Your family holiday is the highlight of the year. But know that choosing the best family holiday destination can be stressful. You’ve worked so hard for it and all you want is for kids enjoy themselves while the adults also get some well-deserved rest.
Considering a family holiday in Lanzarote? If you still have some questions, check out this guide and find some of the answers you’re looking for.
Is Lanzarote a family destination?
Absolutely! Lanzarote family holidays are always a big success with year-round sunshine.
Most of the best beaches in Lanzarote for kids are near the main family resorts. White sandy beaches with calm, crystal waters. The kids will love paddling while the adults enjoy relaxing on the sand.
Wondering what to see in Lanzarote? The island’s stunning volcanic landscape not only provides great photo opportunities but is also a fantastic educational experience. In fact, this newspaper article actually claims that Lanzarote makes your kids smarter!
Timanfaya National Park is an amazing sight. This Martian landscape of 25 volcanoes is the result of eruptions almost 300 years ago. Spectacular landscapes, swirling lava formations and geysers. Some parts still reach up to 300° C near the surface. The kids will be fascinated!
Discover the secrets that surround Cueva de los Verdes, an ancient hideout from pirates. The kids will love the endemic species of white blind crabs in the underground saltwater lagoon at the incredible Jameos del Agua.
Nature wonders aside, there are also so many activities for children in Lanzarote. They’ll be spoilt for choice of things to do in Lanzarote, from whale and dolphin watching, splashing at the waterpark, discovering wildlife or swimming with sea lions at Lanzarote’s best theme park. There are tons of new experiences on offer for the whole family!
You can do as much or as little as you want. Lanzarote is a mid-size Canary Island: small enough to explore without the kids getting too tired and grumpy. Yet it’s large enough to offer a wide range of activities and accommodation to suit all tastes.
Where are Lanzarote’s safest beaches for kids?
Lanzarote’s main resorts are on the eastern coast and sheltered from Atlantic swells.
Puerto del Carmen is the island’s most popular resort. Playa Grande is the main beach with a long stretch of golden sand and calm waters, making it a great choice for toddlers and children. The beach also offers giant inflatables and banana rides for older children. Playa Chica, situated in the resort’s old town, is a firm favourite. Small and protected by two long rock outcrops, it’s shallow and perfect for snorkelling. The beach is also a favourite with divers. There are several shipwrecks a little further out, as well as rich marine fauna and flora.
Playa Blanca also boasts some of the best beaches in Lanzarote for kids. The most famous is Playa de Papagayo, a horseshoe cove with calm turquoise waters. They’ll have hours of fun in the sand, snorkelling and spotting fish.
Playa Flamingo and Playa Dorada are other great options. The kids will have hours of fun paddling and building sandcastles while you soak up some well-deserved sunshine.
If you’re planning to visit the north of the island, then don’t miss Caletón Blanco. It’s the perfect place to stop for a picnic and cool off. You can’t miss Caletón Blanco’s gleaming white sands, black lava rocks and turquoise pools as you drive by. This is a beautiful and natural stretch of coastline. It’s also less crowded and the pools are perfect for toddlers.
What are the best outdoor activities to do with kids in Lanzarote?
The list of activities for kids in Lanzarote is endless! To help you, we’ve compiled a selection to suit whole family, so you make the most of your family holiday in Lanzarote.
Rancho Texas Park Lanzarote
The most popular family day out in Lanzarote is a visit to Rancho Texas Lanzarote. This Wild West theme park is home to hundreds of animals, including Bengal white tigers, tropical birds, crocodiles and hairy bison. See the kids’ faces light up at bird and sea lion shows during the day. And they’ll be delighted splashing about in the pool with water slides and chutes.
If the kids have always dreamt of swimming with sea lions, then now’s their chance! Rancho Texas also offer this possibility as a separate activity. Firstly, they’ll receive an educational talk with professional handlers. They’ll learn all about these wonderful marine creatures, their habits and behaviour. Once they’re ready, they can make their dream come true and enjoy this amazing experience.
