In this blog post, I will help to find Where to stay in Lanzarote for first-time visitors (without a car, for couples, and families ). I’ll also provide a list of the best areas to stay in Lanzarote (with a map and video), and best hotels for all budgets (including the hotel where I stayed).
The Spanish island of Lanzarote is the northernmost member of the Canary Islands. With a subtropical climate and yearly average of just 16 days of rain, Lanzarote is an ideal location for an escape to the sun, year-round.
With resorts spanning the breadth of the island and offering a range of amenities that appeal to a diverse crowd of visitors, you’re sure to find somewhere on Lanzarote that is perfect for you.
The north Lanzarote is usually windier and cloudier; the southern of Lanzarote is drier, hotter. The southern, especially Playa Blanca is better place to stay if you want to escape the wind. The windiest time of year is July, but June-August is quite windy.
Where to stay in Lazarote first time?
The best areas to stay in Lanzarote for tourists and first-timers are Costa Teguise, Playa Blanca, Puerto del Carmen, Arrecife, Playa Honda, and Haria. Each have their own unique charm and attractions, so consider your interests to choose the best area for your first visit.
Playa Blanca, Puerto del Carmen, and Arrecife are the best areas to stay in Lanzarote without a car. These areas are well-connected by bus and are easily explore on foot. Arrecife is the capital and the transport hub of the island, making it the best base for car-free travelers.
If you are looking for a sun-soaked vacation spent by the beach or pool, the months between May to October offer the highest average daily temperatures. This is also when the winds are lowest and the seas calmest and best for swimming.
For hiking and adventurous activities that could work up a sweat, you may want to visit in the more temperate winter and spring months. The subtropical climate means that the island rarely ever gets cold, but with average daily highs in the low 20°c’s, the months from November to April may be more comfortable for long hikes and strenuous activities.
Alternatively, if you are heading to Lanzarote to surf, then the best surfing conditions occur between October to March, with the cooling temperatures driving strong winds to drum up the waves.
Playa Blanca, Costa Teguise, and Puerto del Carmen are all year around resort, so whether you come in the peak season in Easter, June, July, August, or in the low season holiday in November, they are the best places to stay in Lanzarote any month of the year and for all ages.
Where did I stay in Lanzarote?
When visiting Lanzarote, I stayed for 5 days in Costa Teguise at the mid-range Oasis Lanz Beach Mate. It was a lovely and very central hotel, easy access to local shops, bars and restaurants. The beach is only 10 mins walk away. I had Fabulous breakfast and a clean room.
|💖 Best Area for first-timers:
|💎 Best luxury hotel:
|Meliá Salinas – Adults Recommended
|🏨 Best mid-range hotel:
|Oasis Lanz Beach Mate
|💰 Best budget hotel:
|Apartamentos El Guarapo
Map of areas and towns to stay in Lanzarote:
Overviews of best areas to stay in Lanzarote for tourist
Here is an overview of recommended areas in Lanzarote for first-time visitors:
|Best areas in Lanzarote for tourists
|Why should you stay in this area?
|best overall area for first-timers, families and couples seeking a laid-back beach holiday. Located on the eastern coast of Lanzarote, it offers sandy beaches, water sports facilities, golf courses, and a variety of restaurants.
|Situated on the southern coast, Playa Blanca is known for its picturesque beaches, a wide selection of resorts, shops, bars, and restaurants. It is quieter and little more upmarket resort town, ideal couples and families looking for beautiful beaches.
|Puerto del Carmen
|one of the most popular tourist destinations in Lanzarote that has a long sandy beach, a lively promenade with numerous shops, bars, and restaurants, and vibrant nightlife. It is well-suited for young travelers and partygoers seeking a lively atmosphere.
|the capital, and offers a mix of historical charm and modern amenities. It has a beautiful waterfront area, a variety of cultural attractions. It is a good choice for travelers interested in history, local culture, and city life.
|a quieter coastal town located close to Arrecife. It has a long sandy beach, a pleasant promenade, and a range of restaurants and shops. Playa Honda is suitable for those seeking a relaxed beach holiday away from the crowds.
|a charming inland village in the northern part of Lanzarote known for its lush green landscapes, traditional white-washed houses, and beautiful views. Great base for nature lovers, hikers, and those who want to experience the island’s rural charm.
How to get around Lanzarote without a car for tourists?
