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Lanzarote In December 4-Day Winter Sun Itinerary

Lanzarote In December 4-Day Winter Sun Itinerary

Are you considering going on holiday to Lanzarote on a pre or post-Christmas winter sun break? If you are, that’s great because you can’t beat Lanzarote in the Canary Islands for its balmy winter temperature and wealth of natural attractions. But is four days in Lanzarote enough time to see the best of the island’s attractions, and is December a good time to visit?

The answer is yes, and this Lanzarote guide highlights why it is worth visiting Lanzarote in winter and the best things to do on a winter sun holiday on this beautiful Canarian island.

Activities include exploring the most incredible natural attractions like Jameos del Agua, Mirador del Rio and Jardin de Cactus. And how about a walk inside a volcanic crater, a stop at a winery and, of course, time around the pool? It sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? But this ultimate 4-day itinerary for Lanzarote really has you covered from all angles, so let’s go and explore the island together.

Disclaimer: My winter sun holiday to Lanzarote was a press invite from However, the opinions in this review are based entirely on my own experiences on the island.

Views from balcony across Nazaret in Lanzarote.

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Where is Lanzarote?

Lanzarote is off the coast of Spain and close to the African continent. It is the fourth largest of the Canary Islands after Tenerife, Fuerteventura, and Gran Canaria and the northernmost island in the Canarian archipelago.

Why choose Lanzarote for a winter escape?

Visiting Lanzarote in winter is fabulous. Days are warm; air temperatures can rise into the low 20s, which is perfect for sightseeing. And you can swim in the sea in Lanzarote in winter, where the temperature is also an average of 19 to 20°C.

I have been to Lanzarote more times than I can remember and have always loved it. Maybe a little too much, as I nearly lived out there in my 20s. Fast forward a few years, and I continued to visit the sensational Lanzarote island each year, firstly with my husband staying in his parent’s villa in Puerto del Carmen.

After that, as our family grew, we stayed in hotels or villas in Playa Blanca during the Easter and Christmas holidays for a blast of well-needed warm weather. Lanzarote became a home from home for my family and one I knew like the back of my hand.

Lanzarote is the perfect winter sun destination

The all-year-round climate in Lanzarote is lovely, and so during the gloomy, colder months at home, when you need to see some sunshine, Lanzarote delivers it in bucket loads. The beautiful weather makes it one of Europe’s most perfect winter sun destinations. Choosing Lanzarote as a winter escape means that everywhere is less crowded, so sightseeing is much more enjoyable than in the height of summer.

It has been some time since I last visited Lanzarote, and I have loved being back. I hope reading this post will inspire you to head to this stunning island in the Canaries to enjoy your own Lanzarote winter sun break with Jet2holidays.

Is it hot in Lanzarote in winter?

Lanzarote is warm in winter, making it the perfect place to escape for a winter sun break. Expect around 6-8 hours of warm winter sun, allowing you to wear a T-shirt, shorts or dress during the day. Daytime temperatures range from 18 to 22 degrees and, if you are lucky, a little higher. You may get some rain in winter, but it comes in light showers rather than downpours.

The weather in Lanzarote in December was warm and sunny, with a little wind and a few showers in the evening. The temperature hovered around 19 degrees, which was perfect for me as I spent most of my time out and about sightseeing.

Angie sitting on a white stone seat with sunshine on her face.

Is 4 Days In Lanzarote Enough Time To See Everything?

Depending on whether you love a fast-paced holiday (like me) or embrace slow travel will be the decider. Yes, four days will allow you to see all of the best attractions in Lanzarote if you are happy driving around the island each day, and this itinerary will cover exactly how to plan your activities to get the best out of your trip.

If you plan on spending a chunk of your 4-day holiday around a pool or on the beach, it will eat into your time, so you’ll only be able to see a fraction of Lanzarote’s incredible sights. However, you won’t want to miss Jameos del Agua and LagOmar, so leave some time for them. But remember, Lanzarote’s only 4 hours from the UK, so you can easily come back for a longer holiday with!

