The 9 essential things you have to do in Lanzarote

You cannot leave the island without eating wrinkled potatoes with mojo, visiting the works of César Manrique, entering a volcano or a cave and swimming in natural pools and next to black sand beaches.


30 de agosto de 2022 (12:35 CET)
Actualizado el 1 de septiembre de 2022 (10:03 CET)
Cueva de los Verdes
Cueva de los Verdes

The island of Lanzarote offers countless experiences, so sometimes it can be difficult to know which activities or visits are best to prioritize during your trip.

From visits to volcanoes, caves or dreamy sunsets, here are nine things you should be doing on your trip to the island of Lanzarote.


1. Taking a path inside a volcano

Lanzarote is known as "the island of volcanoes", so you cannot leave without visiting the interior of one of them. The easiest route, which you can also do as a family, is  Cuervo Volcano, in Tinajo.

This is a path of approximately one hour that surrounds the volcano and also allows you to enter the interior of its crater, a unique experience.

Volcán del Cuervo, Tinajo. Fotos: José Luis Carrasco
Cuervo Volcano, Tinajo. Photos by José Luis Carrasco


2. Entering a cave

Although there are caves everywhere, none is like the Cueva de Los Verdes, a volcanic tube formed after the eruptions of the Corona volcano, in the north of the island. You will have to visit it through a guided tour, that will take you through several galleries up to 50 meters high and you will be explained the history of the cave, with a big surprise at the end that will leave you speechless. 

Cueva de los Verdes
Cave of Los Verdes


3. Stroll along a black sand beach

Many tourists come to spend their holidays in Lanzarote to unwind on the beach, but what many are unaware of is that the island also has volcanic beaches, with black sand.

They are perfect places to take a walk at sunset,  hearing the sound of the waves breaking on the shore, and incidentally, taking the occasional photo. The most impressive are the beaches of Montaña Bermeja and El Golfo, in the municipality of Yaiza.

It is important to mention that swimming is not recommended on this type of beach due to the strength of the sea currents, with the exception of La Arena beach, in Playa Quemada, where the sea tends to be calm.

Mirador de El Golfo
El Golfo viewpoint


4. Swimming in a natural pool

In addition to golden and black sand beaches, Lanzarote has hundreds of natural pools, spread across the north and south of the island.

These big seawater puddles consist of different rock formations with seawater leaks, of different sizes and depths where you can relax and spend a different day at the "beach".

The best known natural pools are those of the town of Punta Mujeres, in Haría, and Los Charcones in the municipality of Yaiza. In any case, if you opt for the latter, it is important to mention that it is a place where the waves can hit hard, so you have to be very careful.

Los Charcones
Los Charcones

5. Watch the sunset from the top of the Risco de Famara

For lovers of heights, landscapes and unique sunsets, an unforgettable place is the Risco de Famara, in Teguise.

If you drive up to its viewpoint during sunset, you can enjoy the incredible views of Famara beach and you will see the different volcanoes that rise on the horizon.

6. Visit the Teguise market

If you are lucky enough to be able to enjoy a Sunday on the island, in the morning you have to visit the popular market of Villa de Teguise. The streets of town are completely transformed, going from tranquility to bustle, with crowds of artisans and visitors. There you will find all kinds of handicrafts, such as ceramics, basketry and natural products, as well as cheese and wine made with aloe vera. It is a good place to take a more original souvenir from Lanzarote.

Mercadillo de Teguise
 Teguise market


7. Eat wrinkled potatoes (papas arrugadas) in a teleclub

If we move to the field of gastronomy, a food that you cannot miss is the famous wrinkled potatoes with red mojo or green mojo, known in many parts of the world.

The best place to taste them is in the different teleclubs scattered around the island, a place where the townspeople tend to gather to play cards or canarian ball, and where you can also try other typical Lanzarote dishes, such as carne fiesta or the millet broth.

Papas arrugadas con mojo rojo
Wrinkled potatoes with red mojo



8. Enjoying the art of Cesar Manrique

Furthermore, you cannot leave Lanzarote without enjoying the art of the local artist Cesar Manrique, who knew how to see the tourist potential of the island, but without neglecting his own essence and caring for the environment.

Something that he has achieved with his works, such as the Jameos del Agua, the Mirador del Río or the Jardín de Cactus among others, all of them part of the network of Tourist Centers.

You have to pay admission to visit them, but you can also buy vouchers with discounts that include several of them. They are a mandatory stop to understand the culture of Lanzarote.

Los Jameos del Agua
Jameos del Agua



9. Visiting the wild island of La Graciosa

For those who travel several days to Lanzarote and want to see an island that is “wild” and very different from the rest, they can take a day trip to La Graciosa, just half an hour away by ferry.

It is a small island to the north of Lanzarote with just over 700 inhabitants and no roads, known by its virgin beaches and turquoise waters, where mass tourism did not arrive yet. A perfect place to relax and disconnect, but also to learn about another type of lifestyle.

Playa de Las Conchas en La Graciosa. Fotos: José Luis Carrasco
Las Conchas beach in La Graciosa. Photo by José Luis Carrasco