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Lanzarote Blog: 19 Best Things to Do in Lanzarote [2021]

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If you’re looking for the ultimate Lanzarote blog to narrow down all the best things to do on the island then you’ve come to the right place. 

Lanzarote is a beautiful island jam-packed full with incredible things to do.

My parents live on the island which means I’m clued up on alllll the best places to visit.

So from spectacular viewpoints and great hikes to amazing museums and beautiful beaches, this Lanzarote blog is here to show you the 19 best things to do in Lanzarote! 

1. Mirador de El Risco de Famara

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Address: 35520 Haría, Las Palmas

Say hello to one of my personal favourite things to do in Lanzarote.

There were too many highlights from my holiday to pick just one but watching the sunset at Mirador de El Risco de Famara has to be in my top three.

Overlooking the famous Famara Beach, it’s the ultimate sunset spot with the most incredible views you could possibly imagine.

And luckily, it’s never too crowded either!

There are several spots to place yourself to watch the sun go down or you can spend the afternoon walking along the cliff, soaking up the views from all sorts of different angles.

If you take anything from this Lanzarote blog let it be a trip here at sunset.

I promise you won’t regret it!

To get there, follow the single track dirt path to the car park, or alternatively, park on the side of the main road and walk the 15 minutes up to the viewpoint. 

2. Montaña Negra

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Address: 35560 Tinajo, Las Palmas

If you’re looking for an even quieter sunset spot with 360 degrees views stretching out to Timanfaya National Park, the coast and La Graciosa, then head up Montaña Negra.

You’ll likely have the whole spot to yourselves, just as we did!

However, be warned: you have to earn these views, unlike those from Mirador de El Risco de Famara.

While the hike will only take you around 30-45 minutes, the mountain is very steep and made entirely of scree.

Be careful and take your time as you go up.

You don’t want any injuries ruining one of the best views in Lanzarote!

There’s a large parking area opposite the mountain where you can park up, before heading up the left side of the mountain on one of the zig-zag trails (these routes are less steep!).

Coming down is a little easier – just drag your heels into the scree to avoid slipping. 

3. Timanfaya National Park

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Address: Timanfaya Visitor Centre

Any Lanzarote blog would be incomplete without a mention of Timanfaya National Park.

It’s basically criminal to visit Lanzarote and not come here.

Everyone does the coach tour when they visit and I can guarantee that no one regrets it.

The landscape really is phenomenal.

The result of volcanic eruptions that took place between 1720 and 1736, and again in 1824, Timanfaya National Park is the only Natural Park in Spain that’s entirely geological.

And it can only really be experienced from the comfort of a 45-minute coach ride.

You can rock up on the day without booking ahead, with tickets costing €12 per person.

And don’t worry, the fact that you’re on a coach instead of exploring the national park on foot doesn’t take away from the area’s otherworldly beauty.

Just expect some glare taking photos through the coach window!

Afterwards, head to Timanfaya Visitor Centre to learn more about Timanfaya, its fauna, flora and coastline.

4. César Manrique Foundation

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Address: C. Jorge Luis Borges, 16, 35507 Tahiche, Las Palmas

Phone number: +34 928 84 31 38

Born in 1919 in Arrecife (a port city on the east coast of Lanzarote), César Manrique is a symbol of the island.

Any trip you take to Lanzarote will incorporate him, whether you realise it or not.

Built into an old lava flow, César Manrique Foundation allows you to step into Manrique’s 20-year home in which he resided from 1968 to 1988.

The home itself is a work of art, with nature and architecture fusing into one.

But the foundation also houses artwork by Spanish artists and has films you can watch to learn about Manrique’s life and work.

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During and after my visit to the museum, I became so fascinated in his life and enraptured by his work.

It was one of the best museums I’ve ever visited (in fact, it’s up there in my top three!).

I recommend making this one of the first things you do in Lanzarote because once you’ve visited, you’ll begin spotting his work and influence all throughout the island.

5. La Geria

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Like wine? LOVE great views?

Then you best get heading to La Geria, one of the most unique recommendations in this Lanzarote blog.

A ‘geria’ is a unique conical hole dug into natural layers of volcanic gravel several metres deep.

In the centre of each hole, a vine is planted, and a crescent of rocks is then placed around the edge to protect the hole from the wind.

Row after row, the gerias extend for miles creating a landscape unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.

They not only offer amazing views as you drive through the landscape but they’re also accompanied by an impressive number of bodegas from which to drink wine and be merry!

Because what’s the point in seeing the vineyards if you can’t enjoy their produce, right?

If you fancy admiring the area from above, I’d recommend hiking up Montana de Gaida for some of the best views in Le Geria.

