Want to know the 14 most amazing things to do in Lanzarote? This guide has got you covered. With its rugged landscape, surreal volcanic formation and hidden coves to discover, the Canary Island of Lanzarote has a lot of offer.
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Lanzarote is the easternmost of the Canary Islands (next to Fuerteventura) located about 125 miles off the coast of Africa. The island is known for its black and red sand beaches, as well as its dramatic landscape of volcanoes and lava fields.
14 Amazing Things to do in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
Step into the captivating world of renowned artist César Manrique as you explore Lanzarote, which is full of the artist’s incredible dwellings and attractions. You will see Manrique’s work all over the island throughout many of the visitor attractions (I wrote a guide to them here).
There are many places of beauty and things to do on Lanzarote, but the 14 listed below are some of the most popular. I recommend renting a car from Discover Cars in Lanzarote, or booking excursions with Viator to easily get around the island.
Map of the 14 Best Things to do in Lanzarote
The map below shows all the things to do in Lanzarote which are listed in this post (in order). To use the map, you can click the blue icons to see more information about each place. Click the star to add to your own Google Maps.
1. Timanfaya National Park
Topping the list of things to do in Lanzarote, this unique volcanic landscape is a must-see for all visitors to Lanzarote. It dates back to the eruptions of 1824–1826 and contains hundreds of spent volcanic cones as well as the active volcano itself, Mount Timanfaya.
You could be forgiven for thinking this was a photograph of Mars. In fact it is the dramatic otherworldly landscapes of the Timanfaya National Park!
Timanfaya is an active volcano, and the temperature just below the surface is anywhere between 100C and 600C. There are several demonstrations put on for visitors, including one where a bucket of water is poured into a tube in the ground and is almost instantly transformed into an impressive geyser. This is due to the extreme heat just below the surface.
There is a restaurant in Timanfaya national park called El Diablo, which uses geothermal energy from the ground. The chefs cook food on a fire pit which utilises the extreme heat of the ground.
Visitors are restricted and cannot move freely, and this is why the landscape is still relatively untouched and free of erosion. There are coach tours which pick tourists up from the car park and follow a designated route.
There are also camels within the National Park (with seats for riding) and a crater tour which takes you right up into the crater of the volcano.
2. Jameos del Agua
Los Jameos del Agua is an Art, Culture and Tourism Centre built within a volcanic tunnel.
Created in 1968 by renowned artist, painter and sculptor César Manrique, the area encapsulates Manrique’s philosophy of creating art in harmony with nature.
Los Jameos del Agua is an extraordinary work which is now one of the most popular attractions in Lanzarote. I recommend booking the Cesar Manrique Artworks James and Cuevas tour if you are interested in Manrique’s works.
This stunning mixture of volcanic rocks and crystal-clear blue water is located within the Timanfaya National Park. It includes a visitor centre, auditorium, restaurant and lagoon.
The unique space is composed of three individual ‘jameos’, or openings.
Jameo Chico is the main entrance to the interior and restaurant, and it has a secret entryway into La Atlántida tunnel (regarded as one of the most impressive lava tunnels in the world).
The blue swimming pool can be found in Jameo Grande, while behind its stage lies another opening -Jameo de la Cazuela. There is an underground auditorium where concerts are held.
There is an aquatic paradise filled with remarkable biodiversity submerged in the depths of the Jameos del Agua. The 7-metre deep lagoon (formed from seawater seeping through volcanic rock) provides a home to 77 endemic species. There is also one most notable inhabitant – the Blind Crab (Munidopsis Polymorpha). This blind crustacean has become symbolic of this extraordinary centre, and is a protected species.
3. Cueva de los Verdes
This incredible cave is another product of the volcanic eruptions in Lanzarote, and offers views of the sea from deep inside it. It is a 6km long lava tunnel that can be explored by foot, and provides breathtaking views of both sea and landscape.
La Cueva de los Verdes is one of the most popular things to do in Lanzarote. The tunnels and caves are filled with fascinating vaults and lagoons. The visible section of the cave features overlapping galleries that reach heights up to 50 metres tall and 15 metres wide.
Los Jameos del Agua and La Cueva de los Verdes are both a consequence of the eruption of La Corona Volcano, which occurred over 4000 years ago. The submerged part of this tube is known as Túnel de la Atlántida and is widely considered one of the most impressive volcanic tunnels in existence.
In order to safeguard the natural environment, human intervention is limited to creating a pathway and introducing ambient light and sound.
4. Mirador del Rio
If you love beautiful views, this is one of the best things to do in Lanzarote. The Mirador del Rio lookout point offers magnificent panoramic views of the northern side of Lanzarote, including views of La Graciosa island in the distance.
Since its inauguration in the 1970s, César Manrique’s work stands as a prime example of architecture creating harmony between nature and art.
