Lanzarote is one of the most stunning of the Canary Islands, with the volcanic landscapes of its interior providing a contrast to the peaceful beaches that line its coast. The entire island is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, with Lanzarote also boasting a marine reserve, national park and 12 further natural protected areas.
There are many areas of outstanding natural beauty that are perfect to explore on a trip here, so it's worth spending a day or two of your holiday in Lanzarote away from the beach to allow you to discover its striking interior scenery.
Much of the tourist development in Lanzarote is along the coast, with areas such as Playa Blanca, Costa Teguise and Puerto del Carmen among the most popular options for holidaymakers. These resort areas all boast fantastic amenities and wonderful beaches.
Top destinations in Lanzarote
Lanzarote is not as developed as some of the other islands in the Canary Islands, which means there are plenty of places where you can go to escape the crowds and soak up some of its rugged scenery. The following are a few of the resorts you can stay in:
• Playa Blanca - This is one of the ultimate beach destinations, with the resort home to several stretches of white sand where you can soak up the sun. As well as the beach the resort is named after, there are other stunning bays, such as Papagayo and Playa Dorado. For an extra splash of luxury on your break, consider staying in the Dream Gran Castillo Resort.
• Puerto del Carmen - To the north-east of Playa Blanca is Puerto del Carmen, a great place to stay if you're looking for lots of entertainment day and night. There are plenty of pubs, bars and clubs here, as well as some outstanding restaurants serving up a range of dishes, including local specialities. The main beach, Playa Grande, is the largest on the island and is backed by restaurants, cafes and shops.
• Costa Teguise - Further up the east coast is Costa Teguise, which has developed around what used to be the capital of Lanzarote - Teguise. This is a great spot if you're after an active holiday, rather than one based around partying, as its main beach Las Cucharas has excellent conditions for windsurfing, while the island's first golf course is also located in the area.
Things to do in Lanzarote
We've already mentioned windsurfing, which is one of several water sports you can try during a holiday to Lanzarote. Surfing, kayaking, kite surfing, paddle boarding, wakeboarding, jet skiing, parasailing and scuba diving are among your other options if you're keen to get active along the coast.
Inland there's also a lot for you to do, such as play a round of golf - there are courses in all three of the resort areas mentioned above - go hiking, mountain biking or horse riding.
Lanzarote's national park and protected areas are amazing spots for trekking and getting out and about on foot will allow you to discover the incredible lunar landscape created by volcanic activity. There are lots of trails for you to follow, as well as guided tours if you're not confident about heading out on your own.
Hotels & Villas
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Lanzarote holiday resorts
|Puerto del Carmen Holidays||28 Hotels, Villas + Apartments|
|Playa Blanca Holidays||26 Hotels, Villas + Apartments|
|Costa Teguise Holidays||19 Hotels, Villas + Apartments|
|Matagorda Holidays||5 Hotels, Villas + Apartments|
|Playa de los Pocillos Holidays||4 Hotels, Villas + Apartments|
|Puerto Calero Holidays||2 Hotels, Villas + Apartments|
|Playa del Cable Holidays||1 Hotels, Villas + Apartments|
|Arrecife Holidays||1 Hotels, Villas + Apartments|
|Tias Holidays||1 Hotels, Villas + Apartments|