March last year we stayed in Lanzarote for about 10 days. It was our first time in the Canary Islands, but not the last. As usual we didn’t stay in just one place the whole time. By doing this and renting a car we get to explore the place we are visiting a lot better.
In this post I am sharing with you some tips on what to do and what are the best beaches in the island. Also giving you an insight on where we stayed and how much we spent on this holiday. Enjoy!
About our accommodation…
The first two nights we stayed not far from the airport at a not very amazing apartment in a quiet area not far from the sea.
For our next apartment we chose a small one in Orzola (North of the island). We rented this place through Airbnb. It was in a very quiet residential area. Apart from not having hot water for the showers we enjoyed our time there. We stayed here to explore the northern beaches and to visit La Graciosa island.
The cherry on top was the last apartment/loft in a beautiful place surrounded by mountains and the sea with our own rooftop. We enjoyed a few canary sunsets while sipping wine on the rooftop. It was the best. This place was in the South of Lanzarote.
Things to do…
Even though Lanzarote is not a big island there are plenty of things to do! If you have the time just buy the combined ticket to see a few different attractions as this is cheaper then buying individual tickets.
One of my favorites was the Cactus Garden. Definitely worth a visit. I would recommend you do not visit in the middle of the day as there is no shade.
Cueva de los Verdes is another great attraction. The guided tour was quite fun and it was interesting to learn more about the history of the cave.
Another cool place to go and check out is the Jameos del Agua which is great for cool pictures (if you’re lucky to have no tourists in the frame).
Mirador del Rio is great at sunset. It can get a little cold up there so take a jacket.
Los Hervideros is a must see in the island and at no extra cost.
Timanfaya National Park is great to look at volcanoes (to be honest so is the rest of the island). Please note that you can expect a long queue there if you don’t arrive early. I would have been OK missing out on this one so if you are short of time you might want to do something else instead.
Even though I don’t think Lanzarote is exactly a beach destination there are some good ones in the island.
Our favorite, Papagayo beach. Not the best road access but totally worth it, you have to pay a small fee to access the road to the beach or you can get a boat there from Playa Blanca.
Las Conchas in the island of La Graciosa is amazingly beautiful but not easy access as you need to get a boat to the island and from there ride a bike or get a 4×4 ride to the beach. I would not recommend walking there. Not ideal for swimming as the sea can be a bit rough.
Caletón Blanco is the cutest with the white sand and black rocks and has very easy access as it is just by the road in the northern side of the island.
Windy Famara great for water sports but not really ideal for a chilled day at the beach.
Charco de los Clicos is not really one for a beach day but you must visit this unique place.
Places to eat…
We did eat at home most of the time as we stayed in apartments but we still tried a couple of restaurants. Below are the restaurants not to miss.
La Bohemia for amazing meat, cool decor and your own set of “flavoured” salt choices to add a special twist to your meal.
Tabla Arrecife for great burgers, different beers, yummy desserts and friendly service.
This holiday was one of the cheapest we have done at £1500 including flights, accommodation, rental car, food and a few other things. Considering we have done and seen most things available in Lanzarote and had the freedom to do it in our own time this was pretty good.
I would definitely recommend Lanzarote if you want to enjoy unique landscapes, warm weather, good food and a chilled vibe.
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