Quick Guide to Lanzarote
Part of the Canary Islands, Lanzarote is known for great year-round weather and black beaches. They aren't all black though! In fact Lanzarote has a wealth of sandy beaches just waiting for you to head over for a holiday in the sun come winter or summer.
Cheap holidays to Lanzarote are not as well known for their nightlife as those in Tenerife, but that's changing. Expect Puerto del Carmen to keep getting bigger in 2017 and 2018, with later and louder parties. It's still pretty calm elsewhere, so don't worry! Check out Arrecife for a quieter party vibe with local entertainment. With plenty of resorts to choose from, Lanzarote is also a great bet for a last minute deal on a budget. It's a great idea to arrange cheap car hire in Lanzarote so you can be free to explore as much as your heart desires.
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Bargain beach holidays, Winter sun, Volcano sightseeing, All Inclusive
Did you know?
Lanzarote's Timanfaya Park's cratered surface resembles the moon. It's alleged the Apollo astronauts look at pictures of this park to prepare themselves for what the Moon would like.
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Top 5 Things to See in Lanzarote
Aside from the beaches, there are plenty of other sights to catch your attention.
- Timanfaya National Park
- Timanfaya National Park is the major must-see on any holiday in Lanzarote but you must join a tour. You can't just set off into the smouldering park.
- El Diablo
- While in Timanfaya National Park, make a stop at El Diablo, where you can eat traditional Canarian food cooked by the fire of the volcano!
- Mirador del Rio
- As Lanzarote's most famous viewpoint, at 497 metres above sea level, the panoramas overlooking the northern coastline, the straits of El Rio and the Isla Graciosa are out of this world.
- Rancho Texas Park
- Rancho Texas Park's is - you've guessed it - designed with a Wild West theme in mind. You can do everything from pony rides to panning for gold or head to Animal Magic Zoo to see tigers, snakes and giant tortoises. If you go in the evening, you're guaranteed a show, barbecue and some line dancing. Yee-haw!
- Los Jameos del Agua
- Once volcanic caverns, Los Jameos del Aqua is now an incredible 600-seat auditorium, plus a restaurant and bar. Try and catch a music show and you'll get an idea of how great the acoustics are!
Where to Stay
Lanzarote boasts stunning volcanic landscapes, unspoilt by high rise holiday flats - there's no such development here. Most visitors stay at one of the resorts, where everything you want will be on tap. There are three main resorts to pick from. Just to the north of Lanzarote's capital, Arrecife, is Costa Teguise a purpose-built resort is set alongside the marvellous beach, Playa de las Cucharas.
The biggest resort is Puerto del Carmen where you can laze on the pale brown sands of Playa Grand and face an endless choice of restaurants and bars from the strip - it's the place to come for the island's best nightlife!
There's also a traditional side to Puerto del Carmen at the Old Harbour, along with some tasty fish restaurants of course! Playa Blanca completes the trio. It's a quieter paced resort located on the southern tip of the island with several small sandy bays of its own, and it's just a short drive from the stunning unspoilt Papagayo beaches. For a quieter holiday, head to San Bartolome, an agricultural town set away from the coast.
There are plenty of villas and other accommodations dotted across the island if you'd rather arrange your own package. Book flights and a secluded hotel or apartment, and have a quiet and relaxing time exploring the island's charms. Look out for events such as the 2017 Jazz Festival to add an extra dimension to your holiday in Lanzarote and really make it one to remember.
Lanzarote Beach Holidays
This Canary Island emerged from the sea as a result of volcanic activity and stayed on British tourist agendas for its many, many beaches.
A beach holiday in Lanzarote consists of a lot of sunbathing and many people are happy to indulge in doing just that. Luckily the many beaches in Lanzarote are divided into areas: Arrecife, Haria, San Bartolome, Teguise, Tias, Tinajo and Yaiza - a lot to contend with!
That's when we pick our favourites for you - Lanzarote beach holidays should include the following, if not all, of these idyllic shores.
The natural beaches to east of Playa Blanca are beautiful, especially Playas de Papagayo and its crystal clear sea. If you don't want to venture too far off the beaten track, the quaint beach of Playa Blanca serves well with its central location. Head west to Playa Flamingo or east to Playa Dorada if you want more of a happening crowd.
Playa Chica is situated in Puerto del Carmen's Old Town and is where to head if you're looking for jet skis, paragliding, diving and snorkelling, thanks to its shallow waters. Playa Grande is Puerto del Carmen's larger counterpart - over one kilometre, to be exact - so it always feels like you have a bit more leg room.
Speaking of large, Playa Matagorda is one of the largest beaches in Lanzarote while the main and most central beach in Lanzarote is in Costa Teguise.
If you're looking to balance along the waves, Las Cucharas and Playa Famara beach are great for windsurfing and surfing.
When to go to Lanzarote
Lanzarote boasts a warm climate all year round, which is fantastic for beach holidays. It's a great winter sun destination with year averages of 21°C to 29°C. Thanks to the island's location, just a four hours flight from the UK, you can get the sunshine of a long-haul destination without putting in the hours in the air.
Couples Activities in Lanzarote
Located in the south of the island, Timanfaya National Park is a major attraction covering an area of 51 square kilometres, much of which resembles an alien landscape. Also of interest are the works of César Manrique, which are located on the east and north of the island and were created to celebrate the island's unique landscape. For something a bit more indulgent, you can head to one of the island's many spas.
Family Activities in Lanzarote
One of the most popular beach resorts in Lanzarote is Puerto del Carmen, because it has fun attractions which appeal to holidaymakers of all ages. Among them is Rancho Texas, an amusement park with animal shows featuring birds of prey, sea lions and macaws. Other interesting things to try are watersports, a visit to a pirate museum in Costa Teguise and go karting in San Bartoleme. If you're feeling particularly adventurous, you can dive 30 metres deep in a submarine in Puerto Calero - one of few places in the world you can do this!
Nightlife in Lanzarote
There are lots of options when it comes to nightlife in Lanzarote, and while Puerto del Carmen is one of the liveliest resorts with its cocktail bars, night clubs and lounges, there are some great alternatives too. For a more chilled out night, head to Playa Blanca which boasts an array of upmarket bars and fine dining restaurants. Costa Teguise is another option - here you can catch a cabaret show or enjoy drinks at one of many bars. Of course, there's also the capital, Arrecife, where you'll find plenty of locals to party the night away with.