Lanzarote is the fourth largest island in the Canary archipelago and was declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1993 and its unique volcanic landscapes and all-year-round tropical weather attracts lots of tourists, therefore, I am so grateful for this island to be my birthplace.
Here are some places to visit in Lanzarote:
1. Jameos del Agua
How to go to Jameos del Agua
If you are not a big fan of coach excursions, you have options to take a bus, car hire or taxi. It will take about 2 hours on bus line 9 going to Orzola which costs 4€ from Arrecife bus station, while it takes a 24-minute drive in a car or taxi (taxi fare is 30€-40€).
The entrance fee in this amazing natural volcanic landscape is 8€ for adults and 4€ for children while it is free for children under 7. Jameos del Agua caves are open daily from 10:00 to 18:30, while the restaurant and nightclub are open Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday from 19:00 to 2:00.
This space also has an Auditorium with a capacity of 550 spectators that hosts events such as opera performances, theatrical plays, dance performances, concerts, cinema, conferences, etc., and a museum.
2. El Golfo (green lagoon of Lanzarote)
How to get to El Golfo
There are only 2 options to get there, by car hire or taxi. It takes approx. 30-minute drive from Arrecife and a 19-minute drive from Timanfaya National Park, so may want to visit these two places on the same day.
The green lake, volcanic rocks, and the blue sky made this view so amazing! The seawater has become stuck in the shape of a lake and colored a striking acidic green because of the algae that live in there. Therefore, this lake is a protected natural area, swimming in it, and even touching it is strictly prohibited.
3. Timanfaya National Park
You may hire a car to get to this place as hiring a taxi is not ideal because there are a geothermal demonstration and a tour on the Volcano Route by bus where a voice-over in different languages will serve as a tour guide so it will take some time to stay there.
The entrance fee in this breathtaking volcanic landscape national park is 12€ for adults and 6€ for children (7-12 years old), a volcano tour is included. It opens from Monday to Sunday, from 9:00 until 17:00. There is a 20% discount from 15:00 onward but take note the park closes at 17:00.
There is a parking, souvenir shop, and El Diablo cafe-restaurant. You may want to bring some bread to toast at the mouth of the mountain, in which there is a grilling area. The heat comes from the mountain, so keep an eye on the bread as you don’t want it to be burn.
4. El Varadero
Here is a good thing, it is quite easy to get into this place by public transportation (bus) as there is always a bus going to Puerto del Carmen unlike the other places in the island. As this place is located where the fishing port of Puerto del Carmen is so a lot of people goes to this place. Certainly, Puerto del Carmen has nice beaches, restaurants, and it is known for the best place to clubbing at night.
5. Cueva de los Verdes
How to get to Cueva de los Verdes
To get to this place it is best to take a taxi or car hire, which takes a 24-minute drive. May take bus lines 9, 7, or 26 and drop to Bar Palenque (approx. 40 minutes), which costs 4€, however it will take 30 minutes to walk (2.7km) to reach Cueva de Los Verdes. Yes, it is time-consuming if you take a bus.
The entrance fee to this stunning protected area by Lanzarote is 10€ for adults and 5€ for children (7-12 years old). Same as Timanfaya, there is a 20% discount from 15:00. Operating hours is 10:00 until 17:00. Summer opening hours (15 July – 15 September): 10:00 to 18:00. *On December 24 and 31, the center closes at 16:00.
6. Playa Caleton Blanco
How to get to Playa Caleton Blanco
It is a 32-minute drive away from Arrecife, and hiring a car is the best option is to get there.
There are lots of beaches in the Lanzarote, but Playa Caleton Blanco is the best for me. Its calm and clear water makes this perfect for a family outing where kids can go onto the water safer than other beaches on the island.
Normally we go early to Playa Caleton Blanco for a family outing so we can get a better spot to put our things. Just make sure to bring everything because this has quite a few distances from the center. There is a gasoline station nearby, yet you should drive to get there.
7. La Geria
Visiting La Geria is interesting for wine lovers, which is known for its unique volcanic landscape for planting vines for wine production. For exclusive wines made from Malvasia Volcanica grapes, are made in La Geria. The best wine for me is El Grifo red wine and El Grifo fruity white wine (vino Blanco afrutado).
- For those who are traveling with family or a group of friends, renting an apartment may be the best option for accommodation.
- It is all-year-round tropical weather, which means it is good to travel anytime, any month.
COVID-19 Update:To limit the spread of the coronavirus, attractions may be closed or have partial closures. Please consult government travel advisories before booking. As per the Spanish government, Spain will be close to traveling until the minimum of October this year.
NOTE: Use this as a reference for planning purposes only until we are allowed to travel again.