Discover Lanzarote: A Travel Guide to the Magical Canary Island

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An introduction to a beautiful island

Lanzarote is a beautiful, diverse island that offers something for everyone. 

Lanzarote has the perfect weather and a fantastic landscape with sights to suit every taste. Lanzarote’s beaches are some of the best in Europe, its food is delicious and varied, and it has an exciting nightlife scene. 

Lanzarote can be reached by plane from many European cities or ferry from mainland Spain and it’s just round the corner from north Africa. Lanzarote also has a diverse terrain as well as thrilling adventure sports such as snorkelling on Lanzarote’s volcanic black sand beaches! 

Can I fly to Lanzarote right now?

Currently, all of the Canary Islands are available for travel and Lanzarote is no exception. 

Note that this information is current as at 30 November 2021. We cannot give any assurances that this will remain – please check with the UK government website HERE for up to date information. 

With relatively low Covid 19 rates and good weather Lanzarote is a great holiday destination for those looking to get away this year. 

To fly to Lanzarote you will need to comply to the government’s current Covid 19 guidlines as follows:


You will need to fill out a passenger locator form before arriving to Lanzarote and you will also need to complete one after arrival.

Also if you are over the age of 12 you will need to show proof of vaccination, proof of a negative covid test or proof of recovery 11 days after your first negative test.

What’s the best month to go to Lanzarote? 

Some people will regard spring or autumn as the best times of the year to travel to Lanzarote as despite its hot temperature and generally lower prices due to it being a less popular time of year for tourism there is still plenty that the island has to offer. 

However, the time of year you go to Lanzarote should be impacted by what you want out of it. Lanazarote is considered the ideal place in the Canary Islands if you are on a family holiday but it’s good for all types of groups and single travellers. 

For families you could suggest summer as the best time of year to go as there will likely be more tourism, giving children more opportunity to interact with others their age, especially if they staying in the main tourist resorts of the island.

For those looking for a more relaxed time with not so hot temperatures you may want to go in March as winter is coming to an end and the island is starting to heat up. This time of year is less busy, making costs for the holiday lower. 

The wind also acts as quite a good cool down so you may find yourself needing a coat while walking around the island in the evenings (the islands will always have more wind that then Spanish mainland).

Lanzarote Covid regulations?

Before traveling to the Canary Islands you should definitely consider looking up all the latest travel advice so you don’t end up missing your flight or being fined a large sum of money for failing to comply to the regualtions put out. 

Lanzarote travel is no more difficult than the other Canary Islands so theres nothing to be alarmed about. You can check the UK Government website HERE to make sure you are currently alllowed travel.

Apart from the entry requirements listed above, there are not so many restrictions across the island. 

Currently you are advised to wear face coverings if you are on the public transport. Lanzarote travel regulations should be kept unless exempt. Failure to follow Lanzarote travel advice could mean you won’t be allowed onto their public transport. 

You should also consider carrying a mask for any other public places like shops or crowded areas.

You are also advise to wash your hands regularly to decrease the spread of disease on the island. You should look at the current Lanzarote travel guide available at the time of your holiday to make sure you are following up to date regualtions. By following the correct regualtions put out in a Lanzarote travel guide you will be able to enjoy your time on the island and explore Lanzarote in peice.

Do you need travel insurance to travel to Lanzarote?

Our position is simple. 

Travel insurance can help if anything unexpected happens on your holiday. 

The Foreign Office says “If you’re travelling abroad, it’s important to take out appropriate travel insurance before you go.” 

So if you are planning your trip to visit Lanzarote maybe you should consider getting some travel insurance for some peace of mind. 

Emerald Life provides quick and easy quotes online, just click HERE to get a quote in minutes or call us on 0330 113 7109 if you have any questions about your quote.

Why Emerald travel insurance?

Before we get back to Lanzarote, there are a few reasons why we hope that you consider using Emerald Life for your travel insurance:

  • Cover up to £7,500
  • Coverage for groups, families, single travellers and those over 70 or with complex medical conditions
  • Not need (in most cases) to declare your HIV status
  • Add-ons for cruise, golf, extreme sports and much more

Where should I visit in Lanzarote?

Puerto del Carmen

Puerto del Carmen is one of the most well known and long established resortes in all of Lanzarote. 

With golden sand on its beaches and impressive luxury resorts its no wonder its considered a holiday paradise. The main resorts are definitely worth staying in and will be a short walk away from the sandy beaches dotted with palm trees. 

