The island of Lanzarote / Lanzarote travel guide

Lanzarote travel

Lanzarote is not a city itself but an island part of the Canaries, which are part of the Spanish territory.

One of the largest islands in the Canaries, Lanzarote is located right in front of the African North western coast.  This 60 kilometer-long island is an amazing place, its unique landscape covered with volcanic lava remembers of the surface of the moon.

Moreover Lanzarote is a living witness of the triumph of man in a hostile environment and natives are famous for their respect of nature. The island declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO has more than 300 volcanoes; however it is still possible to grow vegetables and specially grapes in the fields covered by black ash.

The island is not as crowded by tourist as its neighbours Tenerife or Gran Canaria and is a peaceful and charming destination where you will find harmony with environment, lovely beaches  and a surprising nature.

The small size of  the island makes it easy to discover by car or using public transport. You can find more information in our section for transportation in Lanzarote and car hire in Lanzarote, it is easy to hire a car at Lanzarote airport when you arrive in the island

The island has two main parts, the North where you will find most tourist attractions and the South, famous for its beaches and where most hotels are located.  In approximately one hour drive you can travel from the Northern coast to the Southern one.

The capital of the island is the city of Arrecife in the eastern coast of the island. When you fly to Lanzarote you will land in the airport of Arrecife in a runway right by the sea, an amazing first impression of the island.

In Lanzarote you will find pristine beaches, quiet coves or larger beaches like the ones in Puerto del Carmen.

The history and sights of the island are linked to Cesar Manrique who designed many tourist attractions in Lanzarote and in other islands of the Canaries, always keeping a strong relationship with nature. Have a look at our section where to go in Lanzarote to find the top attractions of the island and places not to be missed.

Lanzarote is something more than sun and beaches. Here you will find a variety of places to visit in a short trip from any point of the island, a wide range or water sport activities, lots of entertainment and fun. Have a look at our section what to do in Lanzarote for more information.