Things to do in Lanzarote

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 Play 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

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.

1. Lanzarote Caves

When you need a break from the sunshine and sand, a visit to Lanzarote Caves, and in particular Cueva de Los Verdes, makes a fascinating day trip for nature lovers and those who love to get snappy with the camera.
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2. Lanzarote National Parks

Over one million people visit Lanzarote national parks each year, drawn by the other-worldly landscapes, spectacular views, and the chance to sample food cooked by the heat of the earth beneath their feet.
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8. Fundacion Cesar Manrique Spain

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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9. Aquapark Costa Teguise Spain

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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10. Biosfera Plaza Spain

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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11. Peggy's Snug Bar Spain

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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14. Rancho Texas Lanzarote Park

A day at the Wild West themed Rancho Texas Lanzarote Park is one of the best things for families to do in Playa Blanca. It’s only half an hour’s drive away, up the coast in Puerto del Carmen,
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15. Playa Blanca Beach Spain

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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16. Marina Rubicon In Playa Blanca Spain

Every upmarket resort needs a stylish marina, and the Marina Rubicon is Playa Blanca’s. With lots of choice for dining and shopping, it’s not just a place for the rich and famous to fly into by helicopter before boarding a luxury yacht;
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17. Montana Roja Spain

The walk up the ‘Red Mountain’ is a must when you’re on holiday in Playa Blanca, and it’s not just for hikers. Montana Roja, an old volcano, isn’t as high as it looks when you’re in Playa Blanca but the views from the top are absolutely beautiful
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18. Submarine Diving In Spain

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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21. Los Hervideros Spain

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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22. 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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23. 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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24. Cueva De Los Verdes Spain

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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