Discover Lanzarote Holidays
Located just off the African coast amid the picturesque Canary Islands sits the mesmerising island of Lanzarote. Combining crystal clear waters with striking volcanic landscapes, along with stunning golden beaches, this resort is a permanent hit with families. Regardless of your age, holidays in Lanzarote are perfect if you are looking for an all-inclusive laid back beach holiday or an action-filled adventure. Swim in warm transparent seas, discover incredible national parks and bask in year-round sunshine on this remarkable Spanish island.
For a tranquil stay on this jewel of the Canary Islands there are plenty of hotels and apartments that cater for families and couples alike. With its wide range of accommodation, including self-catering and all inclusive options, a holiday in Lanzarote is a perfect excuse to relax under the warm Spanish sun.
Top hotels in Lanzarote
Gran Castillo Tagoro Family & Fun
Playa Blanca, Lanzarote
Costa Teguise, Lanzarote
Blue Sea Costa Teguise Gardens
Costa Teguise, Lanzarote
Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote
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Puerto Calero, Lanzarote
Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote
Blue Sea Costa Teguise Beach
Costa Teguise, Lanzarote
Costa Teguise, Lanzarote
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At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Spanish
- Time Zone: GMT +0
- Average flight time: 4h 20m
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With its volcanic backdrop and a wealth of beaches to choose from, Lanzarote’s attractions are focused on the stark beauty of its surroundings. This Canary Island boasts undulating mountains and endless hidden coves, complimented by the distinct architecture of local artist, Cesar Manrique. Manrique's home is an unmissable top attraction, built into rocky boulders and filled to the brim with artwork.
If you fancy venturing out on a hike, you can also enjoy the unique natural beauty of Timanfaya National Park, formed from volcanic ridges and rock formations. Cueva de los Verdes is also worth the 45 minute tour that leads you down two chasms along a lava tube five miles long, formed by the volcano 5,000 years ago.
Shopaholics looking for unique souvenirs must take a trip to Teguise Market, the largest outdoor market in the Canary Islands. Canarian lacework, hand-crafted leather and locally-made jewellery are all available to buy and take home. Once you’ve browsed the stalls, take a stroll through Teguise past one of the many cafes to enjoy the views, as well as the delicious local doughnuts.
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 and red chilli. There's an abundance of Spanish tapas restaurants and bars as well as local fish and seafood restaurants. Non-traditional eateries featuring Greek, Chinese, Indian and vegetarian food are also available in resort towns like Puerto Del Carmen and Playa Blanca if you are looking for a variety of cuisines.
For local produce and Lanzarote wines, makesure you try one of the chic eaterise in Costa Teguise. You can enjoy your meal to the sounds of live music while you eat in one of the charming restaurants lining the cities cobbled streets.
The laid back El Amanecer is family-run and next to La Garita beach on the north east coast of the island and ideal for fresh fish, enjoyed on the waterside terraces. Another popular family-friendly restaurant is Mesón La Frontera in Haría which has a play area to occupy the children.
Whether you fancy a five-star water-side retreat or a family-friendly resort complete with kids’ clubs, there are some great options to choose from for your holiday in Lanzarote. For those travelling with little ones, Costa Teguise is situated on the south east of the island and is a great destination, boasting a sheltered beach and a wealth of family attractions.
With a vast array of beaches, activities and family-friendly resorts, Lanzarote an ideal destination for a family holiday in the sun. La Garita beach, in particular, features a gentle slope into the sea and a children’s play area.
Rancho Texas Park is the island’s largest theme park and is the perfect day out for the whole family. With a Wild West theme and activities from pony rides to panning for gold, there is something for all ages.
As the biggest aquarium on the island, Lanzarote Aquarium is another top attraction for you and the little ones. The water-based park includes a shark tank, underwater tunnel and petting pools. The other waterpark on the island is Aqualava Water Park in Playa Blanca. The children can play in the heated pool with slides, a water castle, an hourly wave pool and the Magma River flume, whilst the adults ride on the five exhilaratingly high water slides.
