Lanzarote’s early history is shrouded in myth; the island was once rumoured to be Atlantis, the lost city. The Guanche, the earliest known residents of the Canary Islands, probably originated in Arabia or North Africa. They settled in Lanzarote as early as 500 BC and earned their living by farming and fishing.
Later, as naval trade grew more important among European nations, the Canary Islands proved to be important. Lanzarote was the first part of the Canary Islands to be conquered by the Spanish (Jean de Bethencourt conquered it in the early 1400s).
The Spanish were not the only aggressors the people of Lanzarote had to contend with, however. Due to the close proximity of the African coast, the island was subject to repeated raids by Moroccan pirates. During the 16th century, this aggression grew worse, and soon after, the British began to raid the island as well. These British buccaneers included John Poole, Sir John Hawkins and Sir Walter Raleigh. The French also plundered a bit too.
By the 17th century, piracy and the flight of many islanders to Gran Canaria had diminished the island population to a measly 300 people.
During the 1730s, huge volcanic eruptions demolished many towns. However, this new volcanic soil provided valuable bedrock for farming. It was especially ideal for wine grapes, which led to some prosperity for the remaining islanders.
Today, a small agricultural industry and a booming tourism industry are the principal driver of the island’s economy.
Lanzarote is a piece of paradise in the Canary Island Archipelago, perfect for honeymooners or those who wish to escape from the hustle of daily life.
There are stark volcanic landscapes, smooth white-sand beaches in the south, and lush greenery in the north. Feel free to come any time of year; Lanzarote’s mild, dry climate is always refreshing.
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This farm has been turned into a beautiful museum that lets you experience the past in Lanzarote.
This underground lava tunnel is a great stop for those interested in volcanic action.
This large casino is modern and exciting. It offers roulette and other popular games for you to enjoy.
This museum has stunning architecture that is built into the surrounding rock and volcanic mounds.
This amusement park has wild animals to view and other activities to keep kids and adults occupied.
This beach is a popular place to spend time surfing, swimming, and lounging with locals and tourists.
This marina is located on the Playa Blanca, which has beautiful white sands and a local market.
Enjoy this beautiful botanical garden and see local, as well as nonindigenous, flora and fauna.
This beach is a popular attraction that draws locals and tourists to its unspoiled sands.
This surf school is a great place to learn about surfing and to catch some waves with locals and tourists.
This modern art museum is located in the historic Castillo de San José. It was constructed in the 18th century to address the piracy problem. Only a 30-minute walk from the city centre, the museum showcases works by Manrique, Millares, Sempere, Gerardo Rueda, Miró, and Tápies, among others. Stick around and have lunch at the museum’s restaurant after perusing the gallery.
This castle is not the oldest one on the Canary Islands, but you would not guess so from looking at it. Sancho de Herrera constructed it during the 16th century atop Guanapay Peak. From its perch, you can admire the glorious view of the plains. The restored castle is now home to the Museo del Emigrante Canario, where you can browse the collection that illustrates the islands’ history of migration to Spain’s American colonies.
This sprawling structure currently functions as a government residence and a museum. It was built sometime between 1730 and 1780, and then in 1895 the Spínolas, a wealthy Lanzarote family, took possession of it.
Check out this bright gallery that serves as a cultural centre. Look around and try to notice Manrique’s influence in the facelift of the warehouse where it is housed. The centre features a cinema, exhibitions, and a bar and restaurant named after Picasso, who was Manrique’s friend. Go on the weekends and enjoy the live music.
Named after the island’s patron saint, this pretty church was erected in 1665. It showcases a beautiful statue from Cuba of aforementioned patron saint. As the opening hours are unpredictable, it’s best to check them beforehand.
This gorgeous, white, sandy beach is picture-perfect. It is located close to Calle Dr. Rafael González Negrin and is appropriate for children. Moreover, it is clean and not crowded, so head there to enjoy some peace and privacy.
Tip * Booking your Tours, Transfers & Airport Parking before you go will save your money & time and ensure a stress free start to your holiday
This bar offers drinks and comedy drag shows that change nightly, and all shows are family friendly.
This winetasting experience will let you explore Lanzarote while enjoying beautiful scenery in a local destination.
This tour takes you through a winery that blends in with the natural surroundings of Lanzarote.
This bar and lounge will allow you to interact with locals while spending a night out on the town.
This cave and cavern has a beautiful and unique restaurant inside that you can visit for a quick bite during your visit.
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The warmest months in Lanzarote include July, August, and September. In these months, temperatures average 28 to 29Â°C. Lows average from 19 to 20Â°C. In the cooler months of December, January, and February, you can expect average highs of 21 to 23Â°C and lows between 13 and 16Â°C. The weather is nice through most of the year, so outdoor activities can always be an option.
Golf aficionados can enjoy 18 beautiful holes of golf, and beginners can sign up for lessons. The Costa Teguise club is also available for rent.
Hop on a boat for a sailing cruise to the Isla de Lobos, which is situated off of Fuerteventura. The tour, in which a light lunch is included, is given Monday through Friday on the 33-meter-long boat and runs between 10.15 a.m. and 5.45 p.m.
Take advantage of Lanzarote’s world-famous waves! The Famara Surf Shop has all the equipment you would need and caters to all levels of experience, even providing lessons for beginners. Located in the north of the island, the shop also has knowledgeable employees that know the best surf spots and reef breaks.
