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 really easy to get around!

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Language

Spanish

Currency

Euro

Time difference

GMT

Cost of a beer

around €2 a bottle

3 course meal

around €15

Flight times

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.

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Matagorda

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

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Macher

Welcome to Macher: a relaxed retreat away from the bustle and buzz of busier resorts.

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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.

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Costa Teguise

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

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Puerto Calero

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

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Puerto Del Carmen

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

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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Cycling

Cycling

Lanzarote

Lanzarote is a cyclist's paradise. Smooth, flat roads, few cars and a mild climate make it the perfect place to get on your bike. If you're new to cycling on the island, try a guided tour. From the 180km...
Day trip to La Graciosa

Day trip to La Graciosa

Lanzarote

This quaint island off Lanzarote’s north coast is a real hidden gem. You can hop on a ferry and be there in around 30 minutes to explore this untouched paradise. There are no roads or cars on the isle, so...

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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Pueblo Marinero

Pueblo Marinero

Costa Teguise, Lanzarote

When the sun goes down, this bustling square full of bars and restaurants is the place to be for locals and visitors alike. Bands play on the live music stand and you can snag some local crafts and traditional...
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...

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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Costa Teguise Market

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 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.
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...
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