Escape To The Canary Islands: Lanzarote

Canary Islands beach

Sometimes you just have to get away. I love travel by myself, and I love Spain, so the Canary Islands, and specifically Lanzarote, were the perfect escape. I do recommend flying into Europe first if you are coming from the US because the flights are much cheaper.

Arrival on Lanzarote

Below Morocco in latitude, Lanzarote is a great weekend trip in the winter to escape the cold. I managed to find a flight from Germany for 70 Euros, so it can be done pretty cheaply if you are flexible, but I think that the going rate is more often 120-150 Euro. Fly into Arrecife, but stay in any of a number of coastal towns easily reachable by taxi.

 

Teguise Hotel Room
Teguise Hotel Room

 

Costa Tequise

I chose to stay in Costa Teguise at the newly renovated Barceló property for the balcony view of the water and for the pool. The location was a quick walk to Playa de las Cucharas, a calm, lengthy beach that offers water activities and chair and umbrella rentals. Shops and restaurants line the beach wall, and it was easy to find an oceanfront location to stretch out and do some work as a digital nomad.

 

Beach In Teguise
Beach In Teguise

 

Teguise Beach
Teguise Beach

 

Teguise
Teguise

 

It was in Costa Teguise that I learned about Ron Miel, the signature honey rum of the Canary Islands. I was visiting with a Spanish friend who was living on the island and after every evening meal, we had to have glass, as is customary on the islands. You drink it straight as a digestif, and the rum is sweet to be sure, so don’t pour too much of it (or do, whatever, it is delicious). I brought as much back with me from my trip as I could because I have yet to be able to find it in the US.

 

Teguise Art Lanzarote
Teguise Art

 

César Manrique

As you travel around the island of Lanzarote, the importance of the work of César Manrique becomes clear. At the end of the pier in Costa Teguise, you’ll find his sculptures, jutting out over the ocean like totem poles in the sea (above). The sculpture of El Diablo, the symbol of Timanfaya National Park, is perhaps his most iconic. César Manrique, a native son, sought to harness the natural unique beauty of the island in his art, and I highly recommend seeking out his contributions. You can visit his house and studio in Haria, which has been turned into a museum, and the Jardín de Cactus, displaying over a thousand species of cacti. Many of his works use the natural landscape as his canvas, including the Jameos del Agua, a club designed within a cave, and Mirador del Rio, a café built in the rock on the north end of the island, high above sea level, overlooking the neighboring island of La Grasciosa (pictured below). It’s worth the drive to sip a cafe con leche while enjoying the breathtaking view.

 

Mirador Del Rio
Mirador Del Rio View

 

Mirador Del Rio
Mirador Del Rio

 

Mirador Del Rio
Mirador Del Rio

 

Playa del Papagayo

There are many beaches around the island, and one of the most popular beaches with the locals is Playa del Papagayo on the southwestern tip of the island. Even in winter, this beach can get crowded on sunny days (as pictured below). The beach is striking, surrounded by volcanic rock, and the waters are calm and warm. The parking area offers other amenities, which makes this beach convenient for families (that is, if you are okay with the occasional topless bather). As a good introduction to Lanzarote, I spent my first afternoon acclimating to the island here.

 

Playa Del Papagayo
Playa Del Papagayo

 

Playa Del Papagayo
Playa Del Papagayo

 

Playa Del Papagayo
Playa Del Papagayo

 

Rent a Car

If you’re looking for something a bit less crowded, I recommend renting a car and driving around the island. There are tons of patches of sand accessible from the road that are available to you as your own private beach. Pack a picnic with some ron miel and make a day of it. The area to the north of the island is flush with white sand beaches against volcanic rock, and as I was on the road, there were very few other cars exploring the region.