Action and Adventure
Unsurprisingly, Lanzarote is the ultimate choice for those looking for a holiday full of action and adventure. With its iconic volcanic terrane, the island is perfect for the mountainous climbs. Similarly, the clear waters of the Atlantic ocean that surround the island make for the perfect swimming conditions.
There are a host of thrill seeking activities, like diving or bareback horse riding to be enjoyed in Lanzarote. Or if you fancy taking a walk on the wild side - caving, 4x4 tours, sea fishing and even volcano exploring at Timanfaya are all unmissable experiences.
Board sports are particularly popular on the island, as the high winds are ideal for windsurfing and kite-boarding. Surfing and paddle boarding are also great sports to try out here.
Life's a Beach
If you want to relax and enjoy the sunshine, Lanzarote’s beaches have it all. While the main resorts on the island host beautiful sandy coastlines, you’ll want to head to the pristine shores of Papagayo Beaches in Playa Blanca, located on the southern coast. The former fishing village is a hive of activity with life around its port. This seemingly secluded area of Lanzarote is abundant in natural beauty and almost feels like a desert island escape. Along with its impressive coastlines and a sophisticated marina, the beaches ensure your Lanzarote holiday is as relaxing as they come.
On the north coast of Lanzarote is the collection of attractive coves of Caletón Blanco. The white sandy beaches that join together, along with warm rock pools near Órzola boast clear sapphire water making it ideal for snorkelling. The tranquil fishing village of Arrieta is another north coast gem, it's beautiful beach Playa La Garita a favourite with the islands locals.
For the thrill-seeker in you, head to Famara beach on the northwest coast of the island. Away from the resorts, the curved bay is popular with surfers, windsurfers and kiteboarders. The backdrop of pink cliffs are also popular with hang-gliders.
If you are after a lively atmosphere and buzzing nightlife, head down to the bustling harbour town of Puerto Del Carmen, which is ideal for the party animal. Puerto del Carmen has the busiest nightlife on the island, with lots of live music and disco bars. The main centres of Centro Atlantico on the main strip of Avenida de las Playas have the most clubs, as well as the Old Town near the harbour. Club 18-30 is also in the town and has enhanced Puerto del Carmen's lively reputation.
Playa Blanca has the lively area of Centro Comercial Papagayo and the Centro Comercial Punto Limones next to the port. If you are in need of some sophistication, take a trip to Centro Comercial La Mulata and the Marina Rubicon for some up-market cocktails.
There are a variety of Irish bars in Costa Teguise in the area of Pueblo Marinero. There are also a selection of clubs and bars on the Avenida de Jabillo. To truly experience a taste of Spanish nightlife, then visit Arrecife. Both the Playa del Reducto and Calle Jose Antonio are the best places to spend the night enjoying typical Spanish music and entertainment.
Lanzarote is a true paradise for a couple’s holiday where you can both expect to enjoy peace, tranquillity and a whole lot of fun exploring the island.
If you want some alone time with your loved one, then a day at the spa is a great place to start. Unwind and relax at the Spa and Wellness at Arrecife Gran Hotel, which is a luxury oasis of calm that offers couples treatments for the ultimate pamper session.
For an adults-only trip, book a trip on Catlanza, Lanzarote’s famous catamaran, which sails from Puerto Calero twice a day. Make the most of the Platinum cruise, which includes lunch, snorkelling, and a Jet Ski ride.
To experience Lanzarote’s legendary sunsets, find a beach and settle down on the sand or a beachfront bar. Famara and Playa Blanca both provide excellent views, however watching the sun go down at El Golfo is by far the best.
As the second eldest island in the Canary archipelago after Fuerteventura, Lanzarote rose from the sea during a massive volcanic eruption, around 15 million years ago.
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. Another Manrique creation is the Mirador del Rio, an attractively-designed observation point built into a volcanic lava rock cliff, which is now home to a chic bar and café.
Lanzarote is famed for being very relaxed and so during the hours of two until five the siesta is still observed in many places, with shops and banks often taking a well-earned break. So go with the flow and take it easy Lanzarote-style, you’re on holiday after all!