A coastal natural pool in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
VOLCANIC VISTAS

Cruise to Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Lanzarote, one of the Canary Islands, is home to gorgeous aquamarine seas, white-sand beaches and nearly year-round sunshine. Travel inland, and you'll find more than 350 volcanic cones rising out of its National Park, making for an otherworldly volcanic landscape. More than 100 volcanoes erupted here in the 1700s. From that even arose a series of black-ash vineyards that now produce award-winning wines — not to mention strange, haunting beauty. UNESCO has dubbed the island a biosphere reserve protected site, and its remote, wild beaches are the perfect place for a surfing excursion or a simple afternoon spent relaxing at what feels like the edge of the world.
National Language Spanish
Currency Accepted Euro (EUR)

Things To Do in Lanzarote

View of the Timanfaya National Park landscape

Nature's Fury

View of the Timanfaya National Park landscape

View of the Timanfaya National Park landscape

Nature's Fury

In the Timanfaya National Park, the Montanas del Fuego (Fire Mountains) were created when more than 100 volcanoes erupted in the 18th century. Visit the park on a camel safari and feel like a boss. At its El Diablo restaurant, dine on fish and meat cooked on a volcanically heated grill.

City center of Teguise in Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Quiet Charm

City center of Teguise in Lanzarote, Canary Islands

City center of Teguise in Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Quiet Charm

The small, 15th-century town of Teguise was the original capital of Lanzarote, and colonial mansions still line its cobblestone streets. Costa Teguise is a quiet tourist resort with strict policies about sustainable development, so it's maintained its old charm while also offering visitor amenities.

Entrance of the Cesar Manrique House museum in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
Entrance of the Cesar Manrique House museum in Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Celebrate the Artist

You'll see the work of local artist Cesar Manrique around Lanzarote, and you can visit his striking home, built into boulders in a lava field. This extravagant cave now serves as a foundation dedicated to his life and art. Works by his contemporaries, such as Tapies, Millares and Picasso, are also exhibited there.

A whole roasted fish on a silver plate
A whole roasted fish on a silver plate

Local Cuisine

Everywhere in Lanzarote, you'll find fresh fish such as dorado (sea bream), vieja (parrot fish) and cherne (sea bass), often simply grilled and served with small potatoes and local greens. The condiment of choice is red or green mojo sauce, made with chilis grown in the rich volcanic soil — drizzle it over your fish and potatoes, or slather it on bread. Wash it down with glass of local malvasia, a white wine with tropical fruit notes that can be either dry or semi-sweet.

An assortment of traditional Spanish fans
An assortment of traditional Spanish fans

Shopping

Much of Lanzarote's shopping is centered in the capital city of Arrecife, where you'll find plenty of small, outdoor markets where you should expect to haggle. Look for locally made lacework, pottery, woven baskets, decorative fans and jewelry crafted from the green, volcanic gemstone called olivine.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 The best way to explore the island is by renting a car, and bike rentals are also popular and easy.
2 There are plenty of reasonably priced taxis.

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