Lanzarote Holidays

Lanzarote holidays are popular because of the promise of glorious sunshine, beautiful beaches and fascinating volcanic landscapes. Lanzarote’s beaches, restaurants, bars, night life and shopping, not to mention the numerous volcano exploring excursions have seen it called the style and sophistication of the Canary Islands. The year-long sunshine of the island makes cheap Lanzarote holidays appealing to all manner of tourist; the island has been dubbed the surf capital of Europe, meaning that surfers can ride some great waves alongside the couples and families frequenting beaches on sun-kissed vacations. It may not receive the same level of attention as neighbouring Tenerife, but Lanzarote certainly offers just as much.

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Arrecife

The commercial and administrative centre of Lanzarote, Arrecife offers much to the tourist. Boasting three beaches, an old town and located just five minutes from the airport, Arrecife is a great location to visit on cheap Lanzarote holidays. For the sun seekers there’s three beaches, for the culture vultures there are castles and with it being Lanzarote, you’re also never too far away from exploring the island’s rich volcanic landscape.

El Reducto

One of the best beaches you’ll find on Lanzarote holidays, El Reducto is a beautiful, palm tree lined beach that almost feels enclosed. As well as its soft golden sands, El Reducto has a boardwalk promenade with a number of bars, cafes and restaurants, so there’ll be no need for you to take a heavy bag full of treats on your family holiday in Lanzarote. El Reducto runs at nearly half a kilometre, meaning that even on the most glorious of days there’ll be plenty of space for you and your party to make your own.

Rancho Texas Park

It’s a little known fact that Canarian emigrants – including 40 from Lanzarote – founded the city of San Antonio, Texas. This Lanzarote influence on the ascendancy of Texas is celebrated in Rancho Texas Park, a ‘Wild West’ themed park that offers fun and learning for all the family. There’s plenty of animal interaction in Lilyput Farm, while wild animals can be seen in their natural habitat. Adventure is very much a part of Texas’ early years and paid homage to in the park by the activities available such as canoeing, gold mining and horse riding. Located near Puerto del Carmen, Rancho Texas Park is a great day out filled with animals, adventure, lassos and learning.

Castillo de Santa Bárbara

The oldest fortification in the Canary Islands, Castillo de Santa Bárbara was built in the 15th Century as protection against constant pirate attacks on Lanzarote. Located on top of the Guanapay Volcano, Castillo de Santa Bárbara today stands much as it did after an expansion in the 16th Century. Despite the fort, many invaders – particularly pirates – succeeded in their efforts to loot and pillage the island, and today located within Castillo de Santa Bárbara is a small museum dedicated to piracy and the migration of native Canarians to Spain’s American colonies.

Timanfaya National Park

The park’s eponymous volcano is the only one that remains active amongst a whole range of dormant ones in the heart of Lanzarote’s UNESCO designated biosphere reserve. The six-year-long eruption between 1730 and 1736 created the lunar-like, volcanic landscapes associated with Lanzarote. As well as the vistas, you’ll see artificial geysers created simply by a guide pouring water into the ground, the temperature of which can reach 600°C just 14 metres below the surface. Canarian cuisine is cooked up in natural ovens at the park within Cesar Manique’s El Diablo.

Lanzarote, the easternmost of the Canary Islands, is a popular holiday destination for many Britons – and with its year-round hot weather, inviting beaches and natural attractions, it’s not difficult to see why.

Well established resorts catering to couples, families and groups of friends, affordable flights and accommodation, great beaches and watersports, plus the chance to explore the island’s interior, mean there is something for everyone in this Spanish hotspot.

Getting there/getting around Lanzarote

Several airlines, including British Airways, Jet2, MyTravel Airways and Thomsonfly, run flights to Lanzarote’s main airport, Arrecife, from a number of British airports, including some regional ones. The journey takes about four hours.

As the island is fairly small, getting around is pretty easy. The island has good buses, and abundant hire cars and taxis.

Lanzarote beaches

Most of the island’s coastline is made up of rocks, but whether you want to play some beach sports or just want to soak up a few rays of sunshine, you won’t be spoilt for choice for beaches in Lanzarote. The beach at the mountainous area of Famara, for example, is excellent for surfing, as is the stunning Punto del Papagayo (the Parrot Spot).

Puerto del Carmen, Costa Teguise and Playa Blanca are all popular resorts with British tourists. There is a peaceful nudist beach called Charco de Palo near the village of Mala on the north east coast.

Lanzarote sightseeing

The capital Arrecife is sprinkled with interesting sights. There’s San Gabriel castle housing a small museum, a pretty church and the Charco area denoted by palm trees, cottages and souvenir shops.

There are also a number of pretty villages scattered throughout the island which are best explored by hiring a car. Femes, Tinajo and Tahiche are some of the more remarkable ones.

Timanfaya National Park, in the south-west of the island, is a must-see sight. Many operators offer excursions to see its dramatic landscape sculpted by volcanic eruptions over two centuries ago.

Other points of interest include: La Geria wine region, the island’s salt pans, and a cave called Los Hervideros renowned for its blow holes.

Family attractions in Lanzarote

Costa Teguise is home to a water park that will keep the kids happy, while the Guinate Tropical Park, which is easily accessible from most places on the island, also comes recommended – especially the parrot show that takes place there.

You can also board a yellow submarine at Puerto del Carmen and observe the local underwater wildlife in clear-blue waters. The Cactus Garden, which was designed by the island’s very own Cesar Manrique, also offers something a little different.

Day trips around Lanzarote

Take your pick from fishing, glass-bottom boat trips, catamaran excursions to deserted beaches, jet-skiing, swimming and snorkelling. Many tourists pop over to neighbouring Fuerteventura to see its rolling sand dunes and to go shopping at Correlejo.

Holidaymakers who like hiking should explore the Valley of 1,000 Palms.

Eating out in Lanzarote

You’ll find plenty of British fare and international cuisine in the resorts on the island. It’s worth trying to seek out a typical Canarian restaurant to sample tapas and fresh seafood. The most northerly village of Orzola is renowned for its exquisite seafront seafood restaurants.

And to top it all off, have a glass or two of Malvasia wine, whose distinctive taste can be attributed to the fact that it is made from grapes grown on the island’s volcanic terrains. Tinto de verano (a mixture of wine and lemonade) and sangria are also readily available on the island.

Nightlife in Lanzarote

The island’s main tourist resorts, Puerto del Carmen and Costa Teguise, come to life in the evening, with a mixture of bars and clubs to satisfy most palates. And there’s no rush for last orders on the island – many bars in Lanzarote tend to stay open till the last person has left.

However, if you want to sample some local entertainment, you’ll need to head away from the main tourist areas – head to Arrecife, for instance, which retains much of its Hispanic identity.

Shopping in Lanzarote

There are lots of duty-free goods to be found in Lanzarote’s main resorts. Popular souvenirs include leather, arts, crafts, clothes, jewellery and locally-made wines.

The markets in Teguise are a good place to find gifts and local produce, such as wine and cheese. It also boasts the Art and Antiques Emporium, great for souvenirs.

Lanzarote, the easternmost of the Canary Islands, is a popular holiday destination for many Britons – and with its year-round hot weather, inviting beaches and natural attractions, it’s not difficult to see why.

Well established resorts catering to couples, families and groups of friends, affordable flights and accommodation, great beaches and watersports, plus the chance to explore the island’s interior, mean there is something for everyone in this Spanish hotspot.

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  • Currency: Euro
  • Language: Spanish
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