It is not for nothing that the Canarian Islands, to which also the volcanic island Lanzarote belongs, are considered as winter quarters for many travellers. All year round there are wonderful temperatures, so that you can swim in the sea with water temperatures around 20 degrees even in November. The best time for beach holidays in Lanzarote are the months June to November. Those who want to discover the whole island or are looking for the one or other adventure should plan their holiday in Lanzarote between May and November.
How many days should you spend on Lanzarote
You should spend at least four days on the northernmost island of the Canaries. Why? Use two days of your holiday for the great beaches of Lanzarote and a relaxed beach holiday, e.g. at Playa Blanca. You will discover the highlights of the island on another two days. On an island tour with your own rental car or on public excursions, the Fire Mountains, a volcanic crater hike or the caves in the north of the island are considered popular destinations. Make sure to take time for at least one day trip. It's worth it
The most beautiful view of Lanzarote
The mountains and extinct volcanoes of Lanzarote offer a breathtaking view over the whole island. Especially for the sunset it is worthwhile to make an excursion into this diversified nature, for example to the probably most famous view point, Mirador del Rio. But if you want a little change of perspective, you can get a wonderful view of the sea and the landscape from the back of a camel. The humpbacked animals carry you leisurely through the sand, so you only have to do one thing: Relax and let your eyes wander.
The best restaurant on Lanzarote
Culinary Lanzarote has a lot to offer. Here you can enjoy traditional Canarian delicacies and be convinced by the warmth of the hosts. In any case, eating is an experience in Lanzarote. One of the best fish restaurants is located in the lively town of Puerto del Carmen in the southeast of the island. The Sal y Pimienta, in English: salt and pepper, offers its guests a large and excellent tasting selection of fish and traditional tapas and convinces with an enchanting view of the sea and the port.
Trip to Playa Blanca: the most beautiful shopping mile on the island
A huge shopping mall will not await you in Lanzarote, but a beautiful market with many small shops and cafes where you can browse to your heart's content. The market is located directly at one of the most beautiful marinas of Lanzarote, the "Marina Rubicon" in Playa Blanca. Alternating between traditional shops and stylish boutiques, you will enjoy a unique atmosphere and stroll along Playa Blanca's beach promenade, which invites you to take a refreshing swim after a successful day of shopping.
Trips by car
Lanzarote invites individual holidaymakers with their own car to numerous excursions. On the island there are many picturesque villages that are easily accessible by car. But also hikes and excursions to the volcanoes and the coasts of the island are possible with a rental car. Our recommendation: plan your excursions in advance! By the way, via Google Maps you have the possibility to download the map in advance and use it later without internet.
Popular excursion destinations: Diving and snorkeling on Lanzarote
Lanzarote is especially popular among sports and active holidaymakers. Temperatures rarely drop below 18°C, perfect for all kinds of sports activities. Those who want to explore the underwater world of the island have the possibility to book a trial diving course or boat trips to popular snorkeling spots. The Canary Island offers interesting places to dive even for experienced divers. Particularly popular, for example, are the excursions to the underwater museum on Lanzarote - here there are courses for both advanced and beginners.
Popular tours for cruise guests
Lanzarote is one of the popular destinations of Canary Islands cruises as it is the fourth biggest island of the Canary Islands. Most ships stop at the long Muelle de los Marmoles. From here it takes about 50 minutes on foot to the town of Arrecife. But bicycles can also be rented at the harbour. If you don't want to set off on your own, book excursions with pick-up at the harbour. Almost anything is possible here. Day trips to the south and north of the island, to the fire mountains and volcanoes and to the white sand beaches of the island.
The 10 most beautiful places on Lanzarote
1. Montañas del Fuego
The Montanas del Feugo, the so-called Fire Mountains, are located in the centre of the Timanfaya National Park in the southwest of the island and evoke both amazement and enthusiasm. Where once villages and fields shaped the landscape, now lava fields and ash valleys line up and offer the tourists a breathtaking natural spectacle. After the last devastating volcanic eruptions around 1736, the burning lava cooled and left a panorama through which you can now travel by bus or car. A picture that will remain in your memory for a long time.
2. Jameos del Agua
In the very north of Lanzarote, at the foot of the cold volcano Monte de la Corona, is a unique cave system located: Jameos del Agua. A trip to this attraction definitely belongs to the top 10 attractions in Lanzarote. Jameos are lava caves that were created during the last volcanic eruption about three thousand years ago and were formed with the help of the architect and artist César Manrique in the 20th century. Among other things, the caves have two bars, a pool and even a concert hall, which invites you to unforgettable events several times a year.
3. El Golfo
The volcanic crater El Golfo is one of the most wondrous natural spectacles in the world and an absolute excursion tip. Arranged like a semicircle of rock and ashes, El Golfo opens up towards the sea and changes smoothly into a beach of black sand. But the really special thing about this volcanic crater is the lagoon that has formed at the bottom of the semicircle and shines in a piercing green colour. What is hardly visible to the human eye, the bright green is caused by small algae that have accumulated in the stagnant water of the lagoon. Especially in the summer months, when the algae bloom, it is a superlative sight.
4. Cueva de los Verdes
Cueva de los Verdes means translated "Green Caves" and describes a system of breathtaking underground caves at the very north of Lanzarote. A trip to this cave will make you feel like you are on a journey to the centre of the earth. About 16 jameos (lava cave) form a 6 km long underground tunnel system in which an unforgettable play of colours is presented with the help of artificial light. At the end of the approximately one-hour cave hike you will reach a very special vantage point that will put your senses to an extraordinary test. Do you dare to go on an adventure?
5. Jardin de Cactus
The Jardin de Cactus is an oversized cactus garden close to the city of Teguise. The artist and architect Cesar Manrique designed this impressive work, in which art and nature enter into an incomparable metamorphosis. In a former quarry, on an area of about 5 000 m², more than 10 000 different species of cacti are blooming and thriving here today.
The former capital of the island Teguise is not only worthwhile for its beautiful churches. In the 16th century, Teguise was haunted and plundered by the pirate prince Morato Arraez. The so-called blood alley, the Callejon de Sangre, still reminds us today of the terrible events of that time.
7. Castillo de San José
The castle Castillo de San Jose, on the eastern coast of Lanzarote, was built between 1776 and 1779 by order of the Spanish King Carlos III and was used in his time for protection against pirate attacks. Thanks to the most famous son of the island, César Manrique, the castle has not fallen into disrepair today, but has been transformed into a wonderful art museum, where works by Picasso, Tàpies and Miro, among others, are on display.
The island capital Arrecife is located on the eastern coast and should definitely find a place on your list of the top 10 sights. Specially impressive is the huge fishing harbour Puerto de Naos, where there is a daily bustle. Further you should absolutely visit the lagoon Chargo San Ginés. It is considered by tourists and locals alike to be the most beautiful spot in Arrecife and is home to many small fisherman's shops and great restaurants.
9. Playa Blanca
The city of Playa Blanca, in the south of the island, has developed into a tourist stronghold in recent years and also houses the beautiful Las Playas de Papagayo, a collection of small bays with fine-grained white sand. As these are located a little further away from the city centre, you should either rent a car or use one of the buses that run several times a day to get there. The city also has a lot to offer for party people. In the parallel streets of the promenade there are several small bars, pubs and restaurants.
10. The underwater world of the Atlantic Ocean
Snorkelling and diving, but also jet ski tours, stand-up paddling and surfing are simply part of it in Lanzarote. Those who want to be active on the beaches of the island have almost everywhere the possibility to do so. You're a beginner? No problem at all! Book a trial diving course or go on a snorkeling tour with an experienced guide!