With your villa as your base and hire car keys in hand, the whole of Lanzarote is yours to discover. From north to south, you can cover the island in less than an hour and a half – so no there's no sight too far. And no activity too distant for you to tick it off your list. But deciding where to stay in Lanzarote is all about having everything you want on your doorstep. Whether that's the best beaches, island tradition off the beaten path, or the incredible volcanic terrain. Our handy guide to some of Lanzarote's top resorts is here to set you on the path to villa holiday greatness.
Yaiza is the place to be if you're eager to get a taste for traditional Lanzarote – quite literally! There's only a handful of bars and restaurants here, with Canarian cuisine dominating the menu. Try a few of these tasty delights and you may find a new favourite. Or if you're feeling daring you might even replicate one of these dishes back at your villa! Who's the elated head chef of the villa and who's going to be sous disappointed? That's a decision to be made in the kitchen.
The Canary Islands' 'wrinkly potatoes' are a lot more appetising than they might first sound. It's the volcanic climate that gives them their unique texture, but this also creates a mouth-watering taste. Salted and served with traditional Mojo Picon sauce – each bite is a celebration of Canarian flavour. And with hints of pepper, garlic and olive oil, it's no surprise that Mojo Picon is a spicy staple of many local dishes. A sauce with many talents, you'll also find it perfectly complementing the fishy flavours of Sancocho Canario. Combined with boiled fish, often bass or a salty alternative and both white and sweet potatoes – be sure to try this on your Lanzarote villa holiday.
You won't find watersports and tourist attractions here. Yaiza is one of those sleepy, small villages that just oozes traditional charm. Strolling through the streets here not only exposes you to that pueblo village vibe of times gone by, it also offers stunning views of the volcanic landscape. Its enviable position places it under the watchful eye of Timanfaya's towering mountains. These dark peaks are the perfect foil for the whitewashed buildings, decorated with colourful flowers and tropical trees. Spend just a few minutes in Yaiza and you'll soon understand why it's often referred to as 'the prettiest village in Spain'.
A hub of activity just along the coast from Lanzarote's capital of Arrecife, fun-loving holidaymakers can fill their boots in Costa Teguise. Always fancied trying your hand at windsurfing? Playa de las Cucharas is the ideal spot to dip your toes in the water! International contests often take place off this stretch of sand, offering near perfect conditions. And if you're a natural then it might only be your toes that get wet. If getting the hang of it takes a little longer, cooling off with a refreshing splash in the sea could be on the cards.
But if you really want to make a splash, dash to the top of the thrilling slides in Costa Teguise's Aquapark. Race against your loved ones, speed down on inflatables – this is heaven for thrillseekers. It's not all action and high octane rides. There's rides and entertainment for young kids too – so your whole family is taken care of. From ball pits to the adventure park, expect your little ones to be beaming from ear to ear! Splashing around isn't for everyone, so how about underwater discovery without getting wet? If this idea has really reeled you in, the nearby aquarium needs to move to the top of your list. Tunnels that pass through the tanks give you a fascinating glimpse of life under the sea! The highlight has to be watching the sharks swim overhead, allowing you to get up close and personal with these magnificent creatures.
Costa Teguise is also home to an enchanting fishing village, shaped by Lanzarote's famous artist and architect – César Manrique. The Pueblo Marinero is ideal for indulging all your cultural cravings! Sitting at the centre of town, the architecture here is so typically Canarian. Its whitewashed buildings are decorated with splashes of colour and vibrant plantlife, offering a real flavour of island tradition.
Once a quiet fishing village, today Puerto del Carmen is bustling and lively. It might be one of Lanzarote's most popular resorts, but you'll still find coastal charm here. Colourful boats often decorate the Old Town's harbour, vibrantly standing out against traditional whitewashed buildings. If you love watching the world go by, pull up a chair at a waterfront bar or restaurant. Drinking in the atmosphere with glass in hand, this is one of those relaxing holiday moments that gives you a warm tingle.
With the Blue Flags proudly flying high, Puerto del Carmen goes toe to toe with Lanzarote's southern tip in the battle of the beaches. And it more than holds its own! Playa Grande offers more than a kilometre of family-friendly fun and spectacular scenery. Calm seas and gently shelving sand offer the ideal playground for your little beach lovers, meaning safe splashing and parental peace of mind. And with Los Ajaches in the distance, sandy days here come packed with breathtaking views.
If you'd love to walk and talk with the animals, you might choose to do little until you've ticked Rancho Texas Park off your list. This is the perfect place to see all your favourite critters up close. Daily dolphin, sea lion and bird of prey shows give you a glimpse of these amazing animals in action. There's plenty more creatures to discover too! From the tiger enclosure, to crocodiles and turtles – add a wildlife spin to your Lanzarote adventure.
With all of this on your doorstep and the capital of Arrecife just a short drive away, Puerto del Carmen is one of the best places to stay in Lanzarote. Especially if you're searching for a blend of the old and new, with a treasure trove to see and do.
Tucked away at the southern tip of the island, you'll find Playa Blanca. If you're a beach lover who longs for the sand, you'll feel like a kid on Christmas in this part of Lanzarote. Every bay and cove is like a present just waiting to be unwrapped. Not only will you find beaches on your doorstep, this bustling resort puts you in touch with the coastal paradise of Papagayo. And these stretches of sand are arguably the finest on the entire island.
If you were to write out a checklist for your dream beach day, Papagayo would quickly tick every box! And probably some that you hadn't even thought of. The golden sands here are the perfect complement to the year-round sun. There's plenty of space for you to pitch up too, so relaxing, unwinding and enjoying the views is even easier. Towering cliffs not only offer stunning scenery, they're your very own windbreak – sheltering you from any strong southern winds. So you can just kick back, watching the shimmering sea and sand dunes of Fuerteventura in the distance.
Ferries set sail for Furteventura each day, so if you're feeling adventurous head down to the harbour and depart for Corralejo's dunes. If you've not quite found your sea legs yet there's no need to worry. This part of Playa Blanca has a relaxed atmosphere, ideal for easy-going days. Pull up a chair in a seafront bar and watch the boats bobbing on the surface. Stretching your legs with a stroll along the waterfront is another amazing way to take it all in. Venture a little further afield and volcanic exploration awaits! The mountains of the Timanfaya National Park, El Golfo's green lagoon and Los Hervidores' cliffs are all just a short drive from our villas in Playa Blanca.