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 lava. The extraordinary cone shaped volcanic hills of black, grey and rust-red lava 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.

Where to stay in Lanzarote

Puerto Del Carmen

Puerto del Carmen

Perched on the south eastern coast of Lanzarote, the large resort of Puerto del Carmen boasts an attractive harbour overlooking a golden sandy beach that stretches as far as the eye can see. Offering everything from the peace and tranquillity of secluded beach…

Playa Blanca, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Playa Blanca

If you’re seeking a relaxing escape, you can’t go wrong with a holiday to Playa Blanca, the most southerly resort in Lanzarote. Completely laidback and considerably less quiet than Costa Teguise and Puerto del Carmen, this charming once-fishing-village is cent…

Matagorda, Lanzarote, Canary Islands


Puerto del Carmen’s relaxed next door neighbour; Matagorda is considered a tasteful, more laidback extension to the bustling area yet still just as enjoyable. Perfect for families and just a five-minute drive away from Lanzarote Airport, Matagorda promises an…

Costa Teguise, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Costa Teguise

Gaining a stellar reputation over the years as a holiday hotspot, Costa Teguise is one of the most popular resorts in Lanzarote and is located on the east coast of the island close to the airport. Visitors can expect a large variation of attractions and accomm…

Shutterstock 112776001 Playa Reducto Beach Lanzarote Canary Islands

Playa del Cable

Small but mighty, Playa del Cable is an underrated Lanzarote resort but should by no means be overlooked. Embodying a more peaceful, residential feel, here is where the phrase ‘home away from home’ comes to life. Playa del Cable is located between Playa Honda…

Shutterstock 1085382032 Charco De San Gines In Arrecife, Lanzarote


The beating heart of Lanzarote, Arrecife is the island’s capital and has evolved from a small fishing port to an exciting commercial centre that attracts visitors from far and wide. While still sticking to its traditional Canarian roots, Arrecife has expanded…

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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