Where to stay in Lanzarote? Explore this fascinating island

Lanzarote's landscape is a volcanic masterpiece, with lava fields, mountains and volcanic cones creating an almost lunar atmosphere. The impressive Timanfaya National Park is the epicentre of this volcanic beauty. Despite the apparent aridity, vegetation emerges in the form of small oases, where palm trees, cacti, dragon trees and aromatic plants such as thyme, rosemary and lavender find their home. Don't miss the vineyards that produce a white wine with a distinctive and renowned flavour. The beaches along the coast offer a spectrum of golden and black sand, such as Playa Blanca and Papagayo, all surrounded by crystal clear waters ideal for relaxing and enjoying water sports.

Our charming accommodations in Lanzarote will immerse you in the authenticity of the island. These boutique hotels and beautiful villas are set in traditional whitewashed houses surrounded by tropical gardens. Combined with the strength of the volcanic nature and the blue of the ocean, they create a unique harmony that makes Lanzarote a visually captivating and totally different destination.

We have grouped our boutique hotels, guest houses, B&Bs and holiday homes into collections to make it easier for you to find your preferences when travelling:

You can also see browse our list of the best boutique hotels in Lanzarote and stylish holiday homes, where each one has been carefully chosen for knowledgeable travellers like you.

Discover Lanzarote with our guide that will help you get to know it better:

  • Where to go and where to stay in Lanzarote
  • What to visit in Lanzarote: activities
  • Lanzarote's most beautiful beaches, trails and more
  • Gastronomic delights in Lanzarote

Where to stay in Lanzarote: our favourite towns, villages and accommodations in Lanzarote

Lanzarote, a little gem stretching 62 kilometres north to south and 20 kilometres east to west, is a volcanic paradise that can be comfortably explored by car from one end to the other. A car is essential to fully enjoy the island, as public transport, while not lacking, is not the best option if you want to get around fully and at your own pace. If you choose to just stay in one of our charming accommodations in Lanzarote, you will have the opportunity to explore the whole island from whichever point you choose.

One of the most beautiful areas of the island is the north, known as the "Valley of 1000 Palm Trees". Here, you will find a serene and charming atmosphere, such as the village of Haría, with rural hotels and majestic luxury manor houses, offering a unique and authentic Lanzarote experience. The landscape is greener and more mountainous compared to other areas, with a cool and humid environment that allows for a greater diversity of vegetation. Don't miss the fishing village of Arrieta, with its relaxed atmosphere and golden sandy beaches.

Teguise, a beautiful historic village in the centre of Lanzarote, invites you to stroll through its cobbled streets and colonial buildings that evoke the nostalgia of the past. The surrounding area of Teguise has boutique hotels with a colonial feel, reflecting the historical influence of the emigrants who returned to the island. White colours predominate, and carved wooden balconies add a special touch. Some charming lodgings in Teguise offer cottages to rent with lava roofs and underground wine cellars, paying homage to the local wine culture. There are also fincas that rent out holiday flats ideal for families who prefer to cook themselves.

Yaiza, known for its authenticity and proximity to Timanfaya National Park, is characterised by its arid landscape of mountains and lava formations, capturing the volcanic essence of the island. This tranquil corner features small hotels in charming white houses with green or blue accents, alongside vineyards that add a distinctive touch. In Yaiza, you'll also find traditional manor houses, ideal for a romantic getaway.

The area of Famara, in the north of Lanzarote, is a paradise for surfers and nature lovers. Its iconic beach of golden sand and Atlantic waters is a hotspot for surfers of all levels. The majestic cliffs and rock formations create a breathtaking backdrop for unforgettable sunsets. Caleta de Famara, a picturesque fishing village, offers spectacular sunsets over the ocean, immersing you in the Nature Reserve. You can rent stunningly designed beachfront houses, charming bohemian hotels or bed & breakfasts with a laid-back, surfer vibe for your holiday.

Another charming village is Tinajo near the Timanfaya National Park, offering charming accommodations in rural settings surrounded by beautiful volcanic landscapes. The famous Golfo, with its green lagoon and the tranquil village of Tao, are other places to visit and enjoy the authenticity of Lanzarote.

Playa Dorada, despite its over popularity, retains a certain charm with beautiful beaches and a picturesque boardwalk by the sea.

Activities and things to see and do in Lanzarote

Here are the top places to visit in this Canary Island gem, as well as some not-to-be-missed activities that will allow you to immerse yourself in the island's authentic culture and nature:

Cactus Garden: Created by César Manrique, this stunning garden showcases a wide variety of cacti from around the world in a visually stunning setting.

Stargazing: Due to its low light pollution, Lanzarote is a fantastic place for stargazing. Consider joining a guided stargazing tour to learn about constellations and astronomy.

Visit Jameos del Agua by night: Jameos del Agua is an impressive complex also designed by César Manrique. Visit it at night for a unique experience of its beauty and tranquillity.

Charco de los Clicos at sunset: Charco de los Clicos is a stunning green lagoon near El Golfo. It is especially magical at sunset, when the colours are at their most vibrant.

Explore the Cueva de los Verdes: This hidden cave system was formed by volcanic activity and is a unique attraction. Guided tours take you through the illuminated tunnels and chambers.

Discover La Graciosa: Take a short ferry ride to the nearby island of La Graciosa, where you will find beautiful beaches, quiet villages and a relaxed atmosphere.

Markets in Teguise and Haría: Teguise hosts a weekly market on Sundays, and Haría on Saturdays. It is an excellent place to find local crafts, art and delicious food.

