People sometimes ask me why I would suggest Lanzarote as a vacation destination after visiting the island several times and living and working there for several years. The lengthy response could take hours to give; it would cover the best locations on the island, as well as exploring, walking routes, excursions, the social scene, and the variety of things you can do outside in the sunshine and warmth. But that conversation better save for another time over a few beers and some excellent Canarian tapas.
Simply said, in my experience as both a visitor and a local, Lanzarote is a singular and alluring location that provides travelers with a wide range of experiences. Those encounters could have a naturalistic basis. They may have been created by humans or may have developed naturally. Furthermore, there is never a dull moment in Lanzarote’s Allure since there is always something fresh to do.
Top 11 reasons for travelling Lanzarote
Here are some justifications for thinking about traveling to this magnificent island:
- The Lanzarote Beaches
- The Incredible Lanzarote Landscape
- The Traditional Canarian Culture and Heritage
- Outdoor Activities
- Art and Design
- Festivals and Celebrations
- Well Connected
- Lanzarote is warm even in winter!
1. The Lanzarote Beaches
While the majority of Spanish vacation spots include beaches, Lanzarote stands out from the competition due to the variety of beaches that can be found there. There is nothing else quite like it, from the golden sands of Playa Grande, Playa Dorada, and Papagayo to the black volcanic sand of Playa de Janubio.
You may find any kind of beach you can think of if you include the almost white sands of Caleton Blanco or the pebbled beaches along the West Coast of Timanfaya National Park. You may also select a beach that suits you; there are beaches that are crowded with people offering water sports and activities as well as isolated areas where you can enjoy the beach all to yourself.
2. The Incredible Lanzarote Landscape
Intense volcanic eruptions that occurred for six years in the 1700s in Lanzarote’s Timanfaya National Park produced the lunar-like topography. The island’s crown gem today, the park gives visitors the chance to go up close to volcanoes and lava flows. The majority of the island’s volcanoes are already extinct, but Fire Mountain is still experiencing geothermal activity beneath the surface, even though there isn’t any indication that it will soon erupt.
3. The Traditional Canarian Culture and Heritage
It’s common while traveling somewhere for a vacation to get distracted by the resorts and miss the local customs, culture, and history. Due to the small settlements and agricultural area in the north of the island, Lanzarote’s history is still present. In a way, I believe this was made possible by the legacy left by the late Cesar Manrique, who battled to prevent the island from entirely caving in to tourism’s demands.
4. Outdoor Activities
Outdoor enthusiasts should visit Lanzarote. The site offers an extensive selection of operations which includes paragliding, cycling, and hiking. Guests can indulge in aquatic sports for instance scuba diving, windsurfing, and kitesurfing. Additionally, it is the location of the La Santa Sports Complex, where world-class athletes train in the Canary Islands’ perpetual sunshine.
Canarian cuisine will tantalize your taste senses if, like me, you enjoy eating. Because of a combination of Spanish, African, and other influences, it is well known for its fresh fish, meat, and veggies. Numerous vineyards on Lanzarote create wines that are exclusive to the island. These wines are made available to tourists in the bodegas in La Geria, where they may also be enjoyed with local food at restaurants.
Due to its closeness to the equator, Lanzarote has subtropical desert weather with moderate average yearly temperatures. This makes it an ideal place to vacation the entire year round, specifically for people trying to escape the prolonged, dismal winters of Northern Europe. Since it experiences fewer inches of rainfall than the bulk of the other Canary Islands, the island is a fantastic choice to individuals who want to avoid the weather.
7. Art and Design
The island is also home to a number of innovative construction and design initiatives, including the late local artist, architect, and visionary César Manrique’s Jardin de Cactus and Mirador del Ro. Architectural structures, and other sightseers that Manrique was able to create by blending man and environment are evident proof of his effect on Lanzarote.
The island’s residents have a deep interest for art and design, which is evident during the frequent artisan fairs that are held there. An excellent spot to buy a souvenir or two to keep as a reminder of your trip to Lanzarote.
8. Festivals and Celebrations
Being a Spanish island, Lanzarote has a number of celebrations all year long that pay homage to the community’s customs and culture. Carnival, which is held all across the island in March and February, or the Fiestas de Santiago, which take place in Teguise every year in July. I strongly advise taking in the ambiance of Carnival if you can visit the island during this period.
9. Well Connected
The island has a single major airport that receives frequent international flights from all around Europe and regional inter-island flights with Tenerife and Gran Canaria. It is quite simple to go to and see the other islands in the Canary Island archipelago since a ferry service connects Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.
Apart from the tourist resorts’ mayhem, Lanzarote is renowned for its laid-back vibe and easygoing way of life. The hustle and bustle of daily life may be left behind as visitors seeking rest and relaxation can take advantage of some essential R&R.
11. Lanzarote is warm even in winter!
In Lanzarote, the weather is perfect. It’s near to perfect, one may say, with an average per year temperature of 20 degrees. Neither it’s too hot nor too chilly. There are no summer heat waves in Lanzarote, unlike, say, Madrid. Winter? Actually, it’s among the hottest places in Europe. There was no place in Europe that we could have hoped for finer weather during our almost month-long trip there in January. Maybe you’re thinking if the water in the sea is warm enough to swim in.
One of the factors that Lanzarote holidays are so popular is that there is “something for everyone” here. A break in Lanzarote should check all the boxes, whether you’re searching for a busy nightlife, a touch of luxury and leisure, outdoor activities, or a family escapes. As a year-round vacation spot, Lanzarote is equally well-liked in the summer for short getaways as it is in the winter for sun-filled getaways.