Adventure into subterranean worlds and walk in the footsteps of pirates as you explore hidden corners of sunny Lanzarote. For such a small island there are a staggering number of activities to enjoy.
Whether you want to hike up to volcano craters, go wine tasting, or dive down to underwater sculpture museums, there is plenty to keep you entertained.
Check out this comprehensive guide for some of the best things to do in Lanzarote.
1 – Venture underground at Jameos del Agua
Delve deep into the other-worldly landscapes of Lanzarote and discover a volcanic tunnel that leads to an underground restaurant and auditorium.
Follow the lava stone path to explore this cavernous and mystical realm. See if you can spot blind crabs in the saltwater lagoon and admire the lighting effects which are mesmerizing at night.
Take a dip in the outdoor pool, then enjoy dining and dancing inside this surprising geological formation.
2 – Kick back and relax on Papagayo Beach
Leave your shoes behind as you walk barefoot through the white sands of this popular beach. The sheltered cove is perfect for swimming and snorkeling, with crystal clear water that stays warm all day.
To stretch the legs, follow the small track up to the Natural Monument of Los Ajaches, where you can quench your thirst at the beach bar and grab a bite to eat.
3 – Hike martian landscapes in Timanfaya National Park
You could be forgiven for thinking you were on Mars during a tour of Timanfaya National Park. Feel the force of nature all around in this striking landscape, where volcanic craters, geysers, and the imposing Fire Mountains make quite an impression.
Exploring the rugged terrain of this geothermal park is a real adventure, and can be done on foot, by bus, or even by camel.
4 – Discover the legends of Cueva de los Verdes
Head underground into one of the most spectacular hidden natural wonders of the island on a tour of Cueva de los Verdes. Once used as a refuge for locals sheltering from pirate attacks, visiting the cave is now one of the most thrilling things to do in Lanzarote.
Today you can explore this fascinating cave, which is illuminated with soft light, and even take in a live music performance.
5 – Take a day trip to La Graciosa
Hop on the ferry and head over La Graciosa, the smallest inhabited island in the Canaries. Wander through the sandy streets of the charming capital, Caleta de Sebo, or take a catamaran cruise along the coast for picnics in secluded coves. Plus of course a spot of swimming.
Have a go at kayaking in the turquoise waters, feast on traditional dishes like paella for lunch, and spend quality time at the beach.
6 – Explore southern Lanzarote
Tour the spectacular volcanic landscapes of southern Lanzarote on a guided local excursion. This is one of the most beautiful parts of the island, so make sure you keep your camera handy. Travel along the famous Volcano Route, witnessing geothermic demonstrations and admiring the Mountains of Fire.
Visit wineries for tastings before taking in the Green Lagoon, the glittering Janubio Salt Pans, and lava-formed marine grottoes at the dramatic Los Hervideros cliffs.
7 – Tour northern Lanzarote
Travel into the Valley of a Thousand Palms and explore remote villages on this northern Lanzarote day trip. Pop into actor Omar Sharif’s old home, which is now the Lag-O-Mar museum which has been created around volcanic rocks, labyrinths, and caves.
Enjoy panoramic views of the Chinijo Archipelago and visit an aloe vera farm to learn about this famous local plant. Finish the day with a trip underground to the lava tunnel at Jameos del Agua.
8 – Set sail to secluded beaches
Sit back and relax on board a yacht or catamaran and let the furled sails carry you across the sea in search of remote beaches and dramatic scenery. Soak up the sun and see if you can spot dolphins and whales frolicking in nearby waters.
As the boat anchors in a secluded bay, jump overboard and enjoy swimming or snorkeling before rewarding your efforts with a decadent lunch back on deck.
9 – Admire the view at Mirador del Rio
See how famous artist César Manrique used nature to create an architectural marvel at one of the best viewpoints on the island. Overlooking the sea towards the Chinijo Archipelago, Mirador del Rio stands on a windswept clifftop on the northern tip of the island.
The unassuming camouflaged exterior hides a world of panoramic windows, natural curves, and monumental sculptures, making it one of the more unusual things to do in Lanzarote.
10 – Dive down to Museo Atlantico
This one is for all the divers out there who fancy exploring the only underwater sculpture museum in Europe. After a short boat ride it is time to head beneath the waves. Discover 10 different groups of sculptures that illustrate life and culture on Lanzarote through the ages.
A real adventure for certified divers, this tour is available to beginners too, who can enjoy the sights from a shallower depth.
11 – See the island by jeep
Strap in for a thrilling jeep safari around Lanzarote, taking in extinct volcanoes, palm-lined valleys, and plenty of charming mountain villages.
Marvel at the natural forces behind the dramatic black and red volcanic craters in Timanfaya National Park, and stop at some of the highest viewpoints on the island.
Bounce along through cactus fields to the Hermitage of the Clouds, and round off the day with some time at the beach.
