Things to do in Lanzarote

Things to do in Lanzarote

Situated in the northern and easternmost point of the Canary archipelago, Lanzarote greets visitors with dramatic sand dunes and volcanic landscapes, a vibrant Spanish culture and a calming, laid- back pace of life. Spend your holiday relaxing on Blue Flag beaches, exploring the Timanfaya National Park and its stunning scenery, indulging in tapas and delicious seafood and visiting local markets. There’s always something to be discovered on this beautiful Canary island.

Sample local Lanzarote wine in La Geria

La Geria is a wine-lover’s paradise, with plenty of vineyards to explore, tasting tours on offer and tipples to be tasted. It is said that the Malmsey wine of the island was even approved of by Shakespeare himself! Many of the island’s vineyards were established after the volcanic eruptions of 1730, and therefore a lot of the fertile land is covered with black ash, and then covered with a picon gravel. With little rainfall on Lanzarote, vines here grow thanks to higher levels of morning dew and by receiving moisture from the nearby trade winds. Booking a vineyard tour of the island is one of the best things to do in Lanzarote, and you can arrange trips from many of the major towns and sample wines made from the local grape variety of Malvasia Volcanica.   

Top up your tan at one of Lanzarote’s quiet beaches

If you are a sun worshipper and fancy a beach day away from your Villa Amapola Pocillos, head to Playa de Papagayo on the south of the island, which is much quieter than other beaches in the popular holiday resorts. Other secluded beaches include Playa Mujeres and Playa Caleta del Congrio. These beaches are within the Los Ajaches reserve so there is little development and facilities. There is a small toll of €3 to access the reserve by car, but the drive is worth it. Expect crystal-clear waters for swimming and soft sandy shores. Beach restaurants can get a little crowded in warmer months, so we recommend packing a picnic if you plan on spending the day at one of these beaches. You can also take yacht and boating tours around the island from these shores. 

Visit the Jameos del Agua caves

These caves are one of the island’s biggest attractions, and are one of the best things to see and do. They were originally designed by Cesar Manrique – the island’s most famous artist. You enter through a system of lava tubes, before passing through an underground lake, inhabited by small albino crabs. You can then see a deep turquoise lagoon surrounded by volcanic stone walls. The caves are used for concerts because of their great acoustics, but you can easily while away the hours just wandering around and taking in their intriguing beauty. You’ll find a restaurant on site, as well as cafes and other giftshop facilities.   

Take a day trip to La Graciosa

Just north of Lanzarote is the island of La Graciosa, and it is one of Lanzarote’s top things to do if you plan on visiting for a holiday. Spend the day cycling, swimming and taking in the glorious nature on this quiet island. Ferries depart from Orzola and take just 30 minutes. Hike the dirt roads from some impressive views and incredible holiday photos, swim in the sea, or rent a bike and take a leisurely cycle through the volcanic terrain. La Graciosa is a great place to visit if you love getting outdoors to exercise. If you want a slower pace, you can spend some time relaxing on the beaches of Playa de las Conchas and Playa de la Francesca. In Caleta del Sebo you can tuck into fresh seafood and paella while enjoying the amazing harbour views. 

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