Lanzarote Map – Best Places To Visit

If you are wondering what to do in Lanzarote, this map pinpoints all the places I visited on the island in four days.

Fly to Lanzarote with

Leaving the grey skies and rain behind, I flew to Lanzarote from London Stanstead with on an early morning flight. The flight to Lanzarote from London takes approximately four hours, meaning we would arrive in Lanzarote at lunchtime. The baggage check-in was quick, and with a 22kg baggage allowance and 10kg of hand luggage, I had plenty of room to pack everything I needed for my winter sun break.

This was my first time flying with, and I was looking forward to the experience. Jet2 is the UK’s best airline, as voted by Tripadvisor, and in the 2023 WHICH? Awards came out as travel brand of the year. The airline flies from 11 UK airports, and offers great flight deals to Lanzarote.

When I saw how much legroom there was in the emergency exit seat row (I am 5’7″, and my hubby is 6′ 2″), I understood why had won these awards. There is an extra fee for these seats, but it is well worth it if you are tall. This ample space allowed us to enjoy a comfortable flight.

Our in-flight service was good, with refreshments (payable) offered twice during the four-hour flight.

Winter in Lanzarote 4-Night Itinerary

Day 1 Lanzarote Winter Sun Itinerary

An afternoon of relaxation at Secrets Resort and Spa

After a great flight, we picked up our hire car and headed to Puerto Calero. We would be staying for four nights with Jet2holidays at Secrets Lanzarote Resort and Spa, an adults-only five-star luxury property.

I had already stayed at Secrets in Akumal, Mexico, so I was excited to experience one of their European properties, and I wasn’t disappointed!

We chilled out on our first afternoon and relaxed around the pool. It was great to feel the sun’s warmth on my skin and see clear blue skies. If it weren’t for the beautiful festive decorations in the main lobby, I might have forgotten that I was in Lanzarote in winter, and it was almost Christmas Day!

Later in the evening, after a delicious buffet dinner, we took a stroll along the connecting pathway from Secrets Resort to Puerto Calero and strolled around the marina. I have been there many times, and apart from the addition of a couple of new restaurants, it remains the same, which I was happy to see.

What to expect from a stay at Secrets Lanzarote

Secrets Lanzarote is part of the Hyatt Group and offers stays on a half-board or fully-inclusive basis. I stayed half-board, which was perfect for me as I intended to be away from the resort during the day to explore the island. Reception informed me that I could swap dinner for lunch if I wanted the chance to eat out in one of Puerto Calero’s restaurants in the evening, which was great.

We had a comfortable double pool view room with a small terrace, perfect for sitting outdoors with a cup of tea in the morning.

The grounds were beautifully landscaped, and the main pool had plenty of loungers and umbrellas. Sadly, the pool isn’t heated in winter, so it was a bit too cold to venture in. If you want to dip a toe in the sea, there is a small black pebble beach.

All the communal spots in Secrets Lanzarote were nicely decorated and had a definite luxury feel to them. The reception area was also home to the Piano Bar, Coco Cafe (the deserts were to die for!), and the evening entertainment. It was all beautifully decorated for the festive season with a wealth of twinkling fairy lights.

Dining at Secrets Lanzarote

Breakfast and dinner for us were buffet-style, and although I am not a lover of buffets, the one at Secrets was excellent. The food choices were good, and everything was cooked perfectly. In fact, there wasn’t anything we ate that we disliked. At dinner, neither alcoholic nor soft drinks were included in the half-board option, but if you fancy a Bucks Fizz at breakfast, then that is included.

For guests staying half-board, there is an option to upgrade to Preferred Club for €40 p.p. per day. This allows dining and speciality wine options, use of spa facilities (not treatments), breakfast to be taken in a Portofino restaurant, and use of an additional beachside pool and a complimentary mini-bar.

circular volcanic stone entrance to Secrets Spa.
Secrets Spa Entrance

For all-inclusive guests, there is a choice of three fine-dining restaurants alongside the world buffet, two poolside grills, and a sushi bar.

