Located in the Atlantic Ocean 1,000 kilometres off the Iberian Peninsula, Lanzarote is the easternmost region in the Canary Islands. The island sits just west of Tunisia, and is closer to the African nation than it is to Europe. That location has helped shape the island over the centuries. From its food to its architecture, Lanzarote has been influenced by its settlers since it was first explored.
Expect to see sun and surf when visiting Lanzarote, as average summer temperatures can reach 30°C. Shorts and t-shirts are a must, but in winter, the island can become quite cool and long sleeves or jackets are needed. Visitors should be prepared for nights that resemble the British summer, as the average low is a comfortable 15°C. 
Lanzarote has plenty to offer tourists, with national parks and beaches dotted throughout the island. Timanfaya National Park is famous for its “Martian landscape” and rare plants. Local volcanoes that last erupted in 1824 created the area, and it offers guests a chance to visit a place like no other on the island.
The Playa Dorada Beach is an unspoilt shore with golden sands and plenty of space to lay down a towel. Surrounded by bars and restaurants, the Playa Dorada is a beach that one can spend all day on soaking up the sun. 
For something a little off the beaten track, and for those that are into literature, there is the Casa José Saramago to see. The house is the former home of Nobel Prize winner José Saramago. His home on Lanzarote is a shrine to his work, after he moved to the island seeking exile from Portugal. 
A must try when on the island are Lanzarote’s famous potatoes. Grown in volcanic soil and cooked with lots of salt, these potatoes are unlike those produced anywhere else. Like many of the Canary Islands, Lanzarote is also well-known for its fish. Sancocho is a traditional stew eaten by locals, and shows the island’s Spanish, African and the Caribbean influences.  
Although the island isn’t quite as famous as its sister islands when it comes to nightlife, Lanzarote is still full of all-night fun. Many of the bars and clubs stay open until the early hours of the morning, which means that the party doesn’t start until late. While there are plenty of clubs and bars that cater to tourists, Lanzarote also has an ample supply of local hotspots for those wanting to do as the locals do. Regardless, Lanzarote has plenty of nightlife to keep everyone satisfied during their stay. 



The volcanic island of Lanzarote is situated just 79 miles off the west coast of Africa. Part of the Spanish archipelago of Canary Islands, Lanzarote enjoys a warm, dry climate with year-round sunshine and average temperatures which don’t drop below 20°C. While this beautiful island is a fantastic beach holiday destination, it is also growing as a popular place for eco holidays and outdoor activities. Home to no less than 300 volcanoes, Lanzarote is famous for it’s striking black sand beaches, dramatic volcanic peaks and lava fields, and secluded, green valleys. Often described as ‘other-worldly’, this island is a truly unique environment, awarded the status of Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. Lanzarote’s stunning natural beauty is complemented by the many unusual sculptures and artworks of the visionary artist, César Manrique, which are dotted around the entire island.
Lanzarote’s resorts range from low-key, eco-friendly spots, to bustling beach resorts with lively nightlife. Many of the beach resorts, such as Playa Blanca and Costa Teguise, are popular with families, thanks to their great amenities, warm waters, and large sandy beaches. Visitors looking for an upmarket, chic destination will love the marina town of Puerto Calero, often called the ‘millionaires marina’, while those in search of peace and quiet can discover the delights of one of the island’s tranquil eco retreats.
While it’s easy to while away the days enjoying Lanzarote’s stunning beaches, there are also plenty of activities on offer from water sports, to boat trips to some of the nearby islands. Explore the magnificent Timanfaya National Park, visit one of the island’s many vineyards for some wine-tasting, or hike along the 7 km long Atlantida Tunnel, the longest volcanic tunnel in the world.

