A family holiday in Lanzarote doesn’t have to break the bank. Keep the whole family entertained on your Canary Island getaway this summer with these great activities that are fun for all the family.
Lanzarote has several great dive sites and a host of dive schools where you and the family can learn to scuba safely. The underwater flora and fauna around the island is something to behold, with a vibrant reef, brightly coloured fish, seahorses, rays and anemones. But learning to dive isn’t cheap, so if you want to test the water (no pun intended) before committing to a full PADI course, get the kids snorkelling first, or try out a half way experience on offer at many of the dive schools.
Aquatics Diving Center have a variety of scuba experiences for all ages and experiences, giving you an introduction to what scuba diving is all about. While Island Watersport Lanzarote, who offer similar courses, also organise a snorkelling tour, where you can view the beautiful marine scenery without a tank on your back.
Timanfaya National Park
With its undulating, moon-like landscape of scorched black rock and dormant volcanoes, Lanzarote’s Timanfaya National Park is one the island’s most famous attractions for good reason. Getting the kids off hiking in the heat over the park’s rugged terrain might be a tough ask, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Timanfaya’s spectacular scenery. The restaurant at the top of Islote de Hilario grills its meat and fish using the thermal heat from the volcano, plus there are camel rides for those with weary feet.
Park entrance is €9 for adults, €4.50 for children
Slap bang in middle of the maritime trade route between Europe and the Americas, Lanzarote was a prime target for pirates and has a colourful history of fending off attacks from the sea. The fortress Santa Bárbara on the Guanapay volcano was built as a defense against pirate attacks in the 15th Century and is now a museum dedicated to the history of piracy in the Canary Islands and around the world.
Here you can learn about the infamous pirates who carved out terrible reputations for plundering the islands, including several British seafarers who turned to the nefarious practice to loot the island, or other ships, of their valuables.
Entrance fee is €3 for adults, €1.80 for children
Family Fiesta Fun
Fiestas and celebrations are ten a penny all over Spain and Lanzarote is no different. If you’re on the island at the end of June, be sure to check out the Fiesta of San Juan, the Spanish answer to Guy Fawkes night, when Lanzarote will be lit up by bonfires and burning effigies.
Each year in July, the island plays host to two weeks of parades and celebrations in honour of Nuestra Señora del Carmen, meaning lady of the sea. Head to the municipality of Teguise or the island of La Graciosa for the best of the action, where you can enjoy processions honouring the saint and the sea, along with locals dressed up in colourful costumes and traditional activities, such as Canarian wrestling and folklore performances, all on display.
Head Into The Lava Caves
Formed by lava flows from an eruption of volcano Monte Corona about 3,000 years ago, Las Cuevas de los Verdes is now a subterranean attraction for you to explore. The caves actually extend for almost 6km, some of which is underwater but the 1km that are accessible from the entrance have illuminated walls and even a concert hall.
Another site to check out is the Jameos del Agua, constructed in part of the same network of tubes by Lanzarote’s famous resident, artist and architect Cesar Manrique, in the 1960s. The natural lake, winding dark tunnels and brilliant cave gardens also includes a restaurant and bar.
Entrance to Las Cuevas de los Verdes is €9 for adults, €4.50 for children. Entrance to Jameos del Agua is €9 for adults, €4.50 for children
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