Lanzarote

Lanzarote holidays

On the one hand, unique-looking Lanzarote lines up stunning shorelines that call for lazy days in the sun. While on the other, stacks of natural wonders are waiting to be explored in this UNESCO protected biosphere reserve, from lime-green lagoons to quirky caves. Spend your days hopping between classic resorts like Playa Blanca and Puerto Del Carmen to tick off their roll call of attractions. Or check out the artisan markets and tour the volcanic vineyards. All sorts of water sports are popular here too, and the terrain makes it brilliant to explore by bike. For an adventure to remember, trek to the top of ‘fire mountain’ for a volcanic barbecue feast. The island’s only 60km long and 30km wide, so it’s easy to get around!

Popular Lanzarote Holiday Resorts

THB Tropical Island
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£434pp
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  • London Stansted, Thu 25 Apr 2024
  • 7 Nights, Self Catering
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THB Tropical Island

Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

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  • Outdoor pool with slides
  • Children's splash park
  • Family interconnecting rooms available
  • Range of board basis
  • Excellent family entertainment
VIK Hotel San Antonio
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£630pp
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  • 7 Nights, Half Board
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VIK Hotel San Antonio

Playa De Los Pocillos, Lanzarote

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Based on 2745 reviews

  • Close to the beach
  • Children's playground
  • Lovely pool area with beautiful sea views
  • Family rooms
  • Children's club
Barcelo Lanzarote Active Resort
Luxe Collection
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£546pp
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  • London Stansted, Thu 09 May 2024
  • 7 Nights, Half Board
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Barcelo Lanzarote Active Resort

Costa Teguise, Lanzarote

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Based on 15526 reviews

  • Simply Luxe
  • 7 outdoor pools
  • Excellent range of facilities
  • Delicious cuisine
  • Ideal for an active holiday
Sandos Papagayo
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£711pp
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  • London Stansted, Thu 18 Apr 2024
  • 7 Nights, Half Board
  • 2 Adults, 0 Children

Sandos Papagayo

Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

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  • Royal Elite service available
  • Friendly atmosphere
  • Certified sustainable hotel
  • Direct access to the beachfront promenade
  • Excellent sports facilities
Sentido Aequora Lanzarote Suites
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£587pp
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  • London Stansted, Thu 25 Apr 2024
  • 7 Nights, Half Board
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Sentido Aequora Lanzarote Suites

Playa De Los Pocillos, Lanzarote

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Based on 6582 reviews

  • Close to the beach
  • Children's splash pool
  • Family-sized suites
  • Great entertainment programme
  • Friendly service
Hotel Costa Calero Thalasso & Spa
Luxe Collection
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£585pp
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  • London Stansted, Thu 25 Apr 2024
  • 7 Nights, Bed and Breakfast
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Hotel Costa Calero Thalasso & Spa

Puerto Calero, Lanzarote

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Based on 5337 reviews

  • Simply Luxe
  • Fantastic infinity pool
  • Soothing spa & wellness centre
  • Overlooking the marina
  • Range of sports and activities
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Local beer

£1.80

Meal for two

£31

Average flight time

4.5hrs

A volcanic island

The origins of Lanzarote are still on show, with dark mountain ranges and solid lava fields spanning the island. The dramatic volcanoes of Timanfaya National Park give way to sandy beaches around the edges. Calm waters, soft shores and superb weather make these parts popular with families and couples alike.


Lanzarote's modern beach resorts

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 water sports-based areas to quieter spots perfect for children. Up and down the island, there are secluded coves – you might be the only one there!


Grand architecture

All over, you’ll find Lanzarote dotted with César Manrique-designed attractions. There’s the Mirador del Rio lookout, plus his ultra-stylish house that’s been converted into a museum to honour the man himself. Various pieces of history and culture fill the streets, so check out what this easternmost Canary Island is all about.

Lanzarote resorts

Playa Blanca

Literally meaning ‘white beach’, you’re in for a sun-kissed getaway here. With its pristine, soft-textured beaches, yachting marina and immaculate villas, Playa Blanca is a tourist magnet that’s retained its village charm.

Costa Teguise holidays

Costa Teguise

A beautiful town square and some glittering beaches on the doorstep make this small town a family favourite in lush Lanzarote.

Puerto Del Carmen

Island lovers and eager sun-tanners flock to the sands of this popular Lanzarote resort year after year.