Getting around Lanzarote without a car is possible, as the island offers various transportation options for tourists and locals alike. Here are some ways to explore Lanzarote without a car:
Lanzarote has a network of public buses that connect major towns and tourist areas. The bus service is relatively efficient and affordable.
Look for the green buses operated by Intercity Bus Lanzarote (Intercity Bus). You can check schedules and routes on their website or at bus stops.
Taxis are readily available in most towns and tourist areas. They can be more expensive than public buses, but they offer convenience and flexibility. Make sure to agree on the fare with the driver before starting your journey, as some taxis may not have meters.
Lanzarote is a cyclist-friendly island with many bike lanes and scenic routes. You can rent bicycles in many tourist areas. Cycling can be an enjoyable and eco-friendly way to explore the island, especially in areas like La Geria wine region and the coastal promenades.
Some areas of Lanzarote are compact and pedestrian-friendly, especially in towns like Puerto del Carmen, Playa Blanca, and Arrecife. Walking allows you to explore at a leisurely pace and soak in the local atmosphere.
Lanzarote offers beautiful hiking trails, including the famous Timanfaya National Park. You can use public transportation or taxis to reach the starting points of these hikes. Be sure to carry plenty of water and wear appropriate footwear and sun protection.
Many tour operators on the island offer guided tours and excursions to popular attractions. These tours often include transportation, making it easy to explore without a car.
You can find tours to places like the Cueva de los Verdes, Jameos del Agua, and the Mirador del Río.
If you plan to visit other Canary Islands, you can take ferries from Lanzarote’s ports. Ferries connect Lanzarote to islands like Fuerteventura and La Graciosa. While not a means of getting around Lanzarote itself, it’s a way to explore nearby islands without a car.
Car Rentals for Specific Days:
If there are specific places on the island you want to visit that are not easily accessible by public transportation, you can consider renting a car for a day or two. This allows you to explore remote areas at your own pace.
Where To Stay In Lanzarote Without A Car?
The best areas to stay in Lanzarote without a car are Puerto del Carmen, Playa Blanca, Costa Teguise, Arrecife, Playa Honda, and Teguise. While it’s certainly more convenient to have a car to explore the island, it is possible to enjoy your stay in Lanzarote without one.
The Best areas to stay in Lanzarote for tourists are:
1. Costa Teguise
Costa Teguise is Lanzarote’s third largest tourist resort on the east coast of the island, close to Arrecife, the capital of Lanzarote, and just a 15-minute drive from the airport. Crystal clear water, white sand beaches, many restaurants, and plenty of tourist facilities make it a good holiday base for first-time tourists.
This family-friendly resort town offers an array of recreational activities, including a nearby Costa Teguise Golf and a waterpark Lanzarote Aquarium, the area is a popular tourist destination for families and groups with a mix of interests.
The beaches of Costa Teguise are an immensely popular spot for anyone interested in windsurfing. Playa Las Cucharas in particular is host to several windsurfing schools offering tuition in the sport. The qualifiers for the PWA Windsurfing championships also take place here in June.
For anyone looking for a beach with less sporting activity, the area has a number of more relaxing options, most notably Playa Bastian with calm and warm water; Playa de Los Charcos – a small, less crowded beach, located right next to Las Cucharas Beach; and the smaller horseshoe-shaped beach, Playa Jabillo.
Sheltered from the island’s famous winds, these beaches offer tranquil waters, suitable for families with young children. All beaches has good facilities including sun loungers and umbrellas. If you stroll along the seafront promenade, you will pass all the main beaches and the Las Maretas Palace.
For music lovers, the town hosts a variety of live music festivals, including the Costa Music Festival in June and the Brazilian Music Festival in September. If you can’t make it to Lanzarote for these festivals, you can still enjoy live music, as it is available year-round in the many bars and venues around the town staging live performances and concerts.
Also, check out a street market every Sunday the biggest market in Lanzarote, Teguise Market in Pueblo Marinero. The Cesar Manrique Foundation and the Lanzarote Aquarium are also worth visiting.
If you are interested in the history, head to The Pirate Museum within the Santa Bárbara castle to learn more about the history and enjoy its beautiful views. Canary Islands is the popular stop for ships passing from the Americas, making it a hunting palce for pirates from the 15th to 17th century.
