Lanzarote holidays go big on scenery – think volcanic national parks, huge swathes of sand and craggy lava caves.
Spain's Lanzarote might be one of the volcanic Canary Islands, but that doesn’t stop it being a big deal in the beach stakes. It’s got plenty to offer in the way of sandy sweeps, ranging from Costa Teguise to Puerto del Carmen. They’ve been attracting people to the island since the 1970s, with family-friendly resorts cosied up to the waterfronts. In fact, one of Lanzarote’s claims to fame is the part it played in helping to kickstart the classic holiday package. Things are still going strong today, and flights from Ireland’s Dublin airport get you to its sun-drenched shores in just over four hours.
A fierce series of eruptions in the 1700s has left Lanzarote with a pretty unique look. The other-worldly landscape has earned the island a nod from UNESCO, who made it a World Biosphere Reserve for its postcard-worthy looks. For the best exploring, head to black rock formations and silvery mountain peaks of the island’s interior, or past the craters dotted around Timanfaya National Park. It feels a million miles from the hotel-brushed beaches around the island’s fringe, and makes for top-drawer holiday snaps.
Famous artist Cesar Manrique left his imprint all over the island of Lanzarote, in the form of his off-the-wall installations. Checking out one of his creations is a must for every visitor to Lanzarote. For instance, head over to the north coast and stop in at Jameos del Agua, where Manrique converted underground lava caves into a concert hall and sophisticated bar.
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Matagorda is a fun little town on the south-eastern coast of Lanzarote, a volcanic splodge in the Canary Islands. It started life as a suburb of the island’s liveliest town, Puerto del Carmen – but today it stands on its own with a two-tiered complex of restaurants and bars set around a cute town square. And there are waterside bars, too. The major sights of the island are within striking distance while the busy capital of Arrecife is literally down the road.
Playa de los Pocillos
You’ll find Playa de los Pocillos on the underside of Lanzarote. It’s a relatively quiet spot for a Canary Island holiday, but close to lots of island tourist attractions – like Lanzarote’s capital, Arrecife, which is a 15-minute drive away. The Rancho Texas Park – a Wild West theme park – is also close by. You can drive there in 10 minutes.
Sitting on Lanzarote’s east coast, this place popped up to provide for the holidaymakers lounging on its five pick ‘n’ mix beaches. As such, you won’t have to stray far for your home comforts. Behind the beaches, you’ve got a shopping centre, a lively town square and a family-friendly waterpark. Plus, daytrips to the likes of Arrecife and Timanfaya National Park are easily doable.
Puerto Calero is Lanzarote at its fanciest. Named after the architect who created it, this stylish resort centres around one of the most modern marinas in the world. Luxury hotels and sprawling resorts are the sort of accommodation you’ll find at this Canary Island hotspot – and if you keep your eyes peeled, you might just spot an A-lister or two.
Playa Blanca has a good balancing act going on – it’s home to a high number of hotels, but still has a calm, away-from-it-all atmosphere. Low-rise hotels mean the Canary Island countryside’s still in full view, and the simple whitewashed colour scheme keeps things traditional. Contemporary streaks crop up close to the shoreline – the modern Marina Rubicon’s flanked by a modern shopping mall and a handful of bars and restaurants.
- Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort
- Hotel H10 Timanfaya Palace
- Hotel Hesperia Playa Dorada
- TUI FAMILY LIFE Flamingo Beach
- Hotel Volcan Lanzarote
- THB Tropical Island
- Lanzasur Splash Resort
- Sandos Papagayo Beach Resort
- Elba Lanzarote Royal Village Resort
- Caybeach Sun
- TUI SENSIMAR Natura Palace
- Hotel H10 Lanzarote Princess
- Holiday Village Lanzarote
- Hotel H10 Rubicon Palace
Puerto del Carmen
Puerto del Carmen’s one of the old hands when it comes to holidays in the Canary Islands. It’s been in the beach break game for years, so everything’s arranged with sun-seeking tourists in mind. Traditional whitewashed apartments are set just inland, and the waterfront’s made up of restaurant-and-bar-brushed promenades, where souvenir shops spill onto the pavements. Culture’s not forgotten, though, and you can get a glimpse of the past in the old town.
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