Playa De Los Pocillos holidays

Playa De Los Pocillos

Enjoying a blessed south coast spot, this resort is one for all ages.

Matagorda

The quiet, understated character of this resort makes it a great hideout for total peace.

Puerto Calero

Along the warm south coast there’s a serene sailing spot going by the name of Puerto Calero.

Arrecife holidays

Arrecife

The name of Lanzarote’s capital reflects the black volcanic reefs sitting below the sea.

Playa del Cable

Right by Arrecife, this resort combines the best blend of beach and city.

Beaches

Lanzarote is flush with beaches, from the clear waters of the seaside spots in the north, to the serene bronze stretches on the southern tip of the island. Resort towns all boast their own beaches. If you’re after the best waves on the island, head to the north-west.

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Papagayo Beaches

Papagayo Beaches

Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

Not just one beach but a whole series of sandy spots separated by cliffs, this is one of the best-known places on the island. It's actually a national park - unspoilt and beautiful, and is free of shops, bars...
Famara Beach

Famara Beach

Lanzarote

Head north to this laid back beach away from the hubbub of the southern parts of the islands. A favourite for surfers, it's also a great spot to chill out, enjoy the stunning backdrop of the volcanic sea cliffs...

Sights

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 to the island of La Graciosa from the vast lookout point, or drive up the verdant valleys to get a feel for rural life in Lanzarote.

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Activities

See the work of the island’s most famous artist, César Manrique, and other various museums and galleries of pure inspiration scattered all around. For something a little livelier, head to Costa Teguise – there’s a waterpark on the outskirts of town, plus windsurfing, snorkelling and diving at the beach.

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Aqualava Water Park

Aqualava Water Park

Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

Fancy an action-packed day full of thrills and spills? It’s all on offer here at this volcano-themed water park. There’s a wave pool, handful of slides, splash park and lazy river alongside a handy...
Aquapark Costa Teguise

Aquapark Costa Teguise

Costa Teguise, Lanzarote

There are thrills and spills aplenty at this fun-filled waterpark. It's got 3 main groups of slides - of varying steepness - which plunge into the main pool area. Ride the adrenaline-fuelled Kamikaze, or whiz...

Eating and drinking

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’ve got a choice of international cuisine, plus home favourites served in Brit bars around the island.

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Avenida de las Playas

Avenida de las Playas

Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote

Puerto del Carmen's main strip, Avenida de las Playas, is lined with restaurants, cafes and bars. You'll find Irish pubs, traditional Spanish tapas bars, Japanese restaurants, fast food outlets and more. For...
Bodega el Grifo

Bodega el Grifo

Lanzarote

If you've enjoyed a glass or two of delicious local wine during your stay you can learn all about how it's made on a vineyard tour. Family-run El Grifo is the oldest winery on the island. Explore its...

Shopping

Make your way to the capital, Arrecife, for full-throttle high-street shopping. There are pedestrian-only streets fully lined with boutiques, tech stores and duty-free shops. You can fill your suitcases with household brands like Zara, Bershka and Timberland too, so make sure you set aside some time at the mall.

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Biosfera Plaza Shopping Centre

Biosfera Plaza Shopping Centre

Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote

Sprawled over 4 floors, the modern Biosfera Plaza Shopping Centre has stores, amusements and restaurants all under one roof. It's the place to go for clothes, swimwear, toys and gifts. Men can refresh their...
Calle Leon y Castillo

Calle Leon y Castillo

Arrecife, Lanzarote

Shop like the locals on Arrecife's main shopping street and pick up a few duty-free bargains, local crafts or high-end fashions. The tree-lined street has it all, while the dozens of local bars hidden down...

Nightlife

Whether you’re after a quiet drink or clubbing till dawn, Lanzarote has got you covered. Puerto del Carmen is the nightlife centre, with a main strip boasting family-friendly bars plus bass-filled clubs. But across the smaller resorts, you can keep things simple with a couple of cold ones in the pubs.

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A night out around Marina Rubicon

A night out around Marina Rubicon

Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

The bars around the marina are mainly family-orientated and offer more relaxed entertainment than some of the more boisterous resorts in Lanzarote. Watch the yachts bob up and down as you sip on a cocktail at a...
A few low-key bars

A few low-key bars

Playa De Los Pocillos, Lanzarote

The nightlife here is laid back and based around the friendly bars which often stay serving till late. For something livelier, hop in a taxi and head to Puerto del Carmen.
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