Garden area and palm trees close to a swimming pool at Secrets in Lanzarote.
Preferred Club Pool and Garden Area

There is a gym and a daily program for guests looking for recreational activities. These include yoga, pilates, aqua aerobics and archery.

What I loved about Secrets was that you could exit at the rear of the resort, turn left, and be on the Paseo Maritimo, a walking path that takes you into Puerto Calero in about 10-15 minutes. Walking to the right of the resort up and across the hill (unmade path) takes you to the small fishing village of Playa Quemada. It also gives you great views of Puerto Calero’s marina.

Day 2 Lanzarote Winter Sun Itinerary

Sightseeing in the north of Lanzarote

Lanzarote is fantastic for sightseeing, with attractions, both natural and man-made, scattered across the island. In winter, visiting the sights is even more enjoyable as the temperatures are perfect for walking around without getting too hot.

Lanzarote tourist attractions in the north of the island are the most popular. We dedicated the second day of our winter sun break to seeing attractions, including Jardin de Cactus, Jameos del Agua, and Mirador del Rio.

Even though we have visited all these places before, you can never get tired of seeing them as they are unique. We had a hire car, and our self-drive tour of the north island took 8 hours; however, if you don’t want to drive, you can book a Lanzarote guided tour, which will take you to some of the spots I have listed.

Points of interest in the north

  • Monumento al Capesino
  • LagOmar
  • Teguise
  • Stratified City
  • Jardin de Cactus
  • Punta Mujeres
  • Jameos del Agua
  • Mirador del Rio
  • Haria
Road leading past volcano in Lanzarote.

Climb up Monumento al Campesino for spectacular views

Address: Ctra. Arrecife a Tinajo, 8, 35559 Mozaga – No entry fee.

Located slap bang in the centre of the island, this white-washed geometrical statue designed by César Manrique and the artist Jesús Soto is one of the most iconic symbols of Lanzarote.

Standing over 15 meters tall and constructed from repurposed water tanks from ships and iron and concrete objects, this statue is a monument to fertility and Lanzarote’s farmers (Monumento al Campesino).

You can take the steps to the top of the monument for stunning views across the countryside, but be warned – there is no safety rail at the top, so if you aren’t great with heights like me, it may be a bit hair-raising!

Adjacent to the statue is La Casa-Museo del Campesino, showcasing life in Lanzarote, from farming to local cuisine. Craftspeople work here showing different traditional techniques of the island, and there is an onsite restaurant. We didn’t go into the museum as it would have eaten into our itinerary, but by all accounts, Museo del Campesino is worth visiting if you have time.

Visit the stunning oasis of LagOMar Museum

Address: C. los Loros, 2, 35539 Nazaret

Opening hours: 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.

Entrance Fee: €5 per adult / €3 per children over 12 years old.

Lagomar is my favourite place in Lanzarote. One, because it is a truly beautiful oasis and two because it brings back happy memories of when I used to bring my children here and we would wander around this white-washed labyrinth of tunnels, steps and water features before stopping for refreshments at the on-site cafe or lunch in the restaurant.

Now, it has been rebranded as a museum, as this natural lava cave house was once owned by the actor Omar Sharif, who subsequently lost it in a game of bridge.

I am glad to say that Lagomar is as I remember it, and visiting here is still one of the best things to do on Lanzarote. The few additions are in good keeping with the design of LagOMar and include a small art gallery and a gift shop.

Please read more about LagOmar in my post – LagOmar Museum Revisited: The Beautiful Volcanic Cave House in Lanzarote.

Explore Teguise, Lanzarote’s most historic town

Once the capital of Lanzarote until 1847, Teguise is one of the oldest inhabited settlements in the Canary Islands. Its colourful history includes tales of pirates. Walk along Blood Alley and discover how a Berber pirate massacred locals in 1569 from information boards.

