Lanzarote holidays

Travel to the sun-soaked Spanish island for amazing getaway that you won’t forget. Holidays to Lanzarote, come with some of the finest beaches in the Canaries and spectacular volcanic landscapes to explore. When it comes to Lanzarote resorts, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Take your pick from great locations like Costa Teguise, Playa Blanca, Puerto del Carmen and Playa de los Pocillos; they’ve all got glorious sandy shores and plenty of water sports action. Wherever you decide to stay, you won’t be too far away from fun-filled theme parks and waterparks, which make an excellent day out with the family. You’ll love getting out and about in nature at Timanfaya National Park, too.

Things to do

Lanzarote holidays truly offer something for everyone. If you want to spend long, lazy days on the beach, soaking up the sunshine, you’ve got everything you need for a lazy, laid-back beach holiday in the sun. A bit more adventurous? Get out and about and explore the natural wonders of the island. You won’t want to leave without heading inland to see Lanzarote’s dramatic volcanic scenery; it has to be seen to be believed. Even wine buffs are well catered for here, thanks to the island’s wealth of stunning vineyards that produce rare wines. 

Places to stay

Lanzarote holidays promise warm breezes and dry climate, perfect for days at the beach. Here you’ll find the largest aquarium in the Canaries, theme parks, waterparks and memorable experiences such as a camel ride to the Fire Mountains. Away from the beautiful beaches of the coast, Lanzarote’s interior offers sheer drama with its lunar volcanic landscapes.

Amazing beaches

Lanzarote’s coastline has loads of beaches ranging from black sandy coves to long stretches of golden sand. You can find everything from quiet hideaways to activity-packed beaches with watersports, such as windsurfing, for those who like having fun in the sea. In the south of your Lanzarote map, you’ll find several of the best beaches on the island, such as Papagayo; a picturesque crescent-shaped, white sandy beach hidden by cliffs in the Los Ajaches nature reserve.

Another impressive beach in Lanzarote is Orzola Beach on the more remote northern coast, which is known for its bright white sands and glorious emerald water. Then there’s Playa de Famara, also on the northern coast, a vast sandy bay that’s well suited to surfing thanks to its big Atlantic waves.

Stunning landscapes

You could be forgiven for thinking you’re on a film set looking at some of Lanzarote’s dramatic landscapes. They’re so special that UNESCO has given them the World Biosphere Reserve status. Sprinkled across the land, you’ll see mountains, black rock formations, lava fields and craters, reminding visitors that the island is home to over a hundred volcanoes called the Fire Mountains.

These form part of the Timanfaya National Park, one of Spain’s great natural wildernesses, which you can easily explore with a tour company or independently with your own Lanzarote map if you’re hiring a car.

Culture

You can get a taste of traditional Canarian culture in many places in Lanzarote. Costa Teguise has a lovely selection of family-run restaurants where you can sample the local cuisine, as does Puerto del Carmen’s Old Town. For an insight into local craftsmanship, visit a village market and see the goods made from locally sourced materials. Canarians are known for their folk music, too, and there’s nowhere better to enjoy a night of it than in the incredibly atmospheric Cueva de los Verdes, or ‘Green Caves’.

Nightlife

There are two major nightlife centres on the Lanzarote map: Puerto del Carmen and Playa Blanca, both of which are on the southern coast. Puerto del Carmen has some of the island’s best bars and nightclubs, many of which can be found in Avenida de las Playas area where you dance well until the early hours. In Playa Blanca, you can also find numerous venues in the historic harbour and the Marina Rubicón, one of the most popular is chill out bar Café Del Mar, renowned for its views and laid-back atmosphere. For a more authentic nightlife theme, mingle with the locals at the lively bars of Arrecife, the capital of Lanzarote, or head to the stylish cocktail bars of Costa Teguise, a popular base for families and for anyone looking for a quieter setting.

Food

Because of its popularity with international tourists, the food scene in Lanzarote is very diverse, with cuisine from every region of the world represented. Whether you’re a lover of Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Indian or other major cuisines, you’ll find plenty of restaurants to suit different tastes.

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Lanzarote is best for...

Families: The kids will love spending long, sunny days on Lanzarote’s glorious beaches. And when you’re ready for a change of scenery, you can head out for a theme park or waterpark adventure.

Water sports fans: Book a scuba-diving lesson and discover colourful rays and fascinating wrecks beneath the island’s glistening waters. And when you’ve finished, you can sit back and relax on the beach.

Scenery lovers: There are plenty of beautiful landscapes in Lanzarote: Timanfaya, La Geria, Mirador del Río (viewpoint)…

Fast facts for Lanzarote

Language: The only language is Spanish but English is widely spoken in major resorts, hotels, attractions and restaurants across the island.

Currency: The currency used here is the Euro (€).

Local time: Lanzarote is the same time as GMT/UK time.

Fly to: The resort of Costa Teguise is 15 minutes away, the resort of Puerto del Carmen is 10 minutes away and Playa Blanca is 30 minutes away.

Flight time from UK: The Lanzarote flight time is 4 hours.

Tourist information: Read more about Lanzarote Spain over at www.turismolanzarote.com.

Visa / health: Remember to visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain for visa and health recommendations and advice before your Lanzarote holidays.

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Getting around Lanzarote

By bus: Buses known as ‘guaguas’ make it easy to get around the island, especially from the capital Arrecife, and are a great budget choice if you’re here with mates.

By taxi: They’re simple to find in the resorts and cities, as well as at the airport. They tend to run on meters, but it’s wise to check the cost of the fare before you get in.

By hire car: If you want to take Lanzarote holidays at your own pace, it’s well worth hiring a car to explore the island as and when you please. 

Events in Lanzarote

Carnival: Carnival time in February and March brings lively parades and colourful processions into streets all over the island. The atmosphere is infectious, and you’ll see lots of locals dressed up in fancy dress.

Nuestra Señora de los Volcanes: Lanzarote’s biggest traditional fiesta takes place every year on the Saturday that falls closest to 15 September. Over several days, people from all over the island make a pilgrimage to the tiny village of Mancha Blanca, dressed in brightly-coloured clothes. 

Lanzarote weather

Temperature: Average summer highs of 29°C.

Best time to visit: If you like it hot but not too hot, spring is the best time of year for you.

Temperatures hardly ever fall below 16°C in winter and 25°C in summer. This mild, year-round climate has earned Lanzarote Spain the nickname ‘the land of eternal spring’. Book Lanzarote holidays for summer if you want to make the most of 29°C highs, or choose spring if you like it slightly cooler in the mid-20s. If you want to escape the crowds altogether, winter is the time of year for you (it’s also a good time for cheap holidays to Lanzarote).

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