Year in, year out, Lanzarote has proved to be an incredibly popular destination for UK holidaymakers, so don’t be surprised if you run into a familiar face from the office while sauntering along one of the many beaches. But that’s where the classic holiday staples end. A UNESCO World Biosphere reserve, Lanzarote has a wealth of intriguing treasures just waiting to be unearthed – this is a sunny holiday spot with a difference.
With family activities like camel rides on a volcanic trail at Timanfaya National Park, or grabbing a bite in the Jameos del Agua cave restaurant, even the moodiest of teens will be impressed. In recent years, Lanzorote has seen a huge surge in the number of independent travellers to the island, encouraging the government to undertake an island wide initiative to signpost walking trails. Rural accommodation options have also increased, which means there’s now even more of the island to explore with one of our holidays for 2017.
Top resorts in Lanzarote
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Puerto del Carmen
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Most popular hotels in Lanzarote
Costa Teguise, Lanzarote
Gran Castillo Tagoro Family & Fun
Playa Blanca, Lanzarote
Costa Teguise, Lanzarote
Blue Sea Costa Teguise Gardens
Costa Teguise, Lanzarote
Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote
Occidental Lanzarote Playa
Costa Teguise, Lanzarote
Hesperia Lanzarote Hotel
Puerto Calero, Lanzarote
H10 Rubicon Palace Hotel
Playa Blanca, Lanzarote
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Spanish
- Time Zone: GMT +0
- Average flight time: 4h 10m
When to go
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This jewel of the Canaries is just bursting with things to keep you busy, and you’ll be even more spoilt for choice when it comes to picking accommodation. The big daddy of the islands resorts is Puerto del Carmen, which has remained a firm favourites with visitors year after year. It’s the first one developed and so boasts the best nightlife and activities on offer. Playing host to an impressive number of pristine Blue Flag beaches, the annual Summer Folklore Festival and plenty of cultural mystique, it’s sure to have something for everyone.
However, the more reserved Playa Blanca shouldn’t be written off, and has its own individual charm, with all the staples of a beach resort present, with the added bonus of quieter spots for a bit of peace. Costa Teguise is also enduringly popular with people who like their comforts and adrenaline junkies alike, with plenty of restaurants and amenities, and a huge number of water sports available.
Wine and Dine
Besides tourism, fishing is the biggest industry in Lanzarote, so expect to eat fish. And lots of it. However, fish lovers will be in luck as it also has a greater diversity of fish on the menu than all the other Canary Islands, so take your time ordering and be sure to sample the lot. Just a taste of the marine menu includes dorado, escolar, oilfish, blue marlin, wahoo and bluefin tuna. We’re sure you’re salivating already. With most meals costing about 10 to 15 euros per person including bread, cheese and wine, and most restaurants offering stunning views, it’s no wonder the island is so popular.
If international cuisine is more up your street, then check out the southern coast of the island in the Playa Blanca for a more diverse menu on offer. One of our favourites is the local speciality Papas Arrugadas – potatoes boiled in seawater and served with red and green mojo, sauces of garlic, oil and chili peppers, which can be either as either tapas or a side order.
One of the island’s more reserved resorts, Playa Blanca is ideal for keeping the kids entertained with beach activities, with the added benefit of catching some all important ‘me’ time. Effortlessly blending the accessibility, amenities and familiarity of a traditional beach resort with plenty of individual island charm, we’re sure they’ll love it here.
They’re sure to beg you to visit a water park over the course of the holiday, and you’re in luck. Lanzarote’s sole water park, Aqualava Water Park is a firm favourite with the little ones. Truthfully, it’s much more than tubes, flumes and chutes – there’s also the sheer-drop Kamikaze, racing slides, and wave pools, with a specialized splash zone for younger budding water babies. When they’ve finally dried off, they can also run around the park and enjoy bouncy castles and trampolines, or paintballing and go-karts for too-cool-for-school teenagers who think they’re past it all. The park truly has something for everyone, so make sure you spend a day here.
