Lanzarote Tourist Guide

Lanzarote - Overview

Booking one of our villas in Lanzarote? Then our introduction to the island should help you to discover more.

Lanzarote is the eastern most island in the seven strong Canary chain and lies just seventy miles off the coast of West Africa. On a similar line of latitude to parts of Florida and Mexico and with a semi-tropical climate that guarantees sunshine and minimum temperatures of 19C all year round.

Lanzarote is just four hours flying time from the UK and flights to the island are available from most British and Irish airports. There are plenty of airlines offering good value flights to Lanzarote.

Tourism is concentrated in three main resorts on the island - all of which are located along the well protected south east coastline:

Costa Teguise, to the north, is Lanzarote's smallest resort - and makes a good base for anyone planning to explore the island's many cultural attractions. View a selection of holiday villas in Costa Teguise.

Puerto Del Carmen - in the centre, is Lanzarote's oldest and most popular resort. Offering a good selection of nightlife, bars and restaurants - as well as a 6km long strip of golden sand beaches. Browse holiday villas in Puerto del Carmen.

Playa Blanca at the southern tip of the island is Lanzarote's newest resort - and enjoys the best microclimate on the island. As well as spectacular beaches - such as the five stretches of sand at Papagayo, to the east of the town and breathtaking views across to the neighbouring island of Fuerteventura. View our selection of holiday villas in Playa Blanca.

Lanzarote also boasts an emerging new destination in the form of the upmarket marina at Puerto Calero - which provides berth space for 400 plus luxury yachts and which is also home to a good selection of atmospheric restaurants.

Beaches in Lanzarote

Lanzarote is home to over 90 beaches - the vast majority of which are comprised of golden grains, as opposed to the black sands often associated with other Canary Islands.

All of the resorts (with the exception of Puerto Calero) offer an excellent choice of beaches. And there are many more spectacular stretches of sands to be found around the island, such as the beautiful horseshoe shaped bay at Famara on Lanzarote's more rugged North West coastline.

Read our Lanzarote beach guide to find out more.

Hail Cesar

For a small island Lanzarote is big on attractions, thanks in no small part to the influence of the island born artist and architect Cesar Manrique who fought to conserve Lanzarote's identity and integrity back in the 1970s - just when other Spanish sun spots were being submerged beneath a sea of high rise hotels as package tourism started to take off.

Manrique illuminated an alternative path for the evolution of tourism on Lanzarote by uniting the unique volcanic terrain of the island with his own artistic aesthetic, resulting in the creation of an array of original tourist sites such as the Jameos del Agua.

Manrique's influence even incorporates the invisible - as he was instrumental in pushing through laws that forbade the construction of any edifice taller than a Canarian palm, as well as successfully outlawing advertising hoardings and billboards.

As a result, away from the well contained main resorts Lanzarote retains a very unspoiled air and was the first island in the world to be declared a UNESCO protected biosphere back in 1994.

Key Attractions

Timanfaya National Park

Lanzarote was subjected to the world's longest ever volcanic eruption back in 1730 - lasting six years and covering around one quarter of the island in lava. Today, the eerie moonscape of the Timanfaya National Park is the islands number one tourist attraction and a real must see for all visitors.

Mirador Del Rio

Seek out a natural high at this incredible lookout point, converted by Manrique from a former artillery battery, granting birds eye views of the neighbouring island of La Graciosa.

The Cesar Manrique Foundation

Manrique created his own home and a studio/gallery out of five underground volcanic bubbles back in the 1960s. It still blows visitors away to this day.

The Cactus Garden

View over 10,000 of the plant worlds spiniest species at this unique garden set into an old quarry in the small village of Guatiza.

Jameos Del Agua

Manrique turned a massive submerged lava tube into an incredible underground auditorium. Dubbed the 8th Wonder of The World by Hollywood legend Rita Heyworth.

Cuevas del los Verdes

Explore the underground system that once sheltered Lanzaroteños from frequent pirate raids - and discover the secret of the caves.

Valley Of 1000 Palms

The ideal antidote to the arid south of the island - the Valley of 1000 Palms is a green and lush oasis in the north of the island. It is also home to the impossibly pretty village of Haria.

For more in-depth Lanzarote tourist information we recommend visiting the Lanzarote Guidebook website.