The recent investment in the town’s tourism facilities has revitalized the nightlife on offer in the area. A host of bars, restaurants, and karaoke venues make the area an attractive draw for those looking for evening entertainment.
While it’s best to hire a car to explore the island but Costa Teguise is well served by public transport, so you can easily travel around with buses and taxis. If you do plan to hire a car, you should book in advance in peak season.
Costa Teguise is year around town so it is the best place to Lanzarote at any month of the year from quietest season in November, or the peak summer months of July and August.
Costa Teguise has a wide range of accommodations that suit all budget. It is home to some of the best hotel in the whole island including Hotel Gran Melia Salinas and the Pueblo Marinero.
Stay in Lanzarote Costa Teguise if you are couples, families, first-timers; you travel without a car; you are interested in windsurfing; you want to experience traditional Canarian lifestyle.
Best Places to stay in Lanzarote Costa Teguise:
luxury ($$$): Meliá Salinas – Adults Recommended This is a five-star beachfront hotel, surrounded by 2 white sandy beaches Los Charcos and Las Cucharas. It’s located with a short drive from the Airport. It features 2 on-site restaurants, a pool bar and a beach bar, and a wellness area.
mid-range ($$): Oasis Lanz Beach Mate This 4-star hotel has 24h front desk, and outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre, private car parking. Located in Costa Teguise, close to Playa del Jablillo and Aqua Park. All guest rooms come with a TV, a private bathroom, air-conditioning.
budget ($): Apartamentos El Guarapo This apartment is located within a short walk from the nearby sandy beach where you can stroll along its seafront promenade, or go for a bike ride. It offers free car parking, well-equipped apartments with kitchens and free wifi.🔍FIND MORE HOTELS IN COSTA TEGUISE
2. Playa Blanca
Playa Blanca is the most southerly town on Lanzarote, 30km from Lanzarote airport. It was transformed from a quiet fishing village to one of the most popular resort on the island that is well serviced with modern conveniences.
Playa Blance has lots of luxury hotels, restaurants, and shops in the seafront promenade area. Populated with a diverse mix of expats from across Europe, the region caters to a wide demographic of visitors.
Well connected to the rest of the island by public transport, as well as boasting its own dedicated town bus service, it’s the perfect base from which to explore the entire island. From its marina, you can catch ferries to the neighbouring island of Fuerteventura.
Of its numerous surrounding beaches, nearby Playa Dorada is the most popular, then Playa Flamingo, Papagayo beach is a short drive by car. Protected by its manmade cove it is perfect for sunbathing, the calm sea is ideal for families with children and with a wide array of water sports and activities on offer, everyone can enjoy a relaxing day at this beautiful beach.
Another place of interest is the Marina Rubicón which is located between Papagayo beach and Playa Blanca. Stroll along the marina in the evening, and grab a dinner at one of its nice restaurants and bars. You can also check out Wednesday and Saturday market that sells handicrafts items.
For families with young children, you also have Aqualava Water Park, Dino Park Water Park, and Underwater Museum to entertain.
Playa Blanca sits near the base of Montana Roja, one of the island’s volcanoes. Anyone interested in hiking or exploring the volcanic craters can enjoy a comfortable walk up the small mountain. An adventurous day out, enjoyable even for inexperienced hikers.
The volcanic landscape of Los Hervideros, or the Boiling Waters, is also well worth a visit. The series of caves and blow holes offers good chances to capture a beautiful photograph!
The beautiful Timanfaya National Park is also one of the popular attractions of the island, and a great day trip from Playa Blanca for the whole family.
Regular ferries run to nearby Fuerteventura, making this a great place to stay if you’re interested in taking a day trip over to the neighboring island. You will arrive at the most popular resort in Fuerteventura, Corralejo, and can explore more of Corralejo Natural Park, some of the most popular in Fuerteventura like Oliva beach and Flag beach.
There are plenty of restaurants, shops, and bars on the Playa Blanca boardwalk, and around the old town. It also has a recreational port and a new shopping center.
Stay in Playa Blanca if you are looking for a family beach holiday; you travel without a car; you are interested in exploring the island’s volcanoes; you would enjoy a day trip to Fuerteventura.