Teguise is small – so don’t confuse it with Costa Teguise, the sprawling tourist resort in Lanzarote. A walk around its streets will uncover what makes this historic town a visually interesting place to visit.

I appreciate that Lanzarote hasn’t succumbed to high-rise hotels and flats. It retains its identity with its low-rise, whitewashed buildings.

Did you know that the window frames and doors in Lanzarote can only be painted in three colours? Blue to represent the ocean, green to represent the countryside and brown for, you’ve guessed it, the volcanic landscape.

low-rise white washed building in Teguise, Lanzarote.

Step inside the 16th-century Church Of Our Lady Of Guadalupe and notice the white-washed interior, which is very plain compared to other religious sites in Spain. Afterwards, pop inside some of the charming artisan shops selling hand-made silver and green olivine jewellery, traditional painted ornaments, and leather goods.

There are plenty of bars and cafes in Teguise, so you might want to sit outside, enjoy tapas and a glass of local wine, and people-watch. It’s the perfect way to absorb your surroundings.

The biggest market in Lanzarote is held each Sunday in Teguise. Avoid coming then if you want to see the town without the crowds.

See the rock formations at Stratified City

Take the LZ10 out of Teguise, turn onto the LZ404, and you will come to an otherwordly landscape.

Despite the numerous times I have been to Lanzarote, this is the first time I have stopped at this natural attraction, and I wasn’t alone. I thought it would be deserted, but quite a few others were walking around Ciudad Estratificado (stratified city) who, like me, were curious to see what was there.

It turns out there are a lot of volcanic rocks formed into strange shapes by the weather. Unless you want to hike into the valley, you’ll only need about 15 minutes here to take photos.

Angie taking a photograph of the rock landscape in Lanzarote.

Wander around the botanical Jardin de Cactus

Address: Carretera General del Norte, s/n, 35530 Guatiza, Lanzarote, Spain. Highway LZ1.

Opening Hours: 10.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. daily (gardens shut at 5 pm)

Entrance Fee: €6.50 per adult / €3.25 per child 7 – 12 years old. Younger children are free.

Cacti of all different sizes in Jardin de Cactus in Lanzarote. Volcanic mountain can be seen in the background.

The garden’s futuristic design is one of the best places to see the work of César Manrique in Lanzarote. It’s not changed since I first came here in the 1990s, which is good. Why change something that is already perfect?

This botanical garden contains diverse cacti variants alongside a windmill, water features and bronze torch lighters. Its charming restaurant serves cactus-based delights, including cactus burgers and croquettes.

We spent about an hour here, walking around and taking photos, but we didn’t eat at the restaurant. Factor more time into your itinerary if you want to have lunch here.

Please read more about the cactus garden in my post – Jardin de Cactus Lanzarote: more than just a prickly pear.

Swim in the natural pools in Punta Mujeres

Address: LZ1 between Arrieta and Jameos del Agua

When I learned there were natural swimming pools in Punta Mujeres, I knew I wanted to try one out. Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite warm enough, and the tide was out, so I had to take a raincheck. Instead, we took photographs and found a small cafe called ‘El Marinero’ to have lunch.

natural swimming pool in Punta Mujeres.

Of course it had to be Spanish tapas and we chose queso fritas (fried cheese), albondigas (meatballs), croquetas pollo (chicken croquetes) and papas arrugadas (Canarian boiled potatoes). The food was delicious, with dishes costing around €6 each.

coastal view of whitewashed houses beside the sea in Punta Mujeres, Lanzarote.

Be amazed at the design of César Manrique’s masterpiece – Jameos del Aqua

Address: LZ 204, Parcela 109, Carretera Arrieta – Órzola S/N Lanzarote

Opening Hours: 10.00 a.m. to 5.15 p.m. daily (shuts at 6.00 p.m.) Information on Jameos Nights (dinner and entertainment) can be found here.

