Lanzarote at a glance

Black sand, a sleeping volcano, breath-taking scenery, fantastic food, and marvellous facilities for tourists. No, it's not Santorini but Europe’s other amazing volcanic island - Lanzarote.

One big difference between these two holiday ideals is that this unique island in the Canaries is a great place to visit at any time of the year. Even during the winter months the sun can shine for six hours a day keeping the average temperature above 20°C. So whether you're looking for a classic beach break during the summer, or are seeking some winter sun, holidays to Lanzarote are sure to impress.

Six years of raging volcanic eruptions devastated a quarter of Lanzarote almost 300 years ago and created the world’s largest field of lava. The extraordinary cone shaped volcanic hills of black, grey and rust-red lava are a magnet for tourists, and the awe-inspiring vistas lead some to say it's like going to the moon.

The lunar landscapes are only one element of this remarkable holiday destination which boasts many fabulous golden and white sandy beaches, as well as few that are black and grey, with crystal-clear blue seas warm enough for a quick dip even in January.

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Where to stay in Lanzarote

Costa Teguise, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Costa Teguise

Gaining a stellar reputation over the years as a holiday hotspot, Costa Teguise is one of the most popular resorts in Lanzarote and is located on the east coast of the island close to the airport. Visitors can expect a large variation of attractions and accomm…

Matagorda, Lanzarote, Canary Islands


Puerto del Carmen’s relaxed next door neighbour; Matagorda is considered a tasteful, more laidback extension to the bustling area yet still just as enjoyable. Perfect for families and just a five-minute drive away from Lanzarote Airport, Matagorda promises an…

Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

Playa Blanca

If you’re seeking a relaxing escape, you can’t go wrong with a holiday to Playa Blanca, the most southerly resort in Lanzarote. Completely laidback and considerably less quiet than Costa Teguise and Puerto del Carmen, this charming once-fishing-village is cent…

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Playa del Cable

Small but mighty, Playa del Cable is an underrated Lanzarote resort but should by no means be overlooked. Embodying a more peaceful, residential feel, here is where the phrase ‘home away from home’ comes to life. Playa del Cable is located between Playa Honda…

Puerto Del Carmen

Puerto del Carmen

Perched on the south eastern coast of Lanzarote, the large resort of Puerto del Carmen boasts an attractive harbour overlooking a golden sandy beach that stretches as far as the eye can see. Offering everything from the peace and tranquillity of secluded beach…

When is the best time to visit Lanzarote?

The best answer is when it suits you! The climate is mostly hot or mild and there is little rain, making Lanzarote the perfect holiday destination year round.

Some people visit Lanzarote during Christmas and the New Year. Daytime temperatures are likely to be 20°C or more, although it gets chillier in the evenings.

There are parades and parties for the Three Kings festival on January 6 to celebrate the wise men bearing gifts.

Most towns stage pre-Easter fancy dress carnivals and balls in February and March.

In July and August there can be nine hours of sunshine and the temperature can hit 30°C.

Lanzarote Travel Advice

It only takes a few minutes to travel from Arrecife Airport to the resorts of Puerto del Carmen, Matagorda and Costa Teguise. Playa Blanca is about 40 minutes.

Most resorts have fabulous seafront promenades for walkers.

Frequent buses serve the main towns but not elsewhere. Roads and road signs are good, so car hire is an option. Fuel is cheaper than in the UK.

Don’t fancy driving? There are island tours and excursions to main attractions, especially the volcanic Fire Mountain. Hire a bike, from about 15 euros.

You can also take a boat trip to the neighbouring islands of Fuerteventura or La Graciosa.

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Further Information about Lanzarote

Lanzarote’s efforts to protect its natural environment from the damaging effects of tourism won it prestigious status as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1993.  It was the first time a whole Canary Island had been granted the status, given in recognition of the huge efforts being made by the islanders to conserve their precious ecosystem. It still holds its coveted status despite considerable growth in tourism in recent years.

The vision of environmentalist Cesar Manrique, a Lanzarote architect, designer and artist, was identified as the driving force behind the UNESCO honour. He persuaded the island to resist high-rise hotels and protect the traditional white, cube-shaped buildings with green paintwork that are to be seen in most of the villages. At the same time, he promoted the natural wonders of Lanzarote as the driving force of tourism.

He was behind numerous architectural and artistic projects which embraced tourism and are still being enjoyed today. Even the stunning metal wind sculptures on the roundabouts were his work.  Cesar was killed in a car accident a year before the Unesco honour. It happened in the lunar landscape of Tahiche close to his dream home which is now a museum and art gallery. It is also the headquarters of the foundation that continues his work.

Who are Lanzarote holidays for?

With glorious beaches, a lively nightlife scene, and plenty of outdoor activities, holidays to Lanzarote are wonderful for all, whether you’re a couple, want to escape with friends, or are looking to create memories on a family holiday.

With wonderful warm weather year round, sunseekers can take advantage of pristine beaches including Playa Flamingo in Playa Blanca with its golden sand, Playa Grande in Puerto del Carmen, that also has an inflatable water park, Playa del Reducto in Arrecife which is one of the best beaches in the heart of Lanzarote’s lively capital, and Playa de Las Conchas, a little island with pristine white sands and mesmerising vistas. Although there are also plenty more beautiful sandy beaches to choose from.

Lovers of the outdoors will be spoiled for choice on a Lanzarote holiday. Discover awe-inspiring Timanfaya National Park and the Fire Mountains, explore the breathtaking underground caves, embark on an aquatic adventure at the underwater museum, Museum Atlantico Lanzarote, stroll around Jardin de Cactus, the last great work of Cesar Manrique which houses 4,500 specimens of cacti, take a trip to Mirador del Rio lookout for astonishing views, and so much more.

Water sports fans will also have plenty to enjoy as they can get their adrenaline pumping by jet skiing, kite surfing, kayaking, and scuba diving, with one of the best areas to explore the underwater world being Playa Chica in Puerto del Carmen.

Those looking for a little tranquillity will enjoy the many secluded coves that can be found around the island, plenty with pristine sandy beaches. We highly recommend Playa de Papagayo on the southernmost tip which is located within Monumento Natural de los Ajaches, a protected nature reserve, and offers views all the way across to Fuerteventura. You can also take a boat trip to admire Lanzarote's beautiful scenery from the water.

If you’re embarking on a family holiday, kids will love the Lanzarote Aquarium in Costa Teguise and the Aqualava Water Park in Playa Blanca. Playa Grande in Puerto del Carmen also has an inflatable water park in the summer months which is fun for all the family.

There is also plenty of shopping to be done, from the sprawling Biosfera Plaza Shopping Centre in Puerto del Carmen, to the many local vendors, souvenir shops, and markets where you can discover unique keepsakes, and plenty of delicious dining to tickle the tastebuds. Be sure to take a stroll along a seafront promenade and enjoy some exquisite fresh seafood.

Twin Centre Canary Island Holidays

If you're looking to explore more of the captivating Canaries you can embark on an island hopping adventure to Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.

We have carefully curated a twin centre holiday where you will spend 3 nights in Lanzarote and 4 nights in Fuerteventura. You can also tailor make your own perfect island hop itinerary for a unique escape which caters to your exact requirements.

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