Top Things to Do and See in Lanzarote

Finding a holiday destination that checks all the boxes is difficult, but a holiday to Lanzarote never disappoints. From its dreamlike beaches, amazing geology, to its historic architecture and vibrant culture, this is one Canary Island worth visiting.

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Playa de Arrecife, Lanzarote by  Gabriel Villen

The landscape of Lanzarote is something else; there aren’t many places that can boast stunning beaches located right next to spectacular, dormant volcanoes. Take a tour up to Timanfaya National Park and marvel at the dusty volcanic setting and views. You can even ride a camel or enjoy a barbecue at sunset. Pure bliss.

Camel riding in Lanzarote

Camel riding in Lanzarote by Irene Grassi

The Wonderful Wines of Lanzarote

If you’re looking for something a little different, how about a tour of one of Lanzarote’s vineyards? Growing juicy grapes in black soil crates make the island’s vineyards unique, but the end product certainly tastes just as good. Cheers!

Bargain with the Locals

Spending time with locals is a great way to get a feel for a place, so take a trip to a local market where there’s always a lively atmosphere. Arrecife Market is one of the best, with beautiful craft items and delicious foodie treats. Best of all, you can enjoy all this to the sound of traditional, local music.

Hidden Gems

Cueva de los Verdes in Lanzarote

Tourists visiting Cueva de los Verdes by Luc Viatour

The Cueva de los Verdes is possibly one of the most spectacular things you will see on the island. A tour will take you through the two chambers  of deep caves formed by a lava eruption 5000 years ago. Time your visit between September through April and you might be lucky enough to come upon a jazz festival at the cave .

Wild West Themed Fun

The Wild West Park, Lanzarote’s biggest theme park, offers  everything from canoeing and pony rides to an animal magic zoo. This will be a day well spent.

Soak Up the Sun in Lanzarote

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Papagayo beach by Luc Viatour

With picture-postcard beaches, who wouldn’t want to spend a day or two with the silky sands of Lanzarote trickling between their toes? Playa Francesca can be your own Treasure Island, as it is believed to be the setting of the book itself. Or, choose Playa de Papagayo for gleaming, transparent waters that are beyond compare. Flip-flops at the ready?

Historical Tales

Discover some of the island’s history with a trip to Santa Bárbara Castle, which is located in the rugged mountains while offering simply spectacular views of Teguise. This castle is packed with charm and tales, and is certainly well worth a visit.

Dive a Little Deeper

You’ll never fail to be wowed by a submarine safari. Explore deep into the crystal waters of the Atlantic and see the tropical fish swim right alongside you. A scuba diver, who feeds the fish and may even put on a little show, often accompanies the excursions. Take a deep breath.

The Work of an Artist

The Cesar Manrique foundation was setup for Lanzarote’s most famous artist and local hero. His home has been turned into a museum, and from the exterior its whitewashed walls are deceiving in their simplicity. Because, inside you’ll find futuristic rooms tucked into volcanic caves. Amazing!

No matter if you are looking for nature, culture or history, there’s no doubt about it- you’ll be spoiled by your choice of Lanzarote!

Written by Staff for EuropeUpClose.com Images by Gabriel VillenaIrene Grassi and Luc Viatour used under Creative Commons license.

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