Discover Lanzarote Holidays in 2017 / 2018
Lanzarote is located just off the African coast amid the picturesque Canary Islands. Lanzarote is a comfortable contender with the other Canaries, and picking between Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote can be tricky. We'll help!
Combining crystal clear waters with striking volcanic landscapes, along with stunning golden beaches, a Lanzarote holiday is a permanent hit. With excellent resorts, from Puerto del Carmen to Matagorda, Lanzarote is great for couples and family holidays.
For a tranquil stay in Lanzarote, 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. Let us help you pick from a huge range of Lanzarote hotels, help you discover the best resorts and deals on flights, and guarantee you a perfect 2017 / 2018 Lanzarote holiday.
Most popular hotels in Lanzarote
THB Tropical Island
Playa Blanca, Lanzarote
Costa Teguise, Lanzarote
Hesperia Lanzarote Hotel
Puerto Calero, Lanzarote
Blue Sea Los Fiscos Hotel
Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote
Playa Blanca, Lanzarote
Gran Castillo Tagoro Family & Fun
Playa Blanca, Lanzarote
Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote
H10 Rubicon Palace Hotel
Playa Blanca, Lanzarote
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 Lanzarote artist, Cesar Manrique. The Cesar Manrique House Museum is an unmissable top attraction, built into rocky boulders and filled to the brim with artwork, not far from the village of Arrieta.
If you fancy venturing out on a hike, you can also enjoy the unique natural beauty of Timanfaya National Park, formed from rock formations and covering 51 square km in the Yaiza and Tinaja regions. Cueva de Los Verdes, located in the Haria municipality and in the protected area Monumento Natural del Malpaís de La Corona, 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 on Lanzarote, and the largest in the Canary Islands. Canarian lacework, hand-crafted leather and locally-made jewellery are all available to buy and take home, but Teguise Market is worth exploring as an attraction in itself. Once you’ve browsed the stalls, take a stroll through Costa 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 Canaria in Lanzarote, which is often served up with a side of "mojo" sauce blended with spices, lemon, coriander and red chilli. There's an abundance of Spanish tapas restaurants and bars as well as local fish and seafood restaurants across Lanzarote, mostly in the capital, Arrecife. 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.
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. Costa Teguise has a little something for the most complicated food-lover to those that just love a simple treat. Family-run restaurants in Playa de la Pocillos make it a great place to try out some different cuisines.
The laid-back El Amanecer is family-run and next to La Garita beach on the northeast 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 2017 / 2018 holiday in Lanzarote. Because of our deals on flights and hotels, we can keep your costs low. Begin with the capital, Arrecife, to get your bearings, then head out and discover the amazing resorts.
For those travelling with little ones, Costa Teguise on the southeast of the island is a great destination, boasting a sheltered beach and a wealth of family attractions. Five sandy beaches, lots of watersports, and the Costa Teguise Aquapark. Awesome! Costa Teguise is ideal and a firm favourite.
La Garita beach, close to the town of Arrieta, features a gentle slope into the sea and a children’s play area. Other resorts with beaches suitable for children include Playa de Los Pocillos and Matagorda, both close to the popular resort, Puerto del Carmen.
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, Lanzarote is perfect for the mountainous climbs. The ever popular and ever stunning Timanfaya National Park is a good place to start. Similarly, the clear waters of the Atlantic ocean that surround the island make for the perfect swimming conditions. Playa Blanca in the municipality of Yaiza offers long beaches ideal for sports and swimming.
Boardsports 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. In Arrecife, you'll find all sorts of tour guides and boards offering information on what to check out. The cruise from Puerto Calero offers stunning views of Fuerteventura.
Life's a Beach
If you want to relax and enjoy the sunshine, Lanzarote’s beaches have it all. While the main resorts on Lanzarote island host beautiful sandy coastlines, you’ll want to head to the pristine shores of Papagayo Beach in Playa Blanca, located on the southern coast. The former fishing village is a hive of activity with life around its port. Papagayo Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Lanzarote because of its emerald waters and tranquil setting.
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 locals of the island.
For the thrill-seeker in you, head to Famara beach on the northwest coast of Lanzarote. Away from the resorts, the curved bay is popular with surfers, windsurfers and kiteboarders. The backdrop of pink cliffs is also popular with hang-gliders.
For a touch of the iconic Lanzarote holiday lifestyle, head to Playa de Los Pocillos, one of the most popular beaches on Lanzarote. Another star is Puerto del Carmen, which boasts two beautiful beaches. Just up the coast from Puerto del Carmen lies the popular, smaller resorts of Matagorda and Playa de Los Pocillos. With Blue Flag beaches and a little more peace than Puerto del Carmen, Matagorda is a good choice for families. Playa de Los Pocillos has great beaches, too, plus this modern resort has an intimate feel.
If you are after a lively atmosphere and buzzing nightlife whilst on Lanzarote, 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 Lanzarote, 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 is also a selection of clubs and bars on the Avenida de Jabillo. To truly experience a taste of Spanish nightlife, with a distinct Lanzarote flavour, 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 in Arrecife.
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. Start your journey in Arrecife, explore Timanfaya national park, and head to the ever popular Costa Teguise. Lanzarote has a lot to offer.
If you want some alone time with your loved one, then a day at the spa at your Lanzarote hotel 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. Puerto Calero itself is a nice spot, and you can enjoy the views of the neighbour Canary Island, Fuerteventura, before the 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 Canaria archipelago after Fuerteventura, Lanzarote rose from the sea during a massive volcanic eruption, around 15 million years ago. Historians theorise that Lanzarote was one of the first Canary Islands to be settled by the Phoenicians in 1100 BC.
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!