Entrance Fee: €10 per adult / €5 per child.

Of all the things to do in the north of Lanzarote, Jameos del Agua is by far the most visited. The visionary César Manrique created it inside a 6km lava tube that was formed when the mighty Montana La Corona erupted over 4000 years ago, mixing nature with his unmistakable eye for design.

Take the steps down to the first lava tube to see the ethereal lake, home to tiny blind albino crabs. This is the only place in the world where these crabs reside. There is also a bar with vibrant orange chairs and chunky wooden tables in keeping with the original 1960s design of this attraction.

Walking along the side of the lake will take you to the next part of the lava tube. This is where you can see the enchanting blue pool that has been featured in numerous photographs. The pool is fed by underwater springs and is part of the unique ecosystem in Jameos del Agua. It is not open as a public swimming pool but more of an art installation.

blue pool on a white ground with palm trees all around Jameos del Agua, Lanzarote.

Continue to the next part of the lava tube, where you may be surprised to find an auditorium. The acoustics are supposedly incredible, and many concerts and events are held here.

Auditorium inside a lava tube in Lanzarote.

Don’t miss Casa de los Volcanes

Head back upstairs and check out the informative, interactive displays in ‘Casa de los Volcanes’. Discover why Lanzarote was designated a Biosphere Reserve and how its volcanic eruptions shaped the course of its history. I enjoyed trying out some of the fun activities in Casa de los Volcanes, like the mirrored room.

Cueva de los Verdes (Green Caves)

Cueva de los Verdes is not on this itinerary but is close to Jameos del Agua. You may want to visit them both. Formed of a 1 km volcanic tube, you can take a guided walk to a lake at its centre. We had been before, so we didn’t go back on this occasion.

If you want to visit, you will have to forfeit another attraction on this itinerary. You won’t have time to do everything in a day. And remember that in winter, most Lanzarote tourist attractions close at 5 pm.

Sign saying Cueva de los Verdes hanging on a tree.

Take in the breathtaking views of Graciosa from Mirador del Rio

Address: Carretera de Ye, S/N, 35541 Haría

Opening hours: 10.00 a.m. – 4.45 p.m.

Entrance Fee: Adult €8 / Children €4 – children under 6 go free.

Angie looking at Graciosa island from Mirador del Rio in Lanzarote.

Unfortunately, we arrived at Mirador del Rio later than expected. The guide was just putting the closed sign across the entrance. It was so disappointing as this is one of the best things to do in Lanzarote, and we planned to have a drink and watch the sunset. But all was not lost as we walked out of the car park, turned left, and stood by the roadside for this stunning view.

From Mirador del Rio, you feel like you are on top of the world. Views of neighbouring Graciosa Island and the Atlantic Ocean are sensational.

If you want to shake up this itinerary, you could plan to reach nearby Orzola early in the morning and take the ferry across to Graciosa. It’s a short crossing and one I have done. There’s not much to do on Graciosa other than a few bars and a great beach; however, looking back at the huge cliffs of Mirador del Rio is pretty surreal.

It was pretty windy standing here, but the views more than made up for it. So did the sun’s rays, making that shape of what I thought looked like Mickey Mouse ears!

sun rays over the sun forming the shape of Mickey Mouse ears.

Haria – Valley of 1000 Palms

We took the route back to our hotel through Haria and the Valley of 1000 Palms on the LZ10. The area gained its name due to a palm tree being planted for every child born in Haria – two palms for a boy and one for a girl.

On the drive, we could see Volcan La Corona rising above the valley. This is one of Lanzarote’s most prominent extinct volcanoes, rising over 600 metres above sea level. It’s quite spectacular to see.

A glass-floored viewpoint in Haria (Valle de Malpaso Haría) has recently opened, which you may like to visit. We didn’t go in but got this shot by pulling up in a lay-by on the LZ10.

white washed houses in a valley with a volcano in the background.