Whale and dolphin watching
Seeing whales and dolphins in the wild is a once-in-a-lifetime thrill. The Canary Islands have 34% of the world’s marine wildlife. This makes Lanzarote is one of the best places to go whale and dolphin watching. The kids will be delighted seeing these beautiful creatures, something they’ll remember for a long time to come.
Water sports fun for all the family
Let your inner surfer out and join a surfing or kitesurfing class. Learn under the guidance of professional instructors at the magnificent Famara Beach. Feel the energy of the ocean and the rush of adrenaline in this exciting family activity.
Imagine the kids’ faces when they stand up and ride a wave for the first time! It’s the perfect destressing day out for grown-ups and an energy-burning activity for kids in Lanzarote.
If you prefer calmer waters, then try your hand at a stand-up paddle course or excursion. See Lanzarote from a different perspective. Improve your balance and body toning with the sun on your face and sea breeze in your hair.
Discover southern Lanzarote’s most beautiful beaches in the best possible way. Take a Papagayo kayak excursion along the coast, see marine life in the transparent coastal waters and discover mystical caves.
A relaxing cruise along the Lanzarote coastline
How about a day cruising along the gorgeous Lanzarote coast to Playa Papagayo? The Atlantic Adventure cruise is an awesome day out with food and drink included. Everyone can enjoy snorkelling or messing about on inflatables. But don’t worry, you can always sunbathe on deck if you’re not feeling too energetic.
If you’re into fishing or you’d like to try, then a bottom fishing trip is another great family activity in Lanzarote. Learn new skills or improve your fishing technique. You’ll learn tips from authentic sea dogs on a boat that respects the environment and marine life. This is an exhilarating day out at sea, and you’ll return revitalised and with salt in your veins.
A dreamy day out on the I Love La Graciosa cruise
Recently named as the eighth Canary Island, La Graciosa is a real-life desert island paradise. An island where time seems to have stood still with no asphalt roads, tiny white-washed house and fisherman going about their business.
Transfer and ferry with Lineas Romero to La Graciosa are included in the I Love La Graciosa tour. On arrival at Caleta del Sebo, climb aboard the Juanita Cat and spend an idyllic afternoon on this luxury catamaran.
Enjoy drinks and lunch aboard a catamaran while sailing along the coast, before dropping anchor in idyllic Playa de la Francesa. Mess about on the water in kayaks or with snorkels and feel the warm white sand between your toes with magnificent views of Lanzarote.
Happiness a collection of moments like this.
Island-hopping to Oasis Park Fuerteventura
If you’d like to visit Lanzarote’s neighbouring island, then a trip to Oasis Park Fuerteventura is the perfect excuse. On this excursion you’ll be taken to the port of Playa Blanca to catch a ferry to Corralejo with Lineas Romero. From there you’ll head right to the door of Oasis Park, and back to Lanzarote again later.
Oasis Park is set on a huge ecological farm. It’s home to almost 3,000 animals and around 250 plant species in an enormous botanical garden. This is a great nature experience for the kids in a park that respects the animals and their environment. The park is Europe’s largest camel reserve and is also home to colourful tropical birds, snakes, sea lions and dolphins, among others.
What are the best family-friendly hotels in Lanzarote?
Lanzarote has accommodation options for all types of families and budgets. Here are a few ideas of what the island can offer:
Rural and eco-friendly accommodation in Lanzarote
Lower your ecological footprint and go glamping with Lanzarote Retreats, in the fishing village of Arrieta. Stay off-grid in comfort and style in a luxury yurt, a rural cottage or luxury villa on an ecological finca. Your kids will love collecting free-range eggs, meeting Mollie the donkey, playing in the swimming pools and adventure playground
Peace and tranquillity on the desert island of La Graciosa
If you want to disconnect and live the simple life for a while, then La Graciosa is the destination for you. There are no large hotels on this little piece of paradise and mostly self-catering apartments. See the various options Lineas Romero has to offer:
Apartamentos el Marinero – Salado
Apartamentos el Marinero – Caletilla
Apartamentos el Marinero – Avenida
Apartamentos el Marinero – Roque
All-inclusive family resorts
There is a wide choice of family hotel resorts, with all-inclusive or other board options and excellent facilities for kids. Check the Seaside Los Jameos Playa in Puerto del Carmen. Or the H10 Suites Lanzarote Gardens in Costa Teguise (which also accept babies at their kids’ club). If you’re planning to stay in Playa Blanca, try the Gran Castillo Tagoro Family & Fun which has amazing family rooms.
