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Live it up in Lanzarote

If dramatic landscapes are your thing, holidays to Lanzarote certainly deliver. The fourth largest of the Canary Islands, after Tenerife, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria, it’s an arid – and yet surprisingly fertile – wonderland whose extraordinary geology gives it a distinct air of intrigue. Forged out of centuries of volcanic activity, these days the entire island is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Its craggy shoreline strings together sheltered coves and sandy beaches, and the surrounding Atlantic Ocean is a playground for watersports enthusiasts. In fact, Lanzarote can lay claim to some of Europe’s best surfing and windsurfing beaches, while avid snorkellers and divers will find tonnes of underwater treasures. Besides colourful reefs teeming with an exciting array of marine life, the island’s also home to the Museo Atlántico – Europe’s first, and currently only, underwater museum. But even those who prefer to keep their head above water will delight in the beauty of Lanzarote’s coast. Year-round toasty temperatures means there’s ample opportunity for tanning, while foodies can gorge on fresh-off-the-boat seafood at any number of beachfront restaurants.

Away from the shore, things look a little bit different. Inland, Lanzarote’s lunar landscape is covered in lava fields and craters, with much of the southwest part of the island taken up by the volcanic badlands of Timanfaya National Park. However, there are also some verdant, palm-filled valleys and, somewhat surprisingly, nearly 2,000 hectares of active vineyards. While Mother Nature has certainly done an impressive job here, she’s not the only one to have left their mark on Lanzarote. The celebrated artist-architect César Manrique also helped shape the island, and is responsible for many of its manmade attractions, including viewpoints, sculptures and even an underground auditorium housed inside a cave.

The island’s swish hotels and sprawling resorts make it a great choice for friends and couples alike – or, if you’re thinking of going on holiday to Lanzarote with little ones, you’ll find families are equally well catered for. Besides plenty of outdoor activities and a decent number of kid-friendly beaches – many of which wave Blue Flags – there are also a handful of theme parks and waterparks, like Aquapark Costa Teguise and Rancho Texas Park.

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Beaches

Timanfaya

Best time to visit

Things to do in Lanzarote

Understandably, holidays to Lanzarote tend to centre around the beach, but there’s far more to do here than simply soak up the sun. There are loads of trails crisscrossing the island, so you easily can hike or bike the day away. Or, if you’re something of an art lover, it’s worth checking out the César Manrique Foundation. The one-time home of Lanzarote’s impressive visionary is now a gallery featuring art by Manrique himself as well as works he acquired during his lifetime.

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A visit to the tiny seaside village of El Golfo should feature somewhere on your Lanzarote holiday itinerary. Located right next to a semi-submerged volcano, it’s famous for its spectacular green lagoon. Alternatively, you can always spend an afternoon touring the vineyards in La Geria – the epicentre of Lanzarote's wine industry.

As the only underwater museum in Europe, the unique Museo Atlántico is a must-see for all divers. However, even non-water babies can enjoy underground treasures over at Cueva de los Verdes and Jameos del Agua – remarkable lava tunnels, both of which come complete with a concert hall.

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Lanzarote beaches

With 132 miles of coastline under its belt, Lanzarote offers up heaps of beaches – a few with black sand, loads with golden sand and some with craggy volcanic rocks. Playa de Papagayo, on the southern tip, is one of the most popular spots on the island. Despite its name, it’s not actually one beach but rather half a dozen – so if the first stretch of sand doesn’t take your fancy, just keep moving on until you find one that does. The clear waters here make for great snorkelling, though of course you can also just relax with a good book.

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As you’d expect, Lanzarote’s main resorts – Playa Blanca, Costa Teguise, Puerto del Carmen and Playa de los Poccillos – all have excellent Blue Flag beaches, while many hotels come complete with private beaches, so you’re all but guaranteed a sun lounger. If you feel like trying your hand at surfing during your Lanzarote holiday, Jameos del Agua, La Santa, Famara and El Centro are all good options, while Las Cucharas and Matagorda are the best beaches for windsurfing.

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Timanfaya National Park

This stark and otherworldly national park is the volcanic heart of Lanzarote, and its most popular attraction. Spread over 5,000 hectares in the southwest of the island, it’s an eerie yet beautiful place dominated by the magnificent Montañas del Fuego – AKA Mountains of Fire.

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A sea of black, grey and copper, this visually arresting spectacle was created way back in the 1730s thanks to six years of near-continuous volcanic eruptions. Masses of lava spewed out from more than 100 volcanoes, leaving previously fertile land almost entirely devoid of life. Although this transformation happened nearly 300 years ago, Lanzarote’s dry climate means the park’s landscape has remained frozen in time ever since.

