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A four hour flight from Shannon Airport, the island caters for all sorts of trips, from weekend jaunts with the family to longer vacations and educational tours, with the island’s volcanic landscape a must-see attraction.

One of the most popular destinations in Europe for sun seekers, Lanzarote has long catered for jet-setters from all over Europe, though the island has always been most popular with Irish and British visitors. 

Exploring Lanzarote


It is the fourth largest of the Canary Islands and is dotted with several towns, each offering something different. The capital, Arrecife, is home to around one-third of the island’s inhabitants and exhibits a more cosmopolitan atmosphere than the smaller surrounding settlements. 

Puerto del Carmen (the island’s oldest resort), Playa Blanca (a relaxed, tranquil harbour town), and Costa Teguise (which has been a popular holiday spot since the ‘70s) act as the main stomping grounds for families and revellers alike. The island is also home to a small Irish ex-pat community.

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Transport

If you’re visiting the island as part of a package holiday deal, transport to and from the airport will more than likely be included in the price of your trip. Taxis on the island are reasonably priced but fortunately, the land mass is small enough that most of the travelling required can be done on foot.

Eating Out

All resorts on the Canary Islands boast a wide range of restaurants, with foods to suit all palates. Those wanting to be a bit more adventurous can sample some of the local cuisine: traditional Spanish dishes commonly available include paella (a saffron rice and fish dish) and merienda (primarily a bread meal with optional cheese, chocolate or meat). For more homely comforts, traditional fish and chips and Chinese food are never far away.

Main Attractions

The island of Lanzarote is encircled by kilometres of spotless, pristine beaches. Most of the island's visitors go there for just that reason – to enjoy the golden sands and clear seas. While peace and quiet is the order of the day, the island's nightlife is just as renowned, with strips of bars and clubs lining many of the shorelines.

Alternative Activities

Apart from the traditional tourist activities of lounging on the beach and swimming in the ocean, many of Lanzarote’s visitors also choose to explore the island’s volcanic mountains. 

Tour operators usually advertise their deals in hotels and public places.

Five for free

  • Set up Camp

    While most of the island’s visitors choose to stay on resorts or in hotels, some choose to camp. There are three designated campsites on the island, all of them free of charge and ideal for taking in the island’s beautiful scenery. The sites, which are located at Farmara San Juan Beach, Papayagayo Beach in the Playa Blanca resort, and at La Graciosa, can accommodate visitors for free because they’re subsidised by their respective local councils.

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  • Go Hiking

    Tour operators and guides are widely available but some of the more adventurous explorers like to climb the peaks solo or with a hiking buddy. This allows you to explore and take in the scenery at your own pace.

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  • Stroll on Marina Rubicon

    Situated in the Playa Blanca tourist district, the Marina Rubicon doesn’t just cater for boat enthusiasts. A relaxing place for a stroll along the shoreline, the seafront draws visitors who spend hours browsing its shops and stalls.

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  • Castillo de San Jose

    The Castillo de San Jose is regarded by many as Lanzarote’s top cultural attraction. Built in 1779 near Arrecife, the Fort was designed to help protect residents from the violent and devastating eruption of Timanfaya volcano. It contains some of the island’s best known works of art with paintings, drawings and sculptures all on display, while a restaurant designed by the late architect, Cesar Manrique, is also on site.

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  • Visit Salinas de Janubio

    Located near the Timanfaya National Park, the Salinas de Janubio gives tourists an insight into how salt was harvested before the advent of modern technology. Locals have been producing salt at the mine for over 100 years.

    Though it is still operating, the amount of salt harvested at the Salinas today is considerably less than at its peak – in 1945, as much as 10,000 tonnes of salt per year was produced here, a figure that has since dropped to around 2,000 tonnes. Most of the salt from the Salinas is used by locals and fishermen, though some is still exported.

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