We all love a hit of warm winter sun and what better place to go than Lanzarote? There’s year-round sunshine, volcanic landscapes, food markets, festivals and much more. So many of my friends go back year after year. It’s one of those places where there’s so much to see and do that you really need a couple of trips to tick everything off your bucket list. It’s also one of the most popular destinations for Spain tours.
I think renting out a villa is the best way to go when you’re visiting Lanzarote. The lovely folk at Villa Plus have a fab selection of places available, many with their own private pools. So the temptation to grab a few friends and escape to the sun is rising. It’s also one of those places where it’s a good idea to rent a car so you can really explore the island. This also gives you the chance to stop and discover hidden beaches and take photos of the unique rock formations at your own leisure.
Here are 6 things you should add to your Lanzarote bucket list:
Timanfaya National Park: A visit to this Spanish national park should be on everyone’s list. It’s one of the most popular attractions in Lanzarote so as you can imagine, it’s best to arrive early. It’s a truly unique volcanic landscape caused by the world’s longest volcanic eruption from 1730 to 1736. There’s no other way to describe it than an otherworldly experience.
Famara beach: The 3km stretch of sand is ideal for joggers and sun worshipers. There’s so much space. This is also the beach for sports lovers. You’ll spot many seasoned surfers and kitesurfers hitting the waves.
Jardín de Cactus: The Cactus Garden is home to over 1000 different species of cacti in what was formerly a quarry. If you’re a fan of the trendy cacti then you must find time to visit.
Mancha Blanca Market: You’ll be pleased to know it’s one of the less touristy markets. It’s filled with fresh locally produced goods like bread, fruit, preserves and cakes. All of which you can take back to your villa and enjoy.
Jameos del Agua: This is yet another place where you’ll experience a world like no other. It seems to be a theme in Lanzarote, it’s a very unique place. It has the opening of a cave but is actually referred to as a lava tube or volcanic tunnel. It’s 6km in length and was formed around 4,000 years ago when the Monte La Corona volcano erupted.
There’s a natural saltwater lake which is home to a very rare species of albino crabs. The stunning gardens are filled with fig trees, cacti and a pool, although you can’t swim in it. Doesn’t it sound magical?
Mirador Del Río: On a clear day this is where you’ll find the best views of the island. This clifftop cafe and bar is beautifully nestled into the rock with stunning panoramic windows. Make sure you pack your wide-angle lens.
Thanks to Villa Plus for collaborating on this post. As always, all thoughts are my own and I only work with brands I think you’ll like.