Why off-peak in Lanzarote is actually the best time to visit

Why not read, how we spent a fantastic 5 days in Lanzarote recently.

Read on to find out exactly what the weather is like in Lanzarote in October, what are the best area’s to stay and what activities can be done in October.

The weather in Lanzarote in October

Where to stay in Lanzarote in October

Here I will give a detailed description of the three most popular area’s on Lanzarote – Puerto del Carmen, Costa Teguise and Playa Blanca. As well as listing the best hotels to stay in each area.

If you book any of these hotels through the links below – I will get a teeny commission to keep my travels going & you will get the best available rate.

Puerto del Carmen

Puerto del Carmen is the perfect area to base yourself in October. It is one of the busiest tourism area’s in Lanzarote, so, you will still find lots to do in the typically quieter month of October. The 6km stretch of golden sand beach that runs the length of the main town is likely where you will spend most of your daily hours should you choose to stay in Puerto del Carmen – it is a blue flag beach so it is safe to swim here.

There are well over 100 restaurants on the Avenida de Las Playas alone, this is the main street in Playa del Carmen. And all the restaurants and bars here depend on year-round tourism. So, even in October you will have your pick of the restaurants and bars.

In Puerto del Carmen, we highly recommend staying in one of the following stunning hotels:

  • Gloria Izaro Club Hotel – located 650m from the beach with a large outdoor pool and air-conditioning in each room. A one-bedroom apartment (including breakfast) costs from €85 per night
  • Gueldera Apartments – just 400m from the quieter Playa de los Pocillos, each apartment here offers a terrace . A standard apartment costs from €57 per night.
  • Rocas Blancas Apartments – just 50m from the main beach in Puerto del Carmen, you are certainly right in the middle of the action – making it ideal for couples. There are stunning views from your private balcony. A one-bedroom apartment costs from €70 per night.
Gloria Izaro Club Hotel, Puerto del Carmen
Gloria Izaro Club Hotel

Costa Teguise

Nicknamed breezy Teguise due to the cooling breeze that blows over the area every so often. Costa Teguise is ideal for families, given it’s a little quieter than Puerto del Carmen. Beach-wise – Bastian beach is ideal for families with small children since it is easily accessible and protected from the winds. Jablillo beach is also stunning with its fine white sand.

In Teguise town why not visit the Pueblo Marinero, which is a cluster of typical Canary buildings developed by artist Cesar Manrique. It is home to many restaurants, bars and stores, as well as a market held every Friday from 7pm.

On the Costa Teguise, we highly recommend one of the following hotels:

  • Oasis Lanz Beach Mate – located a short walk from the town and just 350m from the beach. It is surrounded by gardens and has two heated swimming pools as well as a tennis court. A deluxe room (including breakfast) costs from €97 per night.
  • Apartamentos El Guarapo – just 200m from Playa Bastian beach and 300m from the main town. All apartments are set around a gorgeous central swimming area with a kitchen in each apartment making it easy to prepare your own meals if you so wish. A one-bedroom apartment costs from €60 per night.
Oasis Lanz Beach Mate, Costa Teguise
Oasis Lanz Beach Mate

Playa Blanca

Playa Blanca is both peaceful and stunning, and is the third largest tourism area on the island (behind Puerto del Carmen and Costa Teguise). The Playa Blanca boardwalk is where the majority of the bars and restaurants are located. The recreational port is also worth a visit as there is a large shopping centre here.

The best beaches in Playa Blanca are Dorada, Flamingo and Papagayo. With the latter (Papagayo) being the most popular with its white sandy coves.