 

Rocky Beach
Rocky Beach

 

Sandy Beach
Sandy Beach

 

Volcanic Beach
Volcanic Beach

 

Lanzarote Landscape
Lanzarote Landscape

 

Lanzarote Beach
Lanzarote Beach

 

Other Activities

Timanfaya National Park – The island of Lanzarote has been designated as a UNESCO bioreserve in large part due to Timanfaya National Park. There is much volcanic activity on this part of the island, which is responsible for creating the unique ecosystem of plants and animals that can be found here. The most popular way to explore the park is by camel, but there is also a bus tour with an audioguide that is included in the entrance fee to the park.

La Geria Lanzarote – Near Timanfaya National Park, you’ll see strange crater-like agricultural development crop up in the black landscape. Upon closer inspection, you’ll realize that these are vineyards producing Malvasian wines in volcanic soil. It is truly a sight to see, and if you’re into wine like I am, there are numerous wine bodegas to visit in this region.

Cueva de los Verdes – Cueva de los Verdes is a long, narrow cave that was created by a volcanic eruption over 4000 years ago. The cave was later used by locals to hide from pirates. A section of the 6-km long tunnel is open with a 1-hour tour provided.

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22 Replies to “Escape To The Canary Islands: Lanzarote”

  1. Ooo this brings back memories. Thanks for the reminder of happy times gone by. #dreamteam

    1. No problem! Want to go back too!

  2. My Dad visits Lanzarote 3 times a year and adores the place. I remember a lovely holiday there some years ago – and the ron miel! We didn’t see half of the wonderful sights you’ve described here though. One for next time I think. Stunning photos. Thanks for linking to #DreamTeam x

    1. I would love to go 3x a year!

  3. oh wow I am super jealous, these photos make it look stunning! I really need a sun holiday! #dreamteam

    1. I could definitely use some more sun too!

  4. That looks a lovely place to visit, especially because it is sunny lol. I have never visited Lanzarote, it will go on my ever-increasing wish list.

  5. This place looks absolutely gorgeous, I have holiday envy! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx
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  6. That looks like such a wonderful place to visit….Stunning photos! #PoCoLo
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  7. I’ve never been but I’m glad to hear there’s more than the beach to discover. #ThatFridayLinky

  8. Your photos are fantastic! I haven’t been abroad for years but must add Lanzarote to my list 🙂 thank you for sharing with #Blogstravaganza

  9. I have never been there but I’m seriously tempted Thank you for linking to #ThatFridayLinky Please come back next week for
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  10. It looks so beautiful! #GlobalBlogging
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  11. O Wow. Never a place that was on my radar until now. It looks amazing. Definately something to put on the bucket list! #globalblogging

  12. Aah yes, the sand! And the honey rum – that’s lovely, I also remember a kind of banana liqueur which wasn’t so good (still drunk it though!) Thanks for sharing with #PoCoLo x
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    1. Ha, it’s probably the same brand. They have quite a few flavors. We stuck with the classic though. 🙂

  13. Looks amazing it has been rainy and gloomy in Melbourne lately so I can only dream to be at Lanzarote #globalblogging
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  14. Wow, this looks breathtakingly beautiful! Those blue and orange umbrellas? Oh, I could drink a few cocktails under them! #globalblogging

  15. I had my first ever holiday with my other half in Lanzarote. We stayed in Costa Teguise and had an absolutely brilliant time getting pissed every day! Oh the class.
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    1. Love it! Wish I lived close enough to make it a regular thing!

  16. Thank you for this wonderful post on Lanzarote. We are really tempted by the Canaries for our next holiday – after being disappointed by all the rain in the Loire Valley this year, we want to go somewhere that is guaranteed to be warm and sunny, (but not too hot) next time and reckon the Canary Islands fit the bill perfectly, but can’t decide which one…you have painted such a lovely picture of Lanzarote, I am thinking it might be the one for us! I think it was the rum that swung it 😉 Eb x
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    1. Ha, I love it because it seems a lot more diverse to me than the other islands. It’s such a weird unique landscape in addition to the beaches.

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