Lanzarote is one seriously spectacular island. Off the coast of West Africa, but part of Spain’s Canary Islands, this volcanic paradise is full of places to explore.
Bask on the Beaches
There are so many beautiful beaches on Lanzarote. It’s year-round heat and access to sand-space is surely one of it’s biggest draws for holiday makers. Of course most resorts have access to their own beaches, but getting away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist strip is always nice.
Caletón Blanco – a set of beaches and coves whose white sand glistens in the sun. It’s a nice secluded area on the northeast coast of the island.
Papagayo – A perfect crescent moon shaped beach. Tucked away on the southern tip of the island, locals say this is the most beautiful beach on the entire island.
Playa Quemada – the perfect suntanning beach. This beach is sheltered from the wind by cliffs. There’s also a restaurant right on the beach, so you can get your seafood fix without having to walk too far.
Shop at Teguise Market
This Sunday market in the main square of Lanzarote’s old town is the biggest and best on the island. Wander the cobbled streets and barter for shoes, shirts, pottery and paintings. Then finish off the afternoon at one of the lovely al fresco bars that surround the square. You can easily book a bus to get there through most hotels. They give you three hours in the area before making a return trip to the hotel zone.
Take in the Landscape at Timanfaya National Park
What’s the point of visiting a volcanic island and not going to see the volcanos? Access is limited to certain areas of the park and most recommend going with a tour. However you get there, you’ll want to take your time to appreciate the true beauty of the landscape. There are several different points of interest, including a cool set of experiments being conducted near the top of the volcano.
Cueva de los Verdes
If you want to learn more about the volcanos on the island, heading to this extensive lava tube is a must. The cave was created over 3,000 years ago when one of the volcanos erupted. It’s over 6km long and starts several miles above sea level before tunneling off beneath the surface. If you can time it right, they often have concert performances at a certain point in the cave. What an experience that would be!
Getting to Lanzarote is incredibly easy from the UK, flights to Lanzarote depart from several locations around the UK and even more in Europe. Once you’re there it’s best to arrange pickup with your resort.