While in Puerto del Carmen you can also check out a beach bar on your day out on the beach and taste some of their freshly cought sea bream. 

Puerto del Carmen is known for its weekly fish markets so if your looking for some freshly cought seafood to cook yourself up heres the place to be. 

To travel to Puerto del Carmen it may be a good idea to find a car hire as the resorts are on the south side of the island far away from the airport.

Puerto del Carmen also has an underwater museum where you may find some parrot fish or barracudas. This is one of the few attractions on this volcanic island you wont need sun cream to see.

What else can I see?

There’s always more in Lanzarote that can take your fancy.

Timanfaya National Park

Timanfaya National Park is well known for its Mars like appearance created by volcanic eruptions around 300 years ago. This Volcanic scenery has made the ground into a mixture of black and red soils, this volcanic landscape is so unlike normal areas on the island you may think youve wondered onto a different planet. 

Timanfaya National Park is also a UNESCO biosphere reserve meaning it will likely stay like this for a lng time in the future to preserve the beauty that Timanfaya National Park has to offer.

If you are looking to visit Timanfaya National Park be prepared to bring some money as it can cost you €12 per adult. Ticket prices also drop a little after 3pm but regardless the views of Timanfaya National Park are more than worth the money.

While in Timanfaya National Park why not check out the fire mountains also known as montañas del fuego. These mountains experienced a series of volcanic activity around 300 years ago which some think was the most important and spectaular erruption in all of earths history. 

These volcanic eruptions left almost a quarter of Lanzarote in lava and ash, most likely casuing some of the white sand on the island to darken.

Mirador Del Rio

While in Mirador Del Rio you can expect to find some spectacular views, Lanzarote is full of them but here you can find one of the most representative architectural creations by César Manrique. 

You can view both Lanzarote and the island of La Graciosa, both are beatiful views you cant really get anywhere else. César Manrique has had his work build seemlessly into a volcanic rock, making this volcanic rock one of the most famous in all of Lanzarote.

La Graciosa

La Graciosa is a marine reserve located north on Lanzarote. It is the largest marine reserve in the world which is great is your willing to go diving while on the Island. 

Both experienced and inexperienced divers are allowed to go deep down to see all the protected fish that lie below the surface. La Graciosa also has very beatuiful beaches with soft sand and lively marine life you can explore even with just a pair of swimming goggles. 

La Graciosa is just a short ferry ride away from north Lanzarote which should only take half an hour and unless you have a house to stay in or a tent with you you should book your ferry back the same day as there are no resorts or hotels on this island.

Playa Blanca

No Lanzarote travel guide would be complete without Playa Blanca. Known for its stunning views, soft sand and fresh fish Playa Blanca is an ideal holiday location for travellers looking to relax near the golden sand Lanzarote has to offer. The fresh fish on offer at Playa Blanca is some of the best you will taste in the whole island.

Playa Blanca has a variety of entertainment whether its watersports sunbathing or visiting a beach bar for the local wine, its hard not to have a good time while in Playa Blanca. 

Playa Blanca makes a great family destination and is located on the south coast of this volcanic island. If your traveling on holiday with your family maybe your considering getting Travel insurance. 

At Emerald Life we offer a flexible service to suit your needs including single parent pricing and broad medical coverage. If you need a quick and easy quote click HERE and get one now!

Cueva De Los Verdes

In the old days pirates used to use Cueva De Los Verdes to hide and store treasure. Now the caves are a tourist attraction due to them being the longest lava caves in the world. You can also get a guided tour around the caves so you can learn about their rich history.

Chinijo Archipelago

Near the north of the Island they also have a nature reserve in Chinijo Archipelago. Here they play an integral part in keeping falcons and vultures safe. 

This area is very unique in its combination of seabirds and raptors that have settled down with not many fish in the area.

Jameos Del Agua

Jameos Del Agua is well known for being the hope to the squat lobster, they have ten legs with their first pair being longer than their body. Jameos Del Agua is a part of a 6-7km long lava tube. 

These caves have a secret opening with natural water inside which is crystal clear. 

They have another cave that acts as a concert hall and you can buy tickets to get in for a night showing with food. These volcanic caves provide many beautiful views from where lava flows used to occur. 

These lava tubes are a must see location on the island if you are interested in the natural beauty Lanzarote has to offer.

