Lanzarote is a perfect island destination
Lanzarote is part of the Canary island chain located around 90 kilometers from the African coastline.
The Canary Islands are made up of nine islands that are visited by millions of holidaymakers every year. Our Lanzarote travel guide looks at the top attractions of this popular holiday destination.
Each island is famous for its natural formations, undying beauty and enviable warm climate.
Volcanoes, unique flora, stunning scenery and luscious beaches are some of the reasons why holidaymakers flock to these Atlantic Islands every year.
The island boasts a unique tropical climate that keeps the temperature around the mid 20 degrees Celsius all year round. This fantastic climate is due to the warmer waters which flow up from the equator.
Strict tourism guidelines put in place by the local authorities have meant that although a booming tourism trade has brought many hundreds of thousands of visitors it has ensured the preservation of the island's natural beauty.
The three main resorts of the island are Playa Blanca, Puerto del Carmen and the Costa Teguise, each a mix of golden, white and black sandy beaches.
Lanzarote has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site and it is easy to see why.
The famous natural attractions such as Mirador del Rio – which offers a spectacular panoramic view of the Chinijo Archipelago, and El Golfo, a semi-circular crater made of stone, inside of it is a blue-green lagoon surrounded by black sand, red rocks and the dazzling blue ocean.
Sun and water sports lovers will adore Lanzarote, and there are many opportunities to enjoy diving, windsurfing, boating and skiing.
5 Curious facts about Lanzarote
- Lanzarote is the oldest of the Canary Island chain and created some 180 million years ago.
- Lanzarote is a volcanic island and each eruption has made the island larger as the lava flows and gets cooled down by the sea. Thankfully the last major eruptions were in 1700s.
- Although most people know the main Islands of Tenerife, Fuerteventura, La Gomera, La Palma, El Hierro and Lanzarote, there are actually three smaller islands in the chain located to the north of Lanzarote which can be visited by holidaymakers, they are Alegranza, Montana Clara and La Graciosa ( which translated means the humorous one )
- The first settlers on Lanzarote came from Africa around 5 B.C and where called Moja.
- The island makes its own wine, the vines have been adapted to withstand the high winds that frequent the island and to grow in the unusual volcanic soil.
Tours & Excursions - Book in Advance
The Costa Teguise
The Cоѕtа Tеguіѕе іѕ located on the east side of the island, a short drive from Arrесіfе аіrроrt.
The rеѕоrt was first developed durіng thе 1970’ѕ аѕ аn upmarket соаѕtаl rеѕоrt – іnіtіаllу рrоvіng very рорulаr with Gеrmаn and Scandinavian tourists.
Timanfaya National Park
A visit to the Timanfaya National Park should be high on your agenda when visiting Lanzarote.
It offers a spectacular volcanic landscape that was created between 1730 and 1736 when six years of volcanic eruptions took place.
Located about a 45-minute drive south of Arrecife airport is the popular Playa Blanca, one of the newest resorts on Lаnzаrоtе – fіrѕt dеvеlореd durіng thе 1990’ѕ.
One of the undeniable main reasons to visit Lanzarote is the superb beaches.
Probably the best beach on the Islands is Playa de Papagayo which is really a series of beaches separated by volcanic rock.
The most popular beach though is Punta de Papagayo with its fine golden sand and crystal clear waters. A great beach to chill out. go snorkeling, there is also a nice beach-bar style bar/restaurant to enjoy local food.
Enjoy a ride on a Camel
One of the most popular excursions available is the Timanfaya National Park and La Geria day tour.
Explore the lunar landscapes of Timanfaya National Park and marvel at the geothermal scenery before going to the wine lands of La Geria.
Opt to ride a camel on the volcanic slopes to experience Lanzarote from a different perspective, great fun!
The Pirates Museum & Santa Barbara Castle
A rеlаtіvеlу new аddіtіоn, The Pirates Muesum (Muѕео dе lа Pirateria) opened in 2011. It is a mоdеѕt but іntеrеѕtіng muѕеum lосаtеd in the оldеѕt саѕtlе іn the Canary Iѕlаndѕ, El Castillo de Santa Barbara.
The Green Lagoon
One of thе mоѕt dеfіnіng fеаturеѕ оf thе іѕlаnd is іtѕ vаѕt рlаіnѕ, which аrе reminiscent оf the ѕurfасе of thе mооn. They took on thеіr арреаrаnсе due tо the mаѕѕіvе аmоunt of lava lеft by a volcanic еruрtіоn оvеr 5,000 уеаrѕ аgо.
Wine Valley - La Geria
The La Geria Valley is Lanzarote's principal wine-growing region occupying just over 50 square kilometers of land in the south-central area of the Island.
The unique landscapes and black volcanic ash produce a variety of excellent wines.
» As part of our Lanzarote travel guide read our full article on the 9 best things to do in Lanzarote.
Top Cities, Towns & Resorts
- Puerto del Carmen
- Playa Blanca
- Playa Quemada
- Puerto Calero
- Los Pocillos
- Costa Teguise
- Los Ancones
- Costa de Papagayo
- Caleta de Famara
Recommended hotels on the Costa del Sol
Unique and stylish describes the highly rated 4 star Hotel Lani's Suites de Luxe situated in Puerto del Carmen. Amenities include a heated pool, beauty centre, airport transfer service and first class in-house restaurant. Within easy access to Tias and Arrecife. Reviewer Rating: 10.0
The 2 star Pocillos Playa Hotel located in Pocillos close to Puerto del Carmen is a popular hotel in the mid budget range. Close to a wide range of bars, restaurants, and nightlife. Reviewer Rating: 10.0
For exceptional budget accommodation try the quaint Casitas Tabayesco located in Haria close to Arrecife. This small property offers 8 well-appointed rooms that are accompanied by a range of essential amenities and free wifi to ensure guests have an enjoyable stay. There is an on-site restaurant serving delicious seafood cuisines.
The property is ideally situated to explore Mirador del Rio and The Cave of Los Verdes. The Costa Teguise and Arrecife is a short drive away. Reviewer Rating: 10.0