About Lanzarote, Spain
Lanzarote is one of the least developed of the Canary Islands. Blessed with a 259km-long coastline comprised mainly of towering cliffs, headlands and spectacular rock formations (created by volcanic eruptions and erosion), Lanzarote boasts more than 90 mainly golden-sand beaches.
Several beach resorts offer a wide range of bars, restaurants and accommodation options for a great beach holiday or romantic getaway at any time of the year.
Things to do and see
Head to the island’s top surfing beach, Famara on the north coast, sunbathe on the secluded sun-kissed white sands of Papagayo to the south and unwind in comfort at a choice of accommodation options in the beach resorts of Playa Blanca, Puerto del Carmen and Costa Teguise.
Tour the desolate and wild volcanic landscape of Parque Nacional de Timanfaya, a UNESCO-designated biosphere reserve in the southwest of Lanzarote.
Discover more than 1000 species of prickly plants at the Jardin de Cactus (Cactus Gardens) and admire modernist paintings and sculptures at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, located in the 18th century fortress of Castillo San Jose in Arrecife.
Then visit the natural lava-formed grottos of Cueva de los Verdes and Jameos de Aqua, since styled by Lanarote’s most famous artist, Cesar Manrique, to provide visitors with a surreal underground experience.
Location – Lanzarote is located in the Canary Islands (or Islas Canarias), an island archipelago comprising seven large and six smaller islands that sit in the Atlantic Ocean around 1100km off the Spanish mainland and just 100km from the northwest coast of Africa.
Getting there – By air, Lanzarote’s Guasimeta Airport receives daily flights from Tenerife and Gran Canaria, as well as from Barcelona and Madrid on the Spanish mainland. The airport is located around 6km east of Arrecife and 6km north of Puerto del Carmen.
By sea, there are frequent interisland ferry, hydrofoil and jetfoil services to and from Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura. How to get to Lanzarote . . .