Day 3 Lanzarote Winter Sun Itinerary

Today was more leisurely than yesterday, with a mix of sightseeing in the morning and relaxing around the pool in the afternoon.

  • Caldera de Los Cuervos
  • Famara Beach

Walk inside a volcanic crater at Caldera de Los Cuervos

It’s not often in life you get the chance to walk inside the crater of a volcano, so when I heard you could do it in Lanzarote, I was there in a flash. I have walked around the rim of Vesuvius in Italy and Montaña Roja in Playa Blanca, but actually going inside an extinct volcano was very exciting.

Volcán de Cuervo sits on the edge of the Timanfaya National Park (home to the island’s dormant volcano) and is an easy walk to do. The surrounding views of the lava fields and volcanoes are spectacular.

Please read more about it in my post How to do the Caldera de los Cuervos Volcano Walk.

Timanfaya National Park

The epic drive through Timanfaya National Park is spectacular. Seeing the range of volcanoes laid out in front of you is unbelievable. Timanfaya is the only active one. The last volcanic eruption of Timanfaya occurred in 1730, spanning 2,055 days. However, ongoing vigilance continues in Lanzarote due to its inherent risk of volcanic activity.

wooden sign of Timanfaya National Park with the devil holding the sign.

We didn’t do the tour of the Timanfaya Fire Mountain as we have done it several times before, but it is a must if you are a first-time visitor to Lanzarote.

It will take a chunk of time out of your day, as you have to leave your car in the parking area and get a coach to the top. There, you will be able to see the volcanic vents spouting jets of water into the air, see food being cooked by the heat of the volcano and enjoy stunning views like the one below. You can also enjoy a meal at El Diablo Restaurant, one of the incredible attractions on Lanzarote by César Manrique.


Watch the surfers at Famara Beach

After our volcano walk, we stopped at the town of Famara on Lanzarote’s northwest coast. This is the best location in Lanzarote for surfing and has a laid-back vibe that reminds me of a few places I have visited in Australia.

It has several traditional restaurants, coffee shops and surfing schools. We aren’t surfers, but I remembered from a previous visit that you can get some great photos of reflections on the sand if the tide is out. And guess what – it was!

Famara is windy, and you may get pebble-dashed by the fine golden sand being blown across the beach, but boy, is it invigorating!

surfers in the water at Famara in Lanzarote.

Day 4 Lanzarote Winter Sun Itinerary

  • Puerto Calero
  • Femes Viewpoint
  • Playa Blanca
  • Bodega Stratvs Winery
  • Janubio Salt Flats

Stroll around Puerto Calero

On our last full day in Lanzarote, we chose to leave the resort and do more sightseeing. The sky looked a bit overcast, but it was still warm. However, it had been raining during the night, so it wasn’t the right weather for sunbathing.

Our first stop was for coffee in Puerto Calero, a walk around the marina and a look at the Friday market. Puerto Calero is Lanzarote’s premier marina and the first built on the island. A few restaurants and bars line the water’s edge (it’s only a small place). One of the best to try is Amora, a favourite with several of the staff at our hotel.

Row of yachts in a Puerto Calero marina.

Puerto Calero is where you will find Lanzarote’s yellow submarine. Hop aboard and head down below the waves to see Lanzarote’s sea life. Expect to see a variety of fish and maybe an octopus if you are lucky. If you are going to travel to Lanzarote with children, this is a fun activity to do. My family have done it twice!

Yellow and red submarine anchored in Puerto Calero.

The Puerto Calero market is held each Friday, but it wasn’t great. It is advertised as an artisan market, but only three of the stalls were selling something hand-made; the others sold the usual imported leather goods and fake handbags.

market stalls in Puerto Calero.

Stop for the views at the hilltop village of Femes

Our next stop was the hilltop village of Femes on the mountain road (LZ702) from Puerto Calero to Playa Blanca. Femes is tiny, with two restaurants/bars, a church and an incredible viewpoint. Grabbing something to eat or drink at El Mirador Restaurant will reward you with sensational views of Playa Blanca, Montana Roja (red mountain/volcano) and the ocean.