In Playa Blanca, we highly recommend these hotels:

  • Casa Real – a little further from Playa Blanca at 1km away and 750m from Dorado beach, it is worth a stay for the value-for-money alone. Each apartment has a terrace and two bedrooms. A stay here costs from €95 per night.
  • Bungalows Coloradamar – just a few minutes walk from Papagayo beach, the resort has a communal pool with a hot tub. Each apartment has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen and patio. A stay here costs from €125 per night.
Bungalows Coloradamar, Playa Blanca
Bungalows Coloradamar

What can I do in Lanzarote in October

If you have a rental car, driving in Lanzarote is relatively easy and stress-free. Alternatively, the Lanzarote bus service is very reliable and cheap – you can view the bus timetable here.

Take a day trip to Caleta de Famara

A long, winding road with stunning volcanic scenery on either side will take you to the unique town of Caleta de Famara. Famous for kite-surfing, Famara as it’s affectionately known by locals has a more relaxed vibe than other towns on the island. There are a few seafood restaurants here, overlooking the sea, most with a lovely outdoor terrace. A bus ride here from most resorts should cost you €2.50.

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Caleta de Famara

Stroll around the capital city Arrecife

We were pleasantly surprised by Arrecife and its white-washed buildings, our favourite area was Charco de San Ginés boat lake which has lots of cool bars and restaurants overlooking the beautiful boat lake. Take your pick of the bars and sit outside with a coffee or a beer.

The Castillo de San Gabriel is located on a tiny island in Arrecife, which can be reached by foot via a small ball bridge. In the 16th century the Castillo played a vital role in the protection of the harbour and the town. It is worth a visit for the views over the Atlantic Ocean alone.

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Visit old-school and charming Teguise

The small former capital of Lanzarote has lovely cobbled streets and is a joy to walk around. Every Sunday morning a large market takes over Plaza de San Miguel, it is very popular with locals and tourists alike. There are street entertainers to entertain the kids should you decide to bring them. Another, must-see in Teguise is the castle of Santa Bárbara which stands atop the Guanapay volcano, overlooking the town.

History of Villa de Teguise
Photo: Tourism Teguise

How can I get to Lanzarote in October?

Ryanair and EasyJet (and other European airlines) have announced they will resume regular flight routes to Lanzarote shortly. Hopefully, for a cheap price too!

Whew, and now you’ve come to the end of my in-depth guide for a vacation in Lanzarote in October. I hope, this will convince you to holiday there in October. After all the madness happening this year, I think we all deserve a short holiday – don’t you?

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The best day trips to take from Alicante

Alicante is one of the most beautiful places in Spain to visit in my opinion. Hold onto your seats guys, because here are over 10 exciting options for a day trip from Alicante.

Using Alicante as your base there are many exciting cities for you to explore including Cartagena, Murcia & Benidorm. You may also choose to spend a day at Terra Mitica theme park. Or if you need some retail therapy – Zenia Boulevard, the largest shopping centre in the province of Alicante.

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Wandering the neighbourhood surrounding Alicante Water Museum

6 of the best day trips from Alicante

I have been to Alicante, oh, about 25 times now. Why so many times? You may ask. Well, my parents own a house here and have owned it for the past 20 years. So, Alicante has been our go-to holiday destination as a family. I’ve already written a detailed guide on things to do in Alicante, so be sure to check that out. In this piece, I will give you insider information on the best (& most unique) day trips to take from Alicante.

Anyway, without further ado here are my top suggestions for a day trip from Alicante. *Detailed in depth if you scroll down

  1. Altea
  2. Cartagena
  3. Murcia
  4. Terra Mitica Theme Park
  5. Benidorm
  6. Zenia Boulevard Shopping Center

1. Altea

Altea is undoubtedly one of the prettiest towns on the Costa Blanca. Being just a 11 km drive from the tourist hub of Benidorm only adds to its popularity. FYI – from Alicante it’s a 52 km drive. In Summer this medieval town can be thronged with visitors – so, if you do visit in the Summer aim to get here early in the morning or late in the afternoon to beat the crowds.

Altea is know for its cobbled streets, its storybook old town and the long palm tree-lined promenade that faces the sea. Across the road from this promenade is Playa de Altea with its stony shore and turquoise water. The walk up to the old town is well worth it for stunning views of the whole La Marina region.

