Lanzarote holidays serve up year-round summer weather and sandy beaches with the sci-fi-style scenery of Timanfaya National Park.

Sun-drenched Lanzarote

Lanzarote’s a long shot off being the biggest of the Canary Islands. But we all know size doesn’t matter. Good-time seaside resorts are parallel parked along its south coast, while Timanfaya National Park hogs the limelight in the north. It’s also the closest of the lot to Africa, which means it bakes in the sun all year round – that’s some solid tanning time.

Bags of beaches

Considering its teeny size, Lanzarote’s beach game is still strong. Places like Playa Blanca and Playa de los Pocillos have got their hands on Blue Flags. The latter’s also backed by a prom that runs all the way to Puerto del Carmen, so a night out on the tiles definitely isn’t a trek.

Natural beauty

Volcanic eruptions in the 18th century spewed lava all over the island’s countryside, leaving some extra-terrestrial landscapes to phone home about. You can watch spurting geysers, check out the Mars-like lava fields and see fish grilled over a volcano vent. There are loads of manmade marvels, as well, courtesy of artist Cesar Manrique. He’s the one behind the famous Mirador del Rio viewpoint, and you can thank him for the sugar cube buildings, too.

Lots to do

As far as holidays to Spain go, Lanzarote’s got its fair share of resorts. Puerto del Carmen brings the theme park, mall and nightlife, while Costa Teguise is stocked with a waterpark and an aquarium. They’ve also got plenty of bars and restaurants – from tapas bars to fast food joints. If you’d prefer something sleepier, there are some cute fishing villages to catch your eye, too.

At a Glance

  • Check out the lunar-like landscape at Timanfaya National Park
  • Taste the island's volcanic grapes at a vineyard
  • Spot the artsy creations of Cesar Manrique
  • View hotels in Lanzarote

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