Lanzarote: Main tourist attractions of the island

Mysterious volcanoes, deep craters and spectacular lava landscapes on one side, miles of beaches, lush palm trees and trendy beach bars on the other – Lanzarote may be one of the smaller Canary Islands, but it is extremely diverse and diverse. We show you the most beautiful places in Lanzarote.


The capital of the island, Arrecife, is located in the eastern part of Lanzarote. Arrecife has been the capital of the island since the mid 19th century because the volcanic rocky cliffs ensured a good place for a port here. Trade and fishing once played an important role – and even today the port, the Marina Lanzarote and the fishing district of La Puntilla at the Laguna El Charco de San Ginés are important places in the city.

The capital of the island of Lanzarote is Arrecife.

The historic core developed around the parish church of San Ginés in Plaza de Las Palmas. With the Castillo de San Gabriel and the Castillo San José there are two former castles from the 16th and 18th centuries respectively. Highlights include the Calle León y Castillo shopping street, the Piracy Museum, the Museo Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo, and the Parque Tématico.

Playa Blanca

When it comes to beaches, the south of Lanzarote is the best direction: here lies Playa Blanca and the main and largest tourist center in Lanzarote. There used to be only a small fishing village here, but over the decades the south has transformed into a holiday paradise.

Playa Blanca is one of the major tourist centers of Lanzarote.

There are numerous hotels and holiday apartments along the famous beaches of Playa Flamingo, Playa Dorada and the beach of the same name, Playa Blanca. The waterfront stretches for over seven kilometers and offers everything from cafes, restaurants and boutiques to surf schools and the Paracraft water sports center.

Timanfaya National Park

Lanzarote is a volcanic island characterized by a spectacular lava landscape. The wild beauty of the island is revealed in the Timanfaya National Park. The national park covers an area of ​​51 square kilometers. Here you will be amazed by the impressive volcanic cones, mighty craters and so-called mountains of fire. The geography of the national park dates back to three volcanic eruptions in 1720, 1736 and 1824.

Lava landscape in Timanfaya National Park in Lanzarote.

Make sure you plan a full day and start at the Mancha Blanca Visitor Center. Here you get the best overview of the possibilities that the park offers. There are several guided tours and guided tours by bus, particularly recommended is the Tremesana route, two kilometers long, which can be taken on a guided tour.

Giacomo dell’Agua

In Lanzarote we come across the name César Manrique several times. The island’s most famous artist has made his mark everywhere with his work. He was a painter, architect, sculptor and environmentalist and had a decisive influence on the image of the volcanic island.

Volcanic tunnels, caves, caves and an underground lake can be seen in the “Jameos del Agua” caves.

To the north you will find a beautiful example of his work: The “Jameos del Agua” are the first artistic and cultural site for tourists and consist of a volcanic tunnel, caves, caves and an underground salt lake. César Manrique has created an incredible place that seems to come from another world.

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Cueva de los Verdes

One of the most spectacular natural wonders of Lanzarote is located in the north of the island: the Cueva de los Verdes lava caves were formed between 3000 and 4500 years ago after an eruption of the Volcán de la Corona. In the past people used the caves to hide from pirates, but today it is possible to walk through the lava caves for their entire length of about two kilometers.

Bright colored areas of the Cueva de los Verdes.

The 45-minute tour through the lava tube is an experience: you walk through a total of 16 cleverly lit cavities. The artist Jesús Sotomit, a friend of César Manrique, installed this lighting.

Mirador del Río

You have the most beautiful view on the island in the far north of Lanzarote. Here is the Mirador del Río viewpoint at about 470 meters above sea level on a cliff. Once again César Manrique put his fingers in the cake: he designed the Mirador del Río with its enormous glass plates and original sculptures.

The Mirador del Rio is the most spectacular viewpoint in Lanzarote.