Best places to stay in Lanzarote in Playa Blanca:
luxury ($$$): Dreams Lanzarote Playa Dorada Resort & Spa 5 star beachfront resort within walking distance from Playa Dorada, and Playa Blanca beach. It offers car parking, a water park, a year-round outdoor pool, a buffet breakfast, and a children’s playground.
luxury ($$$): Iberostar Selection Lanzarote Park Located within easy walking distance from the bay of Playa Flamingo, and a short drive by car from Timanfaya National Park and Airport, this hotel offers rooms with a TV and the bathroom includes free toiletries.
mid-range ($$): Jardines del Sol By Diamond Resorts this property offer landscaped gardens and bar-restaurant, as well as free private car parking. these stylish apartments are built in a typical, white-village design.🔍FIND MORE HOTELS IN PLAYA BLANCA
3. Puerto del Carmen
Located on the southeast coast of Lanzarote, ten minutes drive by car from the island’s airport, the town of Puerto del Carmen is by far the liveliest resort on the island. So if you come to Lanzarote for party and lively nightlife, you should book a hotel in Puerto del Carmen.
Puerto del Carmen has a lively nightlife atmosphere with many cool nightclubs and bars, especially on Avenida de las Playa, the main road with lots of tourist attractions.
The Centro Comercial Biosfera Plaza is home to a selection of internationally known shops, whilst surrounding neighborhoods house stores aimed at tourists shopping for souvenirs. And supermarkets: Supermercado Marcial and Supermercado Spar.
Founded as a small fishing town, Puerto del Carmen still boasts a beautiful harbor populated with restaurants stocked with fresh, locally caught fish. If you want to experience a delicious dining experience and some truly unforgettable seafood, this is a place to visit.
The 6 kilometers of sheltered beaches also offer some of the calmest coasts in the Canaries. Take advantage of this by visiting one of the local diving schools and exploring the vibrant world beneath the crystal-clear waters.
Grande Beach, Los Pocillos, Matagorda, Playa Chica are the main beaches in this area:
- Grande Beach is the busiest beach because of its location, you can easily find a wide range of restaurants and shops line the main strip behind the beach. Plenty of beach facilities like showers, toilets, sunbeds, parasols, and a lifeguard service.
- Playa Chica is a smaller beach, 60 meters of fine golden sand and calm warm waters, surrounded by natural formations of lava, good for snorkeling and scuba-diving.
- Los Pocilos a quiet, wide sandy beach, a 15-minute walk along the promenade from Puerto del Carmen, good for windsurfing and kitesurfing.
- Matagorda is a beautiful large beach, good amenities and plenty of bars and restaurants, and is awarded the blue flag.
Planning restrictions in the area mean that the towering hotels and apartment blocks that mar the skyline in the rest of the island are absent here. Thanks to this, the town offers some of the most beautiful, unspoiled views on the island.
For a fun day with your kid, Rancho Texas Lanzarote Park might be the favorite place for families. It is an animal park together with a water park, so it offers an entire day of fun and activity for the whole family.
Between February and March, Puerto del Carmen hosts the island’s Carnival celebrations, Carnival Parade. Drawing crowds of revelers from across Europe, this is an event not to be missed by anyone looking to experience the best of Lanzarote’s party scene.
Other events like the Triathlon Qualifier for the Spanish Championship in June, Ironman Competition in May, tennis championships, and Our Lady of Carmen Festival in July.
Stay in Puerto del Carmen if you want to sample some deliciously fresh seafood; you travel without a car; you are interested in the Carnival celebrations, you enjoy shopping, nightlife.
Best places to stay in Lanzarote in Puerto del Carmen:
- luxury ($$$): La Isla y el Mar, Hotel Boutique
- mid-range ($$): Seaside Los Jameos
- budget ($): Apartamentos Fariones
Arrecife may not be the most popular location with tourists but, as the island’s largest, commercial and capital city of Lanzarote, there is plenty to do here if you know where to look.
Arrecife is central centrally located on the East Coast, between Playa Honda and Costa Teguise beach. You can easily get around with public transport if you don’t have a car.
The architect and artist, César Manrique designed most of the top attractions on Lanzarote in the 1970s and 1980s.
As one of the oldest settlements on the island, the city holds a lot of history. You can observe the historical architecture in the Old Quarter of the city, and several old fortresses and castles remain.
The Castillo de San Gabriel is a coastal fortress that now houses the Arrecife History Museum, whilst the Castillo de San Jose was renovated by Manrique in the 70s and has been converted into an art museum.