6. La Graciosa

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At the top of most people’s Lanzarote bucket lists is a trip to nearby island La Graciosa – and for good reason!

While you can see La Graciosa from afar from many points on Lanzarote, the island is best experienced up close and personal.

One distinctive feature of the island is that it’s almost entirely pedestrianised.

This means you can’t hire a car to explore the island: your only options are walking, cycling or going on a Jeep tour.

While it’s the most expensive option, I’d recommend joining a Jeep tour.

Not only is it a unique experience in and of itself but you get to see a lot more of the island than you would on bike.

However, no matter which option you choose, you have to visit Playa de las Conchas.

It’s one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen!

Once you’ve finished exploring, you’ll find plenty of lovely restaurants lining the harbour. 

7. Montaña Roja

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Address: 35580, Las Palmas

One of the most underrated hikes in Lanzarote, there may only be a short walk up to the crater of Montaña Roja but boy does this mountain pack a punch. 

Standing proudly over Playa Blanca, the southernmost town of the island, the mountain is a popular spot to soak up the sunset and see the town from above.

To climb the mountain, I recommend driving up as close to the base of the mountain as you can and pulling up on the side of the road.

Then, after parking, it’ll take you around a 20 minute walk to ascend the mountain.

You can then walk both inside and around the crater.

While the sunset is admittedly impressive, I’d recommend staying up the mountain until it’s completely dark so you can see the town lit up at night.

It’s a sight probably unlike any you’ve seen before and one to remember for years to come!

8. Mirador del Rio

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Address: Carretera de Ye, S/N, 35541 Haría, Las Palmas

Phone number: 928 52 65 48

One of the most iconic views in all of the island, I couldn’t leave this Lanzarote blog without mentioning Mirador del Rio.

It’s not in my personal top few views on the island (probably because it’s overrun by tourists), but it’s still a really fantastic view.

And like most popular tourist viewpoints in Lanzarote, there’s a great cafe from which to soak up the views with a coffee and cake in tow.

Designed by Cesar Manrique, the architecture is almost as, if not more, impressive than the view.

It complements it very nicely!

Entry costs €5 for adults and £2.50 for 7-12 year olds.

9. Caldera Blanca

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Address: Volcanic Trail Parking, 35560 Tinajo, Las Palmas

If you only do one hike in Lanzarote, make it this one.

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It’s probably the most famous volcano hike in the whole island.

Be sure to fuel up on tapas before you head as although it’s a relatively short hike (around three hours long), you’ll need all the energy you can get!

Just getting to the base of the volcano is about a 40 minute walk and that’s before you’ve even began the ascent.

However, if you want to extend your hike you can also climb up the next door smaller volcano, La Caldereta.

Not many people can say they’ve hiked up a volcano and walked around its crater but you’ll be a part of that exclusive club if you hike Caldera Blanca. 

10. Salinas del Janubio

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Address: 35570 Yaiza, Las Palmas

Phone number: +34 928.80.43.98

If you’ve never seen salt flats in person before, like I hadn’t, then why not make Janubio Salt Flats your first port of call?

While it’s great to see the flats up close, the best views you’ll get are overlooking them from above.

As you drive up to the salt flats, find a suitable parking spot at the side of the road, pull up and get ready to soak up some great views.

Top tip: visit at sunset for maximum effect!

11. Mirador de Haría

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Address: 35542 Haría, Las Palmas

Next up on this Lanzarote blog we have Mirador de Haría.

Pay just €1 for the privilege to see one of the best views in Lanzarote.

This spot provides impressive panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, the imposing Corona Volcano, and the lovely village of Haría.

There’s also a great little cafe here that serves pastries, tapas and ice cream – and even tastier views.

12. Haría

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Address: 35520, Las Palmas

After checking out Mirador de Haría, be sure to check out the town itself – if only to fill up on tapas.

Dotted with palm trees and with mountains on either side, Haría is as picturesque as towns come.

Walking around the town won’t take you long but it’s a lovely little spot with lots of cute buildings and photo opportunities.

Because you’ve got to show the world how quaint Lanzarote can be, right? 

13. Casa Museo del Campesino

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Address: Ctra. Arrecife a Tinajo, 8, 35559 Mozaga, Las Palmas

Phone number: +34 928 52 01 36

Proudly sitting in the heart of Lanzarote, Casa Museo del Campesino is yet another impressive example of Cesar Manrique’s work.

(I told you his influence is apparent throughout the island, didn’t I?)

At the front of the museum stands the iconic Monumento a la Fecundidad (Monument to Fertility) that signals you’ve made it to the right place!

The museum was founded to pay tribute to the efforts made by country people who faced treacherous conditions in order to bring the land back to life.

