Things to do in Lanzarote
We lived in this island for six years and enjoyed as many things to do in Lanzarote as we could while living there. Here we share just a few of our favourites although there are loads of others.
Before we list our favourites… we highly recommend that you hire a car and get exploring. The island’s roads are excellent for most of the island, and you will get so much more out of the island if you shoehorn yourself of your sunbed. Set aside a day or two… then you still have plenty of time to relax poolside or at the beach.
Places to eat in Lanzarote
Being an island, seafood is plentiful in Lanzarote, and all of the resorts offer a vast plethora of restaurants geared up to serve a wide range of culinary delights for you. The village of El Golfo is a must for a sunset dinner… and lunchtime too! The aromas of paella, merluza, pulpo, and langoustines emanate from all directions… tempting you to partake. Some restaurants in the smaller villages do not provide a menu… so take a phrasebook if you’re unsure.
You can simply order meat or fish in El Golfo, and are provided with an overflowing platter of variety – accompanied of course with papas arrugadas (small, wrinkly, salted potatoes), and the spicy mojo rojo and fragrant mojo verde sauces. Rabbit and suckling pig are just two of the other specialities available here on the Island. So don’t stick to your safety zone… let loose, and try some of the traditional fayre.
We personally recommend:
- Mardeleva – just outside the harbour in Old Town Puerto del Carmen – the seafood platter is superb!
- La Taberna – a great tapas restaurant at the Marina Rubicon in Playa Blanca. Their Spanish dishes are better than their English interpretations. Try the deepfried baby octopi or the dates wrapped in bacon – divine!
Tourist Attractions in Lanzarote
Cesar Manrique’s House
Go back in time, and imagine you are in the lair of a James Bond baddie. The building has been carved into the volcanic rock… making use of the natural bubbles beneath the surface to create a stunning museum.
Cesar Manrique is considered one of Lanzarote’s most influential residents (past and present). He fought to ensure that legislation was passed to stop tall buildings from being built. On the whole, Lanzarote has played ball… with very few buildings exceeding the “no taller than the tallest palm tree” rule.
His “House” is well worth a visit. Head along and find out more about Lanzarote’s favourite son.
Just up the road from there is the Jardín de Cactus – a collection of hundreds of prickly specimens in a beautiful layout. It is well worth a visit and should be enjoyed be anyone, regardless of whether they like plants or not.
Timanfaya National Park
You can book excursions from your hotel or resort… or drive to Timanfaya yourself. Once inside, you board a coach and are given a tour of the volcanoes (in several languages). After the tour, you are invited to watch a short demonstration of the volcanic heat lurking just below the surface. There is also a restaurant (El Diablo) where much of the menu is cooked using the heat from the volcano. There is also a small gift shop on site. Lots of photo opportunities here… and well worth a visit.
We also recommend a visit to the Timanfaya Visitor Centre, which is on the same side as the park itself, but further west. Inside are many exhibits and information points to help educate you even further. There is also an outdoor viewing point and a cinema where a short film is shown, as well as a demonstration.
If you fancy riding a camel, then on the left just befrore the park entrance you can join the camel train which takes you for a short ride on a camel. A great way to see the volcanic landcape up close.
Dolphin watching in Lanzarote
If you would like to see dolphins while on holiday in Lanzarote, then we recommend that you take a boat trip and see happy dolphins frolicking in the wild – as they should be. There are boats available in all resorts that can help you out. Your hotel or villa owner will be able to advise on the best trips available for you.
We no longer provide positive promotion for the Rancho Texas park. We take a very dim view of breeding animals in captivity for commercial gain. Dolphins are not endangered… and there is no reason to keep these intelligent and majestic creatures in captivity for entertainment. Dolphin parks have been closing all over the world and (in our opinion), this one should never have been allowed to open. Your choice of course.
Jameos del Agua and Cuevas de Los Verde
These two attractions can easily be visited together, due to their location.
They are built around a naturally occuring lava bubble on the coast, and which were then turned into a centre of culture by the artist, Cesar Manrique.
The underground lake is stunning, and contains a species of albino crabs, unique to Lanzarote.
They are easy to get to and your hire car will contain a map that marks them clearly.
La Geria is the winemaking region of the island and the scenery is breathtaking. Black lava fields covered with vines in horseshoe shaped “zocos”, with white buildings dotted about.
There are several bodegas along the way through that will happily show you around and allow you to sample with a view to buying a bottle or two of the fantastic wines.
If you’re not driving, there are several island tours available that can take you – a quick Google search will bring those up for you, or your hotel can advise. Much cheaper to go alone and explore them yourself though – just ensure that you have a non-drinking designated driver.
Lanzarote wines are extremely well respected and I can heartily recommend the the dry white Bermejo from personal experience – it’s my favourite! Grab me a bottle while you’re there!
We have been working with Dawn Dives Lanzarote for a few years now (in various capacities) and can recommend them without hesitation.
If you would like to visit the underwater Museo Atlantico, just off the coast of Playa Blanca – then speak to Garry and his team who can arrange this for you… as well as taking you to many other diving hotspots.
When contacting them, quote the code “Spain Buddy” for a 10 per cent discount that we have negotiated on your behalf.
We have only given you a couple of ideas here, but you can also sunbathe, swim snorkel or take a submarine trip… hike, bike or watch the IronMan… visit amazing viewpoints… get on a Quad or Segway… and much much more!
We also run a busy Facebook Group for Playa Blanca. It only covers that town rather than the whole island… but if Playa Blanca is your holiday destination, you’ll find the Group a friendly and helpful place to ask questions about the town.
by Elle Draper
Elle, along with Alan, is the owner of Spain Buddy and the busy web design business – Gandy-Draper. Born a “Norverner”, she then spent most of her life “Dann Saff” before moving to Spain in 2006. Elle’s loves are Alan, the internet, their three bouncing dogs, good food, and dry white wine – although not necessarily in that order.