2. Cartagena

Cartagena is a port city with a large naval influence. It’s located approximately a 90 minute drive from Alicante. It is within the province of Murcia and has recently become a major cruise ship destination. Cartagena is a very easy city to navigate. Everything is within walking distance. And even in the height of the Summer school holidays we found its’ streets to be relatively crowd-free. There are lots of activities in Cartagena to keep you busy for a couple of hours! Below I’ve listed my favourites.

Roman Theatre, Cartagena

Built between 5 and 1 BC the Roman Theatre in Cartagena was actually only uncovered in 1988 by local construction workers. Just recently, in 2008 they opened the museum. Now tourists can pay for an audio guide and stroll around the ruins. Step back in time and get a history lesson on your audio guide whilst you walk around this interesting roman structure. The Roman Theatre us smack-bang in the middle of Cartagena city. There is excellent air-conditioning inside the museum. However, outside amongst the ruins it can get very hot. Entrance is priced at €6. Which I think is excellent value.

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Roman Theatre, Cartagena
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The tunnels at the museum at Roman Theatre, Cartagena

Palacio Consistorial, Cartagena

Certainly one of the most beautiful buildings in Cartagena. The Palacio Consistorial is influenced by French design. Built between 1900 – 1907, it is located within the main town hall square. The interior is more modern than the early 20th century styled exterior. You can get an English guide upon entry to give you a tour of the interior. A short walk around the interior will give an interesting insight to the history of the Palacio. As well as its current day use.

Spanish Civil War Museum, Cartagena

The Spanish Civil War started in 1936, when a sector of the army attempted a military coup. The city of Cartagena remained loyal to the Spanish government. And so the city quickly became a republican stronghold. Cartagena was targeted frequently during the civil war. In fact it was targeted so many times it eventually forced the people of Cartagena underground for shelter. The Spanish Civil War Museum located on Calle Gilbert was one of the largest shelters in Cartagena and once held 5,500 residents. The Spanish Civil War Museum gives a harrowing insight into life for these residents during the Civil War.

The Civil War Refuge & Museum can be accessed via a Panoramic lift on Calle Gisbert. Entrance fee is just € 3.50.

3. Murcia

Murcia is a university city and approximately an hour and 20 minutes drive from Alicante. The city also has a large international airport which services a lot of other popular European cities. So, it’s a popular starting point for many holidaymakers to Spain. Murcia is a very mountainous region and has an exceptional 330 days of sunshine a year. Thus, making it a fantastic option for a day trip from Alicante. Murcia and its surrounding areas is nicknamed the Costa Calida or “warm coast”. The region has over 330km of coastline. Making it an ideal base for some beach exploring. Here are my favourite things to do in Murcia.

P.S. It is worth remembering that Murcia closes many of its shops during the siesta period (between 2pm – 5pm)

Cathedral de Santa Maria, Murcia

The beautifully artistic and baroque-style Cathedral de Santa Maria in the centre of Murcia City is truly a sight to behold. Its interior is gothic in style and is in contrast to the exterior. The attached bell tower stands 90 metres tall and is the tallest of its kind in all of Spain.

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Real Cathedral de Santa Maria, Murcia

Real Casino de Murcia

Hidden away on Traperia Street, the Real Casino de Murcia is an eclectic but grand building. And its well worth a visit on your day trip from Alicante. In fact it was one of our favourite buildings to explore in the Alicante region. Many of the casinos walls are covered with the most beautiful mosaics and the whole building has a very Moorish vibe. Spend over an hour here exploring the many beautiful rooms. One of my favourites being the ballroom which has a spectacular chandelier gifted from the last king of Mexico.

Your € 5 entrance fee includes a very educational audio guide.