12 – Swim in the natural pools at Los Charcones
Want to escape the heat? Then head to Los Charcones and take a refreshing dip in the natural swimming pools in the south of Lanzarote. There are several pools of differing sizes and depths, with diving areas for those brave enough to take the plunge.
The mini lagoons are dotted along a 2 kilometer stretch from the Pechiguera lighthouse, so scramble over the shore and find your own private spot.
13 – Go scuba diving
Glide along the seabed and meet the inhabitants of this magical underwater realm while scuba diving in Lanzarote. Be amazed at the vibrancy of colorful reefs and the unusual landforms created from lava that look like something you might find on the moon.
Tours for both beginners and certified divers are available so no matter what your skill level is, you can enjoy an aquatic adventure in these clear warm waters.
14 – Power along the coast by jet ski
See Lanzarote from a different perspective as you zip through the waves by jet ski. You can ride solo or with a partner to share the driving. Enjoy the fresh ocean spray on your cheeks as you practice maneuvers against a backdrop of breath-taking scenery.
The contrast between the deep blue ocean and black volcanic shoreline is striking, so if you have a waterproof camera make sure the batteries are charged.
15 – Splash about in Aquapark
Plummet down exhilarating slides like Whirlwind and Kamikaze, and take on the rapids at this world-class water park. Fun for all the family, Aquapark will keep the kids entertained all day.
For smaller swimmers, the child-friendly lagoon area ticks all the boxes, and there is a relaxing Jacuzzi for some quiet time. Back on dry land you can try your hand at paintballing or navigate an obstacle course in an electric car.
16 – Indulge in a wine tour at La Geria Vineyards
One of the tastiest things to do in Lanzarote for wine connoisseurs and curious amateurs alike is to sample the renowned produce of La Geria Vineyards. Hike through the winelands surrounded by lush green vines and rolling hills, visiting a premium winery along the way.
Meet the makers and learn how they have used the volcanic soil to their advantage.
17 – Take a day trip to Fuerteventura
Board the ferry and make the half-hour journey over to Fuerteventura for a day exploring the island. Wander the historic streets of Corralejo and relax in the restaurants and bars after some shopping in the boutiques.
Head to the dunes of Corralejo National Park to discover the largest desert expanse in the Canary Islands. Flanked by turquoise seas and golden beaches, the park can easily be visited on foot.
18 – Visit the César Manrique Foundation
Do something different and spend time learning about this talented artist, architect, and activist who was one of Lanzarote’s most famous sons. Wander through the house museum, which was built on five volcanic bubbles, and admire the valuable works of art on display.
Outside you can explore the subterranean garden and take photos of the miniature blue lagoon which expertly mixes art with nature.
19 – Explore the pirate museum in Santa Barbara Castle
Travel back in time at Santa Barbara Castle, which stands like a sentinel watching over Teguise. Find out what it was like to be a buccaneer on the high seas and how piracy was part of 16th and 17th century Lanzarote life.
Feel the hairs on the back of your neck stand to attention as you encounter a treasure trove of pirate artifacts and see reproduction canons in the weapons hall.
20 – Feel the thills on a buggy tour
Buckle up and take the wheel of your buggy for an exhilarating journey across the volcanic plains and sand dunes of Lanzarote. Fellow tour participants will be eating your dust as you bump along remote trails in search of adventure.
Skirt around volcanoes, explore old quarries and trundle through peaceful villages hidden away in the mountains. The views are incredible so remember to pack the camera.
21 – Takes photos at Mirador de Ermita de las Nieves
For some of the best views on the island, head to high ground in the Risco de Famara Mountains for Instagram-worthy vistas from the Hermitage in the Clouds. Pay your respects at the chapel dedicated to the Virgin of las Nieves to whom the locals pray for rain.
Rocky outcrops frame spectacular panoramas over Famara beach and La Graciosa island, which are even more spectacular at sunset.
22 – Head under the sea on a snorkeling adventure
Swim with colorful reef fish and maybe even a sea turtle as you explore Lanzarote’s magical underwater kingdom. Take it easy by floating on the surface with your snorkel or dive down to see if you can spot seahorses hiding in rock crevices.
Snorkeling is one of the most enjoyable things to do in Lanzarote, because you never know what you might encounter.
23 – Ride the surf at Famara Beach
Famara is one of the best beaches for surfing in Lanzarote, with lessons available for all abilities. Slip into your wetsuit and practice your moves on the beach, before heading into the waves to have a go at the real thing.
Surfers come to Famara from all over the world for the reliable conditions and top-notch temperatures. The 6-kilometer long sandy beach is pretty special too.
24 – Discover El Golfo’s Green Lagoon
Get your volcanologist hat on and find out why this mysterious crater lake is an unusual shade of green, which is rather striking against the black sand beach. Formed after eruptions in 1730, the lagoon is connected to the sea by secret underground tunnels.
Walk up a dirt track to the viewpoint to appreciate the scenery and take amazing photos. Come in the evening to watch the sun set over the ocean.
