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The ultimate guide to Lanzarote

Lanzarote

If you do not find beauty in volcanic landscapes then Lanzarote is probably not for you. But if you do, if you think that volcanic formations are an incredible example of art offered for free by nature, then you should not hesitate one second and enjoy your next vacation in Lanzarote.


White houses contrast with the black soil and in certain areas, the scenery can be described as the closest our earth, it can get to the moon. But if nature has made its part and crafted art from black stones and rocks, man has contributed to a large degree too.


Cesar Manrique, a renowned local artist, the most loved person in the island, had a vision that became reality. Manrique thought art should work along with his nature and this is what he did. Some of his masterpieces are obliged, must-go attractions in Lanzarote: The Mirador del Rio, Los Jameos del Agua, the Cactus garden or his last house in Tahiche.
Lanzarote is a biosphere reserve since 1993 and it can be said that a large degree this was thanks to the contribution of Cesar Manrique. Mass tourism has developed in Lanzarote, but in such a way that the island is a worldwide recognized example of sustainable tourism. Would you not expect less for a place which native name was Tite-roy-gatra?

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Best of Lanzarote in a nutshell

Where is Lanzarote?

Lanzarote is the most eastern island in the Canary archipelago. It is located north of Fuerteventura, and 125 kilometers away from the Sahara in Africa.

So many things to enjoy in Lanzarote!

The Timanfaya volcano is the main sight in Lanzarote and its most visited attractions. Riding a camel in vulcanic soil is a great thing to do! Wine lovers will also have the chance to experience one of the most amazing terroirs in the planet. The south of Lanzarote has fantastic beaches, some of which could even rival the ones in Fuerteventura. Also, must-do things in Lanzarote include a visit to at least one of Cesar Manrique’s master pieces, diving near Puerto del Carmen, or enjoy the best surf in the Canary Islands near Caleta de Famara, or a day excursion to La Graciosa, an islet reachable by boat where you will be able to enjoy deserted beaches.

Quick facts about Lanzarote

With just 150,000 inhabitants,Lanzarote is the least mountainous of the islands in the Canary archipelago. Its highest point is at less than 700 meters (Peñas de Chache in the north). The lack of mountains has an impact on climate: the alisios winds can access the island easier and the weather is in general terms drier and hotter than in the western islands.
There are more than 300 vulcanos in Lanzarote with the last eruptions taking place in 1824.  

Adventure and sea sports

Lanzarote offers excellent snorkel and scuba diving opportunities, the most famous area is located around Charco del Palo, where visibility is high due to the white sands. A good number of caves and wrecks (in the area of Puerto del Carmen) are good attractions. This is also the case of the Atlantic Museum, a very special place that can be visited diving!


Lanzarote is also a fantastic destination for surfers with good schools to get initiated.

Typical villages and delightful historical districts

Some of Lanzarote´s small towns and villages are proof that the island is more than beaches and volcanic landscapes. Teguise is a beautiful town with restored buildings and cobbled stones. It was the capital of Lanzarote till Arrecife took over in 1852. Its fantastic Sunday market or monuments like the Castillo de Santa Barbara are worth visiting. Haria and its valley of palm trees provide with good green contrast to the black landscapes in Lanzarote, whilst Yaiza (named after a Guanche princess) offers white houses, squares, and clean streets with flowers and is worth a visit.

Crater of the Timanfaya
Beach in southern Lanzarote
The green lagoon in Lanzarote

Weather in Lanzarote

Waves in Lanzarote

Top cities in Lanzarote

costa teguise

Costa Teguise city guide

Costa Teguise is located on the island of Lanzarote which is part of the Canary Island archipelago, a Spanish territory of the coast of Morroco. Costa Teguise is popular and well known on the island for its amazing beaches and turquoise water. if you are traveling to Lanzarote and you just want to sit back and relax,Costa Teguise is the place for you.

puerto del carmen lanzarote

Puerto del Carmen City Guide

Puerto del Carmen is located on the island of Lanzarote which is part of the Canary Island archipelago, a Spanish territory of the coast of Morroco. Puerto del Carmen is well known on the island for its pristine beaches and laid-back vibes. if you are traveling to Lanzarote and you just want to sit back and relax, Puerto del Carmen is the place for you.

Build your itinerary with our interactive map of Lanzarote

Top attractions in Lanzarote

Timanfaya national park

Timanfaya national park

Timanfaya national park Timanfaya is one of the 15 national parks of Spain national park was created back in 1730. On the 1st of September of this year the Timanfaya volcano erupted and began to spew lava and continued to do so for 6 years, desolating the surrounding area, and

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Landscape of La Gomera

La Gomera, Canary islands

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Golden sand and green water in Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura, Canary islands

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alinas de Fuencaliente in La Palma

La Palma, Canary islands

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Road trip in Gran Canaria

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Church in Candelaria, Tenerife

Tenerife, Canary islands

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