Lanzarote: Holidays

A volcanic moonscape

Beach

Beach in Lanzarote

For those who are seeking the ultimate beach holiday in Lanzarote, you won’t feel let down because this stunning and unspoilt island is home to over 90 rather attractive beaches. If you want tranquillity without the thronging crowds and noise then there are plenty of beaches situated not far away from the main resorts and you will find them in every corner of the island. There are a huge variety of beaches to visit on Lanzarote, which also boast fabulous surfing spots, pretty little sandy bays and an array of great value eateries and shops nearby. The warm, dry climate is perfect for sunbathing and swimming as the sea temperature rarely drops below 18°C.

Camping

Camping in Lanzarote

Papagayo has a campground capacity of around 2,000 people, with half of the campsite catering for tents and the rest for caravans, which are quite comfortable and near to the beach. Camping season is from June to September in all the camp sites in Lanzarote and it is popular with groups of people wanting to get away on a cheaper break. San Juan camping is located in Famara and has a campground capacity of 100 people and El Salao site is set in La Graciosa islet and can house up to 500 people. Wherever you decide to stay on the island, all the campsites on Lanzarote are not far from all the amenities of town.

City Breaks

City Breaks in Lanzarote

Although there isn’t really a city as such in Lanzarote in the capital Accerife is the island’s capital town, with more than half of the population living here. The town is very busy and the centre of the commercial aspects of the island, so if you want a fun weekend getaway then a break in Lanzarote has pretty much everything on your doorstep, particularly as far as restaurants, beaches and nightlife go. Arrecife itself is certainly a good choice, as is Puerto Del Carmen, where the main strip really comes to life once the sun goes down and holiday revellers come out for all kinds of colourful and flamboyant cocktails. The flight is over 3 hours, but not too arduous for a short break on Lanzarote, an island of stunning scenery and coastline, as well as unforgettable night spots, watersports and cheap duty free.

Backpacking

Backpacking in Lanzarote

Lanzarote isn’t generally a place where backpackers flock to but it can be included on any travel itinerary. There are some low budget and fairly plain hotels in Lanzarote, and although basic as far as amenities go they are excellent value and start at about 13 euros per night. You can find cheap accommodation in all the towns and resorts on the island and for those people who just want somewhere to sleep after a day sunbathing, followed by a night on the town, a cheap hotel in Lanzarote is a great plan.

Cruises

Cruises in Lanzarote

Whilst the island receives the majority of its visitors by plane, cruises to Lanzarote are becoming increasingly popular, especially during the winter months. Cruise ships dock at Porto Marmoles – which is located around two miles outside of the capital city of Arrecife. Cruises to Lanzarote often arrive at the island on a thursday and most liners are here as part of a broader cruise of the Canary Islands. Many liners offer organised guided tours, but it is also possible to disembark and do your own thing, at your own leisurely pace should you prefer your independence while on your cruise to Lanzarote.

Culture and Arts

Culture and Arts in Lanzarote

Puerto del Carmen is one of the most popular destinations in Lanzarote, divided into the New Town and Old Town sections and the surrounding landscape is made up of the most unusual and intriguing volcanic caves which you can explore during one of the many excursions available on the island.

A cultural holiday on Lanzarote could perhaps include a classical concert, which are held throughout the year and one of the performance locations is actually a cave, called Cueva de los Verdes. Lanzarote cultural tour excursions are available to all the top attractions, such as a half day trip to the Cesar Manrique Foundation in Tachiche near Costa Teguise. Once the home of Manrique, it also houses a collection of contemporary art, including many works by the artist himself.

Cycling Activity Holiday

Cycling Activity Holiday in Lanzarote

Cycling is a popular mode of transport for the more active holidaymaker on Lanzarote and although the terrain is far from flat and rather challenging, the cycle routes are very scenic and visually appealing. Do ensure that you are fairly fit though and that you have a bottle of water with you as the temperatures can soar pretty quickly all throughout the year, even in December. A cycling holiday in Lanzarote won’t be too pricey because you can hire bikes from about ten euros per day and should you need any assistance there are repair shops dotted around the resorts and they don’t charge a fortune should you get a puncture.

