Top things to do in Lanzarote, written by the locals, for you. We unlock the more unique spots to visit in order to go beyond the well known tourist locations and find the hidden gems this unique island has to offer.
*SPORTS* Yearlong great weather allows for excellent opportunities to practice a wide variety of sporting options, whether you are a serious athlete in training, or a casual active visitor.
· Surfing: Hit La Santa to surf along the reef, or Famara to find waves. Beginners can take advantage of the many surf schools and experts can show off their moves, discovering why this island is considered a surfer's paradise.
· Kite and Wind Surfing: The constant sea breeze makes for the perfect kite and wind surfing conditions. Jameo Agua Famara is the perfect spot, right at the mouth of the caves. July & August are the best times of the year for this sport.
· Kayaking: Puerta Caballo marina offers year around high performance kayaks and canoes including lessons for newbies.
· Swimming: Take a swim in the clear blue waters off the beaches of Papagayo, Agaete, or Playa Quemada, and check out the colorful marine life.
· Sailing: The trade winds provide ideal conditions for this popular water sport. Lessons and rentals available on the beaches of Playa Blanca, Costa Teguise, and La Santa.
· Golf: Absorb the unique landscape while challenging yourself on the links of Costa Teguise or Peurta del Carmen, both providing very different golfing experiences.
· Hiking and Trekking: Explore the 250 volcanoes of Lanzarote on many walking routes, either on your own or with a group.
· Biking: Marked off-road trails for mountain bikers and long stretches of scenic asphalt for long distance bikers are plentiful around the island.
· Stand up Paddle: Try out this unique sport of paddle surfing on the beaches of Famara, Caleton Blanco, Arrecife, or Puerto del Carmen.
· Tennis and Paddle: Courts are easy to find with sports centers and resorts offering rental rackets and balls to interested guest.
· Paragliding: The volcanoes serve as perfect launching platforms to fly high above the land to see the views from a unique perspective.
*SITES* The landscape of Lanzarote is one of another planet with expansive lava fields and volcanoes covering the island. It is a place of great inspiration and natural wonders.
· Mt. Timanfaya National Park: Tour expansive lava fields and amazing volcanoes inside the national park. Bus tours available in five languages.
· Cesar Manrique: This famous artist's creations can be found at every corner. Check out some of his most famous works including Jameos del Agua, Cueva de los Verdes, Mirador del Rio, Jardin de Cactus, Mountain de Fuego, and the Fundacion Manrique, located in his very own home.
· Markets: Teguise Sunday Market: Crowds are drawn to this large, open air, Sunday market in the historical town of Teguise to find charming local crafts and great bargains on unique souvenirs.
· Boating: Take tours of the island by sea and maybe even spot a dolphin! Catamarans, yatchs, and ferries all departing from Puerta del Carmen, Playa Blanca, and Puero Calero.
· Mirador del Rio: Get a panoramic view of the island and confirm that you are surrounded by water at this breathtaking viewpoint.
· Los Hervideros: Head to El Golfo to see the water in action clashing against the volcanoes and the mysterious green sea.
· Playa Quemada: Experience the forgotten beaches that are a hidden secret to many visitors.
*NIGHTLIFE* This may be a small island, but it is still Spain! After a long day of adventures or lying on the beach, there are plenty of great spots to let your hair down and fiesta well into the wee hours of the night.
· Calle Jose Antonio in Arrecife: Get a taste of the city by bar hopping along the main street in the island’s capital city, Arrefice
· Sunday nights in Teguise: La Palmera and La Galeria attract locals and visitors alike to enjoy laid back beats and finish off the weekend with a bang.
· La Cueva Lagomar in Nazaret: This cave has been converted into a museum by day and club by night and is the place to be with its special ambiance and unique design
· Sunset Famara: This town is a surfers paradise and they all let loose at sunset to continue putting out the good vibes until the wee hours of the night
· Lounges in Costa Teguise: This original tourist zone boasts classy lounges and restaurants offering live music in a trendy upscale atmosphere
. Chupadaro: In La Geria, this is an excellent place to sip a coctail and watch the sunset.
