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Lanzarote at a glance

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

One big difference between these two holiday ideals is that this unique Canary Island is a great place to visit at almost any time of the year. Even in the “winter” months the sun can shine for six hours a day keeping the average temperature above 20 degrees C.

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

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

Each one of our four favourite resorts - Playa Blanca, Costa Teguise, Puerto del Carmen and Matagorda – has a wide-range of accommodation suitable for couples or families, excellent restaurants and bars and good shopping. A five kilometre stretch of golden sand links Puerto del Carmen and Matagorda.

Lanzarote, only 70 kilometres long, is packed with things to do and its excellent road network makes it a lovely place to explore. Gorgeous palm-fringed villages with traditional white cube buildings are a highlight of the island.

The sporty can hike, bike or horse ride. Visitors can even go for a camel ride. There is a vast amount of water sport, a cactus garden (beware the spikes!), vineyards and wine-tasting, stunning natural caverns beneath the larva, fire walking on the volcano, if you dare, some huge markets – and so much more.

The unforgettable beauty of this unusual island is the main attraction.

Where to stay in Lanzarote

Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Puerto del Carmen

Puerto del Carmen offers everything from the peace and tranquillity of a secluded beach area to the vibrancy of the busy resort centre.

Playa Blanca, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Playa Blanca

A laid back, chic resort with lots of original charm. Lively when you want it to be, with relaxation at the centre of holiday to Playa Blanca.

Matagorda, Lanzarote, Canary Islands


Matagorda resort has a very laid back atmosphere and a large safe beach with a lovely promenade for pleasant strolls to Puerto del Carmen.

Costa Teguise, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Costa Teguise

Costa Teguise holidays are renowned for watersports and attract windsurfing enthusiasts from around the world.


Arrecife is the capital of Lanzarote since the second half of the 19th century becoming the administrative and commercial centre of the island. It has always had a maritime atmosphere, a historical role as a strategic defense place and a city aimed at deve…

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.

Some people spend Christmas and the New Year in Lanzarote. Daytime temperatures are likely to be 20 degrees 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 degrees 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.

Take a boat to the neighbouring islands of Fuerteventura or La Graciosa.

Make the most of your trip Things to see & do

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.

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