El Golfo

Hotels in Lanzarote, Canary Islands

As the easternmost of the Canary Islands and closest to the African continent, Lanzarote has barely enough annual rainfall to ruin outdoor plans and experiences year-round temperatures below 30°C. This "island of red mountains" mesmerizes visitors with its rugged and lunar landscapes relatively undiluted by high-rise 5 star hotels in Lanzarote, Canary Islands and enormous billboards that block the view. Plan to visit during the shoulder seasons of May to June and September to October to avoid the crowds and get the best Lanzarote hotel deals.

Where to stay in Lanzarote

Despite Lanzarote's visibly volcanic character, it hides behind its red mountains beaches of black, golden and white sand. Costa Teguise and Puerto del Carmen Lanzarote are easily the most popular and touristy places to stay in Lanzarote; while Playa Blanca Lanzarote hotels and beaches are some of the best in the island.

Sleek and modern Luabay Lanzarote Beach is right at the heart of windsurfing action at Costa Teguise. Five-star Hotel Volcan Lanzarote and recently renovated Lanzarote Princess Hotel are in the clothing-optional coast of Playa Blanca.

 A more varied beach activity goes on in Puerto del Carmen's Playa Grande where you can learn how to dive, parasail, snorkel and jetski. An oceanview room at Arrecife Lanzarote Hotel puts you at the centre of water adventures as Arrecife, the capital, is within striking distance of Costa Teguise to the north and Puerto del Carmen to the south.

Outside of these tourist areas is rural Canaria. Yaiza and San Bartolome, who both have their share of the best hotels in Lanzarote, Spain permeate colonial air, having been established in the 17th and 18th centuries. The former is consistently rated as one of the most beautiful villages in Lanzarote, Canary Islands, while the latter is visibly agricultural, growing the hardiest vegetables and fruits in the region. Despite lack of moisture, the UNESCO-listed foothills of La Geria in the vicinity of Timanfaya mountains are suitable for growing Malvasia grapes, one of the most sought-after wine varieties in the Canaries.

From your accommodation in Lanzarote

Explore the Tunnel of Atlantis and Treasure Island

Timanfaya National Park, covering an area one-fourth of the island’s 845 square kilometres, has 50 square kilometres of lava fields, and even puts to good use the underground heat of Montanas del Fuego (Mountains of Fire) to cook restaurant meat. If you are looking for accommodation in Lanzarote, and deciding where to stay in Lanzarotte; there are scores of rural villas to rent in Lanzarote at the town of Yaiza, located at the foot of the mountain, although the best villas in Lanzarote tend to be in the south coast of Playa Blanca.

Evidence of Lanzarote's violent geologic past can be seen both above and below ground. Craters have been filled with sea water over the millennia. One of the most striking is El Golfo where the green algae-rich waters of the lake create a stunning contrast against red cliffs, black sand and the blue Atlantic.

Worm your way through the "Tunnel of Atlantis," an underwater segment of a lava tube considered the largest in the world, the Cueva de los Verdes. If you can’t get a scientific permit to dive it, there’s six kilometers of this tube above sea level which visitors can explore and, thanks to the acoustic qualities of mineral formations and melted rock, even attend a concert in.

To escape the island altogether, stay in one of the all inclusive hotels in Lanzarote at Haria, a town on the north coast. From Orzola, it’s a short ferry ride to La Graciosa, said to be the hiding place of pirate loot and inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island.”