The Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago off the coast of northwestern Africa, are rugged volcanic isles known for their white and black sand beaches – a great short-haul winter sun holiday destination. The Canary Islands are really close to the UK to find that much-needed guaranteed sun and it’s also cheap to get there. “What activities can I do in Lanzarote?” you might ask, rest your concerns, there is more than enough to do.
Below are the top 10 best things to do in Lanzarote and why you need to visit there:
Enjoy the weather
All year around, you are guaranteed good weather (particularly if you are used to the English summers). Lanzarote and Fuerteventura hit the low 70s throughout the year and are a bit cooler compared to Tenerife, but still, it is still warm throughout the year. It is also the same time zone as the UK and Ireland.
Lanzarote is a cheap place to visit
Book an all-inclusive holiday from £305/month, for flights and a hotel included. Considering Lanzarote is off the coast of Africa that is not a bad deal, in fact, it is a great deal made easy. You can travel directly from major UK airports – randomly it can be cheaper travelling there from the UK, than mainland Spain (pretty surreal).
You can drive around Lanzarote for virtually nothing!
It is really recommended to hire a rental car if you are staying longer than a few days in Lanzarote. It is the best option for discovering the remote wilderness regions, as there are lots to discover on the island. The bus lines are a bit of a hassle, taking up to 5 hours from the capital Arrecife to get to the North of the island, cool surfing places like Famara. To book a taxi in Lanzarote, the cost is reasonable from £9/day if you book in advance. For cheap deals, visit here. For an article on “where you can rent a car for cheap” read it here.
You can surf and do lots of outdoors sports
For many surfers, Lanzarote is a key attraction in Europe. Surfers gravitate to the good weather, the warm waters and impressive waves. Outside the conditions, there are also numerous surf camps and surf shops in Famara (North of the island), with a very laid-back culture – Surf, eat, sleep, repeat. Not a fan of surfing? There are also options to scuba dive, (you can explore underwater museum), cycle around the island, para-glide over the cliffs and go for adventurous treks.
See a Lanzarote volcano in person
Visit a volcano in person in Lanzarote – The Timanfaya national park is a volcanic area on Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, located on the road to Mancha Blanca and Tinajo. During any visit to Lanzarote, it is an absolute must. The result of two violent volcanic upheavals which took place relatively recently (well in volcano terms), firstly in 1730 – this one lasted six years until 1736, and later in 1824 which resulted in the formation of several new cones – Lanzarote is sometimes referred to as the Island of the 1,000 volcanoes. Afterwards, a coach tour around the volcanoes (free with your entry ticket), sit down at the Café and enjoy the views.
The beaches in Lanzarote – wow!
There are incredible beaches (playa) in Lanzarote, ranging from surfing, deserted, relaxing to even nudist beaches (why not? You are on holiday). A lot of the beautiful beaches are on the west side near Playa Blanca and Playa Teguise. One of Lanzarote attractions, an absolute must is Playa de Papagayo. It’s incredibly beautiful, with a long stretch of white sand and clear blue water. A car is really needed for this trip, as it is a 25-minute walk from the nearest bus stop.
César Manrique Foundation
A cultural place to check out if you are creative by nature is the César Manrique. The Fundación César Manrique is César Manrique’s superb house, built inside 5 volcanic bubbles. There are paintings by Spanish artists in Manrique’s studio-home & garden made into an old lava flow. Art meets nature at the César Manrique Foundation, situated in his former home, the foundation provides a visually impressive view into the Lanzarote native’s craft. It’s a great outing for a few hours and there are plenty of photo opportunities. Afterwards, sit down at the Café and enjoy the incredible views.
Jameos del Agua
The Jameos del Agua – like the Cueva de los Verdes – are part of a 6Km long lava tube which formed about 4,000 years ago when the Montaña La Corona erupted. Molten lava continued to flow as the surface hardened, which in turn led to the formation of the tubes, which run down under the Atlantic. The word “Jameo” refers to the large openings in the tube which formed when parts of the roof collapsed due to a pressure build-up caused by the volcanic gases.
Lanzarote’s famous Cactus Garden (Jardín de Cactus), based towards the north of the island in Guatiza, is one of the island’s top things to do all year round. Developed under the guidance of César Manrique it showcases over 10,000 different plants and it really feels like an exotic location. You can see Cacti is all shapes and sizes, it’s a must for botanic enthusiasts and those who want to see some nature. The cost is €5.80 per adult and €2.90 per child (7-12 years).
Nightlife in Puerto Del Carmen
To get your healthy dose of nightlife, go to the most popular, busy area for bars in Lanzarote, Puerto Del Carmen. The Ruta 66 is a bar very appreciated for its excellent drinks and cocktails and for its lively atmosphere. There is a plethora of Karaoke bars and Irish bars (where table service is the norm), along with talented live rock bands and cover singers.
Finally, remember to get great deals here. Holidays, including flights and hotels are from £309 a person. If you know of any activities to do in Lanzarote, please share.
I hope these tips have been useful, please add any places, that have been missed.