A sculpture by Manrique stands guard, depicting a bird and fish in an emblematic representation of the two predominant elements of this environment: air and water.
The Mirador features a spiral staircase, an upper terrace and even a bar/cafeteria area in addition to its souvenir store. You may want to take a pair of compact binoculars like these ones.
5. El Golfo (Charco de los Clicos – Green Lagoon)
The tiny but picturesque fishing village of El Golfo is on the south coast of Lanzarote. Here the volcanic eruptions created an incredibly unique landscape – a brilliant green lagoon situated in a crater of black lava rock.
Charco de los Clicos is a one-of-a-kind lagoon with an awe inspiring emerald hue. The green colour is provided by the algae and phytoplanktons.
Flanked by striking red & yellow cliffs along with a stunning black sand beach, Charco de los Clicos stands out amongst all other natural lagoons, at 150 metres long. It has to be one of the most beautiful sights to see in Lanzarote.
The lagoon is reached by a short cliff path (about a 5 minute walk from the car park) and affords wonderful views of the rugged cliffs and the black sand beach below. This is also an excellent place to come for sunset.
6. Los Hervideros
This incredible natural spectacle is a result of the force of the Atlantic Ocean crashing against the cliffs, creating a unique and wild environment. Visiting Los Hervideros is one of the most popular things to do in Lanzarote.
Formed by centuries of lava solidification and erosion, these underwater caves showcase an incredible sight. When ocean waves crash against them with immense force, it appears as though the sea is boiling!
7. Charco de San Ginés
Another of the Manrique-influenced places to see in Lanzarote, this stunning lagoon is located in the centre of Lanzarote and is home to a wide array of wildlife. You can see herons, ducks, geckos and more.
Popularly known as ‘The Venice of The Atlantic’, this idyllic spot is surrounded by breathtaking white cottages.
Alongside this picturesque inlet lies a pretty boardwalk lined with palm trees, small bridges, cafés, restaurants and souvenir shops. At the far end of Charco stands the grand Teatro Atlántid.
Every Saturday, the promenade bustles with activity as a market of Canarian delicacies and crafts opens its doors for shoppers.
8. Wine Tasting in La Geria
One of my favourite things to do in Lanzarote, La Geria is a picturesque area that captivates visitors with its dramatic views. This region of Lanzarote is renowned for producing the finest white wines, and there are vineyards stretched across the volcanic lands.
The soil here has been formed by volcanic activity, so it is dry and full of minerals. This makes it an ideal location to cultivate vines. The grapes are grown in round hollows surrounded by protective horseshoe-shaped stone walls known as zocos; these help keep out windy gusts while ensuring moisture remains locked in beneath the soils.
As you drive through this area, you’ll encounter numerous Bodegas (Wine Producers) where you can taste the different wines and purchase bottles of wine too.
Be aware this is one of the most popular things to do in Lanzarote, and the wineries sometimes sell out of wine by the end of the day.
There are several Bodegas to explore on the LZ30 road. For example, the lively Bodega La Geria has a gift shop that’s beloved by coaches and tourists alike. If you’d like something quieter, El Chupadero is just 4 kilometres from Uga where you can taste the wines in comparitive peace.
La Geria tours and restaurants
Some bodegas have onsite tapas restaurants too; my photos below were taken at the Bodega La Geria in December 2022. I was travelling solo, and found the restaurant and dining facilities perfectly suitable for single travellers.
No visit would be complete without checking out El Grifo on Masdache’s outskirts. It was founded in 1775 and is widely accepted as creating Lanzarote’s finest wines. Plus they also have an impressive museum which displays how winemaking evolved over time.
When booking tours for La Geria, you might find the actual wine tasting part is just one item on a larger itinerary. This is because there are so many stunning natural wonders in this area that it makes sense to visit a few on the same day. The tours give plenty of time for shopping, wine tasting and eating.
You can check out the tours below (they all contain wine tasting) or alternatively hire a car with Discover Cars in Lanzarote if you would rather do things at your own pace.
9. César Manrique Foundation: Taro de Tahiche
Manrique’s magnificent home/studio in Las Palmas is an architectural marvel. It is crafted from a previous lava flow and contains five cavernous rooms concealed inside natural volcanic bubbles. These underground chambers are then connected with mysterious tunnels.
This is one of the best things to do in Lanzarote for those interested in Manrique’s work.
This remarkable dwelling is a perfect coalescence of volcanic rock, creative architecture and artwork. The swimming pools are embedded in white terraces that contrast against the black walls made of lava rocks, while being encompassed by elegant palms and mid-century furniture pieces.
You can book a tour to the Manrique foundation, or book a tour which also includes a visit to the incredible Cactus garden too.
