While Lanzarote was once obscured from the limelight by its more famous sister Tenerife, this sun-soaked Canary Island has really made a name for itself in recent years.
It has plenty to offer families and tourists for the upcoming holiday season with its mix of charming whitewashed villages, mesmerising beaches, unique terrain and host of outdoor activities. With (almost) guaranteed sun 365 days a year, short flight times and budget-friendly restaurants, this is a timeshare getaway worth trying this year if you’ve never been before.
Here are some of the best beaches, bays and ports around this fair weather island, all worth exploring if you’re heading to Lanzarote’s shores this summer.
This pretty modern harbour is made for strolling around, featuring designer clothes shops and trendy bars and restaurants. Meanwhile, you can expect glorious, Michelin-starred food at restaurant ‘Amura’, which has some spectacular dishes (the prices reflect this) for special occasions.
This resort is becoming increasingly popular and is home to the main port where you can take a boat to Fuerteventura. Visitors here can expect plenty of shops, as well as a main street lined with lovely restaurants and tapas bars. Make a trip to the nearby Femes, a pretty hillside village, or chill out at one of the many pristine beaches around Punta Papagayo.
Based to the south of El Golfo on the road towards Lagna de Janubio (salt flats), this name literally translates to ‘the kettles’ which describes how the water ‘boils’ around the rocks. Possibly not the best location for kids, but if you’re taking small children, be careful because some of the steps are steep and the pathways exposed.
Lanzarote’s landmark mountain is well worth a visit, if only to see water poured into the ground to be blown back as steam – is stiflingly hot up here! Amazingly, the local restaurant uses the natural heat to cook all its dishes, making it the ultimate in “eco cuisine”.
The area around this shore is very rocky but is ideal for surfers as it works to form some spectacular waves. Here, you can also access a little island next to Club La Santa, where the many athletes base themselves for winter training.
This is fantastic for families, thanks to the zoo here where you’ll spot a lot of varieties of birds and playful meerkats.The parrots put on a good show, while the café serves some excellent family-friendly food. While admission is quite is quite expensive, there’s plenty to see and do, so allow enough time to take it all in.
Jameos del Agua
This is one to visit – a nightclub / restaurant / theatre crafted out of natural caves and open during the day as a tourist attraction. Head there for midday to see the pool with dazzlingly white crabs become illuminated by the sun.
This is the island’s original capital, prior to Arrecife, and hosts a great market on a Sunday selling local goods. It’s also worth taking a leisurely stroll around the cobbled streets, before visiting the Castillo de Santa Barbara perched on the top of an extinct volcano.
With an excellent beach and an array of water-sports, this resort is ideal for adventurers. There are also plenty of restaurants, one of the best being Villa Toledo.
Puerto del Carmen
This is the island’s main resort and a year round timeshare favourite where you can really escape winter thanks to more than generous temperatures in the high teens and 20s – even in very early spring! It stretches 5km from the airport (Matagorda) via Playa de los Pocillos. From Playa Blanca towards the harbour, restaurants and bars line the roads virtually uninterrupted, so it’s always lively.