We go very often to Lanzarote because it’s somewhere we feel very happy in the nice family/couples resort of Costa Teguise and there are lots of places to eat out we enjoy that cater well for vegetarians and / or celiacs or others gluten free or wheat free. Best deals on accommodation we find are on booking.com. Costa Teguise is breezier and therefore cooler than the stretch from Playa Blanca to Playa Honda, which in summer we think is a very good thing.
The old town of Puerto Del Carmen and coastal area by it is lovely but we don’t care for the Blackpool like long strip there that goes on forever and the types of people their nightlife attracts. However if we had the money we would happily stay at the Fariones Hotel at start of Carmen old town which has lovely pool/gardens and own private beach.
If you have a hire car (we recommend Cabrera Medina as there is no excess and you get a decent 5 door car with air conditioning for 110 Euros for the week – as a minimum you should have a car at least two days as the island has so many amazing things to see) the must sees are:
- The Cactus Garden (unlike any garden you’ve seen before – bit like walking through a Dali painting)
- Mirador del Rio (don’t need to pay, go to the left hand side and you will see the same view high up looking down on to island of Graciosa and along North coastline!)
- Famara beach – walk at sunset over the dunes is amazing and during day nice place to bathe (strong currents in water so paddle rather than swim) but no toilets! Only go on a good sunny day as wind can be very fierce here. Remember weather can vary from one part of the island to another.
- Fundacion Cesar Manrique (the artist’s house built into lava bubbles on a lava field) and if you love that go to Lag-O-Mar too in Nazaret (you’ll see a sign pointing off the road to a museum) which is another Manrique project that’s rather funky. Manrique saved the island from being overdeveloped and the tourist venues have architectural flare thanks to him too.
- Teguise (centre of island) market on Sunday morning is worth a visit – it’s huge but also full of tat. However the shops (some only open on Sunday) sell some nice clothing for ladies. If you find a parking space on street leading up to it from Nazaret, go for it and then you don’t have to pay in car parks.
- El Golfo (no entrance fee and you should see from both ends as landscape is very dramatic around this strange green lake)
- The Volcanic National Park but approach from the east as terrible queues to get in from west so lower on my list. You can see great volcanic flows by driving around that area anyway. Make sure you go look at the meat in the restaurant being cooked using volcanic heat and also outside the restaurant watch the show pieces being performed assisted by the volcano!
- Costa Teguise market in the square on Friday evening (sells jewellery and bags mostly)
- Haria market on Saturday is laid back and lovely. Haria is in a valley of palms in the North of the island.
- Or you might do the Arrecife market on Sat morning – there’s not that much to see really in Arrecife but you can walk around the seafront and harbour – we like the tapas place to go eat there. You can walk / bike the coastal path from Arrecife to Playa Honda and on to Puerto Del Carmen.
- Castillo de San Jose outside Arrecife on the Costa Teguise side, not far from Ikea/Lidl, is a contemporary art gallery in an old fort with restaurant designed by Manrique on lower level.