With both golden and black sand beaches, vibrant nightlife, stunning volcanic scenery and al fresco seafood dining, you’ll be spoilt for choice with things to do in Lanzarote. One of the most beautiful of the Canary Islands, Lanzarote offers holidaymakers year-round sunshine and has recently been awarded “biosphere reserve protected site” by UNESCO. Here are some of our highlights and favourites for you to try on your next Lanzarote holiday.
Places to Go
Top of your list of Lanzarote things to do should be visiting its array of golden and black volcanic sand beaches. The island’s a beach lover’s paradise with highlights including Playa Papagayo with its gold powdery sands and open spaces, where there’s plenty of room for everyone. Playa Blanca offers an upmarket and trendy beach scene centred on its white shores, while Playa Quemada showcases Lanzarote’s incredible black volcanic sands.
Head to the northern coast to explore a more tranquil and natural side of the island. Mirador del Rio is one of the must-see places to visit in Lanzarote, perched 475 miles above sea level, offering panoramic views of turquoise waters, spectacular cliffs and La Graciosa island. If you prefer to be underwater, then choose from snorkelling, diving or a submarine safari to get up close and personal with the diverse marine life.
Attractions in Lanzarote are headlined by the huge Timanfaya National Park. Visitors can discover the Montanas del Fuego (fire mountains) responsible for the volcanic eruptions throughout the 1700s. Explore a unique landscape of lava cones, fields and salt marshes that make you feel like you’re waking on the moon. The Cuevas de los Verdes is another natural wonder on the island, also known as the Green Caves. Visitors can venture into a part of a lava tunnel formed as a result of volcanic activity over thousands of years.
Culture vultures will enjoy visiting the Fundacion Cesar Manrique, the former home of the island’s most famous architect, which is now a museum. The Volcano House is also worth a visit, built in five volcanic bubbles.
There is plenty of water and theme park action in Lanzarote that the whole family will enjoy. Aquapark Costa Teguise offers adrenaline-boosting attractions, zip lines and slides for all ages. Younger visitors will love the sea life at Aquarium Costa Teguise, while Rancho Texas Park offers the best of both worlds within its Texas-themed animal and water park.
Places to Visit
Whether you have the nerve to walk into the crater of Volcan El Cuervo or explore the Castillo de San Jose in Arrecife, there is an array of fantastic places to visit in Lanzarote. The Jardin de Cactus offers a stunning botanical oasis of cacti among its amphitheatre-like quarry. Head to the vineyards for some wine tasting, where you can sample the island’s finest wines produced from its rich volcanic soil. The Bodega El Grifo winery and museum is well worth a visit.
Shopaholics will adore exploring Pueblo Marinero Craft Market, home to the artistic delights including the works of Cesar Manrique. You can also mingle with the locals in Teguise Market and browse trinkets, souvenirs, wines, fruits and cheese.
Whether you’re seeking water-filled fun, culture or breath-taking volcanic scenery, there are plenty of things to do in Lanzarote.