Lanzarote is a perfect place for diving. The Cala Blanca diving centre is authorised by the Canarias government, and they speak five European languages in addition to English. The staff is extremely qualified, and provide dive equipment and PADI courses. Trial dives for beginners are called ‘sea baptisms’; beginners are treated with a great deal of patience and friendliness. They even offer specialty dives that include dives to explore underwater shipwrecks and underwater caverns, and nitrox dives that are perfect when going on consecutive dives.
Whether you would like to trek up volcanoes or along the beautiful coastline, Olita Treks offers superb local walks. Choose between half- or full-day walks, and the price includes transportation. Even more convenient, the guides speak English.
On a windy day, get out on the waves and enjoy the speed of windsurfing, especially in summer when the tradewinds make Lanzarote one of the top windsurfing destinations in the world. Windsurf Paradise has an international staff and is even child-friendly! They have beginner courses and beginner equipment as well.
The Barcelona Resort Hotel is a beautiful, sprawling oasis with amenities galore. It is also child-friendly with a multilevel playground, craft area, toys, and a giant waterslide. The resort is nestled in a quiet area of Costa Teguise, a popular spot for tourists, and boasts five freshwater swimming pools, miniature golf, tennis courts, volleyball court, and superb cuisine and entertainment to keep the adults just as amused as the kids.
The stunning Sandos Papagayo Arena Hotel is situated on the beachfront of Las Coloradas. Gorgeous ocean vistas and sunsets can be enjoyed from the terrace of every guestroom. For variety, the hotel boasts four restaurants, including an international buffet. There is a health club and swimming pools, as well as a nightclub.
Hipotels La Geria Hotel is a gorgeous four-star hotel located steps away from Pocillos beach. There are lovely gardens of local botany and a tranquil swimming pool and solarium. Unwind with the spa services offered or have a drink at the bar. Enjoy the soothing atmosphere even more by lingering over the included breakfasts and dinners.
If you would like to spend your time away from the beach in five-star luxury, check in at the magnificent Hesperia Hotel. Positioned just by the sea, next to the Puerto Calero marina, it features a garden, several pools, and Turkish baths. There is a host of entertainment options, and the guestrooms are stylish and luxurious.
The Guacimeta Airport serves the Canary Islands, as does the Lanzarote Airport, located five kilometres from Arrecife, the capital of the island. There are buses and plenty of taxis that can take you to and from the airport.
The bus system in Arrecife provides frequent services all about the urban area, such as to Puerto del Carmen and Costa Teguise. There are also other routes connecting to Playa Blanca in the south. There are plenty of guided tour buses as well that will stop multiple times so you can enjoy different sights and activities.
Taxis are only recommended for brief trips because otherwise they would end up being pricier than car hire.
Most travellers find that car hire in Lanzarote is the best option, but be mindful that you must be at least 21 years old to hire a car. Also, street parking is widely available in Arrecife.
Also, there are ferry services that travel between Gran Canaria and Arrecife. The Fred Olsen ferry company operates water ferries between Playa Blanca and Corralejo.
For great Moroccan cuisine, stroll over to Casa Leon (Calle Leon y Castillo). The owners are a Frenchman and a Canarian who are committed to offering healthy, fresh international cuisine options. The Moroccan lamps and unique art create a warm, tranquil atmosphere, and there’s an amazing buffet on Sundays.
Enjoy authentic Italian cuisine at Domus Pompeii (Calle Jose Betancourt 19). The owner is from Pompeii, so the pizzas are nothing short of thin-crust Neapolitan perfection. Also try the homemade pastas served with scrumptious fresh sauces and the delicious house wine.
The Spanish restaurant El Maño (Playa Blanca Marina Rubicon) is exceptional. It offers dishes from the entire country, such as a garlicky gazpacho called salmorejo from Cordoba and paella prepared in the Valencian style. Be sure to try the Burgos black pudding too.
Not only is the food at El Risco (Calle Montaña Blanca 30) delicious, but the location is first rate as well. The picturesque restaurant overlooks the ocean and has an interior nautical design. There is a terrace for enjoyable dining experiences outdoors. The owner recommends any fish or goat dish, but there are also pizzas and crepes for the less adventurous.
If for no other reason, go to La Tavernetta (La Marina & Calle Tresguerra) for the divine chocolate soufflé. But there are other reasons to visit this restaurant with large picture windows, such as the healthy fresh salads, seafood dishes, and breakfasts of bacon and eggs.
The water is potable, but bottled water is recommended, especially for infants. The health infrastructure is very good, including the emergency care. Before you leave home, ask your local Social Security centre for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
In case of emergency, dial 122 for all emergency services. Dial 091 for the police of Santa Cruz or Tenerife. There are various pharmacies; you can reach the ones on call by dialling 061.
Do not walk unaccompanied at late hours or in darkened areas wearing expensive jewels or carrying large quantities of cash. Do not leave personal belongings in parked vehicles, and do not take consumables offered by strangers in bars.
Make photocopies of all vital documents, keeping the copies on you and the originals in a secure place such as the safe in your hotel in Lanzarote. If you are assaulted, then keep yourself calm and try not to resist.
If you choose to drive in Lanzarote, then you should follow some essential driving rules, such as avoiding driving at night, avoiding hitchhikers, not stopping if you see a broken-down vehicle, and stopping only at service stations. Also, using a mobile phone behind the wheel is not allowed unless you employ a hands-free kit. Drivers must have two reflective triangles and high-visibility vests on hand.
Besides these tips, of course you should employ some commonsense rules like keeping yourself aware of your environs and keeping your wits about you.
Because of Lanzarote’s tropical location, it is highly advisable to wear sun cream when outdoors.