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Lanzarote holidays

Lanzarote offers up dozens of beaches and otherworldly volcanic scenery, not to mention international cuisine in all of the resorts. Seafood’s the real draw, so be prepared to dine like royalty before hitting local clubs, pubs and bars. It’s all go around here.

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.

Modern 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 Canarian island’s 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

Colourful umbrellas and eager sun-tanners flock to the sands of this resort.

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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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...
Las Colorados

Las Colorados

Playa Blanca , Lanzarote

The intimate setting of Las Coloradas beach is the perfect place to unwind without any distractions. Its dark volcanic sand is in sharp contrast to the golden sands of the Papagayo beaches surrounding it. Enjoy...

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 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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Castillo de las Coloradas

Castillo de las Coloradas

Playa Blanca , Lanzarote

Perched on a hilltop above the beach is the historical attraction Castillo de las Coloradas. The castle was originally built in the 18th century to stop marauding pirates from attacking the island. Find out how...
Castillo de San Gabriel

Castillo de San Gabriel

Arrecife, Lanzarote

Originally built to protect the harbour and town from pirates, this island fortress was made a National Historic Monument in the 70s. Travel over the drawbridge and you'll find a museum telling the story of...

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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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...
Barco Tellamon encallado

Barco Tellamon encallado

Arrecife, Lanzarote

Have you ever seen a real-life shipwreck? Now's your chance. You can spot the wreckage of the Telamon, which sank over 30 years ago, from the coastal path between Arrecife and Costa Teguise. If you want to get...

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...
El Charco de San Gines

El Charco de San Gines

Arrecife, Lanzarote

Soak up the laidback atmosphere around this tidal lagoon. Its natural charms are enhanced by simple white cottages, bobbing fishing boats and palm trees offering shade from the sun. You could easily spend a day...

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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A great weekly market

A great weekly market

Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote

If you want to find some authentic Canarian products, head to the Plaza Varadero near the old harbour. Every Friday a vibrant street market is held there, with around 100 stalls offering locally sourced fruit,...
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...

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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