Lanzarote holidays

If you’re looking for a destination that combines stunning stretches of sand with more than 300 days of sunshine and outstanding natural beauty, Lanzarote holidays offer all that and more. Developed with tourists in mind, families will find everything they need in its modern beach resorts. But when you look beyond its coastline, you’ll discover a landscape so unique you’ll feel like you’ve stepped onto another planet. And thanks to the brilliance of Spanish-born artist César Manrique with his amazing cactus garden and cave turned club, the island is just as famous for its spectacular works of art.

Things to do

Whether you’ve come here to delve into the island’s volcanic past, soak up its subtropical heat or potter around its little villages, no two days will be the same on your trip to Lanzarote, unless you want them to be of course.

Ranging from naturally-formed black sand coves to long stretches of golden sand packed with watersports, there’s a beach for everyone along Lanazarote’s sprawling coastline. Hidden by the cliffs of Los Ajaches, Papagayo is a shining star on the south of the island. Over in the north you shouldn’t miss a trip to the remote sands of Orzola Beach, even if it’s just to dip your toes in its lagoon-like waters. While you’re on this side of the island, stop by Playa de Famara - a popular spot with surfers for its huge Atlantic waves.

You could happily spend most of your days sunning yourself, but not without exploring the island’s secret weapon. Often overshadowed by its jaw-dropping coastline, Lanzarote’s dramatic landscape is one of its best assets, hence  its UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status. Sprinkled across the land, you’ll see mountains, black rock formations, lava fields, craters and caves, reminding visitors that it’s home to over a hundred volcanoes, also known as the Fire Mountains. These form part of Timanfaya National Park, one of the top things to do on Lanzarote.

For a taste of Canarian culture, try some local seafood from one of Costa Teguise’s family-run restaurants. Or, you could always take a stroll around Puerto del Carmen’s Old Town Harbour. This former fishing village certainly hasn’t lost its charm with authentic waterside eateries everywhere you look. If you’re seeking something a little more lively on your Puerto del Carmen holidays, this upbeat resort is also home to some of the island’s best bars and nightclubs, most of which can be found in the Avenida de las Playas area. And shopaholics will be in luck too with Biosfera Plaza Spain on their doorstep. Find all your favourite fashion brands at this open-air centre from highstreet favorites like Zara right down to more luxury outlets like Guess Not to mention arcades and a play park to keep the kids entertained while you shop.

Places to stay

Where you base yourself will depend on what you plan to do. Families tend to head straight for Costa Teguise on the east coast. Here, gentle waters ensure safe days on the sand, while a waterpark and aquarium keep all ages happy. Not much further you’ll find the capital Arrecife. Get your history fix from its old fortresses, castles and museums or enjoy a shopping spree.

Then, there’s Playa Blanca holidays, Lanzarote’s southern crowd-pleaser! Adored for its Blue Flag sands and modern marina, there’s no wonder it remains a holiday favourite. Further up the coast you’ll come to the island’s most vibrant fishing village, Puerto del Carmen, which too has some great beaches. But if you’re after something a little more sedate, the laid-back charms of Caleta de Famara may be a better option. Worlds away from the buzzing tourist resorts, this peaceful town has become a magnet for surfers and hikers.

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A warm year-round climate with mild winters and hot summers.

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Lanzarote Airport (ACE) is the main gateway to the island and is situated just outside Arrecife.

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Families: The kids will love spending long, sunny days on Lanzarote’s glorious beaches. And when you’re ready for a change of scenery, there’s plenty of fun attractions to tick off. Waterbabies will love trips to AquaLava Waterpark, while learning lasso skills at Rancho Texas Park will be a highlight for the whole family.

Watersports fans: As the island’s watersports hotspot, Costa Teguise promises plenty of wet fun. Not only have you got a surf school and dive centre on hand, but it’s also a paradise for windsurfing. Those looking to snorkel elsewhere should make a beeline for the clear waters and incredible sea beds at Playa Chica Beach.

Photographers: Whether you want to capture the mars-like landscape of Timanfaya National Park, sunsets from Punta Gines (the westernmost point on the island) or the underground beauty of Jameos del Agua, Lanzarote is full of camera-ready spots. 


Fast facts for Lanzarote

Language: The official language is Spanish but English is widely spoken in the island’s main resorts.

Currency: The currency used is the Euro.

Local time: There is no time difference between Lanzarote and GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Lanzarote Airport (or Arrecife airport) which is close to most of the island’s main resorts. It will take just 10 minutes to reach Puerto del Carmen, 15 to Costa Teguise and 30 to Playa Blanca.

Flight time from UK: Approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes.

Tourist information: Further tourist information can be found at the official website for tourism in Lanzarote.

Visa / health: Before you travel, check the latest advice from The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.

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Getting around Lanzarote

By bus: Buses known as ‘guaguas’ make it easy to get around the island, especially from the capital Arrecife. There’s also a budget-friendly option if you don’t want to dip too far into your holiday spends.

By taxi: You’ll find taxis in most of the island’s resorts and cities, as well as at the airport. They tend to run on meters, but it’s wise to check the cost of the fare before you get in.

By hire car: Take Lanzarote holidays at your own pace and hire a car. This way you can explore the island as and when you please.

Events in Lanzarote

Carnival: The months of February and March are one of the best times to book Canary Island holidays. With carnivals right across the island, get ready for the ultimate street party with lively parades and colourful processions creating an infectious atmosphere. It’s a great excuse to get dressed up too with locals wearing all kinds of flamboyant outfits.

Nuestra Señora de los Volcanes: Lanzarote’s biggest traditional fiesta takes place every year on the Saturday that falls closest to 15 September. Over several days, people from all over the island make a pilgrimage to the tiny village of Mancha Blanca, dressed in brightly-coloured clothes.

Lanzarote safety and security

 For up-to-date advice on travelling to Lanzarote, please visit the FCDO website.

Lanzarote weather

Temperature: Bask in 25°C averages in the summer and 17°C in the winter.

Best time to visit?

Temperatures rarely ever fall below 16°C in winter and 25°C in summer. So, if you like it hot but not too hot, spring’s mid-20s heat will be ideal. Those looking to make the most of the island’s 29°C highs should book their Lanzarote holidays in the summer. Winter sun is also on the cards if you want to avoid the crowds and bag yourself a cheap deal.

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