A UNESCO Geopark since 2015, Lanzarote is strikingly beautiful, offering both beaches and adventure, all with the feel-good factor of sustainability. Away from the big resorts of the east, development has been low-rise and low-key, thanks to the visionary work of local artist and environmentalist César Manrique.
There are national parks to explore, long beaches to lounge on and pretty towns to stroll around, so we recommend you hire a car; Lanzarote is so much more than a fly-and-flop destination. Biking, hiking, surfing and swimming all add up to an active family holiday, while the range of great restaurants and independent accommodation – a world away from the package tours often associated with the Canary Islands – add an understated, luxurious slant. The rich volcanic soil, moreover, has created a thriving wine scene which adults will enjoy. Add to that a warm, very Spanish, welcome, and you’ve found the ideal sun-washed family holiday.
Why is Lanzarote perfect for families?
The lanzaroteños are known for their genuine, family-friendly approach, which is why visiting Lanzarote with children provides an effortless, fuss-free holiday. And the many sights and activities on offer dovetail perfectly with the relaxing attraction of the beaches. The absolute highlight is the eerie expanse of Timanfaya National Park, a volcanic wilderness of black, red and grey that looks more like Mars than planet Earth and suitably impressive for kids (and grown ups). The similarly gorgeous and surreal Jardín de Cactus, created by César Manrique, is overlooked by a picturesque windmill and is a good spot for a wander, while Haría is a pretty little whitewashed town in a palm-filed oasis. A top insider’s tip is a visit to the tiny island of La Graciosa, to the north, the smallest of the Canaries, with dramatic volcanic scenery and beautiful beaches. Speaking of beaches, there are so many to choose from, but some of our favourites include Caleta de Famara, with its butterscotch sand, volcanic cliffs and excellent surf, while the small curves of sand that make up the Papagayo reserve shelve into shallow, turquoise water (come early, and bring your own drinks, food and sun shelter). Playa de las Conchas has similar waters and a long, golden stretch of sand.
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