Luxury holidays in Lanzarote

Shed the all-inclusive clichés of the Canaries and head to Lanzarote, where the smell of freshly-fried tapas wafts past blanco buildings and dotted date palms to reach the island’s sapphire shores, adrift with local surfers. Escape the southern crowds with a trip a little further north to Lanzarote’s volcanic-soil vineyards to sample a glass of sweet Malvasía as the sun sets. Or explore the west coast’s desolate copper-coloured Timanfaya National Park before shaking off its eerie ambience with an afternoon on the black sands of El Golfo.

When to go

Temperatures are at their best between June and September. If you’re hoping to escape the summer crowds, visit during early October when the days are still warm and the beaches a little emptier.

Getting there

  • Planes

    Fly direct to Lanzarote’s international airport along the island’s cerulean south-east coast, then take a taxi or rent a car to get around.
  • Boats

    If you’re landing on another island or simply looking for a more picturesque way to reach Lanzarote, then take a half-an-hour ferry from Fuerteventura or a (slightly longer) six-hour ferry from Gran Canaria to the island’s port, Arrecife.
  • Automobiles

    Ferries from neighbouring islands often allow cars, or if you’re flying direct you can rent a car once you land in Lanzarote and spend your days zipping between the region’s sunbleached beaches.