Already published here an exhaustive list with Things to do in Lanzarotewhich portrays the best things I did and visited during my one week trip to Lanzarote. I took a family trip, including my two children - four and twelve years old.
In this text, I share exactly my itinerary in Lanzarote, hoping that it may be useful in planning your own itinerary.
Note that my Lanzarote script is not geographically optimized; instead, it was being built day by day, according to the wishes of all. That's why I crossed the island several times from end to end; and I returned to places like Praia do Papagaio, unanimously considered (by the family) as the best beach in Lanzarote.
Speaking of beaches, make no mistake: Like the neighboring island of Tenerife, in the same Canary archipelago, so is Lanzarote much more than a beach destination. Here's my weeklong script in Lanzarote; always in the family, in the company of two children.
I do not count in this itinerary the trip from Porto to Lanzarote because I chose to do it over three days, by land to Madrid, stopping at Salamanca, Ávila and Segovia.
Screenplay in Lanzarote (7 days)
1 Day: North Lanzarote
He had chosen to set up base in the village of Haría, so exploring the north of Lanzarote was the natural choice for the first day in Lanzarote.
We visited the Guinate Viewpoint and the Río Viewpoint, the latter one of the masterpieces by Cesar Manrique. Then we went to Orzona, where we had lunch; and the afternoon was spent on the small Caletón Blanco beach which, with its natural pools, turned out to be ideal for the kids.
It was a first day trip spent at a slow pace, as is convenient whenever I travel with children.
2 Day: Timanfaya
The second day of the script in Lanzarote was a very long and multifaceted day. From the outset, we began to admire the very strange Mara Mao Museum, located in the village of Teguise, before heading to the indispensable Mancha Blanca Visitor and Interpretation Center, where kids and adults learn about volcanology.
Taking advantage of the geographical proximity, we took the opportunity to know and photograph Charco Verde (or Charco de los Clicos) is The Hervideros, before we devote ourselves to the summer arts. And so we got to know the beautiful Papagaio Beach and its neighbors Playa Mujeres e Playa de la Cera.
On the way back to Haría, at the other end of the island, there is still time to get to know the magnificent winery landscapes of La Geria.
3 Day: Jameos del Agua and Cueva de los Verdes
Morning dedicated to two of the most emblematic attractions of northern Lanzarote. First, we entered the depths of Cueva de los Verdes; later we came into contact with the genius of César Manrique in his Jameos del Água.
At the children's request, we then returned to Caletón Blanco beach for a bath. This late afternoon was spent exploring the Famara region.
4 Day: Haría Market
The fourth day in Lanzarote happened on a Saturday. It is the day when many people head to Haría to visit the very interesting and lively market of Haría. For our part, being housed there, we took the opportunity to know the market early in the morning, still many stalls were open.
Satisfied, we moved on to another of the trip's goals: to visit Casa José Saramago, in the village of Tías.
After lunch at the Maritoni restaurant (good and cheap) in Puerto del Carmen, we went to visit two more small beaches of Lanzarote: Playa Chica and the beach of Jablillo. Neither seemed absolutely extraordinary to me, but the kids liked it.
Day 5: Crow Volcano (and Cactus Garden) Hike
Surely one of the best days in this family itinerary in Lanzarote. We started by making the small trail of Corvo Volcano. It was one way to allow the kids to approach the crater of a volcano; and more than that, to enter it.
The ride through the lava fields surrounding the crater is incredibly beautiful; and has no difficulty (apart from the absence of shadow). It was one of the best things we did in Lanzarote!
After the walk, there is still time to return to César Manrique and visit two more of his emblematic works. Namely: Casa do Volcano, where the foundation with its name is installed; and the original Cactus Garden. We ended the day with a sea bath on the beach of La Garita, before returning to Haría for dinner and sleep.
It was surely one of the most successful days of this script in Lanzarote.
6 Day: Day at the Parrot Beach
At the request of the kids, the last day of the trip to Lanzarote was more peaceful. They wanted to return to Praia do Papagaio and enjoy it there. Despite being on the other end of the island, we accepted the suggestion.
And so the day was spent amidst bathing and playing in the sand, interspersed with a light meal at one of the beach bars located at the top of the escarpment.
Even though I am not a person to appreciate make beachThis was, after all, the ideal way to end our Lanzarote itinerary. All that was left was to return to Haría, pack and sleep a few (a) hours.
Day 7: Return to Portugal
I had to fly from Lanzarote to Madrid very early in the morning. Once there, as I had left the car parked in a park low cost from Barajas airport, it was time to take the free airport bus, load the car and start the way back to Porto, where we would arrive in the late afternoon.
Despite the distance, the road option paid off quite a lot in monetary terms.
How to get to Lanzarote
There were no direct flights from Portugal to Lanzarote, I opted for buy a cheap flight from Ryanair from Madrid. The ticket cost me 75 € per person, round trip, luggage included.
To get to the Spanish capital, and as we were on school holidays, I took the opportunity to drive over the course of three days to visit the villages of Salamanca, Ávila and Segovia. On the return from Lanzarote, as mentioned, I landed in Madrid and drove straight to Porto.
Where to rent a car
Normally I usually search for cars at RentalCars, which almost always offers the best prices; but in the case of the Canary Islands there is a rent-a-car place I have used and strongly recommend, called Cabrera Medina. They are cheap, uncomplicated, have offices at airports and insurance provides total peace of mind. I recommend!
During the week I spent in Lanzarote, I always left by rental car. I paid a total of 115 € for seven days of rental, including all risk insurance and no deductible. A bargain, therefore.
If your flight departs too early, the key delivery process is very simple. Just park the car in the park drop-off from the airport and leave the keys in the office (preferably within the envelope provided). If you want to compare prices with other companies, see RentalCars options using the link below.
Where to stay
For much more detailed information on the best regions of the island to spend the night, see the text on where to stay in Lanzarote. Anyway, if you want to do a beach vacation I recommend the very nice Apartment El Pueblo and the most luxurious Villa Estaca (Playa Blanca); or the resorts Sightseeing e R2 Bahia Kontiki (Punta del Carmen).
If, instead, you prefer more rural environments - as in my case - consider staying in Haría or Teguise. In particular, see the guesthouses House Las Vistas ou Rustic house Villa Lola Y Juan (Haria); or the B & B La Mimosa (excellent value for money) and the charming (but more expensive) Sightseeing (Teguise).
For other accommodation options, for all tastes and prices, please see link below.
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