Real Casino de Murcia
Real Casino de Murcia
Beautiful paintings on ceiling at real casino de murcia
Beautiful paintings on ceiling at Real Casino de Murcia

Santa Clara Monastery & Museum, Murcia

A hidden oasis within the city. The Santa Clara Monastery doesn’t look like a whole lot from the outside. But, I promise the inside is worth taking the time to step inside. Steeped in history it displays religious relics with both Arabic and Christian influences. It Also has a fabulous patio with a gorgeous turquoise pool – visitors can’t access the pool. However, you can admire the pool and take photos through the glass.

Entrance is free. Also, worth noting is that there is not a lot of English descriptions for the relics and other items displayed within the Santa Clara Monastery. Almost everything is in Spanish, so you may need to use google translate.

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Santa Clara Monastery, Murcia

4. Terra Mitica Theme Park

Opened in 2000, Terra Mitica is an exhilarating and fun day out for the whole family. Located only 30 minutes from Alicante. The park is divided into 5 sections – Egypt, Greece, Rome, Iberia and the Mediterranean islands. Each area is influenced by its origins. There are 25 rides in Terra Mitica, all ranging from exhilarating to kid-friendly.

It is open every day in June, July and August and for the first two weeks in September. It has varied opening hours for the quieter months of May & October. A day pass starts at € 25 per adult, but you can opt for a family pass and save some money.

Terra Mitica rollercoaster (photo via Terra Mitica)

5. Benidorm

I’m sure you’ve heard of Benidorm – notorious for cheap package holidays and boozy tourists. Many tourists flying into Alicante airport will be heading straight for this popular resort. There are two sides to Benidorm. The nice side being the old town set on the hill between Benidorm’s two beaches (Levante & Poniente). The old town has cobbled streets with lots of character and lots of lovely albeit smaller restaurants. Make sure to take a stroll to the lovely Iglesia de Saint Jaime with its white-washed walls.

The new town set along Levante beach is all high-rise apartment blocks, expat bars serving British style fish & chips and lots and lots of karaoke bars. Benidorm is notorious for hen & stag parties, you will likely see lots of people in scantily-clad fancy dress. But it’s a fun experience. The new town sure is full of cliches.

At just under 40 minutes drive from Alicante, Benidorm is certainly worth a visit. If only to see a city of stark contrasts. Look beyond the cliched and give this popular area another chance.

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One of the many beaches in the Alicante region

6. Zenia Boulevard Shopping Centre

The biggest and best shopping centre in the Alicante region. Zenia Boulevard occupies over 161,000 square metres. Featuring 150 shops from Zara and Bershka to Pull & Bear and Decathlon. There is certainly a store for every style. Zenia Boulevard also has a wide variety of eating options from your typical fast-food food court to quirky tapas bars and coffee shops.

There are free events and sometimes entertainment every weekend on the centre stage in the middle of the shopping centre. This attracts locals from across the region. There is also an excellent kids play area on the second floor where the kids could easily spend an hour or two while Mom shops.

The best day trips from Alicante (a summary):

I recommend allowing 3 – 5 days in the Alicante region, 2 full days exploring the city of Alicante and the remaining days ticking off these best day trips from Alicante.

There you have it a very detailed list for the best day trips you should take from Alicante. There is certainly something for everyone in the family to enjoy whether it’s an exhilarating day trip to Terra Mitica theme park. Or a cultured experience to the port city of Cartagena. A day trip from Alicante to one of the above destinations should certainly be on your itinerary for your next vacation to the area.

Why not read next – how to have the best 5 days in Lanzarote, Spain

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Here are over 10 exciting options for a day trip from Alicante. There are many exciting cities for you to explore including Cartagena, Murcia & Benidorm.
Here are over 10 exciting options for a day trip from Alicante. There are many exciting cities for you to explore including Cartagena, Murcia & Benidorm.

Our guide to 24 hours in Alicante, Spain

Our guide to one day in Alicante and how best to experience this gorgeous Spanish city on a tight schedule. Featuring 6 must-do experiences.

