Lanzarote

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The 7 Best Things to Do in Lanzarote

Diverse with flora and fauna on an unparalleled, volcanic landscape, Lanzarote offers a
plethora of sightseeing to visitors who are looking for the perfect getaway. Hike Fire Mountains, relax on sun-drenched beaches and simply enjoy tranquil island life.

  • Playa Blanca

    1. Playa Blanca

    Located on the southern coast, the former fishing village of Playa Blanca bustles with life
    around its port. It's also near the pristine sands and waters of Papagayo Beaches.

  • Cueva de los Verdes

    2. Cueva de los Verdes

    A volcanic eruption formed a lava tube five miles long here 5,000 years ago. A 45-minute
    tour leads visitors down two chasms, the Cueva de los Verdes, nearly one mile in length.

  • Timanfaya National Park

    3. Timanfaya National Park

    Upon reaching the Islote de Hilario lookout point amid the ""Fire Mountains,"" a magma
    chamber 2.5 miles below the surface heats up pebbles a few inches underfoot to 212°F.

  • Chinijo Archipelago

    4. Chinijo Archipelago

    The five-island chain off the coast comprises a natural park, with the island of La Graciosa
    boasting Europe's largest marine reserve. It's also the only one that's inhabited.

  • Montaña Clara

    5. Montaña Clara

    The 849-foot peak is all that's left of this once volcanic island of the archipelago.
    Uninhabited and a sanctuary for marine birds, the private island sold for 9€ million in 2007.

  • Guinate Tropical Park and Penguin Paradise

    6. Guinate Tropical Park and Penguin Paradise

    150 different species live in the park, which also helps to save endangered animals. The
    parrot show takes place at 12:00PM, followed by the penguin and otter feeding times.

  • Casa Museo y Monumento al Campesino

    7. Casa Museo y Monumento al Campesino

    A 50-foot sculpture of old water tanks is the work of local artist César Manrique. The site
    provides a glimpse into the island's past, with the farm house showcasing daily life.

Planning Your Visit

  • How many days to spend in Lanzarote?

    To relax and enjoy a nice vacation, consider a minimum of seven nights. If you have or want
    extra time to explore many points around the island, then allow yourself 10 - 14 days in total.

  • Getting around

    The best way to see the island is to have a rental car. As for public transportation, there are
    buses operating within the towns themselves and those that link the main cities (i.e. Arrecife
    to Playa Blanca is 55 minutes away).
    If you plan to take a day-trip from Playa Blanca to the town of Corralejo on Fuerteventura,
    expect to pay no more than 20€ round-trip. You can book directly with companies at the port,
    and the journey takes 35 minutes.

  • Where to stay in Lanzarote

    You'll find accommodations concentrated in the main coastal cities of Playa Blanca, Puerto del Carmen, Costa Teguise and in the capital city of Arrecife. However, there are also places scattered in small towns around the interior of the island.

Good to know

  • Language
    Spanish
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+00:00)
  • Country Code
    +34
  • Best time to visit
    Temperatures on the island are great year-round, so Lanzarote experiences peaks in the winter and summer, making spring and fall the best times to go if you want to warm weather and fewer crowds. In the fall, the winds die down and the water is warmer from being heated all summer.

What people are saying about Lanzarote

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 6,626 reviews

José was an excellent host, both entertaining and knowledgeable. He arrived at exactly the time he suggested and then provided us with water and light snacks prior to the walk. Having advised us to bring wet weather clothing (which we didn't), he then handed us ponchos (which we needed). He walked at the pace of the group, wandering back and forth between the tortoises and the hares. He also incorporated plenty of stops en route to explain the history of certain plants, activities and landmarks. Finally, we ended up at Bodega Rubicon winery, sampling a few od the excellent Lanzarote wines, which we never even knew existed prior to this excursion. The entire 5 hour walk was well worth the money and is highly recommended.

This trip is great value. Its quite a long day with a trip around the National Park then onto the wine region area. This has a little stop at the shop. You then go onto lunch which is a buffet, not included in the trip price but costs €10 and is very reasonable. The last part is the caves.... really great day. The caves are a teeny trek and there's a bit of 'ducking' but highly recommed to see a whistle-stop of Lanzarote. The guides are chirpy, informative and helpful. We really enjoyed the whole trip.

We booked the half day tour as we only wanted to see the southern part of the island on a tour but due to a lack of numbers owing to the pandemic we were combined with the full day tour. This meant that we had a lunch stop but after the visit to the winery we returned to our hotels with the full day tour completing the remainder of their tour. The communication before the tour was excellent and the tour itself was great, as we expected. Definitely worth the money.

Everything was great. First and foremost, the dives (note: we did tweak the original plan a bit as I am certified). They were both shore dives but we saw lots of colorful fish, octopuses, sea horses, large fish, and more. Then Connor the guide. Professional, helpful, kind. Finally, the organization was top notch, and all the equipment (which was high quality) was waiting for me when I arrived. Highly recommended.

It was an amazing tour. The driver was excellent. He provided lots information on various places, their history and even some stories. It was indeed a great tour.