Lanzarote is the 4th largest Canary Island behind Tenerife, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria; however it is the third most populated island since a lot of Fuerteventura is barren. A third of the population lives in Lanzarote’s capital Arrecife with the remaining population mainly residing in the tourist resorts.
There are 6 main tourist resorts in Lanzarote with the most popular being Puerto Del Carmen which is known for it’s vibrant nightlife, shopping and the many bars and restaurants. Puerto Del Carmen is home to the largest beach on the island (Playa Grande), and the old town of Puerto Del Carmen is a great place to visit if you love your food with several traditional Canarian restaurants as well as Italian, Chinese, Japanese and of course there are plenty of cafes for you to get your full English breakfast in the mornings. If you’re looking for a quieter spot than Puerto Calero might be a better resort for you – for more information about the different resorts visit our ‘Lanzarote Resorts’ page.
As you would expect from any popular holiday destination there is plenty to do in Lanzarote, from the usual activities such as windsurfing, jet skis and shopping to the more adventurous activities like walking on top of an active volcano.
As with most of the Canary Islands there is a lot of wine produced on the island, however Lanzarote has some of the most fascinating vineyards which are set on black volcanic rock mountains which gives you a beautiful contrast of colours. The wine produced in Lanzarote has won awards around the world, so if you like wine and you have the time we would highly recommend going for a guided tour around the vineyards.