Yes it is possible to get bored of the beach. Luckily there are plenty of things to do in Lanzarote as well as relaxing by the sea, here are our guest writer’s favourites…
The perfect antidote to time spent on the beach for the restless is sport. This will help you burn off some energy and perhaps return to your spot on the sand the following day to recuperate. There is a vast selection of sports on offer on the island so it is up to you to take your pick.
If you would prefer not to venture too far away from the beach then why not enjoy a watersport? Options include diving and surfing. Puerto del Carmen is a good place to head if the idea of exploring under the water takes your fancy. There are numerous companies willing to take you out, whether you are a beginner or a more advanced diver. Expect to see such wondrous sealife as seahorses, angel sharks and manta rays. This area is well known as one of the best on the island for diving.
Alternatively, head away from the sea and explore some of Lanzarote’s dramatic volcanic landscape on a mountain biking trip. Challenge yourself on the many hills are gently meander through the local vineyards. Just about every sport you can imagine is available somewhere on the island so don’t be afraid to check out the possibilities. Perhaps you could be a bit wild and try something entirely new to you.
Visit the home of Lanzarote’s most famous son
Not the sporty type? That’s alright, Lanzarote has a rich and vibrant cultural scene too. Fundacion Cesar Manrique is the one time home of the architect and most popular attraction on the island. It was designed by him personally and has an amazing affinity with its setting. The house is lovely to explore and the gardens feature innovative planting and cooling blue pools. Works by the likes of Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro now adorn the walls, so it is well worth spending some time here.
Gaze over the Salinas de Janubio
For something entirely different head to the Salinas de Janubio – the saltpans that tell the story of an industry that has thrived on Lanzarote over the years. So important to the local economy these large white expanses have now been protected by the European Union. Not just important to social history, the saltpans are also absolutely stunning. Standing on the viewing platform and looking out across them you feel all cares melt away. It is also phenomenal to pick out many different shades of blue and yellow and white as you take in the scene.
Step back in time on La Graciosa
Taking a boat from Orzola on Lanzarote across the water to its neighbouring island of La Graciosa is like stepping back in time. Here you will not find any roads or hustle and bustle, just a couple of little fishing villages. Enjoy freshly caught fish at a local restaurant and relish the tranquillity. OK, there is a beach here, but it is a different one so a change is as good as a rest. Enjoy looking back at Lanzarote from this spot, before catching the boat back to the main island.
Written by travel writer and Lanzarote fan Andy Young