At 37 miles long and 12 metres wide, Lanzarote is the fourth largest island in the Canaries. Well known for its year round warm weather, beaches and volcanic landscape, it is the perfect holiday destination and port of call on a cruise, especially during the drab and cold winter months here in the UK.
Home to 93 beaches in total, Lanzarote is a real beach lover’s paradise. Some of its beaches are regarded as the best in the Canaries, ranging from the beautiful white sands of the north, to the golden sanded beaches of Puerto Del Carmen and the black sand of Playa Quemada. You’ll find a handful of Lanzarote’s beautiful beaches lay just off the beaten track, so if you are looking for a less crowded beach head for Papagayo or Famara.
If you’ve had your fill of beach days, head out to sea for a submarine adventure and explore matters underwater for the chance to witness the superb marine life here up close and personal.
If you can tear yourselves away from the entrancing underwater scenes, get back on dry land and head for the island’s amazing volcanic landscape. There’s no finer place to witness otherworldly scenery than at the location of Fire Mountain in the Timanfaya National Park. Once the destroyer of the local area, this site now provides an enthralling backdrop to the area and is certainly worth a visit. Here you can witness several demonstrations on how intense the underground heat is and watch in awe as water is turned into steaming mini-geysers and brushwood is burst into flames.
On the border of the Timanfaya National Park, you can discover the Wine Valley of La Geria, Lanzarote’s main wine-growing region. To this day, indigenous methods are used to cultivate the vines on the infertile and hostile ground.
If you’re wishing to head further afield from the cruise port area, head towards the north and the destination of Haria, known as the home to ‘The Valley of a Thousand Palms’, due to a tradition of planting palm tree to mark the birth of a child – one tree for a girl and two for a boy. A northern discovery also presents an unmissable opportunity to explore the caves of Jameos del Agua, a hidden gem of Lanzarote.
The wondrous beauty of Lanzarote’s scenery never ceases to amaze and once you see the magical Fire Mountain looming on the horizon from afar, you realise just how magnificent a cruise to Lanzarote is.