The island of Lanzarote is incredible and definitely worth a visit. I may be biased as I grew up on the island and had a fantastic childhood here! I do recommend you visit though, and visit properly. Here is a Local Guide to Lanzarote.

The island is often misunderstood by tourists, who come over and stay in all-inclusive hotels, eating and drinking in the hotel, and spending their whole day sunbathing there. Doing this, you miss out on everything the island has to offer.

It is known as ‘The Rock’ to all us locals, as it resembles exactly that, a giant rock. The lava fields around the island are unharmed and protected by the government. The lava offers stunning scenery, often used in films for a ‘moonscape’ setting.

Lanzarote offers a number of activities for tourists, from sightseeing tours to adventures. Below I have listed a number of things that I would recommend doing when you come to visit this island.

A Local Guide to Lanzarote:

 

First of all, choosing a place to stay will effect how you enjoy your time here. There are 3 main resorts, Costa Teguise, Puerto del Carmen and Playa Blanca, each with their own selling points, beaches, restaurants, bars, shops, nightlife and promenades.

Personally, I love Puerto del Carmen as it offers all of the above and it is the most vibrant place to be on the island. If socialising is your thing, I’d recommend staying in this area.

Lanzarote is one of the most picturesque of the islands, mainly due to the influence of Cesar Manrique who insisted that all buildings were painted white and be no more than 3 storeys high (with the odd exception). Its natural beauty is a huge part of why many tourists, and locals alike love the island.

 

Timanfaya National Park

 

Timanfaya is the main tourist attraction with its live volcano and bus only tour of the park. Whether you are into your history or not, Timanfaya is a fab day out and a unique experience. The volcano remains active and bus tours take you around the picturesque landcape, explaining the history of the eruption and how if affected the island. The locals use the heat from the volcano to cook meals in the restaurant giving them a bbq taste, unlike anything you have ever tried.

 

Getting there: There are many tour companies who offer a trip to Timanfaya. If you have a car, take
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Important information: Timanfaya is a very popular tourist destination. If possible, choose to go later on in the afternoon when all the crowds have already been and gone for the day.

TIP! If you would like to see a number of attractions while you are here, consider booking an organised tour. Not only do you have everything planned for you and transport to each location, it works out cheaper the more you want to see. Here are the tours available on the island offering daily excursions.

Gran tour

Where: Visiting, El Golfo, Timanfaya, La Geria for wine tasting, Teguise and Jameos del Agua.
Time: 9am to 6.30pm.
Price: 45 euros
Important information: Lunch is included in the price

South Tour:

Where: Visiting Timanfaya, camel ride, El Golfo and La Geria for wine tasting
Time: 9am to 4pm.
Price: 33 euros
Important information: Lunch is included in the price

North Tour:

Where: Visiting Teguise, Mirador del Rio, Jameos del Agua and the Cesar Manrique foundation
Time: 9am to 5.30pm.
Price: 38 euros
Important information: Lunch is included in the price

If you’re not THAT into sightseeing, there are other things to do on the island which are really fun!

There are plenty of stunning beaches on the island which you can visit. Most of them are very close to nearby bars so you can sit and have a drink in the sun.

Papagayo

 

Papagayo is the iconic beach of Lanzarote. Situated in the side of the cliffs, this natural beach attracts 1000’s of tourists. There is an entry fee of €3 but it is totally worth it. The beach is down a long dirt road and there are no shops once you arrive. There is a small restaurant located on the cliff but I would recommend taking a crate of beer with you for the day!

 

Playa Grande

 

Playa Grande beach is located in the heart of Puerto del Carmen. This beach is close to 100’s of bars, restaurants and hotels making it a very popular spot. There is a beach next to it, called Playa Chica. This beach is smaller, and very good for snorkelling. There is a dive school at the beach and there are many scheduled dives per day. If you love being underwater, or want to get your PADI, check out the Lanzarote Diving for more information.

 

Something a little different

 

This is one of my favourite things to do on the island. The airport is in Playa Honda, right next to the beach and the planes fly in very close to your head. You can sit on the beach and watch them land, feeling the power of the wind. I love to come here and feel the adrenaline rush as these gigantic flying machines head towards you.

Lanzarote Airport

Getting there: For the last couple of years there has been a promenade that runs from Puerto del Carmen all the way to Arrecife (the capital). It is perfect as the walk from one to the other is mainly flat. On the way, you pass the airport. You can also hire bikes for 10euros or less a day, and bike the whole thing. It is around 20km there and back, which makes for a fantastic bike ride.

Other ways to see the Island

 

The tours are good as you don’t have to drive (good idea if your wine tasting) but you can hire your own car to see the island. This way you can take as much time as you like, but don’t forget we drive on the opposite side of the road to the UK!

We also use roundabouts differently, as in we go all the way round the outside no matter which exit we want!! The saying ‘If you can’t beat them, join them’ applies perfectly in the case. I have learned to just go with it, or you end up stuck in the middle lane going round and round for a few minutes as you can’t get out.

Bike hire is a great way to see the island and most of it is flat (unless you head up to the mountains). There are also guided bike tours available nowadays.  Price ranges from 15 to 50 euros per person, depending on the group size (no more than 8 people) for a guided tour.

You can also hire buggies which costs 95 euros for a 2 hour guided tour and 115 euros for a 3 hour guided tour. Take a look at the website below for more information.

http://www.buggieslanzarote.com/