As one of Europe’s first mainstream holidays destinations, Lanzarote can be credited with paving the way for the classic beach break, since the 1970s it’s been perfecting the prototype for family holidays. Lanzarote’s miles of first-class sandy beaches, internal lunar landscapes and sunny climate are the perfect backdrop for families to have a fantastic holiday. Here are some ideas for What to Do in Lanzarote when Holidaying with the Kids:
Booking yourself some Lanzarote flights for you and your family pretty much guarantees that you’ll be landing in warm temperatures and under blue skies with plenty of activities and sights to keep the kids and adults happy.
Whether it’s water sports in the main resorts such as Puerto del Carmen and Playa Blanca, or exploring the black rock formations and silver mountain peaks in the interior of the island, there’s much fun in the sun to be had. Here are 5 fun things to do with kids in Lanzarote:
#1. Have Watery Fun at Aqualava Water Park
Lanzarote’s only water park, Aqualava Water Park, is a whole lot more than just tubes, flumes and rapids: there’s the white-knuckle Kamikaze, racing slides, a wave pool and a designated splash area for the smaller water babies.
As well as excitement in the water, there’s also bouncy castles, trampolines and even a paintball centre and adventure park, where kids of all ages can try go-karting or traversing rope bridges.
#2. Visit Fire Mountain
Southern Lanzarote is home to Timanfaya, an eight-kilometre national park, an otherworldly rugged landscape of volcanic peaks and craters, the highest summit being Islote de Hilario, commonly known as ‘Fire Mountain’. Visitors can watch demonstrations showcasing the intense underground heat, including water being transformed into steaming geysers and brushwood bursting into flames before their very eyes.
Nearby are the lava vineyards of La Geria where grown-ups can sample the regional fruity tipples before marvelling at the craggy Los Hervideros caverns that are filled with bubbling seawater.
#3. Explore Lava at Las Cuevas de los Verdes
3,000 years ago, a volcano erupted from the Monte de la Carona and the heat from its lava hollowed the ground as it plundered its way over the land and down towards the sea. In its wake it left the Las Cuevas de los Verdes, or The Green Caves, a series of underground tunnels that wind below the northern tip of Lanzarote. Visitors can now navigate these concealed pathways and investigate Lanzarote from the inside out!
#4. See Animals at Rancho Texas Splash & Animal Park
Indulge your inner cowboy and have a Wild West adventure at the Rancho Texas Splash & Animal Park that’s a fantastic fusion of adventure playground and zoo. Kids have the chance to play in wigwams, paddle in kayaks and pan for gold, as well as visit a medicine man’s cave, in the Indian Village.
Once you’ve conquered the frontier, check out the animals on display in the desert gardens, such as white tigers, Texan pumas and armadillos. And don’t miss the up-close-and-personal birds of prey display or the sea lion shows where the adorable mammals perform all manner of tricks much to the delight of their audience.
#5. Visit the Outdoor Market in Teguise
The biggest and most famous outdoor market is more than a mere opportunity for shopping and hair-braiding, as Canarian dancers and panpipe bands give this Sunday morning event in Teguise a carnival atmosphere.
After roaming through the maze of stalls piled high with foodstuffs, jewellery and handicrafts to be haggled over, take a break at one of the many pavement food stalls and watch the world go by.
#6. Find Pirates!
Once the shopaholics have been satisfied head to the Museo de la Pirateria in the Santa Barbara castle. The pirate museum offers a fascinating display of the sometimes brutal history of the pirates who patrolled and often terrorised the Canary coastline, often attacking its towns, from the fifteenth century.
No matter what your family’s interest are or what age or even how many children there are in your group, there are a host of activities to make your holiday in Lanzarote one to remember.
Over to you now. What’s your favourite thing to do with kids in Lanzarote? Share it with us in the comments below.