EasyJet Holidays: Lanzarote
If you want 20-degree sunshine all year round, then look no further than the Spanish island of Lanzarote. Part of the Canary Islands, this destination off the coast of North Africa is a resort hotspot with a difference. Of course, it’s ideal for lazing about by the ocean, cutting loose with some exciting nightlife or trying out any watersport your heart desires. And even though holidaymakers flock here for some of that well-known fun in the sun, the island of Lanzarote has much more to offer than you might think. Many of its visitors come to enjoy a more adventurous outdoorsy getaway as well.
If you want to experience Lanzarote in all its glory, then spend some time hiking around the cliffs of the island’s Northern Quarter, or mountain biking over its volcanic countryside. A large part of Lanzarote’s identity is the Timanfaya National Park, home to the Islote de Hilario volcano. Here, you can take a bus tour around the entire park, or even take gentle camel ride with your family. The choice is yours. And don’t forget the shopping in Lanzarote’s town of Teguise. Founded in the 15th century, this provincial town is the island’s original capital city. Every Sunday there is a bustling market that is a must for any bargain hunter. You can find the freshest fish, meats and cheeses, not to mention music, and plenty of places to relax and soak up the local atmosphere.
So remember, this is not just an island of friendly resorts and beach loving tourists. It’s a place for adventure and exploration. With rolling volcanic hills, blue skies and perfect sand, Lanzarote has got something for everyone.
Top Lanzarote resorts
Puerto del Carmen
This is Lanzarote’s original resort. Beginning life as a small fishing village called La Tiñosa, it now stretches over 6km along the coastline. It is the closest resort to Arrecife Airport and is best known for its vibrant nightlife. Sitting right next to Centro Atlantico, you can find all the pubs, nightclubs and discos you want.
This is one of Lanzarote’s newest and fastest growing resorts. Sitting just off of the Southern tip of the island, the Blanca has a much slower pace of life. It’s bars, restaurants and nightlife are not as bustling as the northern resorts, with many of its inhabitants preferring a quiet stroll around the harbour, instead of a late night beach party.
As Lanzarote’s second resort to be developed, the rocky coastline has been transformed into a vibrant holiday quarter that contains a golf course, water park and aquarium. It is a popular children’s snorkelling destination and the square of Pueblo Marinero has a great Friday evening market to kick off the weekend.
Things to do in Lanzarote
Surfing in Famara
Located on the northwestern side of the island, Famara is a famous watersports spot for people of all ages. With consistent Atlantic winds blowing across the strandline, it’s the perfect place to do windsurfing, kite-boarding and traditional surfing. There are a number of surf schools here, with world-renowned instructors, so don’t worry too much about falling off your board.
This is a tiny island located off the northern tip of Lanzarote, reached by the ferry from Orzola. It has no roads, no streets, only sandy beaches and a handful of fresh fish restaurants. La Graciosa is a peaceful place, with many of its visitors opting to hike and cycle around the entire island after eating.
Said by the locals to be Lanzarote’s most beautiful beach, the Papagayo is a glimmering white sandy paradise sheltered by cliffs. The beach is located amongst the volcanic hills of the Los Ajaches nature reserve and is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the quiet sea breeze.
The César Manrique
If you decide to visit the Timanfaya National Park and travel to the summit of the volcano, then you must visit the restaurant designed by César Manrique. A famous spot in Lanzarote, the Manrique cook all of their meat and fish on a grill that uses the heat from inside the volcano itself.
Food and drink in Lanzarote…
The food in Lanzarote is focused on one thing and one thing only, fresh fish. If you want to get a taste of this Spanish/North African hybrid then you should try some of their exotic fishes, dishes include cherne (wreckfish), sama (red sea bream), vieja (parrotfish), dorado (gilt-head sea bream), merluza (hake) and pezespada (swordfish). If you want something that isn’t fish, then maybe try Conejo al Salmorejo (a rabbit covered in a spiced sauce). And to take the edge off of these savoury delights, the locals often drink Malvasia, an old world grape wine, or Ron miel, a sweetened honey rum.
Many of the local families run the restaurants in Lanzarote, so the quality and price is a highpoint of your dining experience on the island. A lot of the food is seafood based and, obviously, a classic paella is going to be something to remember. But, it’s worth experimenting, as many of the restaurants here offer a wide range of choices. One eatery to visit in particular is the Mesón La Frontera. It’s a family owned establishment that cooks its food with the local produce and is very tourist friendly. What a perfect way to get a taste of the Canary Islands.
Going to Lanzarote with easyJet holidays…
If you want to sample what Lanzarote has to offer, try an easyJet holiday. Enjoy great deals on resorts, activities and more with us. We can handle it all, whether it’s a last minute bargain on a great beach holiday, a romantic getaway or a long hiking vacation. We have a whole host of flexible booking options, and don’t forget that you can save more when you book your flight and hotel together. Find out more about holidays in Spain with easyJet holidays.