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.

1. Lanzarote Nightlife

A popular holiday destination all year round, Lanzarote is famous for its vibrant nightlife. In terms of clubbing, it's not quite as hectic as Tenerife or Ibiza
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6. Fundacion Cesar Manrique

Discover more about Lanzarote’s celebrated artist, Cesar Manrique, with a trip to his quirky former home. Just a few miles north of Arrecife, ‘Taro de Tahiche’ is now the base for the Fundacion Cesar Manrique
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7. Aquapark Costa Teguise

For an action-packed family day out, pay a visit to Aquapark Costa Teguise. As the only water park in Lanzarote, this is a must-visit no matter your age. So grab your swimsuit and hop on the shuttle bus for a day of fun by the pool.
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8. Shopping at Biosfera Plaza

You’ll find plenty of fashion outlets for those looking to complete their holiday look, with options for men, women and children in no short supply. You’ll also find technology, jewellery and gift shops for a worthwhile souvenir.
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9. Drinks at Peggy's Snug Bar

If you’re looking for a warm and fun bar with a familiar feel in a great setting, Peggy’s Snug is a bar that’ll have you coming back again and again. The owners, Mick and Dolores welcome you with open arms
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13. Find your sea legs

With the Marina Rubicon at the centre of holiday life in Playa Blanca, boats and water sports are never far away. A cruise around Lanzarote’s coast is a relaxing way to see the island’s scenery.
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15. Relax on the beach in Playa Blanca

Playa Blanca may be small but it has a grand total of three beaches of its own, and you’ll also find the peaceful beaches of the Papagayo nature reserve just along the coast. If you like to be close to the main shops and restaurants,
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19. Take a dive in a submarine

The beauty isn’t just on land when you’re in Costa Teguise; why not explore the world below the waves on a submarine trip. Board the high-tech submarine as it takes a dive from Puerto Calero.
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23. Los Hervideros

If you enjoy looking at natural wonders then Los Hervideros, located slightly north of Playa Blanca, won’t disappoint. While you’re exploring the coast of Lanzarote by car or bike you shouldn’t bypass this section of coast.
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24. Timanfaya National Park

Timanfaya National Park is Lanzarote’s top attraction, so it has to be number one on your list of things to do in Lanzarote. This barren wasteland is sprinkled with volcanoes known as ‘Fire Mountains’
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25. Jameos del Agua

Part restaurant, part bar, part nature, the Jameos del Agua is really a celebration of Lanzarote’s volcanic landscapes, created by the legendary artist, Cesar Manrique, who was born on the island.
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26. Cueva de los Verdes

Formed about 4,000 years ago when the Montana La Corona volcano erupted, Cuevas de Los Verdes is one of the longest volcanic tunnels in the world and is visited by thousands of people every year.
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