The island that's ideal for families, Lanzarote is jam-packed with activities that all ages will love! Whether your little ones are adventurous explorers and want to discover an out of this world landscape or fancy cruising down the slides at a waterpark, Lanzarote family holidays are filled with fun. So grab your bucket and spade for amazing beach days, pop your hiking boots in the case for an on foot adventure and get ready to kick back by your very own pool.
Your year-round option for some family fun in the sun, Lanzarote always basks in toasty temperatures of 20°C and beyond. So whether you're whisking the little ones away for a winter break or planning some summer sun, Lanzarote always offers a warm welcome. Just as well, as there's so much to explore in the island's great outdoors! From the volcanic landscape to the stunning coastline, it's an adventurous family's holiday dreams come true. Your little ones might love exploring, until it comes to what's on their plate – but don't worry, there's some familiar flavours and ingredients on these shores. So without further ado, here's our family guide to this stunning Canary island.
Ever struggled through some volcano-based science homework? Or tried to get your little ones to finish that geography project on mountains? The struggle is over! Timanfaya National Park is here to help you make those tricky homework topics interesting. Deep craters and craggy rock formations have been shaped by the Fire Mountains here, with guided tours taking you up close and personal with these magnificent magma delights. The fun doesn't stop there either, you can head underground to explore the Cueva de los Verdes lava tunnels too.
The Canary Islands' enviable position hasn't just made it a sun trap for holidaymakers, it once made Lanzarote a popular pit stop point for trade ships. However this attracted plenty of unscrupulous pirates too! Santa Bárbara Castle is now home to a fascinating Pirate Museum, telling the tale of attacks that extended over a number of centuries. A not so buried treasure that your kids are bound to find exhilarating. Once you've had your fill of plank walking and plundering, follow your compass to one of the island's two amazing waterparks. Wave pools, lazy rivers, thrilling slides and even more activities are ideal for tiring out those little legs. Rancho Texas offers great animal experiences, while a submarine could be taking you down to see critters living beneath the waves.
If you're seeking out some family friendly beaches, you'll be feeling right at home in Lanzarote! There's a wonderful mix of beach facilities and activities, complementing soft sand and tame seas. Playa Dorada in the famous Playa Blanca resort is perfect for this, with calm waters, soft golden sand and shallow sea where you can see fish swimming around your feet. Playa Grande in the ever-popular Puerto del Carmen is home to exciting watersports, amenities like umbrellas or sunbeds and palm trees that add a tropical vibe. Playa Chica is sheltered from strong winds by its mountainous surroundings, while Las Cucharas is ideal for windsurfing and other watersports. Flamingo Beach seems to tick every box, with mountain views, still seas and lots to keep the kids entertained. While the small island of La Graciosa is just a ferry ride away, promising those deserted island beaches.
So, we've already mentioned that there's some familiar tastes for your family to sink their teeth into in Lanzarote – but what are they? And what's the eating etiquette on this majestic island? Breakfast and early morning snacks are often sweet pastries or traditional churros, a sugary start to the day. Although you might be grateful for that extra energy once you start exploring! La Comida (The Meal) happens in the early afternoon and as the name implies this is the big one. Typically three courses of delicious local dishes at a reasonable price. Evening meals tend to be smaller, with lots of options that are ideal for young kids. Meats and cheeses are often served up, alongside tapas dishes that are the perfect blend of tastes they know and being adventurous. Patatas Bravas offer potatoes in a tomato sauce, croquettes often mean ham or fish wrapped in breadcrumbs and albondigas are meatballs in a garlic and tomato sauce.
Whether your little ones are longing to be close to the coast or would love to be further inland and closer to those mountain views, we've got a resort that's right for you. Playa Blanca and Puerto del Carmen are ideal if you want to be among the hustle and bustle, with lots of great facilities at your door. While the likes of Macher, Tias and Yaiza are your dose of tradition and charm! For the full low down on some of our top resorts, check out our where to stay guide.