If you’re looking for a destination that combines stunning stretches of sand with more than 300 days of sunshine and outstanding natural beauty, Lanzarote holidays offer all that and more. Developed with tourists in mind, families will find everything they need in its modern beach resorts. But when you look beyond its coastline, you’ll discover a landscape so unique you’ll feel like you’ve stepped onto another planet. And thanks to the brilliance of Spanish-born artist César Manrique with his amazing cactus garden and cave turned club, the island is just as famous for its spectacular works of art.
Things to do
Whether you’ve come here to delve into the island’s volcanic past, soak up its subtropical heat or potter around its little villages, no two days will be the same on your trip to Lanzarote, unless you want them to be of course.
Ranging from naturally-formed black sand coves to long stretches of golden sand packed with watersports, there’s a beach for everyone along Lanazarote’s sprawling coastline. Hidden by the cliffs of Los Ajaches, Papagayo is a shining star on the south of the island. Over in the north you shouldn’t miss a trip to the remote sands of Orzola Beach, even if it’s just to dip your toes in its lagoon-like waters. While you’re on this side of the island, stop by Playa de Famara - a popular spot with surfers for its huge Atlantic waves.
You could happily spend most of your days sunning yourself, but not without exploring the island’s secret weapon. Often overshadowed by its jaw-dropping coastline, Lanzarote’s dramatic landscape is one of its best assets, hence its UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status. Sprinkled across the land, you’ll see mountains, black rock formations, lava fields, craters and caves, reminding visitors that it’s home to over a hundred volcanoes, also known as the Fire Mountains. These form part of Timanfaya National Park, one of the top things to do on Lanzarote.
For a taste of Canarian culture, try some local seafood from one of Costa Teguise’s family-run restaurants. Or, you could always take a stroll around Puerto del Carmen’s Old Town Harbour. This former fishing village certainly hasn’t lost its charm with authentic waterside eateries everywhere you look. If you’re seeking something a little more lively on your Puerto del Carmen holidays, this upbeat resort is also home to some of the island’s best bars and nightclubs, most of which can be found in the Avenida de las Playas area. And shopaholics will be in luck too with Biosfera Plaza Spain on their doorstep. Find all your favourite fashion brands at this open-air centre from highstreet favorites like Zara right down to more luxury outlets like Guess Not to mention arcades and a play park to keep the kids entertained while you shop.
Places to stay
Where you base yourself will depend on what you plan to do. Families tend to head straight for Costa Teguise on the east coast. Here, gentle waters ensure safe days on the sand, while a waterpark and aquarium keep all ages happy. Not much further you’ll find the capital Arrecife. Get your history fix from its old fortresses, castles and museums or enjoy a shopping spree.
Then, there’s Playa Blanca holidays, Lanzarote’s southern crowd-pleaser! Adored for its Blue Flag sands and modern marina, there’s no wonder it remains a holiday favourite. Further up the coast you’ll come to the island’s most vibrant fishing village, Puerto del Carmen, which too has some great beaches. But if you’re after something a little more sedate, the laid-back charms of Caleta de Famara may be a better option. Worlds away from the buzzing tourist resorts, this peaceful town has become a magnet for surfers and hikers.
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