We featured the beautiful Spanish city of Alicante in our 12 places we loved article and for good reason. Alicante holds a special place in my heart because my parents have had a summer home here for 20 years. It’s a second home, a familiar place to escape. And that’s why I love it. In fact, not only is there loads to do in Alicante itself, there’s loads of cool day trips from Alicante too.

So, here’s our ultimate guide to spending one day in Alicante.

6 things to do in 24 hours in Alicante

Yep 24 hours in Alicante may seem like a short amount of time but you’d be surprised at how much you can fit into one day in Alicante. As long as you stick to a schedule and follow my list below (in that order preferably) you could fit up to 6 activities into 24 hours in Alicante. Of course if you want to do one (or a few) of the recommended guided tours I’ve recommended in the below blog post then I recommend allowing more like 2-3 days in this lovely city!

Here’s the top 6 places we recommend visiting in Alicante (more detailed information if you scroll down):

  1. La Explanada de España
  2. Alicante Harbour
  3. Alicante Water Museum
  4. Castillo de Santa Barbara
  5. Barrio de Santa Cruz
  6. La Ereta Park

La Explanada de España

First stop coffee! There are lots of sweet little coffee shops lining La Explanada de España and we picked one that was thronged with Spaniards smoking and chatting lazily outside. Inside was dark and dusty and very authentic. Very cheap too, I think we paid €4 for a ham & cheese croissant and  coffee. Oh by the way, it’s called Cafeteria Ripoll

Afterwards we walked the famous Esplanade and I forced Paul to take lots of photos of me. FYI – as you can see it’s extremely instagram-worthy.

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Walking on La Explanada de Espana!

Alicante Harbour

We spent an hour or so walking around the harbor, mainly because it was sweltering and we needed a slight breeze from the ocean. As you stroll through here you will have gorgeous views along the picturesque Postiguet Beach. If you have time you may be interested in visiting one of the other amazing beaches in Alicante.

There are lots of restaurants lined along the harbor, great for people-watching but beware they are pricier because of their desirable location. Some of the best restaurants here include Restaurante El Pescador and Taberna del Puerto.

From the harbor you can go on a boat tour. Choose from a sunset catamaran experience or an awesome 6-hour day trip to nearby Tabarca Island. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous you can book a 3-hour catamaran cruise that includes snorkeling!

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Posing with a Pirate Ship in Alicante Harbor!
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Alicante beach from La Ereta Park!

Alicante Water Museum

Next, we began the daunting hike to Castillo de Santa Barbara with a quick pit-stop at the Alicante Water Museum because it has awesome air-conditioning. It is actually quite an interesting stop, you can visit the ‘Pozos’ or Wells of Garrigós which are believed to date as far back as the 16th century. These wells were redesigned to their current layout in the 19th century in an attempt to lessen the effects of the prolonged droughts suffered by the city.

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Exploring the streets near Alicante Water Museum!

Castillo de Santa Barbara

Now, back to the climb to the Castillo, not for the faint-hearted especially during the hottest time of the day. FYI-if you have a car you can park in one of the carparks much closer to the top. It’s free admission to the Castillo de Santa Barbara.

We didn’t spend too much time wandering the Castillo grounds as I was most interested in the spectacular views. At 166 meters above sea level the views from here are unbelievable! The Castillo was built way back at the end of the 9th Century and over the years the archaeological remains of the Bronze Age, Iberian and Roman have been unearthed here. It is filled with history and such a great way to spend a couple hours.

We spent a whole lot of time admiring the views from the top and taking lots of photos. There is a restaurant and a little kiosk on site for refreshments, which is a welcome sight in the heat of the Summer!

You can see the Castillo on a guided tour which also includes a visit to the Central Market and tapas in a locals only restaurant! You can book this specific tour here.