Explore Playa Blanca, Lanzarote’s favourite tourist resort

Playa Blanca is now Lanzarote’s number-one resort for holidaymakers and has been for some years.

The resort has many chain hotels scattered along its coast and a huge marina with numerous restaurants and bars. A 9km seafront promenade leads from Playa Blanca’s marina past the port and all the way to Faro de Punta Pechiguera (lighthouse). It’s a nice walk to make and will show you the different sides of Playa Blanca.

Angie in a blue dress and denim jacket sitting on a stone wall with the sea behind her in Playa Blanca, Lanzarote.

Catch a ferry to Fuerteventura

You can catch a ferry from Playa Blanca and take a day trip from Lanzarote to Fuerteventura. I have done it in the past, but I would say that once it docks in the Fuerteventura port, you will need to hire a car or call a taxi if you want to see the true Fuerteventura as the port is pretty dull.

Blue and white ferry crossing the water in Playa Blanca Lanzarote.

Relax on Flamingo Beach

Flamingo Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Lanzarote due to its protected bay, slopping entry to the sea and, of course, its golden sand. It is also in a great position close to a row of restaurants and bars. I managed to take this photo just before a quick shower cleared the beach, and we had to find refuge in Casa Joaquin. I can recommend the cocktails!

Walk to the top of Montana Roja

An unmissable red-coloured volcano called Montana Roja overlooks Playa Blanca. This volcano is special because you can walk to the top of it and around the rim. Like Caldera de los Cuervos, it’s an easy walk to do; in fact, my boys did it with me when they were younger without any problem.

To find the start of the route, just look for the noticeable pathway leading up the mountain from the Montana Baja road.

red coloured volcano in Playa Blanca Lanzarote.

Papagayo Beach

Close to Playa Blanca are the iconic Papagayo beaches. You can make a day of it on the sandy beaches and even go nude on one of them. The waves here can be quite violent. I once thought I was a goner when a wave caught me off guard and churned me around like I was in a washing machine, so be careful.

Note that you must pay an entrance fee of €3 to access Papagayo beaches, located within Los Ajaches National Park. The only way in is along a dirt road, so bear that in mind if you have a hire car, as the going is bumpy and dusty!


Drive through La Geria, Lanzarote’s wine capital

You can’t beat La Geria for photogenic scenery. This top photo spot in Lanzarote has super cool-looking crescent-shaped stone walls for as far as the eye can see. They are called ‘zocos’ and protect the vines from the strong north-easterly trade winds. I have to say they look like something alien had landed and created them!

Red and brown sign saying Stratus.

Go winetasting at Bodegas Stratvs

Address: Calle La Geria 21 (this is the main road through wine country).

Did you know there’s a whopping 21 wineries in Lanzarote? We had never done wine tasting in Lanzarote, so we added this activity to our itinerary. We chose Bodegas Stratvs purely because it had a beautiful nativity scene in the front, and I wanted a closer look. It turned out to be a good choice.

Bodegas Stratvs has a well-stocked shop selling wines, cheeses, hams, and artisan goods like ceramics and jewellery.

We didn’t opt for a wine tour but instead ordered four different wines from the menu. Our small glasses of white wine cost €3.50 each, and the larger glass of red cost €5.50. We thought it was super good value. Our wines included Malvasia, made from a grape that grows perfectly in Lanzarote’s volcanic soil. It was pretty tasty. The cheese platter was optional and cost €18 but complimented the wines perfectly.

Four glasses of different types of wine from red to rose and white. A white plate with different cheeses and nuts and grapes.
Nativity scene on black sand on a hill.
Nativity Scene at Bodegas Stratvs

See the Salinas de Janubio (salt flats)

Address: Between Uga and Playa Blanca on the LZ-2

Entrance Fee: Free with on-site parking

While salt flats may not sound like the most interesting thing to visit, the ones in Lanzarote are pretty impressive and considered one of the world’s most important salt manufacturers. We had only been in Krakow the previous week, visiting the underground salt mines there, and it seemed salt was on the agenda again today!

