Lanzarote

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

Tenerife’s beaches are legendary, and when you set your eyes on the soft white sand, twinkling emerald waters and swaying palm trees, you’ll soon see why. You’ll find many thriving tourist spots with quaint, café-lined promenades and plenty of prime places to watch the sun go down.

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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

A journey through pine forests takes you to the majestic Mount Teide and its epic National Park. You can get within 200m of the summit by cable car, so you’re in for panoramic views. Whale and dolphin watching is another must in Tenerife – you’re almost sure to see some.

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Montana Roja

Montana Roja

Lanzarote

The 'Red Mountain' is a dormant volcano that has become a haven for hikers and nature lovers. The path to the top is steep but fairly short, so can be tackled by most walkers - but bring along water as it can...
Jameos del Agua

Jameos del Agua

Lanzarote

Art and nature combine at this unique attraction created by legendary architect Cesar Manrique, who set out to create the most beautiful nightclub in the world. The web of caves houses bars and restaurants, but...

Activities

Tigers, gorillas, meerkats and dolphins are just a few of the animals you’ll find at Loro Parque Zoo, but for thrills and spills, Tenerife’s got the mighty Siam Park Waterpark. Harbours and marinas are dotted all around, so scenic strolls are definitely on the agenda – not to mention cycling the coastal routes.

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Aquapark Costa Teguise

Eating and drinking

Wrinkly potatoes might not sound like the most appetising, taste bud-tickling dish, but when done the Canarian way, with skins on and lots of salt, they’re delicious. You’ve also got to take advantage of the fish and seafood – Dorada, a type of sea bream, is the speciality.

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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

The big, bold capital Santa Cruz is a bit of a shopper’s paradise, with great deals on electricals to be found on Plaza de España and Plaza de la Candelaria. Look out for the street market on Sundays too, where you can pick up everything from jewellery to fruit.

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Costa Teguise Market

Nightlife

Tenerife has got nightlife as laid-back or revved up as you want it. Playa de las Americas rightfully wears the partying-till-dawn crown. But like the island’s other resorts, it’s also a place for friendly bars, discos and restaurants where you can take your kids, so you won’t be disappointed.

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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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