The easternmost major island in the Canaries, Lanzarote has been a popular destination for British holidaymakers for years. The island is home to a number of well-developed resorts which are in the most part situated along the island's 16.5 km of beaches. Puerto del Carmen on the south coast and Costa Teguise on the east are some of the largest and offer many attractions both during the day and the evenings too. Playa Blanca, on the other hand, is quieter and more traditional, making it ideal for families and those looking to relax. Like the other Canary Islands, Lanzarote's climate varies little throughout the year with temperatures consistently between 20-30C.
Apart from the many tourist amenities, Lanzarote is home to a selection of unique flora and fauna as well as some of the most stunning natural scenery found on the Canary Islands. The island's volcanoes have created some stunning vistas and the entire island is designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Things to see and do in Lanzarote
Lanzarote is teeming with incredible beaches to relax on, however, there are plenty of attractions, local places of interest and more to explore. Whether you want to discover the psychedelic caves of Jameos del Agua, explore the unusual Jardin de Cactus or head to Tequise, the oldest settlement in the Canaries - there's plenty for everyone to marvel at.
Cesar Manrique is Lanzarote's most famous artist and is best known for transforming Jameos del Agua caves into a transfixing tourist spot with a truly funky aesthetic. The cave system is home to a restaurant, curvy pool, an auditorium and a bar with seats built into the rocks. With ferns cascading from the walls and openings in the ceiling, this location is perfect for a leisurely drink under the stars.
For those that love a beautiful garden, the unique concept of Jardin de Cactus won't disappoint. Packed with cacti of all shapes and sizes, the old quarry that now houses these intriguing plants is laid out like an amphitheatre and provides visitors with over 450 species to discover. If you?re feeling a little parched after exploring the park, then head to the care/bar for a fresh juice and a cactus burger made from prickly pear cactus and potato.
Founded in 1402, Tequise was Lanzarote's capital for 450 years, primarily due to its elevated position. An ideal location to wander around and enjoy various pottery shops, bars and a wonderful market on Sundays which offers local cheese and leather bags; Tequise is the epitome of charm.