Lanzarote: Favorite Places
Art, nature and culture are in harmony on the island of Lanzarote. Spearheaded by Lanzarote-born artist, César Manrique, the island has a wealth of stunning cultural centers, art galleries and museums that blend perfectly into their natural settings. The island also boasts over 93 beaches, many of which have blue flag status. With an enviable climate all year long, Lanzarote is a beach lover’s paradise. Book a stay at a beach hotel in Lanzarote for the perfect beach, solo or family vacation.
Best beach hotels in Lanzarote for different types of travelers
Sun, surf and sand for the solo traveler
Located on the north-east of the island, the small village of Caleta de Fuste is a charming destination famous for its surfing. There are dozens of surf shops where you can rent kitesurfing as well as surfing equipment, as well as offering lessons for beginners. Playa de las Cucharas in Costa Teguise is a great place to windsurf. You can also try your hand at snorkeling, scuba diving, canoeing or parasailing. The palm fringed beach of Playa Reducto is right in the center of town in the capital of Arrecife, and is great for swimming due to the reefs that surround the shoreline. The island offers some of the best diving in Europe with Costa Teguise, Playa Blanca and Puerto del Carmen being the best beaches to visit if you want to have a go at scuba diving. With its wide variety of leisure activities on offer and its focus on quiet relaxation, the Meliá Salinas in Costa Teguise ticks all of the boxes for a perfect active yet relaxing holiday at the beach. A trip to the underwater museum, Museo Atlántico, on the south coast of Lanzarote in Bahai de las Coloradas, is a must see. Conceived of as a place to promote education, preserve and protect the natural marine environment, Jason deCaires Tayor’s huge pH neutral cement sculptures create a romantic yet apocalyptic otherworldly experience you will not easily forget.
Fantastic family fun
The island boasts a number of theme and water parks that will have the little ones roaring with delight. From Aqualava and Dino Park at Playa Blanca to horse riding in Yaiza and Rancho Texas in Puerto del Carmen, a stay at a beach hotel in Lanzarote offers fun for the whole family. Families can also enjoy a movie together under the stars, while sipping on drinks and eating snacks, at an open air cinema in Puerto del Carmen. The main resorts of Puerto del Carmen, Costa Teguise and Playa Blanca all boast excellent beaches. Playa Garita in Arrieta has restaurants nearby and facilities like well-maintained showers and toilets, making it perfect for everyone, particularly families. Though the Canary Islands are often associated with black sand, Lanzarote has many golden beaches as well as black sand beaches. Some beaches also have sand imported from the Sahara, given that Lanzarote is just 140 km off the north coast of Africa, on the same latitude as the Sahara desert. The huge two-level pool complex of the Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort right next to the beach in Playa Blanca is comfortable and luxurious but at the same time extremely child-friendly, boasting sports, leisure and recreational activities, six pools, a family-friendly restaurant, spa, fitness studio and hotel-run kids’ paradise.
Lookouts, lazing and long romantic walks for lovers
Lanzarote offers numerous vantage points, or miradors (meaning lookout in Spanish), that boast stunning views of the island’s dramatic scenery, and are guaranteed to take your breath away. Located some 478 meters high at the end of the Risco de Famara range, Mirador del Rio is one of the most beautiful, offering a spectacular vista across the tiny straight of El rio to the islands of the Chinijo Archipelago. Boasting the ambience of a private villa, you will feel as though you have the place all to yourself at the Villa VIK Boutique Hotel for adults only just outside of the city center of Arrecife. The second most romantic thing for couples to do after taking long strolls on the beach is a yacht charter to the other beautiful Canary Islands. Ultimately, the beaches are the biggest attraction, inviting visitors to relax and unwind on their unspoiled stretches of sand. Lanzarote’s fabulous rugged coastline has an abundance of coves and beaches to explore and enjoy. After a full day of sunbathing and swimming, indulge your skin with a selection of massages and treatments at one of the excellent spa facilities on Lanzarote. From thalassotherapy centers, thermal resorts and spa hotels, volcanic stone massages to wine body wraps, there is an indulgent or restorative treatment for everyone. All you have to do is relax and enjoy.