Lanzarote is the “volcanic” island of the Canaries, knowing the archipelago which only has volcanic islands, having this nickname is not insignificant. Separated by 13 km of turquoise water from Fuerteventura, Lanzarote stands out thanks to its landscapes and its important cultural aspect. We presented the island in its entirety here and today we would like to tell you about the 10 best things to do in Lanzarote. Because there is no doubt that the island is ideal for your team building activities and group trips! The island is full of activities and places to see so let us introduce you to our favourites.
1. Hiking in the Timanfaya National Park
Lanzarote is known as the volcanic island of the Canaries. Unlike Tenerife with its single volcano Teide, in Lanzarote we will have plenty of smaller and more numerous peaks, volcanoes and mountains. The Timanfaya National Park is a must-see on the island. This protected park offers breathtaking landscapes, rocky expanses and views like no other. In 1730 a volcanic eruption covered 23% of the island’s surface and it shows. If you are looking for a change of scenery, a hike through these landscapes promises to be like a trip to the moon. A team building activity like no other offering views from another planet.
2. Wine tasting in La Geria
Lanzarote is known for its volcanic landscape, but also for its wine. It may seem surprising given the arid terrain and black volcanic soil, but vines do grow on the island! The island’s inhabitants have competed in ingenuity to grow vines. By digging into the volcanic soil and erecting small walls of volcanic stone, they have managed to create a delicious and renowned wine! Come on a team building activity and discover these vines at La Geria. The jet-black soil contrasted with the soft green of the vines is sure to surprise you. The most interesting part of the activity is of course the tasting of these wines, which have a protected designation of origin.
3. Cultural discovery of authentic villages
Let’s stay with authenticity and talk about the island’s little-known and often neglected villages. In the Canary Islands, you often have to go to the north of the island or to its centre to discover hidden gems and Lanzarote is no exception to this rule. There are many charming villages in Lanzarote, San Bartolomé, Haría and its valley of 1000 palm trees, Mancha Blanca and the church of “Nuestra Señora de Los Dolores” patron saint of the island, for example. The village that impressed us was Teguise, with its narrow streets lined with white houses and vegetation, its authentic restaurants and its art galleries. In short, the former capital of the island is an authentic town that is a must-see!
4. Immerse yourself in the works of César Manrique
César Manrique is a Spanish artist and more specifically a native of Lanzarote. After an international career, he decided to return to Lanzarote where he was born. And with his ecological convictions and his love for the island have radically changed the face of the island today. His works are numerous on the island, having served as his canvas for years. The three places that we think are unmissable are El Jameos del Agua, the Mirador del Rio and the Cactus Garden. The first is a volcanic tube, tastefully decorated. The second is an architecturally stunning viewpoint with one of the best views of La Graciosa. And the third is a garden with over 1400 species of cactus. These three places sum up the artist’s vision and his attachment to the island’s nature. They are surprising and offer unique landscapes. A team building activity that will leave its mark on your next group trip!
5. A day trip to La Graciosa
La Graciosa is considered the 8th island of the Canaries. As if forgotten by the world, take a day trip to discover La Graciosa. Only 30 minutes by ferry from Lanzarote, it is a simple and charming world that offers a nice change of scenery. On foot, by bike or by Jeep, a tour around La Graciosa is a must. On the programme, a white sandy beach paradise, lunch in a local restaurant and a swim stop. You can take your time to enjoy this end-of-the-world atmosphere. A real favourite.
6. The most beautiful beaches of Lanzarote
Lanzarote, like its neighbours, has many wild beaches. On the southern tip of the island, there are many heavenly beaches, reputed to be the most beautiful in the Canaries. The white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters are a joy to swim on. The best known of these is Papagayo beach, a real piece of paradise. But the island is full of other wild and unknown beaches. La Cantería beach is located in the north of the island and offers a breathtaking view. A bay on the side of a cliff offering a grandiose spectacle and a wild and little visited beach. The beach of Caletón Blanco is also worth a visit. With its white sand, black volcanic rocks and calm turquoise waters. It is the contrast of all these colours and its tranquillity that makes it a place not to be missed. A real breath of fresh air on a group trip to the island of Lanzarote.
7. A gastronomic dinner
A trip to Lanzarote is also an opportunity to discover the gastronomy of the Canaries. It is true that the island is arid, but the inhabitants have managed to adapt and invent original and quality dishes. In a gastronomic restaurant that chooses all its products locally, close your eyes and prepare your taste buds. From 8 to 12 courses, this gastronomic dinner offers a festival of flavours: fresh red tuna, Viejas (typical Canarian fish), Risotto with cheese from the island, papas (local potatoes), Calamar “al pilpil” etc. Wines are also on the menu. For us, a gastronomic dinner is a must in Lanzarote.
8. Surfing on the beach of Famara
As in the other Canary Islands, surfing and water sports reign supreme in Lanzarote. With its many beaches and turquoise waters, it is no surprise that the island has many perfect spots for surfing and surfing lessons. Famara is, in our opinion, the best spot in all of Lanzarote. This authentic fishing village in the north of the island also offers 3 km of beach. The beach is so well known that a world championship surfing event takes place here.
9. Sea kayaking off Lanzarote
Enjoy the clear turquoise waters of the island. Sea kayaking is a sporting and contemplative activity accessible to all. You are sure to get a change of scenery and discover beautiful landscapes. Discover the coasts of the island during this ideal activity for a team building activity. Enter lava caves and be amazed by the wild landscapes offered by the cliffs of the island. Discover this island and its special nature in a different way. This is a unique opportunity to discover the famous Papagayo beach off the beaten track.
10. Discovering Lanzarote differently
The island of Lanzarote is volcanic, as we have seen, but the witnesses of its volcanic past are not only on the surface. Indeed, located in the north of the island, the Cueva de Los Verdes is part of a lava tunnel formed about 4000 years ago by the Corona volcano and extending over 6 km of galleries from the volcano to the sea. The so-called Cueva de Los Verdes is the part open to the public and extends for one kilometre. The tunnel gives you access to the bowels of the island and a journey worthy of Jules Vernes. El Golfo and its Laguna Verde will also amaze you! A black sand beach bordered by a turquoise sea where a small green lake has taken possession of a crater that appeared after the eruptions of 1730. Team building activities and unique places that will surprise you!
There are many things to do and see in Lanzarote. Its special and spectacular nature, its culture and Manrique’s facilities, its gastronomy, are all arguments that make a trip to Lanzarote an incredible experience. In short, Lanzarote is an ideal island for your team building activities and group trips! If you are interested in any of these activities, or if there is a particular activity that catches your eye, please do not hesitate to contact us! As a travel agency specialising in Spain and the Canary Islands, we will be able to guide you in planning your next trip!