Even though the Canary Islands have been on my travel bucket list for a long time, I could have never imagined that Lanzarote would blow my mind as much as it did when I finally got to visit it.
This stunning volcanic island is located 125
My boyfriend and I visited Lanzarote at the beginning of June last year. We rented a cute little apartment in Caleta de Famara, a small coastal village located on the north shore of the island. Known for its surfing spots, a laid back atmosphere and being away from tourist crowds, this village sounded like the perfect place for us.
Lanzarote is not a big island (you can drive from one part to the other in roughly 1.5 hours), but I would definitely recommend renting a car if you’re heading that way. Renting one is not expensive at all and you will have so much more freedom as you won’t have to rely on public transportation.
Now let’s cut to the chase. Below are my top 10 things to see (and do) if you decide to visit Lanzarote (which you totally should, by the way):
- Jardín de Cactus
- Mirador del Río
- Jameos del Agua
- Cueva de los Verdes
- Timanfaya National Park
- Strolling around Arrecife
- (Kite) surfing at Famara
- Hiking to Playa de Papagayo
- Paragliding at Famara beach
- Trying local food and wine
- Jardín de Cactus
When you first arrive
Jardín de Cactus (The Cactus Garden) is one of his creations and as a relatively big cactus
2. Mirador del Río
This artistic viewpoint is another creation by César Manrique. With its 475 meters high viewpoint it offers stunning views towards the archaic island of La Graciosa. Make sure to check out the inside too as the cafe and the souvenir shop are integrated into a lava rock which is pretty cool and unique.
3. Jameos del Agua
This art, culture and tourism center is another creation of (yes, you guessed it), amazing César Manrique. It is a series of lava caves, consisting of a subterranean salt lake, restaurant, gardens, emerald-green pool, museum and even auditorium. We
4. Cueva de los Verdes
Located super close to Jameos del Agua, this lava tube cave is famous for its extraordinary landscape and beauty. Aaaand it has a concert hall as well! (I think I really have to go back to Lanzarote to catch one of the concerts in a cave, what do you think?).
5. Timanfaya National Park
Probably one of the most impressive places to see on the island, this national park consists entirely out of volcanic soil. It is named after the island’s only active volcano, Timanfaya volcano, and it covers a quarter of the island! It was created over six years of continuous volcanic eruptions that took place between 1730 and 1736, with a smaller episode in 1824.
6. Strolling around Arrecife
This cute little city got its name after the rock reef (‘a
7. (Kite) surfing at Famara
If you’re into (kite) surfing, then Lanzarote is definitely a place for you! As I already mentioned, we stayed at Caleta de Famara since it offers the best surfing spots on the island. Even though the spot is more suitable for kite surfers, we (wave surfers) also got a chance to catch a few good ones. There are numerous surf shops and schools in the village where you can rent the boards and book your first surfing lesson.
8. Hike to Playa de Papagayo
One of the first pictures you will see when you search for Lanzarote in Google will probably be the one of Papagayo beach. Even though the beach is very popular among tourists it is definitely still a must visit due to its unique look. You can of course drive by car to the beach but we decided to hike there instead. We started from Playa Blanca and even though it was very hot that day the hike was still relatively easy – it took us about 3 hours and the views we’ve seen on the way were absolutely mesmerizing.
9. Paragliding at Famara beach
My boyfriend and I always like to include some sports and outdoor activities when we travel. Short story: since we both have birthdays in June we unexpectedly surprised each other with booking a paragliding tandem flight for the other person while in Lanzarote! It was of course super funny when we figured it all out! Nevertheless, we have never tried paragliding before and let me tell you, it was amazing! We booked it via Famaraiso and our instructor Robert was super awesome and made us feel very safe and comfortable. Definitely recommended if you’re a bit of an adrenaline freak.
10. Try the local food and wine
Last but not least – food and wine. It’s no secret that Spanish food is as delicious as delicious can be but the Canary Islands are hiding something even more special for you. I would suggest you skip all the best rated places on TripAdvisor and just walk in the random bar/restaurant you see. Order some seafood, paella and Papas
Now I want to hear from you! Have you been to Lanzarote? If yes, what did you like the most? Lanzarote definitely stole both of our hearts and we’ll for sure be back again. We would like to visit another Canary Island soon, which one would you recommend and why? :)
Other useful information:
- Lanzarote is the northernmost and easternmost Spanish island of the autonomous Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean;
- It’s the fourth-largest of the Canary Islands, covering 845.94 square kilometers and third most populated one (after Tenerife and Gran Canaria) with 149,183 inhabitants;
- Capital city: Arrecife;
- Language: Spanish (most of the local will speak basic English though);
- Time zone: Greenwich Meridian Time (GMT) throughout the year, except from April to October, when it changes to GMT+1;
- When to visit: as it can get very warm in the summer the best time to visit the island is Spring or Autumn;
- They drive on the right side;
- Tap water is not drinkable;
- They use Type C electrical plug;
- Check more info on their official tourism website.