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

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.

6. 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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7. 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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8. 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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9. 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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10. Lanzarote Old Town Harbour

A pretty and calming section of Puerto del Carmen, the Old Town Harbour is a great place to stroll along and soak up some atmosphere. During the day, it’s a popular place for tourists to wander about
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12. 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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13. 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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14. 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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15. 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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16. 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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19. 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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20. 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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21. 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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22. 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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