From world-class nightlife to gorgeous sandy beaches, romantic sea view restaurants and breathtaking volcanic scenery and palm trees, Lanzarote has it all. Part of the sunny Canary Islands, it enjoys warm weather all year round and is hugely popular with us Brits. If you’ve added Lanzarote to your list this year, you’re going to need some activities and attractions to check out. So here is our list of some of the top things to do in Lanzarote:
Visit Playa Papagayo
One of Lanzarote’s most beautiful beaches, Playa Papagayo is a beach lover’s paradise, with beautiful golden sands and plenty of open space. With its vivid colours, this beach is great for photography, too, and can be easily reached by car or even via a water taxi from Marina Rubicón in Playa Blanca.
Make a splash at Aquapark Costa Teguise
On the edge of the family-friendly resort of Costa Teguise is this fantastic waterpark, where you’ll find slides, obstacle courses, zip lines and more adrenaline-boosting attractions to get your heart pumping. It’s one of the best Lanzarote attractions for those looking for an alternative to the beach and the sea.
Go wine tasting
Lanzarote is famous for its high-quality wines, which get their unique flavour from the rich volcanic soils. In fact, in a good year, the island’s vineyards can produce up to five million gallons of malvesian and muscatel wine, which you can sample at Bodega El Grifo. This winery is also home to a museum where you can learn about the special local methods of viniculture and the evolution of Lanzarote’s wine industry.
Explore Lanzarote’s stunning northern coast
Compared to the busy resorts of the south, the northern coast of Lanzarote is much wilder and more remote, and the perfect area to get in touch with nature. One place you have to visit is Mirador del Rio, near the northern tip of the island, where you’ll enjoy stunning panoramic views of the dramatic cliffs and turquoise water from 475 metres above sea level. Another attraction worth putting on your list of things to do in Lanzarote is the beach of Playa de Famara, a glorious sandy bay with some of the biggest waves in the Canary Islands. It’s popular with surfers, and is rarely very busy even in the peak tourist season.
Fundacion Cesar Manrique
Visit the house of the hero of Lanzarote, Cesar Manrique, an architect and artist who used his creative skills to convert natural lava bubbles into the rooms of his home, now the César Manrique Foundation.
Aquarium Costa Teguise
If your kids want to find Nemo and Dory, take the family to this amazing aquarium, also known as the Lanzarote Aquarium. Here, you can see all kinds of fascinating creatures, from sharks and hermit crabs to clown fish and turtles. The attraction is even home to three touch pools where you can interact with different species and learn about their habitats.
Pueblo Marinero Craft Market
Time for some serious shopping! Explore this lively market where you can browse the works of some of Lanzarote’s most distinguished artists, including César Manrique. It’s the perfect place for souvenir shopping, and when you’re ready to take a break, head to one of the nearby restaurants for some seafood.
Go scuba-diving and snorkelling
One of the most exciting things to do in Lanzarote is to go on a snorkelling and scuba-diving trip to witness the amazing creatures that live just beneath the water surface. A popular tour is the Submarine Safaris underwater experience, which provides aquatic excursions from the marina of Puerto Calero and even offers a free bus service from every other major resort in Lanzarote.
Whether you’re a water baby or a culture vulture, there’s plenty of choice when it comes to Lanzarote sightseeing.