The easternmost of the Canary Islands, Lanzarote is a popular beach tourism destination, however this is just one aspect of the island; in addition it offers a variety of different landscapes, such as the arid beauty of the island’s interior and the untamed Timanfaya National Park. In this article, we outline some of our favourite places to visit on a yacht charter in Lanzarote.
1. Timanfaya National Park
An unequivocal symbol of Lanzarote, the Timanfaya National Park is a large volcanic park comprising a number of dormant volcanoes, with the eponymous Timanfaya Volcano still active. When you visit the park, prepare to be amazed by the unique volcanic landscape, which is reminiscent of the moon. Surprisingly, the last eruption occurred around 1736, hard to believe considering the park’s almost prehistoric atmosphere. Coach tours are available throughout the day for just €8 per person, with both Spanish and English audio commentary. For a closer view, why not take a camel ride through the park? Camel tours last 20 minutes and run from 9:00 to 16:00, costing just €12 per camel, which can accommodate up to 2 riders. We recommend visiting the park early to avoid crowds.
2. Playa de Papagayo
One of Lanzarote’s finest beaches, Playa de Papagayo is an idyllic cove located on Lanzarote’s southernmost point, Punta de Papagayo, and is ideal for those in search of a relaxing atmosphere, with its fine white sand and crystalline waters which are highly reminiscent of the Caribbean. Car parking costs €3, however with a yacht charter you can anchor your boat in a designated area, and avoid this. We recommend going to the beach early around 9am, to avoid queues.
3. Montaña Roja
An extinct volcano located on Lanzarote’s southern coast, the Montaña Roja is a rather small mountain by most standards, but is nonetheless a fantastic place to visit, providing spectacular views over the island’s southern coast. One can easily walk up the mountain in 30-40 minutes, making it suitable even for those with young children. We recommend going early, and taking plenty of water, as although not an arduous climb, the weather can be quite hot, particularly at midday.
4. La Graciosa
Not strictly on the island of Lanzarote, La Graciosa is a small island located just 1.2 miles from Lanzarote and is the ideal place to avoid the tourist crowds, with its tranquil, unspoilt beaches and natural landscape. One of the island’s best attractions is the Playa de Cocina, located on the island’s southern coast, which due to the island’s ban on motor vehicles, is about an hour’s walk from the main settlement of Caleta del Sebo. However with a yacht charter you’ll be able to anchor your yacht near the beach, saving both valuable time and energy. We also recommend Playa de Pedro Barba, on the island’s northeastern coast, another great location for anchoring your hired yacht.
5. Playa de Famara
Located on Lanzarote’s northern coast, Playa de Famara is ideal for those in search of a beach suited for watersports, as its exposure to the island’s northern Atlantic currents makes for excellent surfing conditions. The beach has a rather bohemian atmosphere and less crowds, due to its windy nature. Why not moor your boat in one of Lanzarote’s northern marinas and take a day trip to the beach to go surfing or windsurfing.