With two days to explore Lanzarote, it’s worth devoting a day each to the north and south of the island. After taking in the volcanic landscapes, vineyards, and beach resorts of the south, head north to immerse yourself in Canarian culture and enjoy a road trip along the coast. Here’s how to spend two days in Lanzarote.
Kick off your island explorations with a visit to Timanfaya National Park, known for its dramatic volcanic landscapes. The park can only be visited by guided tour, so consider joining one that includes hotel pickup, 4WD transport, and other activities, such as the chance to ride a camel through the lava fields.
Take in the highlights of south Lanzarote, starting with a wine-tasting lunch in the La Geria wine region, famous for its white wines made from malvasia grapes. On the southwest coast, must-see sights include the sea cliffs of Los Hervideros, the Salinas de Janubio salt flats, and the green lagoon of El Golfo. With time to spare, the beach town of Playa Blanca has some excellent beaches and plenty of options for water sports.
Set sail along Lanzarote’s southwest coast on a sunset cruise, and admire the island’s natural wonders from the water as you sip cocktails from the onboard bar. Cruises typically leave from Puerto del Carmen, and many include stops to swim and snorkel around the island’s beaches and bays, as well as the chance to spot dolphins and whales along the coast.
Teguise Market (Sundays only) is Lanzarote’s largest and most atmospheric market, and a walking tour offers the chance to immerse yourself in local culture, as well as purchase some unique handicrafts and souvenirs. Tours of north Lanzarote often include a visit to an aloe vera plantation, a stop at the hilltop village of Haría, and a drive along the north coast, with views of La Graciosa Island.
A modern resort designed by local artist César Manrique and housed in a series of natural lava caves, Jameos del Agua is one of the island’s most memorable attractions. Nearby, the Cactus Garden and the César Manrique Foundation are also popular sites, and it’s worth prebooking skip-the-line tickets to all three—ticket lines can be long, especially in high season.
On your final night in Lanzarote, enjoy a taste of the Wild West with a dinner and show at a countryside ranch. Tuck into a barbecue buffet dinner, sip sangria, enjoy live music and cowboy-themed entertainment, and participate in fun activities such as line dancing or lassoing.