A group trip to Lanzarote
Pleasant beaches, night life, impressive scenery… There are so many reasons to persuade you to pack your suitcase and take a plane to Lanzarote. The fourth-largest island in the Canary archipelago, which was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1993, boasts an array of tourist attractions that make it the perfect choice for a superb holiday, whether you are travelling alone or as part of a group. Moreover, like the other Canary Islands, its favourable climate—the average temperature remains between 17 and 24 degrees throughout the year—means that you can visit during any season, although the best time is between October and May.
An ideal option for a group trip to Lanzarote is to hire one, or several, cars. Although virtually every corner of the island is accessible using public transport, a car gives you much more independence, so that you will consequently get more from your stay. For larger groups, there is the option of a minibus or a bus, and various companies offer this service.
What to see with your friends in Lanzarote
- The Timanfaya National Park. The first thing that visitors notice about Lanzarote, even before they land on the island, is the extraordinary beauty of a volcanic landscape resulting from eruptions that occurred throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Accordingly, an ideal first step is to visit the Timanfaya National Park, a 200-km2 plateau occupied by an almost lunar landscape, the result of prolonged activity by almost 300 volcanoes. The park can be accessed by road and you can even make a tour of it by camel. The sight of the craters and the thought that ten metres beneath your feet, the earth is boiling at 300 degrees makes a powerful impression. In addition, you can have lunch at the El Diablo restaurant, and try the dishes cooked in its oven using the natural heat generated by the earth.
- Volcanic tunnels. Volcanic activity on Lanzarote also created a number of tunnels carved out by the relentlessly advancing lava. One example is the Jameos del Agua, a spectacular, 6-kilometre tunnel, which actually runs underwater for around 1½ kilometres, and which was transformed into a multifunctional space by the Lanzarote-born artist, César Manrique. This natural phenomenon also provides a habitat for one of the island’s endemic species: the blind crab.
- The Mirador del Río viewpoint. Also bearing the hallmark of the versatile César Manrique, this viewing point situated on the Risco de Famara, at an altitude of 480 metres, offers one of the most beautiful panoramic views on the island. Its construction was a considerable challenge, as it was necessary to excavate the land, construct the building and then clothe it in volcanic rock. All this was done in order to minimise its impact on the landscape, but its outstanding feature is the impressive views provided by its windows onto the Chinijo archipelago.
- Jardín de Cactus. Still on the trail of Manrique—a ubiquitous presence on Lanzarote—we can recommend a visit to this wonderful cactus garden set in a former volcanic ash quarry. The garden is home to over 4,500 examples of cactus brought here from areas as distant as Madagascar and Peru. It is also a place that exudes peace; a walk within it is a truly gratifying experience for the senses. It is worth bearing in mind that many of these attractions are actually Centros de Arte, Cultura y Turismo [Arts, Culture and Tourism Centres] run by Lanzarote’s Island Council, or Cabildo, which makes available combined tickets to enable tourists to visit several of them. So it is well worth planning your itinerary in advance, because if you ultimately decide to visit different Centres, you will save money by buying one of the combined tickets.
- Natural swimming pools. Another of the island’s highlights is its pleasant natural swimming pools created by the streams of lava and the thrust of the Atlantic Ocean. The most spectacular pools are in the Los Charcones area, although they are difficult to reach. A more accessible alternative is to make your way to Punta Mujeres. The swimming pools in this region—situated in the north of the island—are within the urban area, and are safer.
- Trip to the island of La Graciosa. A trip to the eighth Canary Island makes for a highly enjoyable group excursion. To reach the island, you need to catch a boat in the port of Órzola and travel for just over 30 minutes to the fishing town of Caleta de Sebo. There you can hire a bike and ride across the beautiful desert island landscape, perhaps stopping off to bathe on one of its secluded beaches.
What about sport?
The island of the volcanoes is also an ideal destination for water sports, particularly:
- Surfing and kite surfing. There are companies specialising in these sports, for example in Caleta de Famara in the Teguise district. If you look around, you can almost certainly find discounts for groups. In addition, the climate is perfect and the scenery is to die for.
- In Lanzarote, diving enthusiasts will find something close to heaven, as the island offers such fantastic diving locations as the Agujero Azul, the Catedral and the Cueva de las Gambas. However, the most outstanding spot on the island is without a doubt the delightful Museo Atlántico, an offbeat collection of sculptures submerged in the ocean by the British artist Jason deCaires.
Lastly, those who are keen to acquaint themselves with Lanzarote’s nightlife will find the best pubs and discos in the tourist resorts. The most vibrant spots are: in Puerto del Carmen, around the Avenida de las Playas and the Varadero area; in Playa Blanca, along the coastline and the port; and in Costa Teguise around Avenida del Jablillo. The island’s capital, Arrecife, has a more traditional atmosphere, and here you can discover establishments with character, and which are favoured by the majority of the islanders.
So now you can see, the island’s leisure options include cultural activities, excursions to enjoy the natural world, water sports and, of course, a spot of partying. Have no doubt, a group trip to Lanzarote will always be a great choice.