From the iconic black sandy beaches to the unique volcanic landscape, Lanzarote is full of surprises. You'll never run out of things to do in Lanzarote, whether you love clubbing until the sun comes up, lazing on a beach, or exploring the natural wonders of this fascinating island.
Places to go
Step off the plane and head straight for those beaches, which come in two colours: the usual golden sweeps of sugar-soft sand, or the island's distinctive black sand. Playa Papagayo is a family-friendly spot with outstanding facilities and warm, shallow water that's perfect for kids to splash about in. Playa Blanca is the top pick for families, while the dramatic Playa Quemada's black volcanic sands and sheltered position make it perfect for chilling out without the usual crowds.
To the north you'll find a quieter, more relaxed atmosphere with dramatic natural beauty such as Mirador del Rio; a must-visit spot for some of the best views on the island. If you're looking for places to visit in Lanzarote with the kids, then you can't get much better than the island's waterparks. Playa Blanca Water Park is full of age-appropriate activities, slides and rides for all ages, while Aquapark Costa Teguise is close to many of the island's big resorts, so it's easy to get to if you want a day packed with fun and excitement.
Attractions in Lanzarote range from high culture to family-fun theme parks, and all points in between. To discover the real natural beauty of the island, head to Timanfaya National Park, where you'll be able to see the hundreds of volcanoes and thermal vents that make up the Montanas del Fuego or 'Fire Mountains'. This dramatic landscape is like something out of a science fiction film, and has been used for the location of films and TV shows over the years.
Take a walk down a lava tube to the stunning Green Caves, or take a guided tour across the lava fields. Our top tip: wear comfortable shoes as the going can be a little challenging in places. Unsurprisingly, Lanzarote's dramatic landscape has inspired countless artists, none more famous than Cesar Manrique, who spent a lifetime capturing the ever-changing moods of the island.
A trip to his quirky home north of Arrecife is a feast for both art lovers and those who are passionate about unusual architecture. If you have the kids with you then a trip to Rancho Texas Lanzarote Park is a must. This Wild-West themed waterpark is one of the top attractions in Lanzarote for families.
For grown-ups, finishing the day with a cocktail at Peggy's Snug Bar is the perfect way to relax and watch the sun go down.
Places to visit
Whether you want pumping nightclubs, top quality shopping, or underwater diving havens, there are plenty of places to visit in Lanzarote that will tick all the right boxes. Lanzarote nightlife isn't as manic or full-on as neighbouring Tenerife or Ibiza, but it's vibrant and energetic from dusk until dawn.
Top of the list has to be Puerto del Carmen, the nightlife capital of the island. Playa Blanca nightlife is a little more refined and sophisticated, while Costa Teguise is laid-back and relaxed.
Shoppers can hunt down a bargain at Biosfera Plaza, or stroll along Puerto del Carmen's Old Town harbour for chic boutiques and charming tavernas. Underwater lovers will be charmed by Playa Chica beach, which is perfect for a spot of snorkelling.
With so many attractions and places to visit in Lanzarote, we're pretty sure one trip will never be enough. Book your holiday today, and take a look at what's on offer with our selection of things to do in Lanzarote.