Located just off the African coast amid the beautiful Canary Islands is the intriguing island of Lanzarote. Combining crystal clear waters with striking volcanic landscapes as well as superb golden beaches, this resort has long been a hit with families. Holidays to Lanzarote are perfect for both young and old, whether you’re looking for an all-inclusive laid back beach holiday or an action adventure. Swim in warm clear seas, discover amazing national parks and bask in year-round sunshine on this beautiful Spanish island.
Whether you fancy a 5-star water-side retreat or a family-friendly resort complete with kids’ clubs, there are some great options to choose from on your holidays to Lanzarote. For those travelling with little ones, Costa Teguise is situated on the south east corner of the island and is a great destination, boasting a sheltered beach and a wealth of family attractions. If you’re looking for sand between your toes, visit Playa Blanca. Impressive coastlines and a sophisticated marina ensure a stylish destination for your Lanzarote holidays. If you’d rather a lively atmosphere and buzzing nightlife, head down to the bustling harbour town of Puerto Del Carmen – an ideal location for party people.
Sun and Sea
Shopaholics looking for unique souvenirs must take a trip to Teguise Market – the biggest outdoor market in the Canary Islands. Canarian lacework, hand-crafted leather and locally-made jewellery are all here and available to buy and take home. When you tire of browsing its stalls, take a stroll through Teguise, taking a brief stop-off at one of the many cafes to enjoy the views as well as the delicious local doughnuts. If you’d rather experience a slice of the action, Puerto del Carmen is the place to be.
For those into thrill-seeking sports, try diving or bareback horse riding while those looking for laid-back holidays in Lanzarote will love taking a cool dip in the sea. This area is also popular for anyone looking for evening entertainment, with a wealth of pubs, clubs and disco bars located conveniently on the main strip. For a brief history lesson, head to the Northern tip of the island where you’ll discover Lanzarote’s traditional side. Begin at the Cueva de Los Verdes, where passages and natural stairways lead to an impressive auditorium, before visiting Cesar Manrique’s legendary Jameos Del Agua - a volcanic cavern with rock gardens, a shimmering lake and a restaurant.
For breath-taking views, take a trip to the Mirador Del Rio, an attractively-designed observation point built into a volcanic lava rock cliff. If you’d rather relax and enjoy the sunshine, Lanzarote’s beaches are the place to be. While the main resorts on the island host beautiful sandy coastlines, you’ll want to head to Papagayo beaches for something special. Located just outside of Playa Blanca visit, this seemingly secluded area is abundant in natural beauty and evokes a feeling of desert island escape worth savouring.
Top Lanzarote Attractions
With a stark volcanic backdrop and a wealth of beaches to choose from, Lanzarote attractions are focused on the stark beauty of its outdoor areas. This Canary Island boasts endless hidden coves and the distinct architecture of Cesar Manrique which blends into the landscape harmoniously. Visitors can enjoy the unique natural beauty of Timanfaya National Park, formed from volcanic ridges and rock formations. Manrique's home is a top attraction, built into rocky boulders and filled to the brim with artwork. Another Manrique creation is the Mirador del Rio, a former fort which now houses a chic bar and café.
Wine and Dine
Savour the flavours of typical Canary Island cuisine in Lanzarote, which is often served up with a side of "mojo" sauce blended from spices, lemon, coriander or red chilli. There's an abundance of Spanish tapas restaurants and bars as well as non-traditional eateries featuring Greek, Chinese, Indian and vegetarian food. You'll find these international restaurants clustered in resort towns like Puerto Del Carmen and Playa Blanca, which are popular with tourists. As an island, Lanzarote unsurprisingly offers no shortage of excellent seafood restaurants as well.
Action and Adventure
Take a walk on the wild side with surfing, fishing and even volcano exploring. The island's star attraction is Timanfaya, which features the Islote de Hilario volcano. Further things to do in Lanzarote that are sure to get your pulse racing include sports like surfing and kiteboarding. Famara in the northern part of the island is a top beach for water sports, and is home to the Surf School Lanzarote. If you prefer to delve beneath the surface of this volcanic landscape, visit Cuevas de Los Verdes. This network of tunnels and caves once served as a hideout for pirates.
Beaches, volcanoes and family-friendly resorts make Lanzarote an ideal destination for the whole brood. You can take all ages to the island's biggest theme park, Rancho Texas Park. With a Wild West theme and activities from pony rides to panning for gold, you can easily make a day of it.
Lanzarote Aquarium is another star attraction for little ones. It's the largest aquarium in the Canary Islands and includes a shark tank, underwater tunnel and petting pools. Naturally, the island's beaches are some of the most popular things to do in Lanzarote for families. La Garita is a more than suitable option, located just outside of the village of Arrieta in the north of the island. With a gentle slope into the sea and a children’s play area, it is well suited for a day in the sun for all ages.
Cesar Manrique's artistry has both preserved Lanzarote's natural beauty and transformed it into exciting cultural spaces. A good example of this is Los Jameos del Agua, which is one of the must-see Lanzarote attractions. This 600-seat auditorium, restaurant and bar space was carved out of underground volcanic caverns, creating a truly unique concert venue and artistic experience. The auditorium hosts a variety of events throughout the year. You can also view artworks from famous Spanish artists including Picasso at the Castillo de San Jose and International Museum of Contemporary Art. Built inside a fortress designed to protect Lanzarote's treasure from marauding pirates, the building itself is a work of art. Take a wander through small towns such as Teguise, which was the original capital of Lanzarote. Here you'll find well preserved colonial architecture, bustling marketplaces and notable churches including the Convento de San Francisco which dates back to the 16th century.
Recharge and Relax
Lanzarote's otherworldly beauty provides a tranquil backdrop for yoga, meditation and simply getting away from it all. You can go further afield to nearby islands, including La Graciosa which is located just off the northern tip of Lanzarote. There are no paved roads here; you'll find only secluded beaches and seafood restaurants that feel lost in time. Take a cycle around the island or simply enjoy the views.