Walk through the enchanting white-washed town of Haria – ‘The Valley of a 1000 Palms’, visit the famous ‘Fire Mountains’ of volcanic Timanfaya National Park, spend a day at the Green Lake of El Golfo and visit Jameos del Agua where you can spot indigenous blind albino crabs, dine in a unique cave setting and see one of the most beautiful turquoise lagoon pools – supposedly only the King of Spain is allowed to swim here.
In the resort of Playa Blanca are some of the island’s best Blue Flag beaches and you’ll spy some of Cesar Manrique’s architectural marvels. From the large marina you can hop on a ferry for a short trip over to Fuerteventura or take a break from the beach and visit Timanfaya National Park – a must on Lanzarote. Covering a quarter of the island, this volcanic terrain, home to the ‘Fire Mountains’ gives you chance to experience geothermal dining and see lava flow up close and personal. Bear in mind it’s not possible to roam freely around the park, and a guided tour must be booked in advance. On the south-west coast of the island, the resort of Puerto Calero has a glamorous marina packed with luxury yachts and a glitzy atmosphere filled with boutique shops, gourmet dining, watersports activities, dive centres and unrivalled golf courses.
Where is Lanzarote?
The northernmost of the Canary Islands, Lanzarote lies in the Atlantic Ocean and is just 78 miles from the African mainland
Buses and taxis run throughout the island, although bear in mind the bus service doesn’t run to all the main attractions. Car hire is a convenient and affordable way to get around if you want to explore further afield than your chosen resort.
Food and drink
Fresh fish overlooking the ocean, an international menu of drinks and plenty of kid-friendly meals; eating out in Lanzarote is easy and breezy. Expect to find traditional Canarian classics including red sea bream and rabbit stew as well as roast Ibérico pork, paella and lots of vegetarian dishes too. Look out for sanchoco – a salted sea bream stew that is somewhat a tradition. Waterside dining is the star of the show, whether you’re overlooking the island of Fuerteventura or dining at El Golfo’s volcanic beach. At your hotel you’ll find Spanish, Asian and Italian restaurants as well as late-night bars and poolside eateries.