The year round sunshine and endless stretches of white sandy beach has secured Lanzarote as a holiday destination favourite since the 1970s.
As part of the Canary Island archipelago off the west coast of Africa, Lanzarote benefits from warm Saharan breezes which make it an excellent spot for windsurfing and other water sports which operate from the majority of the beaches on the island.
Famous for its volcanic origins, Timanfaya National Park is a must-see when visiting Lanzarote. Home to the islands “Fire Mountains”, the remnants of over 100 volcanoes stand here, creating land forms which could easily be mistaken for lunarscapes from outer space.
Although typically a quieter island than its neighbouring Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria, Lanzarote has plenty to shout about! Up and coming resorts in Puerto del Carmen and Costa Teguise have been designed with the holidaymaker in mind, with bars, restaurants and attractions to keep tourists of all ages satisfied.
Things To Do in Lanzarote
If it’s a quintessential beach holiday you’re after, Lanzarote is the perfect holiday spot for you! One of the pioneering destinations in Europe for the package holiday, Lanzarote has been drawing tourists in with its soft white sands and year-round sunshine since the 1970s!
Kick back, relax and soak up the rays or partake in some of the fantastic water sports Lanzarote is famous for, like windsurfing!
Granted with tax duty free shopping status across the island, Lanzarote is a shopaholic’s haven. With boutiques and shopping malls to be found in all of the major resorts and quaint local markets in the old town at Costa Teguise.
Bag yourself a bargain on local crafts, artwork, electronics, jewellery, and of course ‘designer’ watches and handbags!
No holiday to Lanzarote would be complete without paying a visit to the Timanfaya National Park. Famous for its “Fire Mountains” and alien landscapes, make sure you take your camera with you! Hop on the guided coach tour or, at a supplement, take a traditional camel ride across the fascinating terrain.
And for the kids… why not take a trip to Rancho Texas Lanzarote Park? Combining a zoo, a water park and an Indian village where you can pan for gold, this Wild West themed fun park makes a great day out for families.
Food and Drink in Lanzarote
Like the majority of Spanish holiday resorts, Lanzarote has adapted to cater for the western tourist trade, offering every kind of restaurant experience from Chinese, Indian and Japanese to English.
However, if you’re after a taste of classic Canarian cuisine, a local favourite is Papas Arrugadas, or, “wrinkly potatoes”, crystallised in sea salt and served with a choice of either red or green Mojo, a traditional sauce made with garlic, white wine and olive oil, then flavoured with either red chillies or coriander.
The wine selection in Lanzarote is as varied as the choice of gastronomy. The hot, dry climate combined with volcanic ground conditions is ideal for growing grapevines, therefore Lanzarote produces some of the best wines in the Canary Islands.
Costa Teguise is a modern purpose built resort with highlights including the stunning Las Cucharas beach, a crescent shaped bay ideal for sunbathing and paddling in the cool blue waters.
With an excellent array of seafront restaurants and bars around the old harbour, enjoy chilled out nightlife in the exclusive resort of Playa Blanca.
The liveliest resort on Lanzarote, Puerto Del Carmen has a number of popular bars and restaurants on it's main strip, alongside the quieter old quarter where you will find cobbled streets and tapas bars.