1 || El Golfo & Los hervideros
Recordings for the James Bond movie ‘Thunderball’ are done here. El Golfo is famous for its green lake, combined with black beaches and a lot of rocks. Next to El Golfo, you’ll find Los Hervideros where tough lava streams created a rock formation as a cliff, next to the sea. When discovering the west of the island, this is a location you can’t miss.
Do you want to learn more about visiting El Golfo? Check out the great and detailed post from Travelpicks!
2 || GO Surfing at Famara beach
You can even surf at Lanzarote. When this is something you like – head to Famara Beach, famous for surfing. We went surfing at Surf School Lanzarote and I can recommend the experience – even though surfing turned out to not be my thing.
3 || Discover mirador del rio
Mirador Del Rio awards you with an amazing view over the nearby island La Graciosa, located 2 kilometres from Lanzarote and is also one of the Canary Islands. When you have more time during your trip, you can also take a ferry and discover the island for the day. The fresh fish is supposed to be amazing!
4 || Green Caves / Cuevos de los verdes
The green caves are one of the major tourist attractions, so make sure to arrive early. Whereas I’m normally not a big fan of tours, I visited this one with a tour, which allows you to go in before it officially opens to the rest of the public, so it is worth considering. Walking through the cave goes together with some stairs and going through some small bits, nothing crazy, but be prepared for that.
The green cave also includes the ‘Secret of Lanzarote’!
5 || Jameos del agua
Jameos del Agua is famous for the cave lake with a thousand of little white albino crabs. Those crabs make it seem that there are loads of little crystals sparkling in the water. The second part of Jameos del Agua is the King’s Pool. A bright, bright blue swimming pool, that is unfortunately only there for decoration, even though you may feel to plunge in.
6 || Teguise sunday market
Teguise is the former capital of Lanzarote. A small village that gets completely packed on Sundays because of the Sunday market. It was not my personal favourite, but many people liked it. There are many cheap (and fake) articles to find, but next to that there are also food stalls and it is a great place to find some souvenirs. We had lunch at Bodega Santa Barbara, a tapas restaurant worth visiting! Nearby, you can also find the beach town of Costa Teguise.
7 || Timanfaya national park
The volcanos on the island make Lanzarote a very unique place. That is why you can’t miss out on Timanfaya National Park when visiting Lanzarote. The landscape is very impressive and it makes you doubt whether you are walking on Mars or the Moon. There is a 360-degree restaurant located in the national park, where you can have your dinner cooked in the heat of the volcano while enjoying the sunset in the park. You can visit the park by car, or with a tour, which allows you to enter the park after it is closed for the wider public.
8 || Puerto del carmen
Puerto del Carmen is the main beach and tourist hub of the island. There is a strip with many bars and restaurants, but the old part of the town is worth visiting. My two favourite restaurants in Lanzarote where Asian Kitchen (located on the strip) and an amazing tapas bar called El Nino (in the old town).
9 || Papagayo beach
Papagayo Beach is said to be the nicest beach in Lanzarote. The view is great! It takes a dusty and bumpy road to get there, but that only adds to the experience. Papagayo Beach is located at the western top of the island, close to Playa Blanca.
10 || walk from puerto del carmen to puerto calero
The last recommendation in this Lanzarote Travel guide is a walk of only 45 minutes to an hour. The entire entire route you walk along the cliffs and the shore, where you see the volcanos getting closer. Discover the more fancy harbour of Puerto Calero afterwards. A full ‘hike’ report you can find here.