Sometimes all we want is to feel the sun on our skin and the sand between our toes, especially smack bang in the middle of winter. Lanzarote can provide you with that much-needed warmth thanks to its year-round sunshine that you can experience as you relax on their an endless supply of sandy beaches. This volcanic island is a must-see if you’ve never been. Sitting just off the north coast of Africa, Lanzarote is part of a small group of Canary Islands, including Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, and Tenerife.
Lanzarote has many volcanic mountains, craters and lava tunnels, perfect for trekking around and exploring more of the island. It’s a four-hour flight from the UK, and the average temperature is around 22 degrees, so it’s no surprise this island proves popular with couples, families and solo travelers. It really is the perfect island getaway!
Areas to stay
Deciding on a place to stay on this beautiful island, will leave you spoilt for choice. Whether you want to see the sea from your bedroom and fully relax with a secluded home away from home, or are packing up the whole family to embark on an adventure. Villas in Lanzarote are the perfect base to fit your needs; you can go at your own pace and make the space your home. Want more of a busy area? Playa Blanca, Costa Teguise, and Puerto del Carmen are your best spots for the whole family. Fancy it being a little quieter? You can choose from plenty of accommodation in Tias and Yaiza so that you can relax and reset.
The breathtaking views of this volcanic island make it the perfect place to explore. Think active volcanoes, gigantic mountains, lunar-style craters, black sand, and red terrain, as well as its beautiful beaches with white sand and crystal blue seas. Just taking a walk around the island, you will see the influence of César Manrique, the visionary artist, architect, and environmentalist. It’s worth visiting the many places on the island he designed, to get an idea of what he and his vision was about. Many believe his creations accentuated the geology of the rocky island, to turn it into the popular tourist attractions they are today. You can even visit his home, which is built into boulders in a lava field; there’s nothing quite like it.
While there are plenty of activities that you should make time for, one that you can’t miss out on is Mount Timanfaya. There are hundreds of inactive volcanos on the island, but Mount Timanfaya is the only active one. It was declared a Unesco Biosphere Reserve in 1993 and was even used as a training base for Nasa’s Apollo 17 crew. Book an excursion to see the magnificence of the volcano and its surroundings; there’s even a signature restaurant at the top that cooks the food served with the park’s geothermal heat – amazing!
Sit back and relax
Bring on the beaches! Known for its beautiful collection of crystal clear waters, and sand that stretches for miles, you’re in for a real treat, whichever one you choose. Depending on where you’re staying on the island, you’ll find amazing spots to suit the sun seekers and the water sports fans. Puerto Carmen is a lively beach on the south coast of the island, that’s perfect for families. Surrounded by great restaurants, bars and facilities, it’s the perfect place for the kids to play, while you sunbathe, listen to music or read Playa Blanca translates to ‘white beach,’ and it’s easy to see why. Its white sands will make you think you’ve landed in actual paradise. You can even take a ferry from here to visit Fuerteventura. The island has a beach for everyone, plus the average water temperature is a glorious 19.5 degrees all year.
Lanzarote has become renowned for its amazing activities. Whether you want to get in the water and surf or paddleboard or stay on dry land and cycle or hike, you have the flexibility to do both. As it’s so breezy, professional cyclists come and stay here to train on the rocky terrains. If water sports are more your thing, you’ve got amazing beaches to choose from when you’re on the island. Some of the best diving schools are right in Lanzarote, so even if you’re a seasoned professional or an absolute novice, you can take lessons and become certified in no time. The island’s colourful fish and shipwrecks are worth it. Famara and La Santa beach are perfect for surfers and bodyboarders wanting to catch a wave or two. Or you can head to Costa Teguise for windsurfing with the whole family.