Amongst the other attractions on offer here is a shipwreck by the old port of Arrecife, which serves as a popular photo spot for tourists and locals alike.
The beautiful San Gines Church with its white-washed outer and charming bell tower dominates the square and the old town. Nearby the church, you will find a fish market, and the Arrecife Mercado in Calle Libre street, a daily market selling spices, fruits, and vegetables.
If you love art, you can visit the 19th-century mansion House of Culture Agustín de la Hoz is a two-story, now a cultural center with a gallery of many paintings. Meanwhile, the International Museum of Modern Art in the old military fort Castillo de San Jose and displays collections from the 1950s through to the 1970s.
If you want shopping, head to the Centro Commercial Marina for a range of contemporary and well-known shops. For more artisanal souvenirs, then head over to the Arrecife Handicraft market, which is held in the Old Quarter every Saturday. Here you’ll find more traditional items and local food.
The main shopping street is a pedestrianized area on León y Castillo or Calle Real with a wide range of shoe shops, perfumes, tobacco specialists, bargain euro or Chinese shops, and a small department store. If you stroll along Calle Real, you will find Recova market, and Charco San Ginés with more cafés and restaurants.
As the capital of Lanzarote, Arrecife is where all the biggest, brightest festivals take place. Between the end of February and early March, the city hosts the island’s biggest Carnival party, with festivities lasting for days and drawing crowds of tourists from across the world.
Apart from history and culture, you can find some beaches nearby such as calm waters and golden sand El Reducto beach, El Cable beach with fine golden sand, windy with moderate waves, and La Concha beach.
Stay in Arrecife if you are a car-free travelers; want to experience the liveliest festivals on the island, you are visiting Lanzarote for the Carnival, you want to go shopping, love museums.
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Haria is a small village in the north of the island. It is quieter and less crowded with tourists than the island’s coastal towns. Nestled amongst sprawling farms in a valley known as ‘The Valley Of A Thousand Palm Trees, you can find other tropical species like prickly pears and cactus species.
Quiet doesn’t have to mean boring though, as there is plenty to do in Haria. The attractions here will appeal to anyone looking to experience the culture of the island without the tourist taint. The local town has a quaint, traditional vibe that hasn’t been affected by commercialization. This countryside area is filled with palm trees and whitewashed houses.
Haría has attracted many artists to come here and worked at a variety of craft shops and galleries. César Manrique chose to retire and was also buried here in 1992. You will find the César Manrique House Museum, which is the former final home of César Manrique.
If you go to the Mirador de los Helechos (Helechos Viewpoint), you can view Haría palm grove.
You can visit Famara cliff, to see lovely Famara beach from its top. You can also visit Cueva de los Verdes – Green Caves, a lava tube and tourist attraction of the Haria, and Jameos del Agua – also lava caves which are set inside the volcanic tunnel formed by the eruption of La Corona Volcano, and one of the longest in the world.
For beach, visit Playa Caleton Blanco beach with crystal clear water, white sand, and volcanic rocks creating charming views.
Intimate tapas restaurants and tavernas, stocked with produce from local farms and the island’s fishing villages, provide some of the most authentic dining experiences you could ask for.
One of the main draws to the town center is an underground art gallery beneath the Plaza de la Constitucion. It boasts a frequently changing exhibition of art by featured artists, so is worth checking out even if you have visited before.
The artisan craft market that runs in the Plaza Leon y Castillo every Saturday is a great opportunity to pick up some unique souvenirs and sample the local food.
You can also visit the Tienda y Taller de Artesanía Municipal building to witness local artisans crafting their wares in their workshops and potentially purchase something you watched being made.
Stay in Haria if you are looking for a quiet town, you love art, you want to experience the traditional Canarian atmosphere and culture, you do not care about being close to beaches.
Best Places to stay in Lanzarote in Haria:
- mid-range ($$): Casa Emblemática Villa Delmás
- budget ($): Casa Rural Villa Lola Y Juan
- budget ($): Finca la Crucita Haria Lanzarote By PVL
6. Caleta de Famara
This little fishing village of Caleta de Famara on the western coast of Lanzarote in the Municipio of Teguise is considerably less packed with tourists than many of the other coastal towns on the island. Caleta de Famara is known as a surfers paradise.
Despite boasting one of Lanzarote’s longest beaches, six-kilometer long Playa de Famara, the strong currents and high winds around this area deter swimmers and sunbathers, leaving it mostly populated by experienced surfers looking for a challenge.