*OUTDOOR EXCURSION* Lanzarote is the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Many organized "off the beaten path" tours are provided here, along with plenty of opportunities to explore on your own.
· Volcano hikes: Venture to the tops of the jagged peaks and inside the massive craters of many accessible volcanoes.
· Lava Tube: Put your head lamp on and follow experts through the intriguing twists and turns of a natural lava tube.
· Desert off-road adventures: Jeep tours are offered throughout the island to tap into the vast desert land and explore the natural hidden secrets of the island while embracing your adventurous side.
· Camping: With so much naturally untouched land, expansive beaches, and mild weather, a night under the stars is a perfect way to take it all in.
· Trekking through lava fields: Trails are carved out all through the island, making it easy to explore the vast lava fields, either on your own or with the many guided tours offered.
· Camel Safaris: This is a unique way to explore the landscape while experiencing a custom adopted from neighboring Africa.
*BEACHES* This island and full of diverse beaches, from rocky cliff sides to soft white sand beaches. Whether is to sunbath, surf, swim, or stroll, there are long stretches of excellent beaches for all.
· La Graciosa: Spend the day lounging and exploring the neighboring peaceful island with spectacular shorelines.
· Orzola: placid lagoons in the northern tip of the island
· Famara: watch the surfers and bask in the sun at the foot of the inspiring cliffs with views of neighboring island, La Graciosa.
· El Golfo: This locale with black sand beaches and the mysterious “green sea” in the south of the island makes for a great day at the beach and an excellent view point for a spectacular sunset.
· Papagayo: Five white sand beaches tucked away between cliffs give you a feel of privacy and tranquility. Great for swimming, sunbathing, and even beach camping.
· Playa Honda: The long boardwalk is lined with beaches and the bike and walking path extending all along the east coast of the island, from Puerta del Carmen to Arrecife.
· Arrieta with chiringuito: Spend the day at this quiet fishing village in the north.
*EVENTS* The unique landscape, great waves, and wide open space makes this a special location to hold a wide variety of events, from sporting competitions to musical performances.
· Ironman Triathlon: The world renowned event with some of the world’s most incredible athletes training and competing is being held right here on the island.
· Lava Trail: Runners race through the extensive lava fields for a different kind of running competition.
· Surf / Kite surf / windsurf official championships: Home of World Championship WQS 6 Star Championship. The best surfers from around the world compete in the waters of Lanzarote.
· Haria Extreme: Included in the Cup of Spain, this elite mountain race tests the extreme fitness of competitors tackling the tough terrain.
· Volcano Triathlon: Athletes of all levels and backgrounds test their abilities in this enjoyable and challenging triathlon.
· Costa de Musica: Open air music festival with street art and a variety of musical performances.
· CARNAVAL!!: In February and March, along with the rest of Spain, each village of the island costumes up and gets ready to party for Carnival.
· Summer Festivals: Each village around the island takes one week to celebrate their patron and have fiestas throughout the day and night.
* INDULGE* Give your mind, body, and soul a break on this tranquil, beautiful island. After all, you're on vacation!
· Watsu: This incredible 3D massage technique involves aquatic therapy and water stretches an incredible way to sooth, re-balance, and refresh by giving your body a new freedom of movement. (www.watsuwatsu.org)
· Culinary Treats: Dine in restaurants with your feet in the water in Playa Quemada, Famara, Arrieta and El Golfo.
· Accommodation: Plenty of quaint, private villas by the sea and among the volcanoes, available at impressive rates. (www.villas-lanzarote.org) Or find rural homes tucked away (www.casarurallanzarote.org)
· Yoga: Outdoor yoga classes are offered between the volcanoes and right on the beach.
· Wine Tours: Many bodegas with wide variety of local wines. Learn about unique methods they farm the volcanic land and sample the finished product.
· Aloe: Find an abundance of this magical plant that has more than a 100 therapetic uses.