A sports resort for all the family
Club La Santa is paradise for active families with over 80 different activities. Situated on the northwest Atlantic coast, this resort will keep the kids busy all day and they’ll sleep like babies at night. A great family holiday for parents who also want some time for themselves for sport, relaxation or wellbeing.
If you prefer to do your own thing, there are loads of self-catering apartments, villas and cottages in Lanzarote. Check the main accommodation portals for options either in or away from the main resorts.
Which is the best water park in Lanzarote?
The Aquapark in Costa Teguise is undoubtedly the best waterpark in Lanzarote. There’s with something for the whole family. It has a special area for the under-12s with zip-wires, hanging bridges and electric mini-cars, as well as a range of water slides.
Adults and older children can enjoy more challenging chutes such as water castles and zig-zags, as well as paintball and water fights. A fun-packed day out and a good night’s sleep guaranteed!
Changing rooms and lockers are available to store your belongings. You can also kick back and refuel at one of its bars and restaurants to between sunbathing and splashing.
What are the best family-friendly activities to do at night in Lanzarote?
There are endless things to do in Lanzarote with kids during the day, but what about at night? Parents want to have fun too, right? But where can you go that guarantees fun for the kids while you take a breather and relax?
Fear not, we have some great suggestions for you!
Country and Western Night at Rancho Texas
You’ll probably have enjoyed your day out in Rancho Texas so much that you’d happily go back for a dinner and show!
The Country and Western Night at Rancho Texas takes over their restaurant at night-time. Rodeo cowboys display they lasso skills while feathered dancers perform to good old country music.
Enjoy a Western-style dinner while watching the show. When the kids have finished their delicious nuggets, they can join the pony ride around the park. The perfect chance for Mum and Dad to relax and enjoy the show!
The best thing of all is that you don’t have to drive. Choose the transfer option to be taken back to the nearest point to your hotel after a great night out.
Comedy and drag at the Music Hall Tavern
Enjoy a good laugh with good clean fun at the family comedy show at Music Hall Tavern. This is something different with guaranteed laughter in a friendly, warm atmosphere.
Transfers to this award-winning comedy evening in Puerto del Carmen are included. Drag queens and signers act out scenes from popular films, famous dance routines and monologues. The kids will love the penguins show and their rendition of Happy Feet!
There’s also a great menu with popular food and drinks, just in case you haven’t had time for dinner. Super fun night for the whole family that’s not to be missed during your holiday in Lanzarote.
Virtual reality and a movie under the stars at Rooftop Biosfera
The Open-Air Cinema in Lanzarote is a whole new experience for both kids and grown-ups. You’ll find it on the top floor of the Biosfera Shopping Centre in Puerto del Carmen.
This evening at Rooftop Biosfera kicks off with the thrilling 6D rides. You start with the Skyride Lanzarote flight tour, giving you the feeling of flying like a bird over the island. Then it’s on to the Oceandive Atlantic, a journey under the sea along the Lanzarote coastline. An underwater adventure that’s guaranteed to delight the whole family.
Next, select a VR ride of your choice, or exchange it for a game of Jurassic mini golf, which you can even come back and enjoy another day if you prefer. Excitement, fun and adrenaline guaranteed, and all this before the film starts!
It’s time to settle down into your seats at the open-air cinema. You’ll be given headphones, blankets and cushions. Food and drink are also included in this package although you do need to make your own way there and back.
Lanzarote is a perfect family holiday destination. With so many things to do, it’s difficult to know what to choose. We hope this guide has been useful in helping you plan your stay and activities with kids in Lanzarote.
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