A short guide to the most popular and accessible activities in Lanzarote:
Lanzarote has earnt its nickname of the Hawaii of Europe. With the best surf found on the west coast of the island, from La Santa, San Juan (host to a leg on the world championship circuit) and Famara. The northern beaches of Orzola and just round the east coast to Punta Mujeres (just before Arrieta) also offer surf too. There really are plenty of places to find a suitable wave for all surf levels. Swells are at their biggest during the winter months, but there is plenty of surf year round. For a full on surfers holiday, look at staying in La Santa or Famara.
With comfortable year round water temperatures (18-25degc) and visibility ranging up to 50 meters, Scuba Diving in Lanzarote is a popular activity. Dive schools are located all over the island, offering a variety of courses and excursions. Don’t forget to visit the newly installed Museo Atlántico in Playa Blanca. Regular sighting include rays, groupers, barracuda and angel sharks
Dive schools offer snorkel hire along with excursions. You can also purchase from any number of shops on the island, if you haven’t brought your own. Stick to rocky areas, as you are more likely to find a mix of life, although keep an eye out for place, sole and even burried angel sharks in the sandy areas.
Costa Teguise is known as the best Windusrfing spot in Lanzarote, host to a leg on the EFPT. There are a number of windsurf schools and shops offering rental, classes and courses from beginner to expert. Other great windsurf spots include Jameos del Agua and Famara. The best place to stay for a windsurfing holiday is Costa Calma.
Centered around Famara, kite surfing is another popular water sport in Lanzarote, with good year round conditions. There are plenty of surf shops that offer equipment hire and courses. Other great kite spots are Playa Honda, Jameos del Agua and Arrieta.
When the wind is down, there is still plenty of fun to be had in the waters of Lanzarote, with the relatively new sport of Sand Up Paddle having made its way to ‘The Rock’. You can hire SUP from most locations on the island, with surf, wind and kite schools usually offering board and paddle hire. The large size and buoyancy of an SUP means you can head out into calm flat waters, enjoy riding small breaks or larger ones too, making it an accessible sport, island wide.
There are two 18 hole golf courses in Lanzarote, one in Costa Teguise and the other in Puerto del Carmen. Club and buggy hire is available at both, prices varying with the newer course in Puerto del Carmen offering more competitive rates than the Costa Teguise course.
The Canaries are a big training ground for pro and semi-pro athletes including many road bikers. Although both Lanzarote (and neighbouring Fuerteventura) are much flatter than other islands, there is still superb biking to be had all over the island. Many athletes stay and train at La Santa, a large sports hotel on the west coast. For those who prefer an uphill challenge, ride the roads to the north, or for flatter distance training, head down through Timanfaya towards Playa Blanca.
Visit Puerto del Carmen, Puerto Calero or Playa Blanca and learn to sail or head on out for a day trip on a larger sailing boat. Trips leave from almost harbour or marina; you’ll find a number of boats and excursion options, suitable for all, usually with lunch and drinks included, many will even pick you up from your accommodation too.
Quad Bike & 4×4 Safari’s
Hire a quad bike or head out on a 4×4 safari – a more ‘hands-on’ approach to seeing the sights of the island. Quad bikes/buggies hold two people, the driver must hold a valid driving license and we would recommend bring a hat and scarf or buff to cover your face, as it gets very dusty indeed. Or if you’d rather enjoy the views without having to man the steering wheel, opt for a 4×4 Jeep Safari Tour.
Visit any of the Marinas or harbours in Lanzarote and you’ll find at least one sport fishing boat offering a range of excursions. Night fishing is also available. Prices vary depending on location, length and type of excursion and group numbers.