10. Montana Corona
After you marvel at the breathtaking views from Mirador del Río, you have an opportunity to explore nearby Volcán de la Corona. This incredible volcano is responsible for creating two of Lanzarote’s most intriguing landmarks: Cueva de los Verdes and Jameos del Agua. These were formed approximately 4,000 years ago when its lava flowed through underground tunnels to the sea.
The ancient mountain range can be explored on foot or by car, offering spectacular views of both land and sea. This is one of the lesser known things to do in Lanzarote, and it can be difficult to find tours. However there is one Walking Tour Through la Corona Volcano which has excellent reviews. I recommend these hiking socks for all types of hikes and walks.
11. El Risco
For those who love beaches, this is one of the best things to do in Lanzarote. Playa Bajo el Risco, or simply Playa del Risco, offers 500 metres of peacefulness and seclusion on the Yé coastline. Located in the shadow of the renowned Risco de Famara and surrounded by stunning nature, this beach is an idyllic spot for a tranquil seaside outing.
Accessing Playa Bajo el Risco requires some effort, as the only way to get there is either by boat or an adventurous descent down Camino de los Gracioseros. However, once you arrive, it will be worth it for the stunning panoramic views of Chinijo Archipelago and beyond.
There isn’t much here in the way of facilities, so make sure you bring your own supplies. A cute picnic set like this one is ideal.
12. Caletón Blanco
A visit to Caleton Blanco is another one of the best things to do in Lanzarote if you love beaches.
Located on the east coast of Lanzarote, this beautiful beach is surrounded by cliffs and crystal clear waters, making it the perfect spot for a relaxing day in the sun.
With ample parking, the area is well-secured and perfect for tourists looking to enjoy a relaxing day at the shore. You’ll be amazed by its white sands and deep lagoons protected from any waves or currents coming from outside.
With the shifting of the tide, the lagoon’s depth constantly changes and provides ample room to swim or snorkel. There is always plenty of space on this beach for everyone. Be aware it gets quite windy – but there are rock shelters around where you can relax in the sun.
13. Castillo de San Jose
If you love history, this might top your list of things to do in Lanzarote. Strategically situated in the tranquil bay of Arrecife, San José Castle stands as a reminder of days gone by. Built under Charles III’s reign for defensive purposes on Lanzarote Island, this military fortress boasts remarkable fortification capabilities.
Over two hundred years later, César Manrique led the renovation of this space to become an International Museum of Contemporary Art (MICA). It became the first contemporary art museum in all of the Canary Islands.
MICA opened its doors in December 1976 and has since granted visitors access to a remarkable selection of international, national and Canarian artist exhibitions and cultural activities.
The museum also boasts a breathtaking restaurant with sweeping views over the bay, thanks to its semi-circular glass structure.
14. Jardin de Cactus
El Jardín de Cactus, the final masterpiece of renowned artist César Manrique in Lanzarote, is a captivating paradise situated in Guatiza. This extraordinary garden has won many international awards, and holds over 4500 cacti from five continents across 500 unique species.
The artist chose an antiquated landfill that was once used in a cactus-laden agricultural area, and revitalised this deprived region on the island.
After two decades of construction, Manrique had created spectacular architecture that showcases contemporary decorative and sculptural elements. Spectacular volcanic stones and basalt monoliths transformed into sculptures can be seen throughout.
The cactus garden is one of the most interesting things to do in Lanzarote, and one not to be missed.
How to Get Around in Lanzarote
Exploring the island by car is the easiest way to travel. I recommend renting a car from Discover Cars in Lanzarote (you get your second driver free and there is a no deposit option).
Cycling is a great way to explore if you’re looking for a more leisurely pace and want to take in all the scenery. There are some great biking trails on the island, and lots of mountain bike tours, fat bike tours and e-bike tours.
Where to Stay in Lanzarote
Here are my top picks for hotels in Lanzarote on Booking.com:
- Luxury hotel: Lani’s Suites Deluxe
- Mid-range hotel: Apartamentos Playamar
- Budget hotel: Apartamentos La Tegala
- Best Travel Sustainable Hotel: Hotel Fariones
Or you can have a look at the current deals on hotels in Lanzarote on Booking.com. I recommend reserving your room immediately to avoid price increases (you can always cancel later, most properties on Booking.com allow free cancellation right up to the day before).
14 Best Things to do in Lanzarote – Conclusion
There are lots of things to do in Lanzarote for those who are looking for adventure. The island is full of beautiful landscapes and amazing hiking trails that will take you through all sorts of terrain. You can also find plenty of activities and outdoor things to do in Lanzarote, such as water sports, biking, and horseback riding.
With its unique volcanic landscape and stunning beaches, Lanzarote is a great destination for an unforgettable holiday experience.
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