Near El Ancla beach
Lanzarote is an enclave that belongs to the Canary Islands and is probably one of the most exclusive destinations in Spain to enjoy an unforgettable holiday. It is said that this island paradise has something very special; something different. Possibly the beauty of its capital, Arrecife? The unparalleled landscape of Timanfaya? Unforgettable visits to La Graciosa? Or maybe the beaches of Costa Teguise? In reality, the charm of this island of the Atlantic Ocean stems from each these special places.
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Where to stay in Lanzarote Costa Teguise is considered to be one of the best places to choose a hotel in Lanzarote. Situated to the east of the island, this city is close to the capital of Lanzarote and is only 15 minutes by car from the Lanzarote airport. The city of Teguise is an attractive destination for those who love the sun, a relaxing beach and an ideal spot for doing tourism. Lanzarote also offers the possibility of enjoying water sports, such as windsurfing or scuba diving. For bike enthusiasts, Teguise offers the best beaches and trails.
What are the best hotels for going with children? The Costa Teguise area offers the Occidental Lanzarote Mar, with impressive sports facilities, including an Olympic-size heated swimming pool. This is in addition to other recreational areas for adults and children, and fabulous rooms that have been recently renovated. The Occidental Lanzarote Playa is located very close to the hotel, with beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean and surrounded by the peaceful sands of El Ancla Beach.
For adults searching among the best hotels in Lanzarote to switch off, relax and unwind during their holiday, a great option is the Barceló Teguise Beach – Adults Only, located on the promenade. Its modern rooms are equipped with hot tubs and state-of-the-art technology. There is also a fitness studio, an excellent U-Spa and two infinity pools, all in a wonderfully calm setting that is enhanced by a spectacular view of the sea. What else does the island of Lanzarote have to offer?
There are many things to do on trips to Lanzarote, from visiting the impressive beaches of Lanzarote to touring the Timanfaya National Park and passing through La Geria, or a trip to the Cueva de los Verdes or the Jameos del Agua. Starting from the Costa Teguise itself, Lanzarote has must-see dream spots to be enjoyed first-hand, as well as places of interest such as the César Manrique Foundation. These are the most important places to visit in Lanzarote.
The traditional island’s cuisine includes grilled fish – red porgy among others – potatoes with mojo sauce, “gofio” (toasted maize), local cheeses, goat and rabbit stews and “bienmesabe” – a traditional dessert made with almonds, biscuits, egg, sugar and lemon. The hotels in Lanzarote from Barceló Hotel Group also offer the best local and international cuisine, which combines cutting-edge gastronomy with traditional recipes from Lanzarote. In its restaurants, you can savour typical island dishes such as “gofio” (toasted maize) and “papas arrugadas” (crinkly potatoes) with red chilli sauce or “sancocho” (soup).
The Atlantic Ocean is one of the best attractions in the Canary Islands and the warm waters lapping Lanzarote are ideal for enjoying practically any water sport. To stay active during your holiday, why not try windsurfing or other water sports in Lanzarote as part of your ideal day? Whether you are an experienced surfer or simply a beginner, you will find perfect waves. It is said that the island is the “European Hawaii” because its waves and wind create the perfect conditions for surfers all year round.
Playa Bastián, located in one of the semi-urban landscapes of Costa Teguise, is one of the largest coves in this area, shielded by thick stone walls that reduce the strength of the wind. These walls, decorated with green areas, stretch across the entire beach. And when the tide is low, you can see many smooth, rounded stones on the coast known as “callaos”. The beach has public services such as sun-loungers, showers, parking and even barbecue areas.
La Graciosa is one of the islands of the Chinijo archipelago, located on the north coast of Lanzarote. This protected natural area is the largest marine reserve in the European Union. La Graciosa, the eighth Canary Island, is a desert enclave in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean that boasts spectacular beaches where you can relax. La Laja, Las Conchas and La Cocina are just a few examples of white sand beaches bathed by the golden waters of the surrounding volcanic rocks.
On a trip to Lanzarote you will not be able to miss an excursion to Timanfaya Park. The Timanfaya was declared a National Park in 1974, and forms an arid and lunar landscape with scarce vegetation. The contrast of colour and some incredible volcanic formations characterise this beautiful landscape: incredible lava and ash fields, deep boilers, caves formed by air bubbles, stunning lava formations and enormous craters. The park is open all year round and there are guided tours with transportation from different points. Located very close to the park is La Geria, which also stands out and is known for its volcanic landscape and its famous wine production. Without a doubt, an adventure for the day, ideal for hiking enthusiasts and also for groups that visit Lanzarote with children.
César Manrique was a painter, sculptor and artist from the island of Lanzarote who combined his work with the environmental values of the Canary Islands. He searched for the harmony between art and nature and was awarded the World Prize for Ecology and Tourism and the Europe Award. Today many of Manrique’s masterpieces can be seen on the island.
Los Jameos del Agua is one of the most iconic areas on the island of Lanzarote, located in the north in the municipality of Haría. Jameo is a geological formation produced by the collapse of a volcanic lava tube, and three of them originated from the Corona Volcano, resulting in what is known as Jameos del Agua. In this natural cave, César Manrique designed an auditorium that capitalises on the cavity’s acoustics; it is used to host all types of events and concerts. It is a place to enjoy both cultural activities and a landscape of geological richness.
This viewpoint, built by César Manrique, is 400 m high and is located on the Risco de Famara. It is yet another great example of Manrique’s passion for blending art and nature, as it is a lookout point that coalesces with its volcanic rock environment. From its glass windows you can observe an impressive panoramic view of the island, and you can even see La Graciosa, making it one of the best places to visit in Lanzarote.
Upon settling himself on the island, Manrique decided to build his Casa del Volcán in the centre of Lanzarote. The building, located in the municipality of Tahíche, next to Costa Teguise, was built on five volcanic bubbles and is an example of local architecture in complete harmony with the landscape. The house became a museum and can be visited any day of the week. It exhibits two collections: one of contemporary art, made up of artists from the same generation as Manrique, and another collection of his own works. As you can see, there is a wide variety of things on offer to do in Lanzarote. However, one experience you can’t afford to miss is spending an unforgettable day on the island beaches. What is the best beach in Lanzarote to enjoy water sports?