Key Facts

  • Currency: EUR: Euro
    Language: SpanishApproximate flight from the UK: Between 4 - 4.5 hoursTime zone: GMT +00

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Beach life: Lanzarote is a classic beach holiday destination, with everything you could need from soft, sandy beaches (some black, some golden) to warm, clean waters. Popular with beach lovers of all ages, there is a beach on Lanzarote for everyone. Water sports including surfing, windsurfing and kiteboarding are all on offer here, and the island’s beach towns are well equipped with beachfront amenities.
Volcanic landscapes: Lanzarote’s lunar-like landscape is admired by all who experience it, whether they are geology enthusiasts or not. There are a host of unique sights to explore from volcanic parks, to coastal paths, to underground caves.Art lovers: No man has made more of a mark on this island than the extraordinary artist, César Manrique. His spectacular creations can be found all over the island and are designed to highlight Lanzarote’s unique landscape. 

Timanfaya National Park

Timanfaya National Park is an area of striking, volcanic landscape. Barren and arid, it is a place of extreme drama and beauty. Home to the stunning Fire Mountain, steaming geysers, and miles of vast lava fields, Timanfaya is an eerie, yet beautiful, reminder of the earth’s power and a fascinating place for a day trip. The park has a few restaurants, one at the top of Fire Mountain, where food is cooked over the heat of the volcano. Visits must be arranged by coach trip.
Address: Ruta de los Volcanes, Lanzarote, Spain
Opening hours: Daily 9am- 5.45pm
Entry cost: Adult admission €9; children aged 7-12 years €4.50

Playa Papagayo

Playa Papagayo is a spacious stretch of white sandy beach, sheltered by tall cliffs and located on the southern tip of Lanzarote. Set within a natural park, the clear blue, calm waters attract many holidaymakers to enjoy sunbathing, swimming, snorkelling here. There is a coastal walk to reach the beach, but those who make the trip are rewarded with an unspoilt cove, gorgeous white sands, and stunning views. There is a small beach bar, but otherwise expect peace and quiet on the sands.  

Cueva de los Verdes (Cave of Green)

This popular and spectacular cave in the north of Lanzarote is a lava tube, part of a system of underground pipes (jameos) formed by the prehistoric eruptions of the nearby Mount La Corona volcano. The one-hour tour guides visitors through 2km of the cave system, using lights to add some theatre to the experience and bring the impressive rock formations to life. This is an underground adventure well-suited for all ages.
Address: 35520 Haría, Las Palmas, Spain
Opening hours: Daily 10am – 6pm
Entry cost: tours start at €9
Official website: http://www.turismolanzarote.com/en/centros-turisticos/cueva-de-los-verdes/1132

Rancho Texas Lanzarote

The two ever popular family attractions of animal park and water park are brought together at Rancho Texas Lanzarote to create one fantastic family day out. The large swimming pool area has slides and fun areas for all ages. The animals are housed in different areas around the park and include sea lions, reptiles, birds, and white tigers, to name but a few.  Canoe along the Indian lagoon, enjoy a pony ride, watch a sea lion show, or prospect for gold at the Gold Mine. This is an interesting and entertaining day out for visitors of all ages.
Address: Alcalde Cabrera Torres, s/n | Prolongacion calle Noruega, Puerto del Carmen, 35510 Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote, Spain
Opening hours: 9.30am – 5.30pm
Entry cost: Adult admission €22, children aged 2-14 €17
Official website: http://ranchotexaslanzarote.com/#_=_

Mirador del Rio

This spectacular viewpoint, located high in the Risco de Famara mountains in the north of the island, is one of César Manrique’s architectural creations. Designed to camouflage into the grey rock which surrounds it, this unusual building gives visitors the chance to take in the breath-taking views from its 400-metre-high perch. The magnificent views stretch all the way out to the ocean, and on a clear day, you can see as far as the neighbouring island of La Graciosa. There is a café serving food and beverages and a rooftop terrace, all to be enjoyed with the stunning views.
Address: Calle Rambla Medular, 15, 35500 Arrecife, Las Palmas, Spain
Opening hours: Open daily 10am – 5.45pm, 10am – 6.45pm July - September
Entry cost: Adults €9, children 7-12 €4.50
Official website: http://www.centrosturisticos.com/centros/CENTROS/published_en/DEFAULT/mirador_del_rio_2197.html#_=_

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