Scuba Diving Activity Holiday

Scuba Diving Activity Holiday in Lanzarote

For the more energetic sea worshipper, Lanzarote has a great deal of cheap water sports to try out and the favourite amongst holidaymakers seems to be scuba diving, where experts are on-hand to show you the ropes if you haven’t tried it before.

There are over 90 beaches on this wonderful island and if you aren’t the type to lie back on a sunlounger and read a book then a scuba diving holiday in Lanzarote could well be the best way to appreciate the warm turquoise waters that edge the coastline. There are independent tour operators who arrange a full week’s diving itinerary, where you can explore reefs and underwater caves and for less than £300, which includes basic accommodation, it is a fair price. Just spend a little time shopping around before you book a scuba diving holiday in Lanzarote as bargains can always be found in the Canaries.
 

Disabled Needs

Disabled Needs in Lanzarote

If you are travelling with a disability then it is best to book a private transfer or taxi in advance from the airport to your destination. Lanzarote airport is 5 kilometres from Arrecife, the island's capital, in the municipal district of San Bartolomé. Although the airport is well equipped for disabled people and provides ramps, accessible doors and toilets, as well as designated areas outside the departures and arrivals lounges where disabled passengers can be dropped-off or picked-up, throughout the rest of the island, disabled facilities hardly exist. When planning a visit to Lanzarote, disabled tourists should check the travel conditions and hotel or apartment facilities with their travel agent before making a booking.

Family Holiday

Family Holiday in Lanzarote

A family holiday in Lanzarote is an excellent idea, as it provides safe sunny beaches and family orientated resorts. If you enjoy eating out, then you and your loved ones will marvel at the many restaurants here, which are wide-ranging in choice. You could try Japanese cuisine, Canarian and Spanish, Mexican or American food, amonst others – but you will always find something to suit everyone’s taste on a family holiday to Lanzarote. Hotels on the island tend to be of the more traditional-looking variety rather than the high-rise hotels found in other countries and you can find cheap accommodation in most of the resorts.

Low-season deals are worth looking into as you can grab a great bargain, particularly in October and November. Various family fun tour excursions are available in Lanzarote, including day trips to the waterpark in Costa Teguise. The Aqua Theme park is a must-see for any family holiday in Lanzarote and bosts a children's leisure park, a game castle, an artificial lake wiith rides, children's slides, a Kamikaze ride, rapids, watertubes and an array of shops and a good restaurant in which to relax after a thrilling day.
 

Gay and Lesbian

Gay and Lesbian in Lanzarote

Although not a famous as Gran Canaria for its gay scene, Lanzarote is very welcoming to gays and lesbians and the majority of hotels are gay friendly. All restaurants are welcoming to gay and straight people and there are more bars opening that cater for the gay community which is slowly rising here.

If you are a beach lover there are plenty of amazing and beautiful beaches to relax on, but if lying on a beach soaking up the sun is not your thing then there are also lots of natural tourist attractions and places to visit to keep you busy. Puerto del Carmen beach is a long stretch of sand that faces the resort and is always busy with sun worshippers – both gay and straight.
 

Hen Destination

Hen Destination in Lanzarote

Lanzarote's largest resort, Puerto Del Carmen is a good choice for holidaymakers, particularly those looking for a little nightlife, so it’s an excellent place for hen dos. There are loads of things to do, including great sandy beaches with watersports galore.

Playa Grande or Blanca as it's sometimes known is the favourite beach in this resort and a fabulous spot in which your hen party in Lanzarote can relax after a night out in Puerto del Carmen. It is a fairly sheltered beach, with pedalos, paragliding and banana boat rides all available – as well as safe swimming. The promenade lines the three beaches of Puerto del Carmen - Playa Grande beach, Playa de los Pocillos beach and at the eastern end of the resort, Playa de Matagorda, which is less crowded and more geared for peace and quiet. There are also numerous diving excursions on offer in Puerto del Carmen.
 

Honeymoon

Honeymoon in Lanzarote

Lanzarote does cater for those who enjoy nightlife and beaches, but don’t forget that the scenery and natural beauty of the landscape offers romantic views and walks. As you fly into the island you will at once notice the unspoilt look of the place, with small white houses dotted amongst colourful flowers and no high rise buildings to spoil the tranquil, picture postcard allure.

