Fire mountains, cooking on active volcanoes, green lakes and a lunar landscape. Lanzarote – there’s no other place on earth quite like it. Driving across the island can make you feel like you’re in another world with its lunar-like scenery and rugged terrain but really, it is an incredible place to admire.
Lanzarote’s backdrop has remained very barren compared to the other islands in the Canaries, but don’t let this faze you. There are plenty of places to discover and explore whilst you’re there, and if you head out towards the coastal towns and resorts, you will be in for a treat.
Green lakes, delicious seafood and a stunning sunset
Situated on the western coast of the island you’ll find a pretty fishing village; El Golfo. The quaint village only has a handful of houses but is packed with superb restaurants serving fresh fish and canarian delicacies. The village comes alive at lunchtimes, particularly on Sundays when local families flock to the restaurants to enjoy a tasty lunch. Before leaving here, take a short walk to the green lagoon and take a moment to ponder over this geological phenomenon. If you stay around in the village to see in the evening, don’t miss the stunning sunset over the ocean.
Cooking on volcanoes and the green caves
Only in Lanzarote will you find the fire mountains. Here, the earth only a few metres below the surface is extremely hot. So hot in fact, the El Diablo restaurant situated on the top of one of the mountains cooks on an iron griddle, using the heat from one of the large holes in the ground. But beware; the kitchen closes at 3pm so it’s ideal for lunch. This is a great experience but not one for those that fear heights! Head here by camel if you fancy trying something a bit different, or by coach. Either way it’s great as a day trip out for all the family!
Lanzarote is home to the largest volcanic tunnel in the world. It’s over 7km long and includes includes the La Cueva de los Verdes and Jameos del Agua, which are naturally incredible, must-see places to visit when on the island.
The perfect resort for couples and families
Want somewhere to relax by the beach but also want a little bit of life? Playa Blanca is perfect for families or couples. Situated on the southern coast on the island, the town boasts a beautiful front filled with restaurants and shops. A little way along the coast you’ll find the glittering Marina Rubicon, complete with luxury designer shops, bars and restaurants. It’s here you can admire the lavish boats whilst taking a stroll around. Be sure to check out the market that takes place on a Wednesday and Saturday morning. With an array of small white stalls selling handmade crafts and other treasures, you’ll be sure to pick something up to take home as a souvenir! End your day here by enjoying the laid back atmosphere and head to a bar to listen to some relaxing jazz.
No black sand in sight…
The Canary islands might be known for its black sand due to the volcanic origin of the island, but actually there are many beaches in Lanzarote where you can enjoy beautiful soft, white sand. Here are our top three recommendations!
Playa Blanca literally translates into white beach, so it would be disappointing if one didn’t exist here! Fear not, there’s the Playa Dorada beach. This is the most popular beach in Playa Blanca and is great for relaxing on a sun lounger, as well as water activities like pedalo’s and parasailing.
Located near to the city centre of Arrecife, El Reducto beach is half a kilomentre long of pure white sand. With many refreshment stands, showers, toilets and café’s dotted along the promenade by the beach, it’s ideal if you want to spend a whole day here soaking up the sun or in the sea!
Costa Teguise’s main beach, Las Cucharas is a popular, lively beach. It’s ideal for families with children, but it’s also very popular with windsurfers due to the strong winds that pick up along the eastern coast!
Where is best to eat out?
Lanzarote is famous for its fresh seafood and salty potatoes accompanied with the renowned canarian mojo sauce. Various types of seafood including tuna, swordfish or monk fish are the ones to try wherever you’re located on the island. Playa Blanca town has a diverse mix of restaurants to suit all tastes.