bottle
3 course mealaround €15