There is much, much more to this beautiful island


With its stark volcanic landscape providing a sharp contrast to the verdant valleys of the north and its embrace of wide sandy beaches, the island's dramatic natural beauty sets it apart.

The unusual landscape is a result of extraordinary volcanic upheavals in the past, and the island is covered by multi-coloured lava, which is especially striking at Timanfaya National Park. Holidays to Lanzarote offer visitors the unique opportunity to get up close to one of the most spectacular volcanic sites on Earth found in the lunar landscape of the Mountains of Fire National Park.

Largely due to the work of renowned local artist, Cesar Manrique, the island was declared a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in 1993. Manrique was able to utilise the island's natural resources in man-made constructions, while retaining the essence of the landscape's unique beauty. He designed the seven Centres of Art, Culture and Tourism, which are a must see for visitors.

For lovers of outdoor activities the options are many, including golf, water sports and exploring the many cycling and walking routes. The renowned Canaries' cuisine is as good as its reputation and the local wine is excellent.

The volcanic hills give way to fertile farmland, and the rural villages of the island have a bucolic charm all their own. For golf lovers, there's a good course in Teguise, and for those looking to enjoy nightlife, sports and year round sunbathing, the area around Playa de Los Pocillos is ideal.

This lovely island has escaped the excesses of tourism and development and holidays to Lanzarote allow visitors to discover a destination that's calm, tranquil and operates at an easy pace – perfect for a truly relaxing experience.

Rural Lanzarote – Something a Little Different

Yes, it is a volcanic island and not green everywhere, but it is the unusual combination of lunar landscape and fertile farmland that creates such contrast.

Yaiza is easily accessible from the airport, beach or Puerto del Carmen, yet has a much more “local” and peaceful atmosphere. The village can cater for your daily needs with shops, banks and restaurants. The beaches at Papagayo are the best on the island and worth a visit. 

This area is a good base from which to explore. Visit the home that has become the foundation of artist Cesar Manrique, or the wine growing areas nearby. Obviously a trip to the Timanfaya National Park and Fire Mountain is on the agenda of most Lanzarote holidays. 

We are sure that this type of experience will appeal to those looking for something a little different from their holidays in Lanzarote. Why not combine a resort stay in Playa Blanca or Playa de los Pocillos on the coast with the La Casona de Yaiza or Casa de Hilario? We’d be happy to offer you advice when planning your Lanzarote holidays.

Getting Around

Car hire is still probably the best way to discover any destination. Driving while on holidays in Lanzarote is very straightforward and we work with two very reputable companies. So if this idea does appeal, don’t forget to bring your driving licence with you!

Alternatively if cycling is more up your street, you can also hire bikes to get around on your holidays in Lanzarote - our representative or the hotel reception will let you know the nearest location. If you are going out on bikes, remember Lanzarote is not flat so you will need to be prepared for a few uphill climbs one way or another. But what a great way to enjoy the scenery!

Buses are obviously another alternative but do not run to very specific timetables; our representative will advise you.

Taxis can be either flagged down when they have a green light on, there are taxi ranks and the reception in your hotel will also willingly call one for you. For short journeys this is probably the most economical and convenient.  All taxis are metered. 

Things to buy: Genuine local embroidery and ceramics, cameras, watches, jewellery, cigars and flowers. 

Lanzarote has more than just beaches on offer

Below we list some of the many things to do while on holidays to Lanzarote. Many people just go to relax in a reliable climate with friendly locals and charming villages out in the countryside, but as you can see here there is plenty for those looking to explore or participate in more exciting pastimes. If there is something specific about things to see or do on your Lanzarote holidays and you would like more information, do please let us know. 

The beaches of Lanzarote

For a volcanic island there are a surprising number of beaches on the island, some of which we list here broken down by area. Many are man-made, making access easy; others are natural beaches (Papagayo in particular), which, although more challenging to reach, are stunning. 

