Lanzarote is one of seven Spanish islands in the Atlantic Ocean that collectively form the Canary Islands. It is about 77 miles off the coast of Morocco in Western Africa.
The volcanic island is a popular holiday destination, both for young and older people alike and because Lanzarote is in the same GMT timezone as Britain, you do not feel the effects of jet lag like you might do flying to other holiday destinations around the world.
The island’s main economic activity is tourism, and with a large proportion of tourists coming from the UK and Ireland, most of the population that deal with tourists on a daily basis speak some level of English. In fact 6.5% of the population are actually British or Irish, so knowing Spanish before arriving isn’t really necessary as you will come across people that mainly speak English to you anyway! This is what makes Lanzarote holidays so popular with us British tourists.
There is plenty to see and do in Lanzarote, here is an example of 12 popular activities and attractions to visit on your travels to this historic island!
12. Jardin de Cactus (the Cactus Garden)
Created by Cesar Manrique in 1991, the Cactus Garden features over 10,000 cacti in a former quarry.
11. Cueva de los Verdes (Greens’ Cave)
Cueva de los Verdes is a cave that was formed over 3,000 years ago. It features a concert hall which seats up to 20 people, but historically it was used as a hideout by locals who wanted to evade the sight of pirates and slave raiders.
10. Casa Jose Saramago
Casa Jose Saramago is the home turned museum of Portuguese Nobel literature prize winner Jose Saramago.
9. Los Hervideros (the Boiling Waters)
The coast at Los Hervideros is where the waves violently strike the pathways formed by the lava floes. When the choppy sea water strikes, the steam from the water hitting the lava inside the holes shoots up to the surface.
8. Marina Rubicon
Marina Rubicon offers a number of shops, cafes, restaurants and of course boat services. This idyllic location should definitely be on your itinerary of must-visit places.
7. Volcan del Cuervo (Raven’s Volcano)
The Raven’s Volcano is one of the most popular places of interest to visit in Lanzarote because of its dramatic look.
6. Rancho Texas Splash and Animal Park
The Rancho Texas Splash and Animal Park is a 60,000 square metre area of desert and gardens which are filled with all sorts of wildlife and entertainment shows.
5. Playa de Papagayo (Parrot Beach)
Playa de Papagayo is a beach popular with tourists and locals alike, which is located within a national park at the southeastern tip of Lanzarote.
4. Montaña Roja (the Red Mountain)
This volcanic crater is located in the south of Lanzarote, which towers over Playa Blanca. The short walk from the base to the summit offers spectacular views of the island and beyond.
3.Timanfaya National Park
The Timanfaya National Park is a 19 square mile parkland that is made up entirely of volcanic soil.
2. Cesar Manrique Foundation (Art Museum)
Cesar Manrique was a famous Spanish painter, sculptor and architect that was born in Lanzarote and had spent his life there. His home (which was also his studio) is now open to members of the public as a museum of his work.
1. San Bartolome Go Kart Track
The island’s number one tourist activity is the go karting track at San Bartolome. Built on a hillside, it offers challenging twists and turns.