In fact, one local beach, Playa de San Juan, hosts a yearly professional surfing competition. It is also popular with paragliders and kite surfers, who can make the best use of the strong winds to zip across the waves.
If extreme sports are not your thing, the area may still interest you as a walking spot. The landscape boasts spectacular Famara cliffs, which have the highest point on the island, Peñas del Chache, and a number of hiking trails.
The beach has great views of islands of La Graciosa, Alegranza, Montaña Clara and Roque del Oeste.
Since the area hasn’t developed much of a tourist market, it has maintained a more local, residential vibe than a lot of the island. It is a great place to try some fresh local cuisine and soak in the authentic culture of the Canary Islands.
The nightlife in Caleta de Famara is laidback, relaxed. Head to Bartola for live music on Fridays, Bar Sol for local fish, and El Risco Restaurant has an original Cesar Manrique mural on the wall.
Stay in Caleta de Famara if you are looking for a prime location to surf; a quieter coastal location, you enjoy walking with beautiful scenic views; you want to stay in a traditional fishing village.
Best places to stay in Lanzarote in Caleta de Famara:
- budget ($): Seaview Famara Beach
- budget ($): Canaryislandshost l Surf Lanzarote
- budget ($): El Charquito
Situated at the far north of Lanzarote, the small residential town of Orzola is best known as the gateway to the neighboring island, La Graciosa. The largest in the Chinijo archipelago, La Graciosa is the smallest of the Canary Islands and doesn’t offer any hotels of its own, but there is a campsite if visitors wish to stay overnight.
Ferries to the island are relatively frequently throughout the day, operating about once an hour, but they stop running quite early in the evening, so keep an eye on your watch if you don’t want to wind up stranded for the night.
Despite not having much in the way of facilities for tourists, the area does boast some beautiful beaches.
The three main ones are Charca de la Laja, known for its fine, white sand; Caleta del Mero, a popular camping spot with the locals; and Playa la Canteria, popular with surfers for its big waves but too volatile for swimmers.
This small fishing village in Lanzarote is also famed for its fantastic fish and seafood restaurants, you can grab a meal at its pretty harbor.
If you’re traveling with children, the Pardeles Park just a short distance from Orzola offers a petting zoo with donkey rides, and pottery classes to keep kids entertained for an afternoon.
You will find Los Caletones, a cluster of coves located at its entrance. It has clear, shallow water, and fine white sand. It’s a great place to relax.
Stay in Orzola if you want to visit the historic island of Graciosa, you want to camp on the beach, you want to stay away from busy tourist areas.
Best places to stay in Lanzarote in Orzola:
- mid-range ($$): Mirador del muelle house
- mid-range ($$): Perla del Atlantico
- budget ($): Apartamentos Orzola
8. Puerto Calero
Located on the outskirts of Puerto del Carmen, Puerto Calero was the first recreational port of Lanzarote. Now it’s one of the most modern and exclusive ports in all of Spain. It is one of the top sailing destinationsin the world while retaining a traditional village atmosphere.
Puerto Calero marina was first operational in 1989 after 4 years of construction. The idea of building a marina was in 1983 by José Calero. The marina now has 450 berths, many superyachts, luxurious vessels have moored here.
It lacks for nothing in terms of what visitors and yachtsmen might need. For tourists, you can expect excellent shops, top-quality bars, and restaurants. You can expect fine dining around the marina and the setting while you dine is lovely.
Not surprisingly, accommodation in Puerto Calero is expensive so budget travelers should look elsewhere. There are two luxury hotels here, the 4-star Costa Calero, and the 5-star Secrets Lanzarote. There is also a selection of apartments and villas available for rental too.
Stay in Puerto Calero if You enjoy sailing and intend to have some trips out into the Atlantic., Expensive hotels are within your means., You want good facilities and quality restaurants.
Best places to stay in Lanzarote in Puerto Calero:
- luxury ($$$): Secrets Lanzarote Resort & Spa – Adults Only
- mid-range ($$): Costa Calero
- budget ($): Sealine Boat
9. San Bartolomé
San Bartolome is located in the center of the island, in a fertile valley, surrounded by the Guatisea and the Mina mountains.
You can learn more about it at the House-Museum of the Farmer and the Monument to Fertility which is the work of César Manrique, located in this area.
