Lanzarote Holidays – Things to do in Lanzarote! Each year lots of us spend our working life looking forward to two weeks in the summer. We book the time off early, and then we spend our evenings shopping for potential locations and hotel rooms. This for many of us is the highlight of the year, and what makes our other 50 weeks worthwhile.
The problem is though that we can only get one holiday per year. Some of us might be lucky enough to get too, but for the most part, our finances and our time off work are restrictive and we’re limited to just the one. When you’ve got so many places to choose from and only two weeks to enjoy them, how do you decide where to go?
Papagayo beach, Lanzarote holidays, Canary Islands, Spain by Lviatour
Well, there are plenty of places to choose from indeed, but here for your consideration, we shall be looking at Lanzarote and putting forward the case for making this beautiful island your next stop. Here are some of the top reasons you should choose Lanzarote…
Lanzarote Holidays – Reasons to visit Lanzarote
The weather in Lanzarote is what you would expect from one of the Canary islands – sunny and warm and actually ideal for lounging in the sun.
However, at the same time, there is also a constant cool breeze which many people find highly relaxing and which prevents the heat from becoming overbearing and unpleasant. There are plenty of holiday resorts on the island too to ensure that if you
Lanzarote Los Hervideros, Canary islands, Spain by Luis Miguel Bugallo Sánchez
Almost all of the holiday destinations most people consider have great weather, though. They also have great beaches and lots more for the casual holidaymaker besides. One thing that you can get from Lanzarote that you wouldn’t get from just ‘any’ holiday destination though is a desert – and short of travelling to Egypt this is the best way to combine a little desert trekking with your other more standard holiday activities.
El Jable is a small desert, but that’s part of the charm meaning you’re perfectly safe and unlikely to get badly lost – it’s just enough to try something different and get some great pictures (or a great day out riding camels).
El Jable plains, Lanzarote Holidays, Canary Islands, Spain by Frank Vassen
One of the big advantages of all of the Canary islands is the volcanic landscapes that they feature. It’s beautiful in a desolate kind of way, but it also makes for some interesting natural demonstrations and days out.
Visit Timanfaya Volcano National Park for instance and sample meat cooked by volcano…
Timanfaya Volcano National Park, Lanzarote holidays, Spain by Andreas Tusche
Lanzarote surfing holidays
The beaches are ideal for relaxing and chilling out in the sun, but that’s not all they have to offer. If you really want to experience them in a more active way then this is also an ideal holiday destination for surfers.
Head to north until you reach the signs for Famara Beach and you’ll have plenty of great surfing beaches and a vibrant community of enthusiasts. This is a natural wonder on Lanzarote. If you have ever felt the need to surf then this is the right place.
Famara, surfing holidays in Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain by Enric Rubio Ros
There is a beach of 400m of fine sand – don’t expect the white sand of traditionally beautiful beaches as the sand is brown due to the volcanic nature of the island. However, the water is a great blue colour and the surfing is very good here.
The famous Lanzarote surf school is based here so it is a great place to start your surfing career. As the water can be fairly turbulent, swimmers are officially advised to swim close to the shore.
Famara, Lanzarote holidays, Canary Islands, Spain by Iñaki Queralt
Okay, so you’ve already got great beaches, a desert, and a volcanic park. However what Lanzarote can also offer you – and what you won’t get to the same degree many other places – is a great mountain landscape which can make for scenic walks or just a fantastic backdrop while you’re swimming in the sea.
Lanzarote mountain views, Lanzarote holidays, Canary Islands, Spain by Nefci
The Green Lagoon
For a stunning and unusual natural phenomenon, head over to El Golfo Beach to witness the green lagoon. Separated by a red rock, this is generally a very colourful site and well worth seeing.
El Golfo Beach, Lanzarote holidays, Canary Islands, Spain by Stefan Krause
Cueva de los Verdes
And while you’re visiting wonderful natural formations, why not go to Cueva de los Verdes and explore beautiful caves formed by natural volcanic eruptions.
Cueva de los Verdes cave, Lanzarote Holidays, Canary Islands, Spain by Macnolete
In short, then you really can’t beat Lanzarote for its variety. It has all the shops and amenities you would expect of a holiday hotspot, and it has great weather and resorts. But at the same time, this is also an island that can offer volcanoes, mountains, caves, lagoons and even desert…
Lanzarote holidays, Canary Islands, Spain by Simon Turkas
Take a road trip around Lanzarote
Lanzarote has such an extreme and varied landscape that if you ever find yourself on its glorious shores, makes it a mission to hit the road and really explore the island. Take a picnic, pack your camera and hit the road.
Tourism is big on the east coast of Lanzarote and the architecture reflects this. However, drive up the coast in a northerly direction and you can enter another world.
The landscape changes and there is more of an authentic feel to the place. Arrieta is a wonderful village that is home to local fisherman. It is a charming place to stop for lunch; there are various restaurants around the harbour that produce some knock out fish dishes.
Arrieta, Lanzarote holidays, Canary Islands, Spain by Arthur Dent
After a delicious lunch, drive further north to Punta Mujeres for a dip in a natural swimming pool. There are several pools formed by the rocks and they fill up when the tide comes in.
This is a great and unique place to have a refreshing swim. The pools are very pretty and outstrip a hotel swimming pool every time. They were originally used as a place for locals to do their washing. Remember to throw a towel in the boot before you set off.
Punta Mujeres natural pools, Lanzarote holidays, Spain by lanzarote3.com
If you have set off on your Lanzarote adventure on a Sunday, then a trip to Teguise would be certainly worthwhile. It is the old capital of Lanzarote and as such, it has some impressive colonial architecture.
The Sunday market is a grand affair, with stalls selling local crafts. It is a bustling affair and it is often a great place to pick up those souvenirs that we love to buy. There are various food stalls that make lunch a cheap and tasty event. A hot tip is to get there early for a great parking spot.
Teguise market, Lanzarote holidays, Canary Islands, Spain by Wiki05
Lanzarote is not just an island of high rises and drunken tourists. It is beautiful and rather a unique island that has a lot more to offer than a clichéd holiday in the sun.
The trick to finding the hidden gems is to use a hire car and explore the island at your own pace. It is not a huge island and it can be circumnavigated within a day. The stunning yet eerie volcanic scenery is breathtaking and provides great photographic material.
The Green Lagoon (Charco de los Ciclos), Timanfaya Volcano National Park, Lanzarote Holidays by Miriela Rodríguez