Lanzarote has some wonderful villages situated outside of the main resorts, below is an A to Z guide of the places to visit around the island, just click on the name of the place to link to a page with the full information and photos! Lanzarote is only 77 km in length so nowhere is far away and car hire is cheap, we have a distance table available which could help when planning your day out. There are also free downloadable street maps of the resorts together with a general map of Lanzarote.
The capital of Lanzarote is definitely worth a visit, there’s a fabulous beach, three parks, two castles, sea water lake, tapas bars and loads of shops proving something for everyone. If you’re driving park underneath the Gran Hotel for easy access and finding your car again later, if travelling by bus the Intercambiador is the best stop to get off.
You could drive past Arrieta in Lanzarote without even realising that you’ve missed somewhere quite special, many people do. Arrieta is a small village on the North coast of Lanzarote, just off the main coast road that runs from Tahiche towards Órzola and the North. Casa Juanita, the funny little red and blue house is next to the harbour and sea swimming pool in Arrieta.
Did you know that Lanzarote has a naturist resort? Charco del Palo is not signposted, but it is easy to find, when you know where it is! Look for the Bar Restaurant Don Quijote on the main road through Mala, you want this turning at the side of it, the other building is the Arepera Bar Jojoto y Millo. Head down this road to the coast, it winds through fields of prickly pear cactus.
The resort of Costa Teguise is the second largest tourist area of Lanzarote, developed in the 1980's. The area was designed so that the roads have been kept away from the sea front, there are numerous pedestrian areas connecting the many squares surrounded by shops, bars and restaurants.
The tiny seaside village of El Golfo is famous for the Charco de Los Clicos (green lagoon), the delicious fresh fish lunches enjoyed overlooking the sea and a location in the film Broken Embraces directed by Pedro Almodóvar and starring Penelope Cruz.
When you search on the internet for information about Famara in Lanzarote, you will find pages (and pages) of photos and information on surfing, but read on, there is so much more to Famara than a surfers paradise.
The village of Femés is nestled at the top a valley on the border of the fabulous mountains, Monumento Natural de Los Ajaches and perched overlooking Playa Blanca and the Bocaina Straits.
Haría is the beautiful green oasis of Lanzarote fondly known as the Valley of a Thousand Palms due to a tradition of planting palm trees to mark the birth of a child, two were planted for a boy and one for each girl.
La Graciosa is the island off the Northern tip of Lanzarote, its part of the Teguise municipality and the Archipiélago Chinijo, the natural park covering the El Risco de Famara and the islands of La Graciosa, Alegranza, Montaña Clara and Los Roques del Este and del Oeste.
When I think of La Santa two things come to mind – Sport and Surf. Situated just down from Tinajo on the North West coast of Lanzarote, the sea is very strong and has fantastic surf, for those with the experience to handle it!
Many people simply miss Los Cocoteros on their travels around the island – it’s not on many maps, and the single sign post to the village is tiny! You can get there off the old north road from Tahiche to Mala.
Loved by the Irish and plane spotters, Matagorda is part of Puerto del Carmen and situated on the sea front along from the airport. Matagorda despite its petite size has a good range of accommodation available and is also home to the island’s only drive thru McDonalds!
Playa Blanca was just a small fishing village with beautiful beaches before being developed into Lanzarote’s third holiday destination. This photo shows the area in the 1980’s.The area of Playa Blanca is situated on the southern tip of the island is being developed as the up market resort of the island, with villas on large plots of land and five star hotels. There is a fabulous promenade stretching along the coastline connecting Marina Rubicon right down to the lighthouse.
Playa Honda has a lot to offer, it is much more than just the Arrecife Airport and commercial warehouses. It’s the second largest town in terms of population on the island. Property is sought after in the area and commands high prices, particularly in the zone of La Concha, where there is a fabulous beach and some spectacular houses.
Puerto Calero is situated on the outskirts of Puerto del Carmen, although it’s part of the municipality of Yaiza which covers the resort of Playa Blanca. José Calero had the idea of building a marina in this area of Lanzarote back in 1983, and after 4 years of construction the Puerto Calero marina was first operational in 1989.
Puerto del Carmen is the original and largest tourist area of Lanzarote. Originally there were two four star hotels, the San Antonio (VIK hotels group) situated at Los Pocillos and Los Fariones (Grupo Fariones) close to the old fishing village of La Tiñosa. The resort has now grown to pack the 6km of the Avenida de las Playas, fondly known as "The Strip". There is a great range of accommodation from self catering apartments to luxurious hotels.
Playa Quemada is reminiscent of what Lanzarote would have been like before tourism. It’s a small seaside village where the residents are outnumbered by the goats that roam the hillsides. Situated at the foot of the mountains that are the Monumento Natural de Los Ajaches the village of Playa Quemada is nestled on the coast between Puerto Calero and the Punta de Papagayo.
Punta Mujeres is a small (non tourist) village on the coast in the North of Lanzarote. It is very picturesque, wandering along the front reminds me of quaint Cornish villages until you stumble upon the Spanish bars and restaurants to remind you that you’re in Spain.
Tahíche is best known for its most famous resident and Lanzarote’s favourite artist César Manrique. His personal residence El Taro is built into the lava flow and is one of the most popular tourist sites on the Island. Cesar Manrique’s wind toy roundabout marks the crossroads for Costa Teguise and San Bartolomé.
Teguise or La Villa as its known locally, was the capital of Lanzarote before it moved to Arrecife in the mid 18th century. The town has some incredible buildings, cobbled streets and lots of history. Teguise is known by many for the Sunday market, which is huge and if you’re only going to one market during your holiday, it should be this one.
We’re working our way through Lanzarote - coming soon more detailed information on:
Arrecife, Conil, El Cable, Guatiza, Güime, Guinate, La Asomada, La Concha, La Geria, Las Breñas, Las Cabreras, La Vegueta, Los Valles, Màcher, Màguez, Mala, Mancha Blanca, Masdache, Montaña Blanca, Mozaga, Muñique, Nazaret, Órzola, Playa Quemada, San Bartolomé, Soo, Tabayesco, Tao, Teseguite, Tiagua, Tías, Tinajo, Uga, Yaiza.