Salt manufacturing in Lanzarote is the same as it was in the 19th century. Seawater left under the Canarian sun evaporates to produce salt. You can take a tour, although we didn’t, and there’s a small bar and gift shop on site.

Square areas containing salt water in Lanzarote.
Statues of a man and lady holding equipment used in the salt manufacturing industry in Lanzarote.

Playa Janubio

Playa Janubio is right behind the salt flats and is an interesting beach to visit as it has black sand. Pop your feet in the sand and let the sea wash over them; there’s no better foot exfoliation than that of volcanic sand.

Other volcanic black beaches on Lanzarote include the most famous at El Golfo, a short drive along the LZ-2 from the salt flats.

Black sand beach in Lanzarote.

I am mentioning Los Hevideros and El Golfo below as they are close to Playa Janubio. You can no longer access them from this point due to a landslide. You will need to re-route and take the LZ-704 to reach them. I saw some people walking through the roadblock, so I imagine you can get there on foot from this point.

Even though we didn’t visit them on this trip, I speak from experience when I say they are worth visiting, and you could easily include them in this Lanzarote travel itinerary.

Los Hevideros

Playa Junubio is on the same rough coastline as Los Hevideros. See, waves roll in and crash against the rocks; it’s quite exhilarating to see. There are a few pathways and viewpoints at Los Hevideros and several hiking trails.

Rough waves against rocks in lanzarote.

El Golfo

Lanzarote’s most famous natural attraction is El Golfo. Carved over millennia, this black beach and its vivid green lake are unique to the island. The lake was formed after an eruption as it was an escape tube for lava. The colour is from the green semi-precious olivine found in the grains of sand in the lake.

In the past, I have walked along this beach and picked tiny fragments of olivine from the sand. It’s a fun thing to do in Lanzarote. An easy walking trail will take you up the cliff face to get this view across El Golfo.

Green lake on a black beach at El Golfo Lanzarote.

Relax on Playa Chico in Puerto del Carmen

Our last stop of the day was in Puerto del Carmen, the largest resort in Lanzarote. It is where you will find the island’s nightlife and some of its best beaches.

Playa Grande is the largest beach on Lanzarote, with 1,200 metres of fine golden sand and safe shallow water. You will find plenty of amenities on the beach, so it’s perfect to spend the day on.

Playa Chico in the Old Town is a quieter beach and a favourite with us. It’s perfect for families with younger children, with a semi-protected bay and shallow waters. It’s also good for snorkelling.

If you are a diver, there is a PADI dive centre on the beach. A new addition to underwater attractions in Lanzarote is the Museo Atlantico, a must for scuba divers visiting Lanzarote. I have seen another of the sculptor’s underwater museums in Mexico, which is very impressive.

We stopped for a drink at the nearby bar to finish our trip and paddled our toes in the ocean. It was the perfect ending to our perfect winter sun break in Lanzarote.

Sandy beach in a cove in Lanzarote.

Day 5 – Flight home with

After a fabulous 4-night winter sun getaway, I felt fully revived and ready for the Christmas festivities at home to kick up a notch. I checked what Lanzarote’s weather would be like in the coming week and into January, and it was forecast to be sunny with temperatures as high as 23 degrees. It was slightly different from the 10 degrees, rain and grey skies I was returning to in the UK!

Back in the air, I watched the hues of the sky changing from yellow to pink and was already thinking about where I would go for my next winter escape to the sun. Maybe one of the Canarian Islands like Tenerife or Gran Canaria.

Booking a winter sun getaway really is a great idea if you are looking for good weather, fewer crowds and cheaper deals. But don’t just take my word for it – discover your next winter sun destination with Jet2holidays.

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