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A view of the Castillo from Alicante CBD!
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Paul posing on the walk to the Castillo!

Barrio de Santa Cruz

This cute and colorful neighborhood is  the oldest part of the city. Barrio de Santa Cruz nestles at the foot of Benacantil Hill. Step back in time as you climb this neighborhood’s narrow streets to Santa Barbara Castle at the top of Benacantil Hill. At night, the atmosphere grows lively as locals head to the Barrio’s many tavernas for tapas and drinks.

A fantastic way to see this neighborhood and other quirky areas in Alicante is on a 2-hour food tour. Eat where the locals eat and get a real sense of the city on this highly recommended tour!

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Me walking through Barrio de Santa Cruz!

La Ereta Park

This park has excellent views of San Nicolás Cathedral and the Port of Alicante thanks to its location on Mount Benacantil. It is also a great starting point for visiting other sights I recommended such as Barrio de Santa Cruz and Castillo de Santa Barbara.

This park is almost 7 hectares and is home olive trees, oak trees and other typical Mediterranean plant life. There’s also an exhibition hall, small museum and a water fountain here.

the view from la ereta park
The gorgeous view from La Ereta Park!

One day in Alicante – how we got here

Located on the Costa Blanca, with the closest major city being Valencia. Alicante has lots to offer a respective tourist in a short time.

Even though I’ve visited Alicante on day-trips numerous times in my youth, This time I decided to spend the night here and trully get a feel for this coastal city. We took the bus from Torrevieja, which is where my parents house is located and approximately an hours bus journey from Alicante.  Our hotel for the night was just a 20 minute drive from downtown. So, we put our luggage into the coin operated luggage storage at Alicante bus terminal. If memory serves me right, it was about €5. So, down to business here’s our top tips for spending the best one day in Alicante.

Where to stay in Alicante

We stayed at the cheap & cheerful Ibis Alicante, which is as I mentioned before is 6km from Alicante city. We choose the Ibis Hotel because it is very reasonably priced (approx. €30). Also, we had an early flight to catch to the airport the next morning and this hotel is on the route to the airport. The airport bus service stops just across the road.

If you book any of the hotels listed here through these links – I will get a tiny commission (to continue my travels) & you will get the best available rate!

We also highly recommend the following hotels in Alicante:

  • Suites del Mar by Melia – located right on the main beach in Alicante & with spectacular views. And a rooftop pool!

You can search all the best hotels in Alicante here via booking.com!


And here is a list of my favorite & unique airbnb’s in the Alicante area:

  1. Ecological Yurt in nature
  2. Old traditional townhouse
  3. Tiny Sailors House in the Barrio de Santa Cruz
  4. Creative Artists Studio filled with color
  5. Apartment with an epic OCEAN VIEW

Getting to Alicante

Alicante International Airport is 9km from the city and is the 6th largest airport in Spain. It serves a variety of routes within Europe.

You can also reach Alicante via train from the larger cities of Barcelona and Valencia. Detailed information on trains to Alicante.

Have I convinced you to visit Alicante (for just one day)?

In short, Alicante is a quintissentially ‘Spanish’ city. The Castillo de Santa Barbara is beautiful, the harbor area very sophisticated with cool bars and restaurants. But the best part for me are the quirky flower-filled streets of Barrio de Santa Cruz underneath the Castillo. Tell me, how did you find our guide to one day in Alicante?

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A unique 5 day Lanzarote itinerary

The ultimate Lanzarote itinerary featuring old town Puerto del Carmen, the beaches of Costa Teguise and unique Caleta de Famara.

Lanzarote is an island where life is simple and slow-paced and the sun always shines (well, most of the time anyway). We stayed in Costa Teguise, which is on the South Eastern coast of the island. Costa Teguise is the third largest resort behind the more familiar Playa Blanca and Puerto del Carmen. I visited here with my family including my niece and nephew, so, I will be listing lots of kid-friendly options in this post. But, I also did a lot of solo travel around the island. So, not to worry there is lots of juicy information for you solo travelers too.

