A locals’ guide to what to do in Lanzarote

A locals’ guide to what to do in Lanzarote

There’s nothing like staying with a local when you travel somewhere new. Someone to share tips on the best café, top sunset spot and lesser-known beaches. Here we’ve compiled the Lanzarote Retreats team’s top recommendations of what to do while holidaying in Lanzarote, including 10 things to do for free.

Seek out lesser-known beaches

Head to the fishing village of Orzola on the north-eastern tip of the island for sheltered coves and beaches. With clean white sand and crystal-clear water, Caleton Blanco is one of the most inviting. Another of our favourites and within yards of eco village Finca de Arrieta is La Garita. Popular with locals, La Garita beach has soft, dark sand and occasional swell for surfing, as well as a couple of excellent fish restaurants.



Eat out with locals

There are so many fantastic places to eat out around Lanzarote, but our top picks include breakfast and sunrise at El Pasillo followed by lazy lunches at Casa de la Playa or Chiringuito, all in Arrieta.  For a sundowner try a Mojito or Mocktail at the VW Van parked next to the Beach at Arrieta. The Centro Sociocultural La Tegala in Haría is a local institution and one of the best places to tuck into tapas. Plates are piled high with Canarian classics including churros de pescado – white fish coated in saffron flavoured batter and deep-fried – and papas arrugadas with mojo sauce.



Watch the world go by over coffee

We love catching up with friends or simply watching the world go by over coffee. Again, there are plentiful places to choose from, but favourites include La Mar café in Famara with amazing sea views, Levain bakery in Tahiche, Bar Bulín in Guatiza and Bonbon Café in Costa Teguise, which serves up healthy smoothies and breakfast bowls too.

Go for a walk

With hundreds of kilometres of trails and paths, Lanzarote offers some of the most scenic walks anywhere in the world. Depending on the level of challenge you require, the ridge of El Risco is spectacular. As is the “Ruta del Litoral” from El Golfo to Mancha Blanca. It borders the Timanfaya National Park along the coast and boasts incredible views.

Visit a vineyard

We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to bodegas and vineyards to visit in Lanzarote. One of our top recommendations is to seek out the family-owned vineyard La Bodeguita de Tablero, an artisan winery set a little off the beaten path. Try their fantastic wines including the dry Malvasía white and delicious tapas such as goats cheese cured in curry powder.

Shop at a craft market

Head to Haría on a Saturday for the amazing craft market. Here you can find locally made and grown artisanal treasures, shop for organic vegetables and Lanzarote wine and snap up some truly unique gifts and souvenirs to take back home.

Swim in a natural rock pool

As well as the beautiful beaches, Lanzarote is blessed with some striking sea pools. Charcones in Playa Blanca are naturally formed, picture-perfect swimming pools on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. They are varying sizes and depths, stretching along two kilometres from the Pechiguera lighthouse.

Seek out the sunset

Sunsets on Lanzarote are something else and we love nothing better than finding the best place to settle in over drinks, a picnic or a meal to take in the show. Head to Restaurante Balcon de Femes with its lovely balcony that is perfect for watching the sunset. Or just settle on a picnic blanket at Famara. The sunsets during low tides are incredible with the beach acting as a mirror.

10 things to do for free

  1. Watch a stunning sunset at Mirador del Rio, one of the most unique architectural creations by César Manrique
  2. Jump off the pier at Arrieta
  3. Snorkel at the rock pools in Punta Mujeres
  4. Catch a wave at Famara Beach
  5. Have a BBQ at the Bosquecillo de Haría, a scenic recreational area on the Risco de Famara with wooden benches, stone BBQs and swings
  6. Have a Sunday morning dip with the Lanzarote Bluetits
  7. Watch the best surfers at El Quemao – La Santa, one of the top surf spots in the world
  8. Climb Mount Corona Volcano and walk down into the crater, there is also a hidden cave to discover
  9. Walk the rugged coast to see the spectacular landscape of Tenesera where the national park meets the ocean
  10. Head to the south of the island to see the unique Salt Flats of Salinas de Janubio and Los Hervideros. It’s great if you can tie this with a lunch at El Golfo – if you like prawns ask for the La Santa Prawns – simply yummy!