The gift that keeps on giving, Lanzarote packs a punch! An almost unlimited supply of sunshine means there's no shortage of sun-bathing and pool dipping to be done.
Delightful days and wonderful (sometimes weird) treasures await you on this intriguing island. Otherworldly landscapes transport you to a far-off planet, as black and red rocks take your imagination to new heights. You'll be pinching yourself in disbelief! With so many ways to while away the days, the only question is how you're going to fit it all in!?
From nature reserves to catching some surf, there's something for everyone on a Lanzarote holiday. Get on board with unbeatable coastal conditions and try your hand at kitesurfing, bodyboarding, jet skiing, banana boating and kayaking… to name a few. The sky's the limit, especially if you're brave enough to have a go at flyboarding! For those that prefer their feet planted firmly on dry land, trade sea for sand and make the most of this Canary Island's picture-perfect shores and beautiful beaches.
Off the west coast of Africa, Lanzarote is known for its warm climate. Reaching highs of 29°C in summer, the island is heated by the Sahara Desert. A cool breeze from the north helps to keep the island from overheating.
With more sites to see than hours in the day, get ready to fall in love with this Canary Island getaway. Packed to the brim with things to do while you're out and about – Lanzarote offers a world of adventure and excitement to its visitors. Catch a wave along the coast at one of the many surfing schools, or try out the aqua park at Costa Teguise for a fun-packed family day! Visit Fundación César Manrique, built in to volcanic bubbles in the rock, which is now home to a huge collection of artwork from world famous artists – including Picasso himself. Take a trip to the old capital of Teguise and visit the local market, or explore the Cueva de los Verdes and Jameos del Agua. An underground lake and stunning complex of caves.
And if all that wasn't enough, you can set sail for the neighbouring island of Fuerteventura on a glass bottomed catamaran. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for pods of playful dolphins on the way. Different species can be seen year-round, so there's never a bad time to go!
Of course we've only scratched the surface, there's plenty more things to do on your Lanzarote villa holiday.
There's no 'one size fits all' when you're planning the perfect beach day, but that's okay in Lanzarote! North to South the shores are fringed with every kind of coastline imaginable. Whether you're after a laid-back day of lounging beneath the sun, or you and the kids are after some waterpark fun, you'll be spoilt for choice on this Canary Island. Take a refreshing dip in the crystal clear waters, or ride the waves and try your hand at windsurfing. And why not finish up at one of the delicious restaurants nearby? All that fun in the sun means you've worked up an appetite!
Roots in Spanish cooking, as well as African and Latin American influences, makes for some mouth-wateringly memorable meals! A visit to Lanzarote wouldn't be complete without a taste of tapas. Dozens of delicious dishes are served up in small portions – so fill your boots and see how many you can sample! Keep an eye out for some of our favourites, traditional papas arrogadas (new potatoes cooked in their skins) served with local mojo sauce and calamares en su tinta (squid in their own black ink).
If you fancy tucking into something a little bigger, there's a whole host of restaurants that serve a variety of cuisine. Fussy eaters are covered with familiar UK and American dishes, but let's keep things traditional for the more experimental among us. Canarians are big on stews, putting a lot of love into creating delicious pots of spiced meats and vegetables. Blessed with glorious year-round sunshine, the islanders have a wealth of fresh fruit and vegetables that make the perfect accompaniment to their flavoursome food. If you like fish, you'll love Lanzarote. Being an island there's a never ending seafood supply, so tuck in to the catch of the day and tantalise those taste buds. Fortunately Lanzarote locals seem to have a sweet tooth, after all, dessert is the best bit right? Grab a bite of traditional frangollo or torrijas to finish up.
There's plenty of places to loosen those purse strings in Lanzarote. The bigger resorts are home to large shopping centres where you'll find your favourite retail chains, not to mention some of the best buys on the island thanks to duty free items. Away from the mainstream malls, there are meandering, narrow streets lined with quaint shops and boutiques full of one-of-a-kind trinkets and treasures. The real magic happens at the markets, Teguise is the oldest and largest of them all, and occasionally even has Canarian dancers and music! Here you can haggle over unique gifts, craft items and special souvenirs. Grab yourself some local produce for some extra special tasty keepsakes – although we're not sure how long they'll last! Keeping your villa fully stocked while in Lanzarote is a breeze. Several large hypermarkets are spread out across the island, so you'll never run out of poolside snacks or mid-morning munches.
There's no feeling quite as freeing as a road trip! Explore at your own pace with a hire car, and squeeze in as much sightseeing as your heart desires. If you want to spend some extra time strolling along soft sands, who's to tell you otherwise? Want to linger a little longer and wait for the sun to set? No problem! There are plenty of driving tours available to help you find the perfect route. Whether it's the lunar landscape of Timanfaya National Park or the beautiful beaches along the coastal roads – buckle up and tailor your travels to make the most of Lanzarote's breathtaking views.
A huge amount of unique festivals take place in specific towns and villages throughout the year in Lanzarote. Lively street parties and traditional celebrations provide show stopping entertainment for all ages! Dance the days away with the locals, and enjoy flamboyant and colourful parades of fantastic costumes and floats. Carnival is the most attended festival on the island with a different theme every year. It runs for a whopping four weeks in February and March and ends on Ash Wednesday with 'El entierro de la Sardinas'.