César Manrique left his mark on the island with his work focusing on making nature into art. César Manrique acts as one of the best examples of an artist making his surroundings into his art as the caves have become places to eat and have fun aswell as enjoy the stunning views.

Jardín de cactus

One of the most famous sites in Lanzarote all year round is the jardín de cactus which has a collection of over 10,000 different plants. 

This garden is located towards the north side of the island and is a good destination to visit all year round. There are entry fees for the garden however, you can book online or pay at the door.

Costa Teguise

Known for its amazing beaches Playa de las Cucharas is condidered the most popular beach in Costa Teguise. With toasted sand and strong winds Costa Teguise is a great spot for people interested in windurfing at any level. 

Due to the lovely beaches and resorts in Costa Teguis it is seen as a great spot for familys to go on holiday, there is also alot of tourism here so you wont struggle to find friendly people from all over the world. 

Costa Teguise is an ideal destination for people who love water sports. It is sometimes compared to Las Palmas due to the high level of tourism.

Puerto Calero

Puerto Calero is known for its beauty and exceptional sea food straight from the atlantic ocean. Puerto Calero owes its beaty to the volcanic terrain it is on top of. It is also located near the airport making it very accessable to those who cant drive on the island.

De Famara

If your looking for a good beach rather than spending your time in one of tenerifes high rise hotels or a private pool you may want to go to De Famara. De Famara is widely considered one of the best beaches in Lanzarote with its golden sand and good weather its perfect for a day out at the beach.

La Geria

La Geria is known for its asociations with wine and the region is thought to have some of the best red and white wines available on the island. 

You can take a tour through La Geria and taste wines dating back to the 15th century. La Geria has also become popular for its fatastic landscape art. Another area you could go to if you are a fan of wine is Bodegas El Grifo, which is know for having one of the 5 oldest winerys in lanzarote.

Punta Mujeres

If your looking for a quiet seaside town you may want to consider a trip to Punta Mujeres. Here you can find great food and drink venues as well as the occasional fishing expedition you can join in on. This is located over on the north side of the island and would serve as a nice quiet getaway.

Risco De Famara

Standing twice as high as any volcano on the island Risco De Famara is 2205ft above sea level. 

This makes for an astonishing view once youve made it to the top. This makes a great place to visit for anyone interested in hiking or somone who just wants to see the view of Lanzarote from the highest point.

Playa De Papagayo

One of the nicest beaches in lanzarote is Playa De Papagayo, known for its great views and weather be prepared for crowds if you visit in summer months. 

Playa De Papagayo is a great place for familys due to the large amount of tourism and great water sports hosted on the beach.

If you like water sports you may also like Playa De Famara, known for its winds and good weather it makes a perfect spot for kite surfing

Punta De Papagayo 

Due to being located next to Los Ajaches you will have to pay a small fee in order to enter. 

The fee will not cost much and it allows you to spend the whole day there so its hardly a concern when taken into consideration how great the view is.

How much time should I spend in Lanzarote?

Lanzarote is the perfect holiday destination for people who like to relax and take it easy. 

What’s more, Lanzarote offers a plethora of relaxing activities such as sun bathing on one of its many beaches or exploring Lanzarote’s rich culture. Its hard to say exactly how much time you will need if you are going to Lanzarote but it’s recommended you spend a full 7 days to get the full experience. 

Some people will want to do all of the activities on the island like going to the green lagoon or going to the submarine safari. The amount of time you give yourself will make all the difference in your experience of the island.

What is the weather like in Lanzarote during winter?

Lanzarote has a pretty good climate all year round with temperatures reaching up to 35 degrees Celsius in the summer and 16 degrees in the winter.

What holiday resorts should I stay in?

Playa Blanca is a highly rated resort and is great for families. Lots of tourists visit this area so you wont have a problem meeting new people.

Puerto del Carmen is the most recommended if you are looking for a good nightlife. With lots of bars and good weather Puerto del Carmen the epicentre for partying in lanzarote. 


If you are planning on travelling to lanzarote, think about investing in travel insurance. 

Travel insurance is an important part of any trip and can help cover the costs that come with unexpected events like cancellations or accidents. 

Emerald Life has a variety of plans available that include different levels of coverage so it’s easy to find one that suits your needs and budget. Contact us today for more information about our travel insurance options – click HERE to get a quick quote online. 


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