Lanzarote Travel Guide

If you fancy getting away from the stresses and strains of daily life, then why not treat yourself to a holiday of a lifetime? Visit the beautiful island of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. These are a group of Spanish islands located between Europe and Africa. Did you know it’s also a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve?

Lanzarote is perfectly situated to enjoy amazing weather all year round and comfortably warm waters. There is also much to do! So whether you would like to get away by yourself, with friends or with the whole family, you will be easily entertained. You may also find yourself pleasantly surprised at what this amazing island has to offer. It’s sure to keep everyone happily entertained throughout the holiday!

Where is Lanzarote?

Lanzarote is one of the Spanish Canary Islands, which are owned by Spain but closer to western Africa. This administrative anomaly was created as long ago as the 15th century. At that time, the Canaries were conquered for the Spanish crown by a band of adventurers of diverse nationality, led by the Frenchman Jean de Bethencourt. And while the islands do boast their own identity, they remain very much part of Spain and the European Union to this day.

Where to Stay in Lanzarote

Playa Blanca is certainly the hottest spot on Lanzarote. Thanks to its location at the southern foot of the island, it enjoys the best microclimate. This resort is also a real haven for beach lovers as there are three in close proximity to the town center. You’ll also find a huge sweep of sand at nearby Papagayo (a word that means parrot in Spanish – although there are none here!)

Temperatures on Lanzarote

During the winter months temperatures on Lanzarote usually reach the early to mid 60s Fahrenheit (20s Celsius). But you can also experience cloudier periods. When the sun isn’t shining, it can drag the mean temperature down by as much as 10 degrees.  The summer is more consistent in terms of constant temperatures. During August it can get as high as the mid 80s Farenheit (30s Celsius), though fortunately this is usually tempered by a cooling breeze.

Lanzarote Beaches

El Golfo, a black sand beach on Lanzarote

If you’re after a relaxing beach holiday then look no further, as Lanzarote is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the Canary Islands. With its variation of sand type and color you are sure to find the beach that’s right for you!

There are many stunning golden beaches around the coastline that were in fact made from imported sand from the Sahara. This was done to give tourists the option of a softer, lighter colored beach compared to the native volcanic sand beaches that once completely dominated the island.

But don’t worry, as there is still a great selection of these black sand volcanic beaches around the island. If you have never set foot on one of these beaches, you are in for a real treat. They not only have a very unique feel, but they give an amazingly beautiful contrast next to the stunning azure waters and (sometimes) lush green landscape.

There are of course, plenty of opportunities to soak up the sun. With many of the beaches offering chair and umbrella rentals, you can stay off the hot sand and either relax in the hot sun or chill out in the shade. If you would like to stay active but still enjoy the beach, then you should try out one of the many water sports that are available at the more popular beaches!

Lanzarote Landscapes and Attractions

Whatever the weather there is always plenty to do on Lanzarote, as the island often a surprisingly large number of interesting and unusual visitor attractions.  Many of these are the work of the famous local artist César Manrique. He was responsible for developing diverse sites, as you’ll notice in the list below. 

Volcano Park at Timanfaya

Volcano Park at Timanfaya, Lanzarote

Once you venture outside of your chosen resort and start exploring the area, you’ll realize how much the islands landscape varies. In one area you will find the Timanfaya National Park. This is a massive, black lava field that stretches as far as the eye can see. It’s an incredible example of the islands volcanic past – fascinating, yet eerie.

One of the most popular attractions here is the restaurant on the Montanas del Fuego (Mountains of Fire). This stylish establishment openly cooks meat on a grill that is placed above a volcanic vent! Now that’s good eating!

It is the island’s most visited tourist attraction. Close to one million people visit this landscape every year. It is said Manrique designed the optimum route to go through the park. At sunset you can visit El Diablo restaurant, where delicious food is served and a panoramic and breathtaking view can be appreciated. Many delightful views are enjoyed from the holiday villas.

César Manrique Foundation

César Manrique Sculpture
César Manrique Sculpture

With land buried underneath a sea of lava, Manrique decided this would be his first major work of art. When tourism in many cities of Spain was growing he contributed to the growth of Lanzarote. During this time, the island experienced a lot of development and growth in tourism.

Jameos del Agua

Jameos del Agua, Lanzarote

Jameos del Agua, an impressive 6 km. long lava tube, was created by mother earth more than 6,000 years ago. César Manrique developed it as we know it today. Rita Hayworth referred to this as the eighth wonder of the world.

Cueva de los Verdes (“Green Caves”)

Green Caves, Lanzarote

Another fascinating volcanic attraction is the Cueva de los Verdes or the ‘Green Caves’ as they are known in English. These stunning caves were formed by an underground lava flow many years ago. It left beautiful formations of mineral and melted rock that are well lit, allowing you to see the beauty during a guided trip of the caverns.

As part of the same Jameos del Agua structure created by lava, this underground structure has had many uses through time. Pirates wishing to pillage raided the island and this was a preferred place to hide. It is beautifully lit and the guided tour will show you the many optical illusions it hides.

Mirador del Río

Mirador del Río, Lanzarote

Mirador means “lookout”, and this site shows one of the most fantastic views of the island. The curvy windows of the mirador make it a natural blend between construction and nature.

Jardín de Cactus

Jardín de Cactus or Cactus Garden

The Jardín de Cactus (cactus garden) in Guatiza is one of the most visited attractions, not only in season but all year round. It’s a magnificent showcase of cacti of all shapes and sizes. The windmill used to be used in the production of gofio, a type of flour. You can go inside the windmill today.

Museum of International and Contemporary Art

Castillo de San José houses the Museum of international and Contemporary Art

Your senses will be rewarded when visiting the Museum of international and Contemporary Art. It is housed in The Castillo de San José, which translates as the St. Joseph Castle. It features a permanent display of works by Spanish and Canarian artists such as Pancho Lasso, and it has a collection of photographic artwork as well.

Monumento del Campesino

Monumento del Campesino, Lanzarote

A 15 mt. sculpture is made from old water tanks, a house museum, tapas bar and an underground restaurant which makes this a puzzling but delightful place.

Lanzarote has all this and much more to offer you, so why not experience it all day and book your Lanzarote holiday today!

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