I am something of an expert when sharing my top 5 things to do in Lanzarote with a family as I have lost count how many times we have visited. With guaranteed sunshine, almost all year round and just a few hours away by plane, read on to see why Lanzarote is the perfect island for a family break.
Lanzarote. … Spanish pronunciation: [lanθaˈɾote, lansaˈɾote]) is a Spanish island, the easternmost of the autonomous Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. It is located approximately 125 kilometres (78 miles) off the coast of Africa and 1,000 kilometres (621 miles) from the Iberian Peninsula
There is an abundance of beaches to choose from in Lanzarote and a day at the beach can mean a cheap but eventful excursion. One of our favourite beaches in Lanzarote is known as a surfers paradise, located in the northern part of Lanzarote and is called La Canteria. You may have to head to Orzola and ask the locals to direct you. A car will be necessary, armed with all the necessities needed for a full day out including food and drink. La Canteria beach offers peace and freedom and is a natural beauty to explore. Coves for children and rocks to climb will ensure that the whole family will have fun.
Timanfaya National park
We had experienced Timanfaya on a guided tour previously and decided to take our small family back last year in a hire car. There is a beautiful restaurant on site with amazing scenery if you wish to have a meal there. The heat of the volcano is used to cook chicken and pizzas on a fascinating grill. Aside from good food, Timanfaya is a fantastic site for a few photo opportunities and to teach the kids about erupting volcanoes. A recommended day out.
My memories of Lanzarote leave me feeling really happy, it is in Lanzarote that we experienced real family time and many firsts. Puerto del Carmen is a fairly flat side of the island in Lanzarote and because of this, we took the opportunity for many family bike rides. If you have a love of planes, then Puerto Del Carmen is the right side of the island for you. We cycled the coastal (car-free) path and sat to watch the planes landing on the runway. Our bike ride led us past plenty of tavernas and beachside cafes so this is a good opportunity to sample some Tapas and have a glass of something chilled. We had no problem hiring a bicycle trailer for our little one.
Be sure to leave room in your suitcase to bring home travel finds such as embellished purses and silk scarves for loved ones. We love to buy summer dresses from Spanish markets as they are unique and colourful. Please do visit Costa Teguise market if you are looking for traditional items and a taste of culture. You could easily spend a day here, wandering and sampling street food. There is a play area located in the hub of the market and extra activities for kids including bouncy castles. We enjoyed tapas and live music in Costa Teguise whilst our Daughter danced with Spanish dancers. Costa Teguise is a lively town on market day and buses run quite regularly from most sides of the island. Visit Holidaygems.co.uk to book your perfect holiday now!
If you want to check out Costa Teguise market then you can see more from a recent trip I took with my family. Just click here!
The Island of Lanzarote is small enough to explore by car but jam-packed with activities, scenery and local tradition. Take a drive along a coastal road and get lost amongst the fishing villages. Eat fresh food by the harbour and grab an ice cream. Wander on to the beach and dip your toes into the sea. Smell the flowers, indulge in the local wildlife.
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