Wine Tasting: Lanzarote's volcanic soil produces unique wines. Visit La Geria, a wine-growing region where vines grow in crescent-shaped holes to protect them from the wind.

Timanfaya National Park: Explore this otherworldly landscape created by volcanic eruptions. Take a guided tour to learn about the geology and witness demonstrations of the intense heat that still exists beneath the surface.

Janubio Salt Flats: These salt flats, located by the sea in a lagoon formed by volcanic eruptions, offer a landscape of high architectural and cultural value. They have been an essential element in Lanzarote's economy.

Playas Quemada, Cala Quemada and Playa de Arena: Enjoy these beaches surrounded by natural beauty and crystal clear waters, perfect for relaxing and enjoying the sun.

Los Hervideros: Explore these spectacular rock formations, created by the interaction between lava and the sea. Admire the fascinating structures that resulted from this process.

Must-see beaches, hiking trails and more

The history of Lanzarote is marked by its volcanic origin and the arrival of the aboriginal Guanches, who established a culture and way of life in harmony with the environment. In the 15th century, the island was conquered by the Castilians and became part of the Crown of Spain. During the 20th century, the artist César Manrique left a deep mark on the island by promoting sustainable tourism development and the integration of art with nature. Today, Lanzarote is known for its natural beauty, beaches and focus on environmental conservation, 51.8% of its land area is protected, but even so, in high season it is often overwhelmed by too much tourism. During the summers, temperatures often reach 30 degrees Celsius, although they are generally mild. Calima, a wind-blown dust from the African desert, can increase the temperature.

In Lanzarote, exceptional beaches and natural landscapes await you. Here is a selection of places not to be missed:

From the village of Playa Quemada, you can access two quiet and secluded beaches: Cala Quemada (inside the village) and Playa de Arena (walking from Cala Quemada at low tide).

On the road from Los Hervideros to El Golfo, you'll find Playa Montaña Bermeja, a black sand beach that shares its name with a nearby volcano at the western end of Timanfaya National Park. Here you can also enjoy a green swimming pool.

Praia Caletón Blanco is noted for its rocky surroundings and the calm waters in its natural pools at low tide. It is ideal for children and for those looking for a crowd-free environment.

If you love surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing, Praia de Famara is your paradise. Although it is not suitable for swimming due to the constant wind, its extensive sandy beaches and exceptional scenery make it a must-see.

The neighbouring island of La Graciosa is a paradise for divers. Its Reserva Marinha del Arquipélago de Chinijo is home to an impressive marine biodiversity.

Caleta del Congrio and Playa de Puerto Muelas are located behind a large campsite. Caleta del Congrio is nudist and beautiful. Remember to wear proper footwear on the rocks at low tide.

Playa del Papagayo, well known and with restaurants overlooking the beach at the top, and Playa de la Cera, larger and less crowded, have some lovely options.

Playa del Pozo and Sítio Arqueológico de Playa del Pozo are within walking distance of each other, with large sandy areas.

Caletón de San Marcial and Caletón del Cobre are secluded and virtually untouched coves.

Finally, Playa Mujeres and Cueva de Agua offer a long beach near Playa Blanca, with two free car parks. To the left you'll find coves and to the right, a cave accessible by sea or land.

If you are looking for hiking trails, there are several options:

Rota de Tremesana in Timanfaya: Guided route of 3 km in 3 hours through a small area of Timanfaya.

Ruta Litoral Timanfaya: Walk between El Golfo and Tenesar, a 2.5 km route in 3 hours that can be done guided or on your own.

Ruta Caldera Blanca: Explore the Natural Park of Los Volcanes on a route of 10 km in 4 hours with high difficulty.

Vulcán El Cuervo: An easy 1 hour route takes you to the first volcano to erupt in Timanfaya.

Montaña Colorada (Caldera Colorada): Enjoy red tones and breathtaking views on a 4 km route in 1 hour.

Vulcán La Corona: Climb to the top for unique views on an easy 5 km route in 1.5 hours.

Gastronomic delights in Lanzarote

Good places to try the exquisite local gastronomy are the local "guachinches", small family-run restaurants that offer traditional Canarian food at reasonable prices. Also, don't miss the opportunity to visit the Teleclubes, unique socio-cultural spaces offering local food at affordable prices. Teleclubes were meeting points during the Franco dictatorship and many of them are still in operation, providing an authentic local experience while you enjoy dishes such as papas con mojo and other Canarian delicacies. Although they used to be all over the country, the Canary Islands still have plenty of them!

Discover Lanzarote's rich gastronomy, from papas arrugadas to goat cheese, and find the best places to try these authentic flavours:

Papas Arrugadas: Small potatoes cooked and baked with salt, served with spicy or green mojo sauce.

Mojo: A sauce of garlic, pepper, cumin and other ingredients, with spicy and mild varieties.

Gofio: Toasted flour used in various dishes, a staple food in the Canary Islands.

Ropa Vieja: Traditional stew with meat, chickpeas, potatoes and vegetables.

Sancocho: Dish of salted fish, potatoes, sweet potato and mojo.

Fresh Fish: You can't miss the fresh fish, such as the vieja (Mediterranean parrotfish), sea bream and grouper.

Queso de Cabra: Goat cheese traditionally made on the island.

Rabbit in Salmorejo: Rabbit marinated and cooked in a sauce based on garlic, pepper, tomato and herbs.

Lapas and Mussels: Delicious and popular seafood.

Malvasia Wine: Famous wine grown in a unique volcanic landscape.

Tuna in Adobo: Marinated dish reflecting African influence in the cuisine.

Traditional Sweets: Try the “truchas” and “bienmesabe”, traditional desserts made with almonds and honey.