Lanzarote boasts more than 100 beaches. Some feature black lava rock pebbles while others are packed with soft white sand – take your pick and prepare for unforgettable beach days.
Families will love the facilities at Princess Yaiza. Kids can jump straight into a full roster of activities at Kikoland, the hotel’s park for children, and adults can delight in lovely views over neighbouring islands as they dine at Isla de Lobos restaurant.
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Hit the beach
For a beach day with a difference, drive to Playa Quemada. This peaceful fishing village is home to beaches featuring black volcanic sands and pebbles lapped by the cerulean sea. The area is protected from windy weather by the mountains of the Los Ajaches Natural Monument, meaning its climate is ideal for calm days admiring azure water. Stop at one of the local restaurants for a leisurely meal while you’re there. At the northern end of the island, Del to del waits to be discovered. You can access this blonde-sand beach via boat or via a hike along the Camino de los Gracioseros. Its remoteness means it’s usually quiet – just remember to bring all your beach day supplies with you.
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While you’re exploring the northern end of the island, check out another quiet fishing village: Orzola. Unsurprisingly, you’ll find fish restaurants galore here. Sit on the shady terrace at Restaurante El Norte, order grilled fish of the day and watch boats swaying in the harbour. If you want to liven things up a bit, head to capital city Arrecife. Pull up a chair in Lilium, located in the modern marina with yet more views of moored boats, and savour a taste of Canary Islands cuisine. There are only ten tables in the restaurant so you’ll probably want to book ahead.
If you do one thing, explore the nooks and crannies of LagOmar. This museum – previously the home of actor Omar Sharif – is set in a hillside, with multiple levels featuring volcanic caves and curious lookouts. The museum’s enigmatic architecture and luscious greenery make for a stunning setting for a leisurely afternoon. Follow the little staircase down to La Cueva and sip a cocktail in the enchanting cave bar – you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a secret hangout.
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The influence of visionary artist, architect and environmentalist Cesar Manrique can be seen all over Lanzarote. Visit his previous home, Volcano House, to see how architecture and volcanic activity can work together to create a stunning and harmonious setting. Admire his typical whitewashed style. Then, before you leave, step into Manrique’s art studio which is now an exhibition hall for paintings.