Lanzarote Travel Guide

Introduction to Lanzarote

Lanzarote is part of the Canary Islands, Spain, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and less than 100 miles off the coast of Africa. Lanzarote has a captivating landscape, now a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. The vast natural contrasts across the island feature black sandy beaches, unusual rock formations and lava fields from the volcanic eruptions of the 18th century, mountains and the El Jable desert. 

Timanfaya National Park

Timanfaya National Park

Home to Lanzarote's dormant volcanoes, it showcases the vast lunar-like land leftover after volcanic eruptions in the early 1700's, take a camel ride around the park.

The Cactus Garden

The Cactus Garden

A quirky garden, home to over 1000 cacti plant species in a terraced former quarry and beautifully shaped like an amphitheatre.   

The Tunnel of Atlantis

The Tunnel of Atlantis

The world's longest underwater volcanic tunnel. At just over 7km long it runs from the volcanic crater to the ocean and includes the 'Cueva de los verdes' and 'Jameos del Agua' lava caves. 

Other things to do in Lanzarote

Lanzarote's spectacular landscape, often described as alien or extra-terrestrial-like with its pattern of pod-like white-washed houses and lunar craters is the starting point for many when planning their holiday activities.

The volcanic tunnels and caves of Lanzarote are must-sees. Cueva de Los Verdes and Jameos del Agua were created by the eruption of La Corona and now you can take a trip through the vibrant colourful cave tunnels where you will find a unique lake, concert hall, and gardens.

Arrecife is the cosmopolitan capital of Lanzarote, and offers the best experience when it comes to shopping. The street ofCalle Léon y Castillo (also known as Calle Real) is the main spot for shopping, offering boutiques, souvenirs and lots of bars and quaint cafes in the side streets. When it comes to historic attractions and museums in Arrecife there's Castillo de San Gabriel, accessed by drawbridge, the International Museum of Contemporary Art at Castillo de San Jose, and the Iglesia de San Gines church.

If you’re looking for an alternative to exploring the outdoors, head to the Cine 6D at the Marina in Arrecife. Here you can go on a variety of virtual reality cinema rides, including the Virtual Lanzarote Skyride tour as well as a catalogue of thrilling action movies with wild car chases. 

Costa Teguise is located on the southeast coast. It has five sandy beaches, each offering something a little different, from windy beaches perfect for water sports, to sheltered spots to relax in. Things to do in Costa Teguise include The Pirate Museum, Lanzarote Aquarium, The Cactus Garden and the Teguise Market.

Playa Famara Beach on the north coast is a popular location for surfers, kitesurfers and naturists. The beautiful 5km beach stretches from the pretty village of Caleta de Famara to the stunning Riscos de Famara cliffs which provide an awe-inspiring backdrop. Sailing excursions are also particularly popular and offer an excellent way to explore the island.

Lanzarote has plenty to offer for those looking for a family holiday, with attractions such as the Costa Teguise Aqualand, Submarine Safari, Rancho Texas Theme Park, and Dino Park appealing to children of all ages.

Eating and drinking in Lanzarote

Seafood is the island's speciality and restaurants will serve the local catch of the day, typically grilled this is often sea bass, parrot fish or sea bream. This is served with 'papas Arrugadas', new potatoes boiled in salty sea water until wrinkly and topped with the Canarian Mojo Sauce, a garlic dressing with herbs, spices and chillies. Other dishes you should try are sancocho, which is a fish stew, and a variety of tapas created with locally grown ingredients and freshly caught shellfish.

For a unique dining experience, head to El Diabo restaurant where the food, typically grilled fish or chicken is cooked using the heat from the dormant volcano below. Located in the Timanfaya National Park you can enjoy panoramic views whilst dining.

For a romantic setting, La Chalanita restaurant in Playa Blanca provides guests with stunning sea views and a sophisticated menu of glazed red tuna and white prawns.
For local wine, visitors should take a trip to La Geria in the centre of the island to experience the unique wine region where sweeping vines grow through the jet black soil and fine volcanic ash.

 

Lanzarote climate

Lanzarote has a sub-tropical-desert climate typical of the Canary Islands. Nicknamed the 'Island of Eternal Spring' due to its warm, sunny weather, temperatures are relatively consistent throughout the year with averages between 18-25°c, and summer average highs of 30°c. Annual rainfall is low, and the majority of this falls during December to February, with summer rainfall being extremely rare.

When to go to Lanzarote

Lanzarote offers a year round holiday destination. April to June can be the ideal time to go, especially if travelling with children, where average daily temperatures are around 20°c, and highs reach 25°c. Lanzarote is a favourite with those looking for winter sun with temperatures averaging at 18°c. You will find December to be the wettest month with on average, 4 days of rain.

If you're visiting for the watersports August will be the best time to visit when the sea temperatures are at their highest.

Flying to Lanzarote

When you fly to Lanzarote from the UK you will arrive at Terminal 1 at Lanzarote Arrecife Airport, 5km from Arrecife, and 15km from Costa Teguise. A flight will be around 4-5 hours. One of the best ways to get from the airport to your resort is by car hire, especially if you want to travel inland to the remote villages.

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Hotels in Lanzarote

Car hire in Lanzarote

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