This is the best agricultural area in Lanzarote with many crops growing there. They include pumpkins, sweet potatoes, and particularly watermelons.
The bakery and pastry shop in the town has a great reputation meaning that anyone staying there can expect to eat well.
If you like impressive traditional Canarian architecture, it is because of the use of green, black, and white on its buildings.
The 17th Century Casa Perdomo, incorporating the Museo Etnografico Tanit telling the story of Lanzarote, is the most impressive building in the town.
In the central square, you will find the 18th Century San Bartolome Church, the town hall, and the Teatro Municipal.
San Bartolome has a coastal strip with the beaches of Playa Honda, one of the biggest on the island.
Accommodation is limited and you should book in advance to be certain of a room.
Stay in San Bartolome if You want to stay inland, A small town appeals to you to get a flavor of the island, Simple daily living is all you want from your holiday.
Best places to stay in Lanzarote in San Bartolomé:
- mid-range ($$): Caserio de Mozaga
- mid-range ($$): Ecofinca La Buganvilla – Adults Only
- mid-range ($): HOTEL-FINCA Rural José Manuel 28pax
Arrieta is a small village on the north coast of Lanzarote, around 30km from the island capital, Arrecife. It is yet to become a village that all tourists have heard about, but its charm is certain to change that.
Its beautiful fishing harbor is a great place to watch the boats go to sea and return with their catch. Adjacent to it, stands the Casa Juanita, the funny blue tiles, and red bricks house.
By day, you might like to relax on its lovely 810m long, fine golden sandy beach, Playa de la Garita. It has rightly been awarded a Blue Flag. The current can be strong so take care when swimming, but surfers love these waters. It’s also popular for snorkeling and bodyboarding.
The beach has a children’s playground, shower facilities, parking, and restaurants. The kisost at Chiringuito tapas bar and Casa de la Playa Restaurante nearby are great places to grab excellent Spanish food like fresh fish dishes, tapas of boquerones, churros, albondigas, and paella.
The further along the coast before the cliffs is a very popular camping spot for locals. It is a campervan, mobile home, not with tents. Camping with a tent is prohibited.
Arrieta’s main street, Calle La Garita, provides a variety of shops, restaurants including the El Amanecer, Los Pescaditos, and La Nasa. If you like fresh seafood, head to El Charcon near the harbor.
You will need to book accommodation in advance because it is limited. Hiring a car makes sense as well unless you are happy to stay in one place. You could do worse.
Stay in Arrieta if You can plan in advance, Tourist hotspots do not appeal to you, Village life and fresh fish sound good to you.
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11. Playa Honda
Located close to Arrecife International Airport, Playa Honda is the industrial heart of the island with many warehouses and small factories. It’s also the second largest on the island.
This growing residential suburb is popular for local families with property prices reflecting that. Job opportunities go beyond those in tourism.
Located on the coast as the name suggests, tourists will enjoy the impressive stretch of five kilometers of sand.
The wide traffic-free, long promenade connecting Arrecife and Puerto del Carmen is very popular with walkers and cyclists. Plenty of tapas bars and restaurants line this stretch.
Playa Honda also has excellent shopping, you can shop at Deiland shopping center, one of the main shopping centers on the island, along with the Biosfera Centre in nearby Puerto del Carmen.
You can find very affordable accommodation, most of lodging are guest houses, and apartmets. You can easily find the hotel that offers a paid airport shuttle service to Lanzarote aiport. Transport links around Lanzarote are also good.
Stain Playa Honda if the airport’s proximity is important to you; you want a nice beach and good facilities; you are looking for value in your accommodation.
Best places to stay in Lanzarote in Playa Honda:
- mid-range ($$): Luxury Beach Apartments
- budget ($): The Secret Suites
- budget ($): Canaryislandshost l Boya Suites
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In conclusion, the best areas to stay in Lanzarote are Costa Teguise, Playa Blanca, and Puerto del Carmen. These are the main tourist resorts and year-round destinations on the island. Alternative areas to book your stay are in Arrecife, Haria, Caleta de Famara, Orzola, and Playa Honda.
Lanzarote is a beautiful island, with a wide appeal whether you are interested in a relaxing break or an active adventurous holiday. With year-round good weather, a wide range of attractions and activities, and quality affordable accommodation across the island, you’re sure to find your perfect destination on Lanzarote.