Alone, at last!
You’ve finally decided to enjoy a well-deserved holiday in Lanzarote with your partner. Time flies, you’re always busy and you’re looking forward to spending some quality time together. And who knows…maybe a little romance?
You’ve hired a car to give you the freedom you yearn, but what about things to do in Lanzarote when you get there? What are the best places to visit? Where are the best beaches? Where can you find great local food and wine? And what about things to do at night in Lanzarote?
So just for you, we’ve packed all the answers into this useful guide to things to do on couple and adult holidays in Lanzarote:
Visit the Fire Mountains and the south of Lanzarote
If there’s one thing you must see in Lanzarote, it’s the incredible lunar landscape of Timanfaya National Park. A visit to this magnificent park with over 25 volcanoes is a totally unique experience.
See the geyser demonstration that shows how hot some parts of the park still are – up to 300° C – so hot that the restaurant offers chicken roasted on a spit over a natural volcanic furnace. The views from the restaurant are to die for, by the way, so allow a little time to enjoy a refreshment and contemplate the panorama around you.
Timanfaya is located near the central and southern regions of the island, and here are a couple of ideas of things to do after your visit to the park.
Discover La Geria: Lanzarote’s wine-making region.
The volcanic ash from the 17th-century eruptions completely covered one of Lanzarote’s most fertile regions. Now known as La Geria, this beautiful black landscape is dotted with green vines and traditional wineries that produce some of the world’s best wines.
For the perfect one-stop shop for Lanzarote’ traditional culture and heritage, stop by Casa-Museo del Campesino. Here you can see how people lived savour local wines, cheeses, jams and other local delicacies, join handicraft workshops and take home sustainable local gifts.
Extraordinary natural beauty in the authentic fishing village of El Golfo
As you leave the Fire Mountains, head south and explore Lago Verde (green lake) at El Golfo. This emerald coloured lake sits in a collapsed volcanic crater next to the ocean, contrasting vividly against the black sandy beach and yellow-coloured volcanic rock.
A relaxing afternoon on one of Lanzarote’s best beaches
Alternatively, if it’s sun and sea on you’re after, then you have some of Lanzarote’s best beaches close by. Playa de Papagayo in Playa Blanca is the ultimate picture-postcard – turquoise waters nestled into a white sandy cove. Grab your snorkel if you have one!
A day in the north of Lanzarote
Take a whole day to appreciate the breath-taking natural beauty of northern Lanzarote. You can visit three of Lanzarote’s most beautiful attractions which are all within a stone’s throw of each other. Make sure you take your camera to capture those epic Instagram moments with amazing backdrops!
The Cactus Garden, a haven of peace and tranquillity
This award-winning garden was once a disused quarry that was transformed by César Manrique. It’s home to around 4,500 specimens from over 150 cactus families and you can explore the inside of a Lanzarote’s last working windmill. Try a cactus burger or just simply enjoy the incredible range of colours, shapes and sizes of cactus that surround you.
Cueva de los Verdes: raw natural beauty
Stunningly beautiful underground caves that are part of a volcanic tunnel that extends towards the ocean. They were adapted for visiting by Jesús Soto with the help of César Manrique with minimal intervention, and in total harmony with nature.
Cueva de los Verdes is shrouded in mystery and secrets, as the islanders used it as a hideout from pirates during the days of invasions and conquests.
The caves have a natural auditorium towards the back and the acoustic are perfect. If you’re visiting during the winter, check our events programme to see if you’re stay coincides with one of the concerts during its classical music season.
Jameos del Agua, an oasis amidst the lava
Trust us, you’ll never see anything quite like Jameos del Agua. Rita Hayworth once referred to it as “the eighth wonder of the world.”
This is the nearest part of the volcanic tunnel to the sea. César Manrique truly fulfilled his promise to blend art and nature in perfect harmony at Jameos del Agua. A stunning turquoise swimming pool set in a large jameo is probably it’s most well-known feature.
But it’s so much more than that: ingenious lighting, exuberant vegetation, cleverly designed social spaces such as a restaurant, bar, dance floor and impressive natural auditorium make this a totally unique experience.
To make your visit extra special, why not enjoy a romantic dinner followed by a live acoustic timple performance? Click here for more information on the exclusive Jameos Nights.
Jameos del Agua is an amazing place for creating special memories that last forever.
Mirador del Rio: views to take your breath away
If you’d like to re-enact “I’m Flying” – the most famous and romantic scene from The Titanic – then Mirador del Rio is the perfect spot.
Mirador del Rio is a visitor centre and viewpoint built into the Famara cliffs at an altitude of 400 metres. Prepare yourself for breath-taking views over the Atlantic Ocean and the Chinijo Archipelago, because happiness is merely a collection of moments like this.
Sit and enjoy a drink in the bar before the huge panoramic windows or go up onto the terrace and feel the sea breeze run through your hair with the sun on your face.
Water sports and activities while on holiday in Lanzarote
Talking of sea breeze and sunshine…a holiday in Lanzarote wouldn’t be complete without exploring the great outdoors.
The north of Lanzarote offers excellent opportunities for beach lovers. If rest and relaxation is what you’re after, take some time out at Caletón Blanco during your day in the north. Just imagine…white sandy coves with calm turquoise pools under the sun’s warm embrace.
If you’re a fan of adrenaline and water sports, then Famara beach is the place for you. Apart from having the best sunsets on Lanzarote, Famara is a paradise for water sports, whether you’re e beginner or a veteran. With five kilometres of golden sand with a backdrop of dramatic cliffs and dunes, Famara has a laid-back surfing vibe and offers a variety of surf and kitesurf schools.
The historical and cultural charm of Arrecife
Arrecife, the island’s capital, is a great place to spend an evening together. Soak up the city’s laid-back beach atmosphere, local arts scene or enjoy a moonlit drink around the fishing harbour.
Castillo de San José
A romantic 18th-century fortress overlooking the port of Arrecife. It was transformed by César Manrique into MIAC-International Contemporary Art Museum and a restaurant with panoramic glass windows overlooking Arrecife Bay.
You can even enjoy a gorgeous a la carte dinner for two on Museum Nights, accompanied by smooth background music and a resident DJ.
Charco de San Ginés
A wonderful place in the centre of Arrecife with numerous bars and restaurants overlooking a natural harbour. Small boats are moored in this area which is connected to the sea by a small channel. Enjoy a coffee or a crisp glass of local wine while you watch the world go by.
Bar El Almacén
Set in a traditional bourgeois building in Arrecife. It’s the hub of Arrecife’s art and culture scene and has a gastrobar and cinema. Its walls are decorated with music memorabilia including famous artists who have passed through during the years. Bar El Almacén is a great place for a drink or a bite to eat while you soak up the city’s bohemian culture.
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