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Lanzarote Hotels and Apartments
Lanzarote Holidays & Hotels
Hotels in Lanzarote
Whether it’s a cheap family friendly resorts, adult-only spa hotels or stylish city apartments, Lanzarote has got your holiday accommodation needs sorted. No matter what kind of getaway you’re after, you’ll find it on this thriving Canary Island.
Sweeping beaches, buzzing nightlife and rugged volcanic landscapes await visitors to Lanzarote, keeping kids, couples and older families enthralled. With year-round sun, this island makes an ideal winter sun or summer destination - plus its relatively small size means it's easy to see all the sights on your visit.
Where to stay
The gateway to the rest of the island, Arrecife is the capital of Lanzarote, and it's also where you'll fly into. It's got its own stretch of beach overlooked by accommodation options, which is where you'll find those who want to be close to everything. The Cascada Cesar Manrique area encompasses more of the local charm, and it’s also home to hostels, apartments and suites. It’s recommended you stay around this area if you want to absorb more of the local vibe and want a little more wiggle room on your holiday budget.
Just a 13-minute drive from Arrecife, Costa Teguise feels like a completely different world. It’s a hub of tourist activity, catering for visitors’ needs with a swathe of watersports, sandy beaches, shops and amusement parks. The purpose-built resort was originally formed in the 1970s under the watchful eye of iconic Spanish artists César Manrique. As such, you get a real sense of the local charm, as well as having all the useful resort facilities to hand. Many visitors stay near one of Costa Teguise’s five beaches, with Playa Cucharas and Playa Bastian sitting near resorts that cater for all budgets.
Puerto del Carmen
With its sandy beaches and traditional charm, Puerto del Carmen is a tourist favourite. It’s particularly popular with those interested in the best nightlife – so if that sounds like your sort of holiday, head for one of the inexpensive resorts around Avenida de las Playas for easy access to the bars and clubs of The Strip.
Thanks to its position at the bottom of the island, Playa Blanca is an often-overlooked gem. It’s got all the features of a bustling Lanzarote resort, and is a real haven for families and older groups. It's also where you'll be able to catch the ferry over to Fuerteventura if you fancy seeing somewhere a little different. Expect to find casual apartments, huge resorts and beachfront hotels within just a few minutes of each other.
Away from the packed tourist resorts, Famara is a small coastal village that sits on the western side of Lanzarote. Visitors come here to get away from the city life, and to chill in yoga classes and surfing sessions. Unsurprisingly, many of the accommodation options are on top of the stunning beaches.
What to see
Timanfaya National Park is one of the Lanzarote must-see’s for first-timers, as well as more seasoned holidaymakers. It’s a national park made up entirely of volcanic soil, with its red-hued landscape looking more like something off of an alien planet. Jump on a coach for a tour around the winding roads of the Ruta de los Volcanes and take part in interactive tours of the geysers.
Lanzarote is also famous for its association with Spanish artist César Manrique. His foundation is based within his old home-studio, built into the volcanic landscape - worth a visit just to appreciate the stunning architecture and quirky interior design. And then there’s Rancho Texas Lanzarote Park in Puerto del Carmen. Kids love this animal park that comes with everything from sea lion shows to pony rides and cowboy lasso displays.
Arrecife and Costa Teguise have a range of quieter nightlife options, with pubs, traditional bars and late-night restaurants. If you’re looking for the real nightlife hub for your holiday, then go for Puerto del Carmen. The Avenida de las Playas is the epicenter of after-dark partying in Lanzarote, offering up cocktail bars and buzzing nightclubs.
What to eat
Variety is key when it comes to Lanzarote. British restaurants sell all the British food you know and love, while there are also traditional Spanish restaurants catering for all your Mediterranean needs. Don’t miss out on trying papas arrugadas, locally grown small potatoes boiled in their skins and served with some moji sauce. There are different sauce types ranging from green (garlicky) to red (spicy), so it’s best to try them all. Unsurprisingly, as a result of its island status, Lanzarote is also famed for its seafood options. Puntillas de Calamari is a dish that’s made up of deep-fried whole baby squids. Squeeze some lemon over them all to get the most flavour possible!
The majority of the large shopping centres in Lanzarote lie to the south of the island. Biosfera Plaza Shopping Centre is one that gets people talking - named the Best Small Shopping Centre in Spain, Biosfera has over 50 shops, plus an open-air cinema and mini golf area.
Each Lanzarote resort has the typical gift shops lining the seafronts, where you can pick up inexpensive holiday souvenirs for your friends and family back home. For something a little unusual, though, head to one of the local markets. Teguise Market is one of the island’s liveliest and takes place every Sunday from 9am until 2pm. It has souvenirs, handmade goods and a number of food stalls to keep your energy levels up.
Fast facts about Lanzarote
- Direct flight time: 4.25 hours from London
- Transfer time from Arrecife airport: From 8 to 34 minutes, depending on resort
- Time zone: GMT
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Spanish
- Average price of a domestic beer: 1.5 euros
- Average price of a bottle of wine: 2 euros
- Number of Brit tourists per year: 1.4 million