Playa Blanca is ideal for families and couples, balancing the accessibility and familiarity of a beach resort with a spot of island individuality. There’s enough fun on the beach to keep the kids amused, but still the odd pocket of tranquillity for parents and couples to escape into.
Costa Teguise is another great choice, excellently positioned just 20 minutes away from the island’s main airport. There is a great selection of bars, restaurants and beaches here, and it’s developing quite a reputation as a water sports hub; perfect for those who want Lanzarote holidays that team relaxation with a splash of action.
Unsurprisingly though, Lanzarote’s beaches are the biggest draw. The surfing conditions are often superb – head to Famara, the spectacular cliff-backed beach on the island’s north-west coast, for some of the best surf around, as well as the chance to go kiteboarding or windsurfing. There are also plenty of hideaway spots to kick back, relax and soak up the sun; perfect for those who are searching for a year-round pleasantly warm destination.
Although small in size, Lanzarote offers a wealth of different things to see and do. Thanks to the ever-visible work of the island’s architect extraordinaire, Cesar Manrique, eye-catching buildings are never far away, and there are plenty of interesting museums and galleries where you can get up to speed on the island’s fascinating past.
You’re unlikely to run out of things to do in Lanzarote. Once you’ve had your fill of the hustle and bustle of the island’s main centres, head to the Timanfaya National Park. The scenery is dramatically beautiful, carved out of extinct volcanoes and hardened lava flows, and you can hop on a coach tour to be guided around the startling landscape.
It’s fascinating to wander around the less inhabited northern areas of the island and catch a glimpse of the traditional Lanzarote that existed before the holidaymakers arrived. Look out for donkeys pulling farmers’ ploughs; the diamond-tough volcanic rock shreds modern equipment, so animal power has to do.
Another must visit Lanzarote attraction is the home of the island’s foremost architect, the late Cesar Manrique. Now a museum dedicated to his work, the building is amazingly built out of bubbles of volcanic rock.
If you’re looking to find some intriguing things to do in Lanzarote, the island is home to a number of characterful festivals. Book your holiday between February and March and you can experience the 40-day extravaganza that is Lanzarote’s Lent Carnival, a mix of familiar, modern-style partying and ancient traditions stemming back to earliest human habitation on the island.
June, meanwhile, sees a truly unique event. The Lanzarote Wine Run largely does what it says on the tin and participants take part in 13m dash across the countryside with frequent pit-stops at La Geria’s multiple wineries. For a more leisurely alternative, take the 6m walk instead.
There is a reason that Lanzarote is known as the Hawaii of Europe. The surf here rivals that of any coastline, with strong winds from the Atlantic breaking onto the beaches. You will find a wide range of surf schools, catering for everyone from first timers to experienced surfers. You can also try out SUP (Stand Up Paddle) surfing, where you can explore the beautiful coast while standing on your surfboard.
The government in Lanzarote has put together a collection of cycling routes to show off the less touristy side of the island. These Rutas de Cyclotourisme can be found in any tourist office and bike hire companies are also easy to find. There are flatter coastal routes for easy going exploration, or more challenging hilly rides. The views at the top more than make up for the effort though!
Walking and hiking are great ways of seeing the wild side of Lanzarote, from the volcanic, mountainous areas, the wooded valleys and beautiful coastline. You can take guided walks, or buy maps and make your own itineraries.
The weather and landscape in Lanzarote lend themselves perfectly to more extreme sports, such as paragliding, windsurfing and mountain biking. You can experience flying above ground and stunning views of the other islands when paragliding, or go to the other extreme and explore the lava-formed caves and tunnels in the underwater world when scuba diving.
We have a wide range of hotels that are right next to the beach, perfect for a relaxing sun, sea and sand holiday, whether you are looking for a great value all-inclusive hotel or a self-catering apartment.
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One of the best beaches for families in Lanzarote is Playa Grande in Puerto del Carmen. This golden, sandy beach has everything you need for a day by the seaside, with lifeguards, showers, sun loungers and water-sports equipment to hire.
Playa Blanca beach is a small beach that is excellent for diving and snorkelling. It is lined by a promenade with restaurants and bars, as well as having hammocks for hire.
Papagayo beaches, near to the resort of Playa Blanca, are a series of white sand beaches that are separated by rocky coves. The sea here is crystal clear and the whole area is a protected natural park.
This means that there is a small entry fee of around €3 and a short walk down to the sand, but these beaches are considered some of the best in Lanzarote.
There are not many facilities here so it is the perfect place to take your own picnic and enjoy the peace and quiet.
Water sports are an obvious choice if you want a more active beach holiday in Lanzarote and there is no shortage of places where you can hire equipment or take lessons.
Lanzarote boasts excellent windsurfing conditions and the beaches at Costa Teguise are a firm favourite with beginners and experts.
Further north, you can try your hand at surfing in Famara, which is known as the 'Hawaii of Europe' due to its fantastic waves.
You can also take glass-bottomed boat trips or try snorkelling or diving to discover the underwater world.
We have a wide range of family-friendly hotels in Lanzarote with everything from daytime and evening entertainment to their own water park! All of our family-friendly hotels have short transfer times from the airport, children's pools and family rooms.
Family holidays here give you the chance to explore the volcanic Timanfaya Park, where you can see food cooked from the heat in the ground, the Cactus Gardens and lava caves designed by César Manrique and the whole family can try out surfing the ocean waves. The Rancho Texas Theme Park will be an unforgettable family day out, with exotic animals and themed evening shows.
Most of the beaches on the island are child friendly, with sloping, sandy beaches and shallow waters. However, in the north of the island there are some beaches that are more exposed to wind and have stronger currents, not suitable for swimming. Head to these beaches for the best fun in the sun: Playa Grande, Playa Blanca and Papagayo.
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Lanzarote restaurants offer dishes from around the world and you won't struggle to find a place to eat that will please all the family. You will find everything from tapas to Thai and stunning beachside settings, where you can dine al fresco.
As well as having every type of cuisine under the sun, from English to Spanish, with Indian and Chinese in between, Lanzarote also boasts some excellent Canarian cuisine restaurants. Influenced by Spain, Portugal and Africa, Canarian specialities include mojo – a spicy chilli sauce, Papas Arrugadas, a kind of salt-baked potato and a lot of fresh fish.
It may not be as famous for its nightlife as other islands like Majorca and Ibiza, but Lanzarote still has plenty of bars and clubs. The south of the island is where most of the nightlife is found, in the main resorts of Costa Teguise, Playa Blanca and Puerto del Carmen.
The Avenida de las Playas in Puerto del Carmen is where you will find the busiest bars and clubs that stay open late.
The capital of the island Arrecife, is where you will find the more traditional nightlife. The city has a wide range of tapas bars and intimate bars where you will find live music and salsa dancing. You will also find late-night clubs here, that are where you will find mostly Spanish partygoers.
Lanzarote also has amazing carnivals around February, where you can join in with parades and street parties that go on until the early hours.
Self-catering holidays are a great option if there is a possibility that you might not be up in time for the hotel breakfast! We have a great range of self-catering and half-board hotels and apartments that are located centrally so you won't have to shell out on taxis either.