10 Essential Itinerary Items For Your Holiday To Lanzarote

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Few places enthral quite like Lanzarote. The third most populous Canary Islands, Lanzarote is famed for its extensive, sweeping beaches and consistent hot, summery weather. Most of all though, it’s well known as a geological marvel, with 300 volcanic cones (it’s nicknamed the Land of Volcanoes), breath-taking landscapes and sweeping valleys.

Of course, there’s much to do away from the natural world too, with bars, restaurants and good vibes aplenty. If you’re wondering how best to fill your days on the island, then read on; our 10 essential itinerary items for your holiday to Lanzarote.

Jameos Del Agua, Lanzarote’s Most Famous Son

César Manrique, an architect, activist and Lanzarote’s most famous son, has well and truly left his mark on the island – in the best possible way. Any trip here should involve (deliberately or inadvertently) taking in some of his work, as it forms the backbone of most of the main tourist attractions around.

The Jameos Del Agua, a remnant cave network of a dormant volcanic tube which has now been complemented with lush, green gardens quaint pools and a fully flourished museum, is perhaps the most well known. It’s this juxtaposition of stillness and calm with a more fully flourished, vibrant setting that defines the cherished architect’s worked. This one really needs to be seen to be believed.


Make A Night Of It In Puerto Del Carmen

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Puerto Del Carmen serves as the main tourist hub on the island and the focus of any serious partying on Lanzarote holidays, so if you’re keen to get stuck into some local delicacies and maybe even a cheeky drink or two ‘on the strip’, then this is the place to do it.

Let’s talk about the food. ‘Wrinkled’ potatoes are ubiquitous in restaurants here; delicious too, and don’t let the name put you off. They’re simply boiled in very salty water until their skin wrinkles and served with a glorious, spicy ‘mojo’ dipping sauce. As with any island with a self-respecting food culture, seafood is big news; anything cooked a la plancha (a metal plated grill) is guaranteed to be good, but we’ll usually order octopus (pulpo) if it’s on the menu.

Once your hunger is sated, hit the bars. Jester’s is the island’s rowdiest and latest-closing, but for a more refined affair, check out Santai Marina Lounge.


View Volcanoes At Timanfaya National Park

Seeing as they’re the most famous inhabitant of the island, it’s only fair to show Lanzarote’s volcanoes some love while you’re here. At Timanfaya National Park, you can embark on camel rides that chart a course right the way across the volcanoes. Fear not, the volcanoes have lain dormant since 1824 – the camels are pretty docile, too – and are in no danger of erupting anytime in the near future.


Mirador Del Rio, A 500 Metre High Cafe

The Canary Island’s northern tip is home to a hugely impressive cafe which was carved into the summit of a 474-metre high cliff to impress guests. This should certainly be part of your schedule. Another of Manrique’s influences that remain today, titled the Mirador Del Rio, it’s a spectacle and a half, with fantastic, panoramic views to admire while you refresh and replenish.


Playa Blanca, Home To The Island’s Best Beaches

Playa Blanca is Lanzarote’s southernmost town, and home to the best beaches on the island. Time to soak up some rays and have a dip we think; just don’t spend too much time in the water or you’ll come out looking like those papas arrugadas we mentioned earlier. The beach of the same name as the town (literally translating as White Beach) is a good place to start, but also check out Playa Flamingo and Dorada to keep things interesting.

Both of Lanzarote’s two Michelin-rated restaurants are found here, too; the traditional La Cocina de Colacho and the creative, experimental Kamezí Deli & Bistró. Hey, why not check out both? You are on holiday after all.


Explore The Cueva De Los Verdes 

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Another of Lanzarote’s natural wonders, the Cueva de los Verdes is a part of the same lava tube that includes Jameos Del Agua. This underground cave system offers a unique experience with its eerie lighting and acoustics. It’s a less frequented spot, which makes it a hidden gem for those looking to escape the more crowded tourist areas. The guided tours reveal the history and geology of this fascinating formation, and there’s even a secret that awaits visitors at the heart of the cave – but no spoilers here!


Discover The Charco De Los Clicos 

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Located near the small fishing village of El Golfo is the Charco de los Clicos, also known as the Green Lagoon. This striking green lake is set in a black volcanic beach and is separated from the sea by a narrow strip of sand. The lagoon’s colour comes from the algae that inhabit its waters, and it makes for a stunning contrast against the backdrop of the red cliffs and the azure ocean. It’s a perfect spot for photographers and those looking for a serene place to reflect.


Visit The Lanzarote Wine Region 

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Lanzarote’s unique volcanic soil has given rise to a thriving wine region, with the La Geria valley being the epicentre. The landscape here is dotted with semi-circular walls protecting the vines from the wind, creating a moon-like terrain. Sampling the local Malvasia wines is a must-do, and many bodegas offer tastings and tours. Bodega La Geria is one of the most popular, but for a more intimate experience, seek out some of the smaller, family-run vineyards.


Teguise Market’s Trinket Shopping

The town of Teguise hosts Lanzarote’s largest market every Sunday, where you can find everything from local crafts and food to live music and street performers. It’s a bustling atmosphere that captures the essence of Lanzarote’s culture. While it’s not exactly a hidden gem, arriving early can give you a more authentic experience before the crowds arrive. Don’t miss the chance to pick up some unique souvenirs, such as traditional Canarian pottery or aloe vera products.


Relax At The Natural Pools Of Punta Mujeres 

For a tranquil day to finish off with (or, to finish you off…), head to the natural pools of Punta Mujeres on the northeast coast. These sea-water pools offer a safe and unique swimming experience, away from the waves of the open sea. The pools are a favourite among locals, and you’ll find fewer tourists here, making it a peaceful retreat. There are several pools of varying sizes and depths, and the surrounding area is equipped with sunbathing spots and ladders for easy access to the water.

You know what? We think we might stay here a while…

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