Action and Adventure
In recent years, the Canary Islands have increased in popularity with water sports enthusiasts, and with its breezy, balmy climate Lanzarote is leading the charge. The sea around the island is basically one gigantic wet adventure playground, so you’d be remiss if you didn’t partake in some of what’s on offer. Lanzarote scores highly when it comes to traditional water activities like windsurfing, kiteboarding and surfing. The island’s blessed with Atlantic waves that take their time to build and it boasts excellent conditions providing diverse thrills for all levels of surf addict. If you’re looking for bragging rights then we’d advise you to try catch a tube wave at Famaria – many come each year in search of its elusive ‘pipe Canario’. If your idea of exercise is strolling over to grab a sun lounger, then Lanzarote also hosts a number of more chilled out water sports. Stand Up Paddle is a favourite of ours, allowing you to peacefully coast the waves and drink in the scenery around Costa Teguis and Arrecife.
Life's a Beach
Lanzorate is beloved by holidaymakers each year for its friendly warm breezy climate that promotes filling each day with a wealth of activities. Although the Canaries experience year-round sunshine, the heat here is incredibly manageable, so you have no excuse not to check out what’s on offer.
Whether you’re into catching some rays sipping a cold one on the beach, or some heart-pounding action, the island will provide in spades. Without a doubt, Lanzarote’s immaculate golden crescents are its biggest draw, and you beach bunnies will have plenty of options. If you’ve always wanted to try your hand at some surfing, now’s your chance, with the surf conditions in Famara perfect for all levels. When you’ve caught enough waves, be sure to take a moment to breathe in the scenery – the stunning coastline surrounds this incredible cliff-backed stretch of sand. Windsurfing and kitesurfing are also popular here, with plenty of hidden coves to go in search of if you need a breather for a moment.
Without a doubt, the liveliest areas for nightlife in Lanzarote are the islands capital of Arrecife and the largest resort of Puerto del Carmen, so it’s best to head to one of those if you’re after a boogie. The other resorts of Playa Blanca and Costa Teguise are slightly more family oriented but still offer a range of late bars and live music venues.
Along the main strip in the Avenida de las Playas lies Centro, well-known with revellers as the cornerstone of Lanzarote’s nightclub scene. Some heavy hitters include Tequila Bar and the Irish pub, Mulligans, with DJs spinning in Tropical discoteque until the wee hours. If you’d rather just hit a few classy bars, we’re sure you’ll find a number of stylish trendy joints in this area, too. If you want nothing more than to throw on your dancing shoes and groove the night away, we can’t recommend Café del Carmen highly enough. While other bars may feature live bands from time to time, here, it’s strictly DJs.
If you’re looking to reconnect, rekindle your romance or just jet off with your loved one for a break, Lanzarote is a true lover’s paradise of the Canaries. Soak up some tranquil vibes on the beach, infuse your relationship with some volcanic energy, go wine tasting or partake in some island hopping – activities abound on this glorious getaway.
For a unique experience only found here, you could go swimming with sea lions in the Rancho Texas Animal Park and infuse your trip with a childlike fascination. For our money, sea lions are cuter than dolphins anyway, and we’re sure your partner will agree. The island offers a number of stunning views, and sunset at Femes, Timanfaya Park, or El Golfo is a thing to behold, so be sure to take a stroll around the island as the sun dims. If all this stunning scenery and fun activities start to tire you out, you could always relax and unwind at the Spa and Wellness at Arrecife Gran Hotel. You’re on holiday after all.
The Canary Islands have long been renowned for their diverse, vibrant culture, and no better is this displayed than on Lanzarote, with fiestas, music, literature, art, dance all on offer for you to dip your toes into the cultural waters. In order to better understand the island’s culture today, it is important to remember the cultural heritage of the island and the influences of Lanzarote’s past.
A crucial landmark for the cultural development of the Canary Islands was the incorporation of the islands in the Castilian Crown by the end of the 15th century. From then on, Hispanic culture and tradition spread across all the islands of the archipelago, and created the diverse blend we see today.
Culture vultures will be in heaven here, as Lanzarote boasts some of the finest museums and galleries on the Canaries, displaying a number of interesting exhibitions illustrating the island’s rich heritage. Be sure to stop off at the Cesar Manrique Foundation in Taro de Tahiche, one of the island’s most unmissable cultural treats. You’ll find examples of his masterpieces that effortlessly merged art with Lanzarote’s diverse landscape, and as an added bonus other works by fellow Spanish artists like Picasso and Joan Miro.