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With its sun-baked volcanic hills and beaches, it’s no surprise that Lanzarote is a vacation favorite. The northernmost Canary Island, its moon-like landscapes—celebrated in its UNESCO Biosphere Reserve listing—offer an intriguing backdrop for holidaymakers enjoying beach resorts such as Puerto del Carmen, Costa Teguise, and Playa Blanca. Leave these hotspots for camel rides in crater-strewn Timanfaya National Park, forays into whitewashed villages, wine tastings in La Geria’s vineyards, and tours of late artist César Manrique’s futuristic lava-bubble home. For outdoor adventurers, surfing, snorkeling, sailing, and cycling top the things-to-do-in-Lanzarote list.
Lanzarote enjoys warm, sub-tropical weather all year, but peak sun-worshiping season is in July and August, when average temperatures hover around 80°F (26.6°C) (the heat is softened by gentle Atlantic breezes). Winter’s balmy days and the big February to March Carnival season—when the island’s towns erupt with street processions—are also popular with visitors looking to escape cold and snow. If you’re looking for peace and quiet, however, you’ll find Lanzarote most appealing in October and November.
Most visitors opt to rent cars, and driving is the most convenient way to travel around Lansarote. Rates are affordable, the roads are well maintained, parking is relatively easy, and traffic is light outside the resorts. If you’d rather not drive, you can use the island’s cheap and efficient bus network to get from town to town. Cabs—and, increasingly, rideshare apps—are good for in-town trips. To immerse yourself in Lanzarote’s scenery, rent a bike; cycling is a joy on the wide, open roads.
If you’re headed to Timanfaya National Park (Lanzarote’s scenic highlight), consider a detour to enjoy the lesser-known Los Cuervos caldera. This volcanic crater is just as striking as its neighbor but is passed over by most visitors and tour itineraries. Walk through rock-strewn hills to the crater’s perimeter, and you’ll be rewarded by otherworldly views—without any crowds. The loop is a relatively easy walk, and there’s no charge to enter, so the caldera is great for groups and family outings. You can find the parking lot off the LZ-56.
Lanzarote is known for its volcanic landscapes, year-round sunshine, black ash vineyards, golden beaches, and distinctive architecture designed by the late artist, architect, and environmentalist César Manrique. The island is often referred to as having a “moon-like appearance” and nature lovers flock to see Timanfaya National Park’s protected volcanic wasteland....More
Yes, there’s lots to do. Explore the Fire Mountains of Timanfaya National Park, go wine tasting in La Geria, see the architectural masterpieces of César Manrique, or soak up rays on Papagayo Beach. Water sports fanatics can go sailing, surfing, snorkeling, or scuba diving to discover an underwater sculpture museum....More
The most popular part of Lanzarote is Puerto del Carmen—the island’s biggest resort town—which offers hotels, apartments, restaurants, shopping spots, and diverse nightlife options, too. The most popular attraction on the island is the volcanic landscape of Timanfaya National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve....More
Yes, Lanzarote has great nightlife options—especially in its resorts, such as Puerto del Carmen. Here, you can find a high concentration of venues around Avenida de las Playas—including swanky cocktail bars, pubs, wine bars, and clubs. If you’re after favorite local haunts, then head to the capital city of Arrecife....More
Ideally, a minimum of four days is needed to see the island’s main attractions, including Timanfaya National Park, Jameos del Agua, La Geria, and the César Manrique Foundation. You can then finish off your Lanzarote adventures with some rest and relaxation time at Papagayo or Famara beaches....More
No, Lanzarote is not nicer than Tenerife—both have their own merits, depending on what you’re looking for. Lanzarote is smaller and less crowded, and it offers the moon-like landscape of Timanfaya National Park. Tenerife is busier, but it has more nightlife options, as well as the crater-filled Teide National Park....More
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