Puerto del Carmen

Playa Grande is located along the main road that runs through Puerto Del Carmen. The beach is over 1 km in length and is golden sand. On the beach you will find plenty of sun beds, although you will have to pay around 3 euros hire per day. Some water activities are here including pedaloes, and some of the diving excursions depart from this beach.

Playa Chica is located in the Old Town of Puerto Del Carmen. The beach is very small and can get very busy in the summer months. There are many different water sports and diving activities here and it is ideal for snorkeling.

Playa Los Pocillos is also located along the main road that runs through Puerto Del Carmen but towards the area known as Matagorda (where Los Jamoes Playa hotel is). The beach is very wide and quite long and has plenty of sun beds. It is very open and can get quite windy so a wind breaker may be useful. With no water sports or other activities here it is a place to simply take in the sun on relaxing holidays in Lanzarote.

Playa Blanca

Playa Papagayo These are a selection of famous natural sandy beaches and are located between huge lava rocks. You can drive a car almost to the beach itself, though often on dirt roads. For the more ecologically inclined, a wander over the rocks will bring you to one of the many beaches and bays. We strongly recommend that you take at least water to drink, as there are no facilities on these lovely semi secluded beaches.

The largest of the Papagayo beaches is Playa Mujeres at 90 metres long, then there is Playa de las Coloradas, Playa de las Ahogaderas and Playa de la Cera. Beyond the point, Punta de Papagayo, there are two more bays, Caleta de Congrio and Muela de Abajo. Each enjoys crystal clear water and the unique formation of the lava rock.

Playa Dorada is located in Playa Blanca right outside Centro Comercial Papagayo. The beach is small but offers plenty for tourists on their Lanzarote holidays, including snorkelling, banana boats, and you can also hire pedaloes. The beach is well looked after and in a very good location. 

Playa Blanca is located in the heart of Playa Blanca resort. This is a very small beach and is located along the walk from the old town to the new area. As it is small there are no on site facilities, but it is close to bars etc. Good swimming and snorkelling.

Playa Flamingo is around 10 minutes walk from the old harbour in Playa Blanca. The beach is quite small with sun beds and shades and the surrounding rocks act as a breaker for the waves.


There are plenty of other beaches to visit while on holidays in Lanzarote, but one worth mentioning here is…

Famara is located to the north of the island. The beach is open to strong winds and therefore is good for surfing. The beach is not sheltered at all so it is not ideal for sun bathing. If you're looking to enjoy water sports on your Lanzarote holidays then this beach is the place to be. Mainly used by surfers. The small village at Famara has some restaurants and bars.

Places to visit

The National Park of Timanfaya – this is where the Fire Mountains are. Declared an area of outstanding natural beauty, it was the centre of the six years of volcanic eruptions between 1730 and 1736, changing the island into what it is today. Excursions are organised and it is an interesting day out. 

Jameos del Agua - are part of a 6km long lava tube, which formed about 3,000 years ago when the Montaña La Corona erupted. Molten lava continued to flow as the surface hardened, which led to the formation of the tubes. The word Jameo is used in this context to refer to the large openings in the tube that formed when parts of the roof collapsed due to a pressure build up caused by the volcanic gases.

It is the top tourist attraction for those visiting the island on Lanzarote holidays. The entrance is the cave called Jameo Chico, and within this cave is an unusual bar-restaurant. It has views over a small lake, which is home to the Jameitos, blind albino crabs unique to Lanzarote.

The Jameo Grande, an open air cave, has been turned into a beautiful garden of tropical plants species centred around a vibrant, turquoise coloured pool. At the end of this Jameo is the auditorium, which has unbelievable acoustics and has been the setting for some memorable concerts as well as the prestigious Festival of Visual Music of Lanzarote. There is much more here and it is well worth a visit on your Lanzarote holidays.

Jardin de Cactus is not far from Jameos del Agua and is a stunning collection of over 1000 species of Cacti. Cesar Manrique, who was involved in developing many of the cultural and tourist attractions, did his last work here, and his influence can be seen in the sculptures that sit amongst the cacti displayed in a carved out, terraced old quarry. The environment and the amazing variety of the plants make this another location worth visiting for those on holidays to Lanzarote.

