- Discover Lanzarote
Peurto del Carmen | Playa Blanca | Porto Calero | Teguise | Timanfaya National Park | Santa Barbara Castle | Mirador del Rio | The green caves (cueva de la verdes) | James del Agua | Submarine | Things to do |
This town is situated on the south east coast and is probably the liveliest of the resorts on Lanzarote. There are numerous restaurants, bars and clubs as well as a whole host of activities to keep you occupied. There are 6km of beaches here, the main one being Grande beach. It is such a pretty town, just like the rest of this beautiful island.
Playa Blanca is a flourishing little town with a nice beach and a promenade lined with restaurants. You can get the ferry from here to Fuerteventura and you can take the car with you. You can also get a water taxi from here to Papagayo Beaches, considered to be among the most beautiful beaches in Spain. The water taxi goes on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday during the quieter times of April and May but goes 4 times a day in the busier times. It leaves from Playa Blanca and Marina Rubicon. You can also travel by car on a dirt road.
One of the top marinas in Europe, it’s worth visiting here just to admire the fabulous yachts and powerboats that are docked here. You can watch the fish in the water below from the pier, which obviously are used to being fed as they gather in their hundreds. There are also many upscale shops and restaurants on the pier.
If in Peurto del Carmen walk the coastal path to Porto Calero. From beginning to end of the trail should only take 45 minutes at the most, and you will get to enjoy the views of the beautiful coastline. Don’t carry too much with you, except some water as it can get quite hot. You can then take the water taxi back to Peurto del Carmen. It’s €6 and a very relaxing way to get back. You may even see some dolphins if you’re lucky.
The town of teguise was once the capital of Lanzarote, (now Arrecife). It’s a very pretty little town, which has a market every Sunday and Public Holiday in the Square. Close by Costa Teguise has five beaches.
Here you will find the Montana del Fuego, or the Fire Mountains. The area has been uninhabited since the volcanic eruptions that occurred here from 1730-1736. You can get a camel ride to the rim of a volcano or head through the toll booth (€9) to Hilario’s Plateau, where you can get a bus to the volcanoes. You can park your car here. Here you will find the Diablo restaurant. All the food here is cooked over a chasm with heat rising from the volcano beneath. Open Daily 09.00 to 17.00.
It may be worth your while to arrive here from the north side as there can be long queues and you can skip some of them by coming in from the opposite direction to most people.
Further down the road is the Timanfaya Visitors Centre which is free to enter. There is some excellent information here on the park.
This Fortress was built on Mount Guanapay overlooking Teguise to warn the locals of any imminent attacks by pirates. Lanzarote was attacked on many occasions by Pirates and this wonderful little museum gives some fascinating insights into those times. The added bonus is the spectacular views from the roof. €3 per person entry fee. Open until 16.00. Closed Saturday.
Here at the Northernmost tip of Lanzarote you will experience breathtaking views of the sea and the island of La Graciosa . You can pay €4.50 to go into the visitor centre which has panoramic views through large glass windows, but you can also get great views from atop the cliffs to the left of the centre for free. Don’t get too close to the edge though as the gusts of wind are sporadic and strong.
This is the longest volcanic tunnel in the world at 7.5k. The Atlantida was caused by the eruption of nearby Monte Corona, which also broke out below ground. Open 10.00 to 18.00 but remember that the last trip is at 17.00.
There is an absolutely beautiful lake here, and it’s underground. Part of the Atlantida tunnel, It’s also home to a rare type of crab. You will see the small white crabs around the edge of the lake. Don’t throw coins into the lake as this can harm them. There is a dance floor and couple of bars built into the lava formations and it becomes a nightclub after hours. There is also a restaurant and a pool, although you are not allowed to swim in the pool, only the King of Spain can. There is also an incredible concert hall, a cave that can hold 600 people, and has wonderful natural acoustics. Pavarotti has reportedly performed here. There is also a volcanology museum here. Well worth the €9 entrance fee.
The Submarine Safari in Porto Calero is a must do on your trip to Lanzarote. There's not many places in the world where you can take a trip on an actual submarine. You will see shipwrecks on the ocean floora as well as hundreds of fish of all kinds and a scuba diver who feeds the fish. It's a great way to see what's under the waves without getting wet.
Snorkelling is €25 from the dive centre. Snorkel around the shallow coast. Or you can buy a cheap set from one of many small shops and do it yourself. Just make sure to only snorkel where other people are doing it as there are dangerous rips around the island.
Jetski safari - You can travel around the island on a jetski. (€150)
Submarine Safari – Porto Calero. This is an actual submarine which dives to a depth of 30 metres. There are shipwrecks and marine life to see. (€55)
Boat trips – which include lunch, drinks, snorkelling gear. (€50)
Flyboard – this is a unique thrill, it’s like a jet pack that pushes water to help you fly through the air. (€50)
Go carting (€10)
Surfing (€40) this includes bus transfers and lunch
Lanzarote Airport or Arrecife Airport (ACE) is located just outside Arrecife town. Flights arrive here from all over Europe as well as mainland Spain. Taxis, shuttle buses and rental cars are available here. Taxis should cost around €15 to Peurto del Carmen for example. The island is small so nowhere is that far away from the airport. If you want a shuttle bus you will have to book this before you arrive. There are no local buses running to and from the airport.
Flight times to Lanzarote
Dublin 3.5 hours | London 3.5 hours | Hong Kong 15 hours | New York 7 hours | San Diego 11.5 | Sydney 22.5 hours
Lanzarote is a very small island, perfect for discovering in a car. There are a huge amount of car rental companies around where you should be able to hire a car from just over €30 a day plus around €20 for petrol. Good value.
Arrecife Bus services the island from around €2 per trip. They have a timetable in English but services can be infrequent and slow.
Lanzarote is such a great island for cycling around. It’s quite small, the weather is good, the roads are good, and there is so much natural beauty to witness. You can rent bicycles on the island.
Take a bike and cycle out along the coast of Porto Del Carmen to the airport. At the beach here you can watch the planes landing over your head. If you go a bit further you can watch them take off. The bicycle track goes right along to Arrecife. Check out the videos on our youtube page.