25 – Admire the imposing cliffs at Los Hervideros
Feel the true force of nature as you watch waves crashing against the rocky coastline at Los Hervideros. See the sea boiling as water is thrust into a labyrinth of underwater caves, creating cascades that make for great photos.
Walk through the lava fields to reach these strangely shaped cliffs peppered with tiny grottoes, and discover little balconies in the rock face for the best vantage points.
26 – Set sail on a sunset cruise
Is there anything more romantic than watching the blazing orange sun sink slowly below the horizon from the deck of a boat? Spend a relaxing evening on board, perhaps with a drink and some nibbles to keep you going until dinner.
Whales and dolphins might put on a show as they make the most of the lingering light, against the stunning mountain backdrop of Lanzarote’s dramatic coastline.
27 – Hike up La Corona Volcano
Views are always even more impressive when a little effort is involved, so unpack those boots and head up the magnificent Volcan de La Corona. Discover lava tunnels and sinkholes, and walk through lush vineyards on the mountain slopes as you conquer the exhilarating 45-minute ascent.
Be rewarded with far-reaching views out over the island from up on the crater rim, then descend into the interior for further exploration.
28 – Explore remote Lobos Island
From whales and dolphins to quiet sandy beaches and shimmering seas, a trip to Lobos Island is one of the best day trips from Lanzarote. The adventure begins with a thrilling boat journey – keep a look out for flying fish who often put on an acrobatic performance.
Disembark at Lobos Island and explore remote beaches and hidden paths winding through dazzling white sand dunes. Then enjoy some snorkeling in this beautiful marine haven.
29 – Stroll the historic streets of Teguise
This former capital city has bags of charm and visiting here is one of the main cultural things to do in Lanzarote. Take a wander along the paved streets and discover the heart of the historic old town.
Once the haunt of pirates, today Teguise is a laid-back settlement with a 15th century castle, a music museum, and handicraft market to visit.
30 – Visit San José Castle in Arrecife
Head up to this imposing 18th century cliff-top castle for sweeping sea views and swashbuckling stories of pirate raids. Built to defend the island’s capital from attack, today this semi-circular fortress has been turned into an international museum of contemporary art, which includes works by Picasso, Millares, and Manrique.
Enjoy the panorama of the Puerto de los Mármoles harbor below and take in a music recital in the concert hall.
31 – Nourish your soul with yoga at Puerto del Carmen
Is there anything more relaxing than a spot of yoga on the beach? Stretch those muscles and breathe in the fresh sea air with a gentle yet invigorating session at Puerto del Carmen. The rhythmic ocean waves and stunning scenery provide the perfect setting.
Move through your asanas before finishing with some mindful relaxation techniques to have you feeling fully rejuvenated.
32 – Enjoy the tranquillity of the Cactus Garden
Nestled away in a disused quarry in eastern Lanzarote, the Jardín de Cactus is home to a whopping 450 species from across five continents. As you stroll through the cactus garden watch out for the prickly pears, and see if you can spot the restored windmill overlooking the terraces.
As you tuck into a cactus burger on the panoramic restaurant terrace, soak up the peaceful sounds of singing birds and buzzing insects.
33 – Chill out at Rancho Texas
What is better than a zoo? A zoo with swimming pools! At Rancho Texas you can swim with sea lions, ride ponies, and take part in treasure hunts in a Wild West setting. There is also a fierce white tiger, several armadillos, and some American bison to meet.
Head over to the Water Ranch to laze in the pools or shoot down slides for a perfect end to the ultimate Lanzarote family day trip.
34 – Go paragliding over the coast
One of the most exhilarating things to do in Lanzarote is soaring over the dramatic rugged coastline with a professional paragliding pilot. Float peacefully above the island, surfing the winds and relishing aerial views of volcanoes and crashing ocean waves.
Have a go at steering if you feel brave enough or sit back and relax in your harness and just drink in your incredible surroundings. The choice is yours.
35 – Cycle around Lanzarote on a bike tour
Pedal along beaches and venture off-road on dry riverbeds as you explore the island on two wheels. The e-bikes will give you an extra bit of power meaning that even cyclists with little experience will love this excursion.
Explore ancient volcano craters, undulating golden dunes, and vivid green lagoons with plenty of stops for hiking and swimming along the way.
36 – Shoot into the air on a flyboard
Do you know what it feels like to fly? Hovering high above the sea on a flyboarding tour comes pretty close. Feel the adrenaline build as the powerful water jets get to work, and experience the thrill of lift-off as you sail through the sky.
This is your chance to discover what it is like to be a superhero for a few unforgettable moments. Practice some jumps and flips if you dare.
37 – Shop for souvenirs at local markets
Before heading home, make sure you pop into some of the weekly local markets for souvenirs to remind you of your island adventures. Browse the huge range of artisan stalls for authentic gifts, and remember to put on your haggling hat as bartering is all part of the fun.
Most resorts have their own market, with the most popular being in Teguise, Arrecife, and Haria.