Cesar Manrique Foundation is located in the studio-home the artist lived in and is situated in Taro de Tahiche. It is probably the work that best represents Manrique's artistic and personal ideals. He was a painter, sculptor, architect, ecologist, monument preserver, construction advisor, planner of urban developments, outliner of landscapes and gardens, and his influence can be seen everywhere on the island.

It was built in 1968, on top of a volcanic trail from a volcanic eruption that occurred in 1730-36. It uses, in the lower level, the natural formation of five volcanic bubbles to make an unusual living space. The outside of the house and upper level is inspired by the traditional architecture of Lanzarote but with the typical Manrique touch. A must for anyone interest in art or in the influence he had on the island.

These are just a few of the many interesting things to visit whilst on holidays in Lanzarote.

Wine trails

Located on the edge of the bad lands and covered with black volcanic ash, the vineyards of La Geria valley look like they have been transplanted here from another planet. The locals have found an ingenious way of cultivating vines on this arid and hostile ground. They dug more than 10,000 funnel-shaped hollows into the thick layers of porous volcanic granules, known as picón. They planted only one vine per hollow, filled them with soil and poured thick layers of picón over it, as they retain the night humidity and feed the plants. In order to protect them from the constant winds and drying out, they built low, semicircular walls around them.

This unique cultivation method has resulted in a prosperous wine industry and the region is renowned for excellent wines, which can be sampled and purchased in a number of local winegrowers’ bodegas (wine shops).

With its extensive rows of horseshoe-like shaped walls and despite their extremely functional purpose, the valley of La Geria has become quite a popular tourist attraction for visitors on Lanzarote holidays. 

This area produces most of island’s wines, of which 75 per cent are made from the Malvasía grape. This grape produces a wide variety of quality white, red and rosé wines, from very sweet to very dry. Other grape varieties include Moscatel, Black and White  Listán, Diego, White Burra and Negramoll. There are two wine trails that can be followed.

Other Activities to Enjoy on Lanzarote Holidays

Treat yourself to a helicopter ride to see the island at its best, but don’t forget your camera.

Horse riding or camel riding is another way to enjoy the landscape while on holidays to Lanzarote.

For the children on Lanzarote holidays there are various theme parks, including the Rancho Texas Park. It has an Indian village, a nature park and animals including crocodiles, turtles, iguanas, armadillos, prairie-dogs and many birds of prey. There is also the Water Park and the Whale and Dolphin Museum.

Water sports are plentiful and include diving, snorkelling, windsurfing, sailing, parascending and jet and water skiing. The Museo Atlantico is an amazing under water museum of sculptures that divers can marvel at and learn about the inspiration behind this underwater world.

Walking, hiking, cycling, paragliding or hang-gliding are some additional outdoor activities. 


Currently the island has two golf courses that can be utilised by visitors on Lanzarote holidays.  The Costa Teguise course is an 18-hole, par-72 course, designed by John Harris, and comprises a driving range, practice putting green, restaurant, bar, pro-shop and a golf equipment rental service. Located at the foot of an ancient volcano, each hole of this course provides captivating ocean views. Buggy and Club rental are available.

Lanzarote Golf was designed by the famous North-American Ron Kirby and is a modern 18 hole par-72 golf course, situated between Puerto del Carmen and Tias. Surrounded by volcanoes, it offers uninterrupted views of the Atlantic Ocean and the traditional landscape of Lanzarote.


Lanzarote holidays are not particularly known for spas, but three of our hotels do have good spa facilities. Two are located in Playa Blanca - the Princesa Yaiza and the Gran Melia Volcan - and the third is Seaside Los Jameos Playa in Playa de los Pocillos.  Some information is shown on the hotel pages on this website and we can provide you with more details. 

In the evenings

As we have mentioned under each resort on the destination page, nightlife on holidays to Lanzarote is varied, depending on the resort. The busier resorts have plenty of evening activity, whereas the quieter ones rely on restaurants, bars and the hotels for evening entertainment.