Lanzarote is a hugely popular Mediterranean travel destination, with plenty to see and do. Located in the Canary Islands, Lanzarote is a Spanish island where Castilian Spanish is the main language, however as a result of the thriving tourist industry on the island English is commonly spoken and many restaurants and hotels offer French and German menus and translations too. Lanzarote is also very easy to get to from many European cities via the island’s airport, which is in the capital Arrecife. Here we look at five of the top things to see and do in Lanzarote
1 – Relax on the Beach
As you would expect in the Canaries, Lanzarote’s beaches are simply fantastic. Whether you want to sunbathe and unwind or get active with some swimming, snorkeling, canoeing, parasailing or sea kayaking, there is plenty of opportunity to have fun on Lanzarote’s beaches. Popular beaches include Playa Blanca, Costa Teguise and Puerto del Carmen although there are absolutely loads of them to choose from.
2 – Learn to Scuba Dive
The waters surrounding Lanzarote are home to some of the best dive sites in the whole of Europe, making it a great destination for people who love to dive. It is a great destination for those learning to dive for the first time as there are a variety of schools on the island that offer PADI and SSI courses as well as supervised taster sessions. Advanced divers can also enroll in a specialty course if they want to further their dive knowledge.
3 – Explore Timanfaya National Park
The Timanfaya National Park covers a quarter of Lanzarote’s surface area, and was created by a volcanic eruption in the 1730′s. Many holiday makers who have visited Lanzarote list the Timanfaya National Park as a true highlight of their visit, with its unique landscape, which is virtually unchanged from the original eruption. The park features an incredible restaurant with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape and traditional Canarian food. The park can be explored on foot or by bus tour, which can be booked at the visitor center where you can also find maps and plenty of information about key sites of interest within the park area.
4 – Visit the Whales and Dolphins Museum
As a tribute to the sea mammals that are abundant in the seas around the island, the Whales and Dolphins Museum in Puerto Calero is interesting and impressive, and a great place for a family day out. The museum even has a full size, real whale skeleton outside, which is quite incredible to see for its sheer scale. The museum has a great collection of interactive displays which children really enjoy, as well as scale models of different sea mammals and skeletons, providing a great insight into these fascinating creatures in the beautiful setting of the Puerto Calero marina.
5 – Explore Volcanic Caverns
The Cueva de los Verdes (the Green Cavern) is a series of tunnels and caverns formed by lava flowing under the ground, and is a really fun and interesting place to explore, with guided tours available in English daily during the peak tourist season. The rock formations and glistening minerals are beautifully lit, and the echoes and acoustics achieved within the caves and tunnels in certain spots are quite remarkable.