Step into the museum and you’ll soon get further insight into the architecture, agriculture, handicrafts and traditional gastronomy of the island.

And, of course, the museum looks the part too.

You’ll be able to capture loads of great photos of the white architecture set against the (hopefully!) solid blue skies.

14. Las Grietas

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Address: 35572 Tías, Las Palmas

Part of me wants to keep this hidden gem a secret so it stays that way but part of me wants to shout about it from the rooftops because it’s really that cool.

Las Grietas (which amusingly translates to ‘Big Crack’ in English) is a cracking of the volcano’s plates.

While it’s not well-known with tourists, it’s still easily accessible.

Just pull up in the parking area on the side of the road, then walk for a minute up Montaña Blanca until you stumble across Las Grietas.

While it feels hidden away, you can see it from the road so you won’t have any trouble finding it!

It’s a sight to behold and you’ll feel like you’ve been instantly transported to the Grand Canyon.

Once you’ve walked through it, it’s also worth seeing the crack from above.

And if you want to extend your visit even further, why not hike up Montaña Blanca to see the area from above?

15. Charco Verde

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Address: 35570, Las Palmas

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One of the island’s greatest natural phenomenon, Charco Verde is the famous ‘green pond’ you’ve probably already seen photos of.

Set inside a crater open to the sea, the so-called pond was formed by marine flora in the water, giving it its distinctive green colour.

The impressive volcanic landscape surrounding the pond, married with the black sand beach, makes for a great photo.

Charco Verde is only a two minute walk from a car park too so you won’t need to work hard to earn this view either!

16. El Golfo

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Address: 35570, Las Palmas

Charco Verde is situated in El Golfo and the rest of the village is worth a mooch around while you’re there.

Expect quintessential white buildings, lots of tapas joints and a beautiful coastline.

From here you can embark on a walk down the coast of Timanfaya National Park where you’ll be able to see the park to your right and the sea to your left.

Amazing 360 degree views?

Sign me up!

17. Los Hervideros

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Address: 35570 Yaiza, Las Palmas

Phone number: +34 901 20 03 00

Los Hervideros is one of Lanzarote’s most popular tourist hotspots – and for good reason!

Translating to ‘Boiling Pot’, this rugged volcanic coastline is known for drawing in huge waves into its sea caves.

It’s a great natural phenomenon to witness that reminds you of just how powerful the sea is.

The scenic lookout provides great views and walking around the site allows you to get up close and personal with the sea caves.

Top tip: time your trip with high tide so you can see the waves at their most dramatic!

18. Teguise

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Address: 35530, Las Palmas

Next up on this Lanzarote blog, we have Teguise.

Recently named one of the ‘Most Beautiful Villages in Spain’, Teguise totally lives up to its well-deserved title.

To have this title, villages must abide by 40 important aspects, including conservation of the facades, care of flowers and green areas, attention to traditions, and care of heritage.

The former capital of Lanzarote, the village is considered the oldest town in the Canary Islands, meaning it’s certainly steeped in history.

There are lots of lovely places to eat, cute gift shops to explore, and beautiful architecture to marvel at.

Make sure you don’t leave without snapping a pic of the very photographic clock tower.

Top tip: visit Teguise on a Sunday so you can experience the largest market in Lanzarote!

19. Rofera de Teseguite

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Address: 35508 Teguise, Las Palmas

Last but by no means least on this Lanzarote blog, we have Rofera de Teseguite.

If you haven’t already gathered by now, Lanzarote is home to some of the most otherworldly landscapes in all of Europe.

And Rofera de Teseguite is no exception.

The volcanic cones create a curious landscape that transports you straight to Mars!

Set in front of a ravine, the Rofera is a quick pull-up spot on the side of the road.

Once parked up, you can climb the rocks and take lots of photos.

The rocks are made up of volcanic sand with coarse and rough grains, so it feels like the area is literally crumbling beneath your feet.

 

So there you have it: the ultimate Lanzarote blog covering the 19 best things to do on the island.

On top of these recommendations, I’ve also heard that Jardin de Cactus and Jameos del Agua are well worth a visit.

But unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to experience them for myself this time around!

It’s safe to say that whether you’re visiting Lanzarote for a few days or a few weeks, you’ll certainly not run out of things to do.

Whether you prefer to take it slowly at a vineyard or get lost up a volcano with great views, you really are spoilt for choice.

My final piece of advice would be to just get lost (in the politest way possible!).

While I’ve promoted a lot of attractions in this Lanzarote blog, you really don’t need to visit any tourist hotspots to see just how beautiful the island is.

There are beautiful 360 degree views wherever you look so make sure to slow down and soak them up!

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