If you haven’t been on a Lanzarote holiday yet, then let us change that for you. This volcanic island has amazing things in store. With wonderful sights to explore and a lovely climate to enjoy, there is no reason Lanzarote shouldn’t be the next destination on your list. Discover this Canary Island’s turquoise waters, mysterious caves and massive lava fields. If you still need any more of an excuse to get booking, here are 10 reasons why Lanzarote should be your next destination.
1. It’s a 4-hour flight away
The Canary Islands are only a short way away, meaning if you’re looking for a suitable short-haul location, Lanzarote is on the list!
2. The perfect climate
As Lanzarote lies near the north African coast, it experiences a sub-tropical climate. In other words, the island enjoys a lot of sunshine, very little rain and pleasant temperatures all year round.
3. Red, hot volcanoes
Lanzarote is full of various landscapes, which is one of the reasons as to why it’s such an interesting destination. When in Lanzarote, head over to Timanfaya National Park (check out our essential guide to Timanfaya here) where you can experience the incredible lava fields and volcanic scenery. Geysers will be blowing out steam, while the towering live volcano, Mount Timanfaya bubbles away. Take a guided tour while you’re here and finish off with a visit to the site’s geothermal restaurant.
4. The best beaches for beach bums
It’s no surprise that many tourists flock to the island for a beach holiday, as they are simply stunning. There is a variety of different beaches in Lanzarote. From typical golden sand beaches to unique volcanic black sand beaches. Lanzarote’s clear turquoise waters are a plus, as cooling off from the hot sun has never been more pleasant.
5. Fun water sports
So, you like beaches. But what if you’re after something a little more daring than sunbathing and swimming. Well, Lanzarote has got you covered with a selection of exhilarating water sports activities at various beaches. Costa Teguise is perhaps the most popular resort for water sports. In particular, La Santa and Famara have good conditions for surfing, windsurfing and kiteboarding. If you’re hoping for some scuba diving action, head over to Puerto del Carmen.
6. Heavenly seafood
As Lanzarote is an island, it is best-known for its delicious seafood. Indulge in local cuisine with highlights including tuna, garlic prawns and paella. Plus, tasty dishes like fresh squid and octopus. Then choose a side of your choice to accompany these wonderful seafood dishes.
7. Explore the caves
Check out Lanzarote’s Cueva de los Verdes for a little bit of an adventure. Cueva de los Verdes is one of the longest volcanic tunnels in the world, coming in at 6km long. These caves were formed due to eruptions of Corona volcano around 3,000 years ago. A 2km stretch of the caves is available for visitors to explore and there is even a concert hall inside its walls where performances take place.
8. Walk around the Cactus Garden
Cesar Manrique is perhaps the most popular artist to have come from Lanzarote. As well as artwork and various pieces of architecture, he has been responsible for various transformations of landscapes across the island. Cactus Garden is one of them. This area consists of gardens as well as art, and the main attraction? More than a thousand cactus species from around the world. If you enjoy the views and being amongst nature, soak it all up at the onsite restaurant and bar.
9. Love the views at Mirador del Rio
Located in the north of Lanzarote, you’ll find Mirador del Rio. This observation tower is nearly 500m above sea level, providing amazing views all around. Admire the island of La Graciosa and the strait of El Rio. Or you can visit the shop on the viewing platform where you can buy a nice cold beverage.
10. Enjoy the nightlife
After you have experienced all the wonderful sights that the Canary Island has to offer, complete your Lanzarote holiday by experiencing the nightlife. Head to resorts such as Puerto del Carmen, Playa Blanca or Costa Teguise and find a bar or nightclub to suit your taste.