A honeymoon in Lanzarote would be better spent in one of the more luxurious hotels in either Puerto Calero or in a quiet apartment complex in Los Pocillos, which are both near beaches and quaint restaurants. If you like to party while on your honeymoon in Lanzarote then make your way to Puerto del Carmen, where all the action is.
 

Hiking Activity Holiday

Hiking Activity Holiday in Lanzarote

For keen walkers, Lanzarote offers great opportunities for practicing your favourite pastime while admiring its beautiful coastline when strolling down various senderos (footpaths), established by the island’s government, to promote rural tourism on the island.

These footpaths, especially built for walkers to enjoy the rocky terrain in safety and comfort, include many newly created and ancient paths that the early inhabitants once used to use. There are also some guided walks or hikes on offer should you book a hiking holiday on Lanzarote, which can involve the climbing of volcanic peaks and walking across the strange but fascinating lava fields of the Timanfaya National Park.
 

Naturism

Naturism in Lanzarote

If nudism is your thing, then head for the airport beach, situated right at the side of the runway, or try the fabulous golden sands of Papagayo, which is in the south of the island, 5 km east of Playa Blanca where naked sunbathing is common but not compulsory. Access is by a dirt track, so car hire is must. This glorious sandy beach is wonderful for those wanting to enjoy a naturism holiday in Lanzarote.

Party Holiday - Singles Life

Party Holiday - Singles Life in Lanzarote

Nightlife in Lanzarote is not as crazy and full on as it is in Tenerife and other parts of the Canaries but it is far from boring and peaceful! Lanzarote has a lot of local bars in which to have fun, but if you fancy a quieter evening with a few friendly locals then it pays to seek out the smaller bars which can be found in the more peaceful resorts.

For loud music and lots of dancing then head off to Puerto Del Carmen which is Lanzarote’s main party hot spot. Nightlife in Lanzarote can also be enjoyed in the hotels and most hotels also offer entertainment, so if you’re in the mood for colourful flamenco, bingo and live cabaret bands, then put on your glad rags and just head to the hotel bar. Party nightlife in Lanzarote caters for all ages and groups of singles out for the time of their lives.

Shopping Holiday in Lanzarote

Shopping in Lanzarote is fantastic if you want to make the most of the duty free goods, including brand name perfumes, cigarettes and alcohol. It is always best to buy these items in the shops on the resorts, rather than at the airport or in the plane as it is a great deal cheaper. The island has some nice jewellery shops, selling locally designed rings and bracelets and there are a variety of shops selling holiday keepsakes, such as framed pictures of the island and ornaments.

 

Well-being and Spa

Well-being and Spa in Lanzarote

There are a number of hotels here that provide all the elements of a relaxing holistic holiday in Lanzarote. Yoga, meditation, detox, spa treatments and massage are on offer in some of the bigger hotels, in most of the major resorts. If you want to get away from the noise and bustle while you are enjoying your treatments, take a look at the more relaxed atmosphere of Puerto Calero for a Lanzarote spa hotel, which is 20 minutes from the airport and is situated close to the stunning volcanic area of Timanfaya National Park. A spa retreat holiday in Lanzarote is for the escapist – and with simply stunning beaches all around you will go home completely refreshed and nicely tanned.

Stag Destination

Stag Destination in Lanzarote

Lanzarote is an obvious choice for stag nights, as are all Lanzarote’s sister islands, simply because they are known for their party atmospheres. There are a huge number of apartments to choose from, but if there are quite a few of you ensure that you book well ahead for your stag party in Lanzarote. Probably the best resort to stay in would be Puerto del Carmen, because of the nightlife and you won’t be far from the beach, where you can recover during the day. Watersports here are great and many of the bars or cafes screen sport and music channels.

Winter Sun

Winter Sun in Lanzarote

Many visitors to the island have said that the best time of the year to go to Lanzarote is in September and October. Although not quite winter time, the weather during this period is glorious and the scenery and landscape is quite breathtaking. It does quieten down considerably, but if you are the type to prefer a more tranquil break in Lanzarote then the later in the year that you book, the better. Most of the bars and eateries are still open, as are the crazy golf courses and other places of interest. You just won’t be jostled by the crowds of the manic summer season! So, why not enjoy some winter sun in Lanzarote?