As a UNESCO biosphere reserve, Lanzarote boasts an intriguing geology of over 300 volcanic cones. Lanzarote combines the best of the Canary Islands with beautiful beaches, interesting cultural sights and plenty of fantastic bars, restaurants and hotels.
Lanzarote enjoys a mild and dry climate with temperatures rarely dropping below 21°C, making it the ideal year-round holiday destination. The island is also home to around 100 stretches of beautiful white sands and emerald waters, which make it perfect for beach lovers and water sport enthusiasts alike. Aside from the famous resorts of Puerto del Carmen, Playa Blanca and Costa Tequise, Lanzarote has many spectacular natural beaches which are well worth visiting and offer a more tranquil experience. Journey to Papagayo to discover the best beach on the island. High cliffs, sheltered bays and stretches of white sand have made this secluded spot is a protected National Park, and a far cry from the tourist hotspots to the north of the island.
Despite its small size, Lanzarote is a hive of cultural attractions, the most popular of which are the Centres of Art and Culture created by César Manrique. These fascinating centres including the MIAC, The Cesar Manrique Foundation and Monumento & Museo del Campesino, highlight the natural wonders of the island, fusing the Lanzarote’s amazing volcanic landscape with the artist's own aesthetic.
Taking influence from the Spanish mainland, Lanzarote is home to an abundance of unique festivals and fiestas which are worth visiting during your stay. A highlight of the festival calendar is Carnival, a serious business in the Canary Islands and second only to those in Rio de Janeiro. Traditionally held during the last week in February, Carnival is a veritable feast for the eyes with a colourful main processions, brilliantly decorated floats, wild costumes and riotous music and dancing.
Things to do
Cueva de los Verdes: Take a guided tour around this impressive lava tube left behind after a volcanic eruption 5,000 years ago. The caves are an intricate web of chambers, stalactites and bubble shaped lava extrusions. Jazz and blues concerts are also held here frequently between September and April, for a truly unique experience.
Museo de la Piratería: Located in the imposing Castillo de Santa Barbara, the Museo de la Piratería is a fascinating hidden gem. The oldest castle in the Canary Islands, it is perched at the top of Guanapay peak and offers fantastic sweeping views across the plains.
Lagomar: This quirky gallery, museum and restaurant is carved into the rock face in Nazaret and is a myriad of cupolas, miradors, winding staircases and fanciful chimneys. Billed as the house of Omar Sharif, the building now houses a museums which recounts the history of the houses as well as the myths and legends which surround it.