13 must-do things to do in Lanzarote

Visiting Lanzarote: what are the best things to see and do on the volcano island?

Lanzarote, often referred to as theisland of a thousand volcanoes, is a small Canary Island in the northeast of the archipelago, close to Fuerteventura. These Spanish islands lie in the heart of the Atlantic Ocean, just across from Morocco, and are renowned for their pleasant year-round climate.

Ideal in both winter and summer, the island of Lanzarote attracts all types of travelers for its lunar landscapes, sandy beaches and exotic atmosphere. Although small in size, at 845 km², it’s packed with points of interest and things to discover.

Want to know what to do in Lanzarote? Here’s a list of 13 must-sees so you can visit Lanzarote without missing a beat!

1. Playa Papagayo


Photo credit: Shutterstock – underworld

This is one of Lanzarote’s best-known beaches, and its popularity is undeniable. This long stretch of sand nestled between two cliffs is sure to provide you with a pleasant moment of relaxation.

Enjoy a swim in crystal-clear water, admire the fish and make the most of your vacation. You’ll also be able to watch beautiful sunsets every evening.

2. A boat trip


Photo credit: Shutterstock – lunamarina

To make the most of the island and its crystal-clear waters, what could be better than a boat trip?

In fact, renting a boat allows you to enjoy breathtaking panoramas, from cliffs to coves nestled in a heavenly setting.

And having your own small boat gives you the choice of stopping wherever you like to explore the island’s rich seabed. An unforgettable experience for all the family and friends!

Find a boat to rent in Lanzarote

3. Timanfaya National Park

Lanzarote is famous for its many volcanoes. In fact, the island experienced an impressive eruption in 1730, whose lava flows caused a great deal of damage. The Timanfaya National Park allows you to admire these volcanoes, now much calmer, as well as the surrounding desert landscapes.

You can explore the national park on foot(see hikes) by car. There is also a bus tour, with several stops to admire the various viewpoints. With its craters, lack of vegetation and wide-open spaces, this lunar landscape is sure to win you over.

4. The Cactus Garden

In a picturesque setting, designed by Cesar Manrique, lies an exotic garden with a thousand and one varieties of cactus. If you’re looking for something to do in Lanzarote, this visit, for young and old alike, offers a pleasant stroll in beautiful surroundings. Don’t forget to finish your visit to the cactus garden with a view from the windmill, the only surviving mill on the island of Lanzarote.

5. La Cueva de los Verdes

This impressive 10 km-long cave was formed by a major lava flow. You can visit it with the help of a guide who will lead you through its corridors. This is your chance to admire stalactites and other formations highlighted by a play of light, as well as many other astonishing natural features. At the end of the tour, a surprise awaits you! But that’s all we can tell you.

6. Playa de Famara

The Canary Islands are famous for surfing, and Lanzarote is no exception. If you want to play with the waves or simply take your first lesson, head for Famara beach in the north of the island. This pebble beach has remained quite wild and tranquil. But if surfing doesn’t appeal to you, you can always go for a swim. You can’t visit Lanzarote without visiting it!

7. Discover the island’s typical villages

Punta Mujeres, Lanzarote

Photo credit: Flickr – Os Putos

Aside from the often busy, touristy coastal towns, Lanzarote is home to many small, typical villages such as Arrieta, Punta Mujeres, Guatiza and Los Cocoteros, whose whitewashed houses give them great charm and a real sense of tranquility, typical of island life. And don’t miss the small fishing village ofOrzola , where you can enjoy fresh grilled fish.

8. Los Hervideros

Los Hervideros, Lanzarote

Photo credit: Flickr – alkainel

Lanzarote and its volcanoes offer the chance to observe a special natural phenomenon, typical of the Canary Islands. The seashore is made up of dried lava flowing down to the ocean. The Los Hervideros site, in particular, is well laid out, allowing you to admire the waves crashing against these atypical rocks. This must-see visit to Lanzarote is a great way to observe the power of this element.

9. César Manrique Foundation

Fondation César Manrique, Lanzarote

Photo credit: Flickr – Kent Wang

In Tahiche, in the north-east of Lanzarote, you can discover one of artist César Manrique’s houses, which he transformed into an art gallery. Visiting the site takes you through corridors carved out of lava between each room, giving it a very playful feel. You’ll find the artist’s famous works and astonishing architecture.

César Manrique (1919-1992) was a committed artist who made a major contribution to the development and protection of Lanzarote. His ecological values and his artistic project led to the island being classified as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. He is behind a number of creative and tourist projects on Lanzarote, including the development of viewpoints, galleries and gardens.

10. La Playa de Janubio

This black-sand beach lets you lay down your towel in a volcanic setting. It’s close to the Janubio salt flats, which are also well worth a visit, although you can’t actually visit them. Playa de Janubio is also an ideal place to enjoy the sunset.

11. Montana Colorada volcano

If you’re looking for something to do on Lanzarote, a volcano climb is a must on the island. It usually takes less than an hour to reach the top of the crater, where you can enjoy breathtaking views. It’s an enjoyable visit to make with the whole family, as the trails are well-marked and easily accessible. The Montana Colorada volcano(see climb itinerary) can be a good stopover before visiting Timanfaya Park. Hiking enthusiasts can also turn to nearby peaks such as Santa Catalina volcano(see ascent route) or Montana Ortiz(see ascent route).

12. The Geria wine region

Vignobles La Geria, Lanzarote

Photo credit: Flickr – Katchooo

Surprisingly, vines are grown on Lanzarote. But in such a volcanic region, you have to be cunning to reach the earth beneath the ashes. That’s why Lanzarote vines are planted in holes. Each vine is then surrounded by a semi-circular protective wall, called a zoco, to shield them from the wind, which is often present on the island. A visit to the El Grifo wine museum will enable you to learn more about this technique and enjoy some tastings, includingoenological excursions. To get there, be sure to take the wine route through the center of the island.

13. La Graciosa island

Île La Graciosa, Lanzarote

Photo credit: Flickr – Mark Gregory

A 30-minute ferry ride will take you to the island of La Graciosa for a day.

It’s an opportunity to visit the village of Caleta de Sebo and, above all, to rest on one of its pretty sandy beaches. La Graciosa is not very well developed, and the roads are not paved… But it’s a little paradise worth discovering. If you don’t fancy a swim, you can admire the scenery from the top of the island’s volcano, which is easily reached on foot.

How do I get to Lanzarote?

Ready to visit Lanzarote? To get to this Canary Island, you can fly from Paris and many other French cities. To find a cheap flight, don’t hesitate to use the comparator on our partner site Ulysse.

Where to stay in Lanzarote?

As Lanzarote is a small island, you’ll be able to rent a car and easily get around the island as your days go by. That’s why we recommend you stay in Arrecife, Lanzarote’s capital, for easy access, or in another town on the island, such as pretty Teguise. There are plenty of hotels to choose from, often on a reasonable budget. To find out which town to choose, see our article « Where to stay in Lanzarote « . Finally, you can easily find accommodation in Lanzarote thanks to this hotel comparator, which will provide you with the best current offers.

Map of hotels and accommodation – Lanzarote,es