For decades the island of Lanzarote has been one of the most popular tourist hotspots for families, couples and solo travellers seeking some coveted sun, sea and sand and this is a trend that does not show any signs of ever ending. The most easterly of Spain’s famed autonomous Canary Islands found in the Atlantic Ocean on a holiday to Lanzarote you can be absolutely certain of three things; sun, sea and sand. With a well-established and basically booming tourist industry, you can really relax under the sun in Lanzarote. If you are still to visit this lovely island or are planning a holiday there soon, then find out 5 of the top things to do when you are there.
5 Visit Timanfaya National Park
Lanzarote may be a somewhat small island, but it still boasts a stunning National Park, Timanfaya. Covering an area of just over 50km sq, this compact park is still well-worth a visit when you are holidaying on the island. Located in the south-west of Lanzarote on its coastline, interestingly this park is on entirely volcanic soil which is understandable since the park is named after the island’s one active volcano, Timanfaya Volcano. The whole island of Lanzarote is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve with the park as the peak of this, so it is in incredible place to see some lovely flora and fauna from its two regulated footpaths.
4 Take in a show at Los Jameos del Agua
Forget a boring old concert hall that you can visit anywhere; instead take in a show at the underground grotto concert hall Los Jameos del Agua which has an impressive seating capacity of 600. A couple of handy volcanic caverns have been turned into an incredible concert hall complete with adjoining bar and restaurant, and it’s true that the acoustics are absolutely phenomenal. It is one of the major venues of the annual Festival of Visual Music of Lanzarote which can be the perfect time to check it out.
3 Check out the village of Haria
During the 17th and 18th centuries every time a new baby was born in the village of Haria, a palm tree was planted in a sort of ceremony. This means that these days Haria, which is located in the northern tip of the island is simply spectacular with hundreds upon hundreds of old palm trees that were planted over the years. It is a great excuse to go and explore the rugged northern part of the island too!
2 Take part in some water sports
Thanks to its location in the very southern part of Europe, Lanzarote boasts some fantastic temperatures whether you are out or in the water, so take the chance to try something new with a fun water sport like jet skiing or surfing. With loads of different water sports experiences to be had on the island, it is well worth a look-in.
1 Visit Castillo de San Jose & International Museum of Contemporary Art
And finally to end on something a bit more cultural, check out this stunning 18th century castle which was originally built as a protection against pirates and smugglers. Throw into this mix an incredible art museum, and you can easily spend a day out learning a bit more about the lovely island of Lanzarote!