If you’re looking for the best time to visit, I think off-peak in Lanzarote is a great time to explore the island. Namely the months of June and September when it’s still warm.

Whether you are lucky enough to be spending two weeks, or just a short holiday in Lanzarote (like we did). Here, are my best suggestions for the most unique Lanzarote itinerary.

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Day 1 of your Lanzarote itinerary – relax in Costa Teguise

We were lucky enough to be staying at the Sands Beach Resort, which has everything you could possibly think of. Seven swimming pools, a poolside bar, a supermarket, an on-site restaurant free water sports including kayaking and stand-up paddle-boarding. If you have your own inflatable SUP you can try it out at the sheltered Cucharas beach. If not, you can rent one from the Surf School near Cucharas beach.

It’s easy to spend a full day here and not get bored. We sampled everything on our first day, and there is an excellent kids club too for your little ones. We started every day with a coffee at their poolside bar, while the kids played in the pool. Easy-peasy. If you get tired of all the swimming pools, there’s a beautiful beach just around the corner. Here we witnessed lots of people snorkelling amongst its rocky coves.

Costa Teguise is a very family-friendly area

The resort of Costa Teguise itself is full to the brim with family-friendly restaurants and live-music bars. Most of them are hidden from the street, our personal favourite was Pueblo Marinero or ‘main square’. We recommend walking the coastal route here, instead of along the main road. It’s much more scenic and you may even spot a buff surfer or three.

On a side note, it’s never too hot on this coast, in fact it can be quite windy. The locals even call it ‘Breezy Teguise’. Sounds like an ideal placefor your Lanzarote itinerary, am I right?!

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Day 2 of your Lanzarote itinerary – join the other tourists in Puerto del Carmen

Puerto del Carmen, is a package-holidayer’s dream. A bustling and vibrant resort with an abundance of restaurants, bars and nightclubs. It is definitely geared towards the younger tourist. In the new town Puerto del Carmen, the beach is its beating heart, its core, it runs pretty much the entire length of the resort. You can do every type of water-sport imaginable from jet skiing to surfing. We went on the Marine Water Park, which was way more challenging than it looks but what a laugh we had. My belly was sore from laughing the entire time. My nephew who’s seven went on this but my niece who’s not yet two was too young. I definitely recommend your little one be over seven for this activity. It cost 5 per person.

Make sure to spend an hour or two in the old town of Puerto del Carmen

My personal favourite in this area, is ‘old town’ Puerto del Carmen which has more of a local feel to it. There are lots of restaurants along the cliff walk to Puerto Calero many serving fish caught that day. I definitely recommend walking this route too for some great photograph opportunities.

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Day 3 of your Lanzarote itinerary – try some windsurfing in Caleta de Famara

Next on your Lanzarote itinerary should be the unique beach-side town of Caleta de Famara. The drive there is more than enough reason to visit it – long winding roads through volcanic landscape. Caleta de Famara or more commonly known as Famara is my top pick for your 5 days in Lanzarote. Charming, quiet and rustic and a short 30 minute bus ride from Costa Teguise. The bus ticket is 2.50 each way.

If you’ve had your fill of the typical tourist beaches that the island offers, then head over to Famara for a completely unique experience. This part of Lanzarote is famous for its incredible surfing and watersports facilities. You can try your luck at surfing, kitesurfing, or windsurfing – basically any kind of surfing you can think of! Lessons are easy to come by and there are more than enough places to rent equipment in the small village. We counted five on our short walk.

Whether you just want to laze on the sand surrounded by rugged cliffs that would look more in place in South Africa, or get involved in the watersports yourself, Famara makes for a great day out on the island.