You should definitely make time to visit Timanfaya National Park at some point during your Lanzarote holiday. Private buses offer tours or, if you’re a keen walker, you can always explore on foot. However, it’s not possible to go it alone, unfortunately – you’ll need to book onto a guided hike.

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Best time to visit Lanzarote

With an enviable location just off the northwest coast of Africa, Lanzarote enjoys a sub-tropical climate. This means it stays balmy all year round and usually gets an impressive 300 days of sunshine. July, August and September tend to be the hottest – and also busiest – months, with average highs around 27-28°C and lows of 19-21°C. However, even at this time of year, a cooling Atlantic breeze helps keep the edge off and stops the heat from becoming too stifling.

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Things do cool down over the winter months, but not significantly. In the period from November to March, daily highs typically range between 20-24°C, while lows rarely dip below 13°C. There’s always a chance of rain at this time of year, but even December – usually the wettest month of the year – doesn’t see more than three or four days of it. So if you fancy getting away somewhere warm once things turn chilly back home, a winter holiday to Lanzarote is always a good shout.

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Things to do

Things to do in Lanzarote

Understandably, holidays to Lanzarote tend to centre around the beach, but there’s far more to do here than simply soak up the sun. There are loads of trails crisscrossing the island, so you easily can hike or bike the day away. Or, if you’re something of an art lover, it’s worth checking out the César Manrique Foundation. The one-time home of Lanzarote’s impressive visionary is now a gallery featuring art by Manrique himself as well as works he acquired during his lifetime.

Show More
Show Less

A visit to the tiny seaside village of El Golfo should feature somewhere on your Lanzarote holiday itinerary. Located right next to a semi-submerged volcano, it’s famous for its spectacular green lagoon. Alternatively, you can always spend an afternoon touring the vineyards in La Geria – the epicentre of Lanzarote's wine industry.

As the only underwater museum in Europe, the unique Museo Atlántico is a must-see for all divers. However, even non-water babies can enjoy underground treasures over at Cueva de los Verdes and Jameos del Agua – remarkable lava tunnels, both of which come complete with a concert hall.

Show More
Show Less

Beaches

Lanzarote beaches

With 132 miles of coastline under its belt, Lanzarote offers up heaps of beaches – a few with black sand, loads with golden sand and some with craggy volcanic rocks. Playa de Papagayo, on the southern tip, is one of the most popular spots on the island. Despite its name, it’s not actually one beach but rather half a dozen – so if the first stretch of sand doesn’t take your fancy, just keep moving on until you find one that does. The clear waters here make for great snorkelling, though of course you can also just relax with a good book.

Show More
Show Less

As you’d expect, Lanzarote’s main resorts – Playa Blanca, Costa Teguise, Puerto del Carmen and Playa de los Poccillos – all have excellent Blue Flag beaches, while many hotels come complete with private beaches, so you’re all but guaranteed a sun lounger. If you feel like trying your hand at surfing during your Lanzarote holiday, Jameos del Agua, La Santa, Famara and El Centro are all good options, while Las Cucharas and Matagorda are the best beaches for windsurfing.

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Show Less

Timanfaya

Timanfaya National Park

This stark and otherworldly national park is the volcanic heart of Lanzarote, and its most popular attraction. Spread over 5,000 hectares in the southwest of the island, it’s an eerie yet beautiful place dominated by the magnificent Montañas del Fuego – AKA Mountains of Fire.

Show More
Show Less

A sea of black, grey and copper, this visually arresting spectacle was created way back in the 1730s thanks to six years of near-continuous volcanic eruptions. Masses of lava spewed out from more than 100 volcanoes, leaving previously fertile land almost entirely devoid of life. Although this transformation happened nearly 300 years ago, Lanzarote’s dry climate means the park’s landscape has remained frozen in time ever since.

You should definitely make time to visit Timanfaya National Park at some point during your Lanzarote holiday. Private buses offer tours or, if you’re a keen walker, you can always explore on foot. However, it’s not possible to go it alone, unfortunately – you’ll need to book onto a guided hike.

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Show Less

Best time to visit

Best time to visit Lanzarote

With an enviable location just off the northwest coast of Africa, Lanzarote enjoys a sub-tropical climate. This means it stays balmy all year round and usually gets an impressive 300 days of sunshine. July, August and September tend to be the hottest – and also busiest – months, with average highs around 27-28°C and lows of 19-21°C. However, even at this time of year, a cooling Atlantic breeze helps keep the edge off and stops the heat from becoming too stifling.

Show More
Show Less

Things do cool down over the winter months, but not significantly. In the period from November to March, daily highs typically range between 20-24°C, while lows rarely dip below 13°C. There’s always a chance of rain at this time of year, but even December – usually the wettest month of the year – doesn’t see more than three or four days of it. So if you fancy getting away somewhere warm once things turn chilly back home, a winter holiday to Lanzarote is always a good shout.

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