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Day 4 of your Lanzarote itinerary – step back in time in Teguise town

The old capital of Lanzarote on the island’s east coast is awash with colonial charm and architecture. The town’s lovely cobbled streets and white-wash buildings make it a joy to stroll through. It’s pretty small too so you can definitely walk it on foot with your little ones in tow. I took the bus here myself, simply because I went mid-week so there’s not much to entertain the kids. I took the Lanzarote bus from Costa Teguise, which took little over 10 minutes and is 1.40 each way.

Visit the famous Teguise market on a Sunday

Teguise is known for its busy market that takes over the gorgeous Plaza de San Miguel every Sunday morning. You can buy everything from beer to fine artisan crafts to cheap watches here. The vibrant atmosphere alone makes it worth the trip. The market is very obviously targeting tourists so you’ll also see a number of street musicians and artists plying their trade around the hustle and bustle of the market.

As well as the market, Teguise boasts a number of fine churches and religious icons. Must-sees include the Ntra. Sra. de Guadalupe church, the convents of St. Domingo and San Francisco, and the castle of Santa Bárbara which stands atop the Guanapay volcano, overlooking the city.

teguise town lanzarote

Day 5 of your Lanzarote itinerary – get lost in the island’s capital Arrecife

Arrecife is a small, manageable city with a pleasant Mediterranean-style promenade, an inviting sandy beach and – it has to be said – a disarming backstreet hotchpotch of sun-bleached, peeling buildings, elegant boutiques, unpretentious bars and good (and bad) restaurants. The sights are scarce, yet interesting, and include a couple of castles, a pretty lagoon and a vibey marina. If anything, Arrecife’s most notable quality is that it’s a no-nonsense working town that earns its living from something other than tourism.

This piece by Lonely Planet perfectly sums up the island’s capital. It doesn’t have a massive amount in terms of tourist sights but you can easily spend a few hours getting lost in its white-washed maze. Considering Arrecife is the capital of Lanzarote, it’s a must-see on your Lanzarote itinerary.

Highlights include the charming Charco de San Ginés boat lake and the Castillo de San Gabriel. Again, I took Lanzarote Bus here from Costa Teguise, which takes about 20 minutes and cost 1.40.

While I took the trip to Arrecife solo, the kids visited the Aquarium in Costa Teguise and loved it. More information here.

arrecife beach, lanzarote

How much do things cost for a short holiday to Lanzarote:

  • Average cost of a local beer: 3 for a pint of Tropical, or €2 during Happy Hour
  • Average cost of a main course in a restaurant: 10-15, we ate at ‘kid-friendly’ restaurants which notoriously charge more but if you’re a solo traveller there are lots of smaller local-friendly restaurants where you can get a meal for under 10
  • Getting there: cheap flights from Ireland Ryanair, cheap flights from UK EasyJet.

Do-not-miss restaurants for your short holiday in Lanzarote:

  • Portobello a family-friendly Italian restaurant in Costa Teguise. Their pasta is freshly-made, and the owner is is so friendly or in my nephew’s words “so cute”.
  • Cafe La Ola in Puerto del Carmen, for drinks and an excellent view of the beach
  • Mulligans Old Town Irish Bar in Puerto del Carmen
  • La Hacienda, a large kid-friendly Mexican Restaurant in Costa Teguise
costa teguise lanzarote

Hopefully, this post provides you with some inspiration for your next trip to Lanzarote. Whether you’re on the island for a few days or for two weeks, I am certain you won’t run out of things to do. Indeed, a short holiday to Lanzarote may just be what the doctor ordered.

Tell me – what did you think of our itinerary for Lanzarote? Is there anywhere on the island we have missed? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Can you enjoy Lanzarote in 5 days? Read my itinerary for Lanzarote, featuring old town Puerto del Carmen, breezy Costa Teguise and unique Caleta de Famara.
Can you enjoy Lanzarote in 5 days? Read my itinerary for Lanzarote, featuring old town Puerto del Carmen, breezy Costa Teguise and unique Caleta de Famara.