Located just 125km off the coast of Africa, Lanzarote benefits from a year-round warm climate, beautiful beaches and a spectacular interior landscape. Fly from any of the UK’s main airports and you will touch down on the island within just a few hours, making it a great destination for a family holiday.
Lanzarote is a mere 60km long, but don’t let its small size deceive you. The island has much to offer its visitors. Explore the south of the island which is famed for its stunning beaches, hidden coves and calm waters, before heading to the north of the island where you can expect to find small fishing villages and delicious seafood restaurants.
The island's impressive volcanic landscapes should be enough to entice you, but with various walking trails, a variety of watersports and a range of fabulous beaches also on offer, there’s plenty to turn your head.
Lanzarote's beaches are plentiful with white and black sand beaches to calm seas for paddling and the perfect waves for surfing, visitors are truly spoilt for choice.
One of the island's most renowned beaches is Playa Grande, in Puerto del Carmen. Playa Grande is the resort’s main beach and has a lively atmosphere with bars, shops and restaurants just a stone’s throw away. Also, but hidden away in Los Ajaches nature reserve, is arguably one of the island’s most beautiful beaches, Papagayo. With its fine white sand and sheltered location, it is the ideal beach for swimming, snorkeling and relaxing in the sun.
Many of Lanzarote’s beaches are known for their fantastic range of watersports. However, the pretty little cove of Playa Chica is of particular note. Surrounded by volcanic rock formations, Playa Chica is the perfect destination for keen snorkelers and divers.
Lanzarote's cuisine is heavily influenced by mainland Spain but the island has its own delicacies that simply must be tried.
Papas arrugadas (wrinkled potatoes), is a very popular dish and can be found throughout the island. The potatoes which are grown in the black gravel fields are served with mojo, a rich sauce made with garlic, olive oil, vinegar, herbs, and a selection of spices.
Being an island, Lanzarote’s restaurant menus are filled with fresh fish and seafood. Dorada (sea bream), vieja (parrot fish) and cherne (sea bass) are the most common choices available and because the fish is so fresh, are typically, simply served grilled.
Lanzarote offers a delightful medley of landmarks and monuments, both natural and manmade. One of the island’s most famous landmarks is the Centres of Art, Culture and Tourism. Jameos del Aqua is a unique geological formation located inside a volcanic tunnel created by the eruption of La Corona Volcano. Visitors can discover arts and culture created by César Manrique and a glistening natural lake with crystal clear waters. The Mirador del Rio, Lanzarote’s most famous viewpoint, affords outstanding views over the Atlantic Ocean.
Visitors must take a trip to the village of Yaiza, before travelling further north to Timanfaya National Park. Declared a National Park in 1974, Timanfaya spans across an area of 51.07 km and is one of the island’s most popular attractions. Timanfaya is of volcanic origin, the last known eruption took place in the 18th century.
Lanzarote’s impressive landscape offers numerous opportunities for hiking and because of this it has become a popular pastime with both visitors and inhabitants of the island. Follow the well kept trails and your exertions will be rewarded with sightings of the island’s wildlife, beautiful scenery and stunning views.
The pleasantly warm climate, coupled with the Atlantic Ocean location, makes Lanzarote the perfect destination for those who enjoy watersports. Offering a variety of different activities from surfing and wind-surfing, to scuba-diving and marine excursions, the opportunities for fun on this island are endless.
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Set amongst lush subtropical gardens and enhanced by the turquoise blue of its own lagoon, the Melia Salinas & The Garden Villas are truly picturesque. Located in Costa Teguise, this resort is surrounded by three sandy beaches and offers an ideal base from which to explore the island.
Adorned with works of art from the famous Cèsar Manrique and featuring beautiful indoor gardens, this hotel is renowned for its high level of service, attention to detail and fine cuisine. Spacious guest rooms are well equipped and luxurious, each with a balcony or terrace encouraging guests to unwind and absorb the stunning setting.
The Garden Villas offer the utmost in luxury and quality, while benefiting from all the facilities of the adjacent hotel. The villas have been specially designed with privacy in mind and each features a plunge pool and gardens, a four-poster bed and wood-panelled ceilings and are decorated in an oriental minimalist style; the perfect idyll for a romantic break.
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The H10 Timanfaya Palace is a favourite with Sovereign guests and with its enviable location and long-standing reputation, it is easy to see why. The glass wall of the reception and dining areas truly captures the uninterrupted views over the ocean, with the dramatic coastline of Fuerteventura beyond.
A multitude of activities is on offer, but for those seeking a more relaxing stay the small beach area, large pool and gardens await. Moorish in design, this hotel captures a sense of space, reflected in the large well-appointed rooms. Just two kilometres from the centre of Playa Blanca and within easy reach of the beaches at Papagayo, the H10 Timanfaya Palace is the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful island of Lanzarote.
With stunning views over the white-sand beaches of Playa Blanca towards Fuerteventura and just a short stroll from countless restaurants and shops, the Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort boasts a perfect location. Beautifully finished in a neo-colonial style, this unique hotel has a room to suit all of its guests, from well-appointed twin rooms to spacious two bedroom family suites.
An impressive choice of restaurants are on offer, each one capturing the essence of the country on which it has been themed, and a choice of board basis options ensures the ultimate in flexibility. Guests choosing Half Board Deluxe also receive a complimentary minibar and tea & coffee making facilities in their room. In the evenings, enjoy refreshing drinks and live piano music in the lobby bar or head to the stylish 4 Lunas Lounge Bar, where you can enjoy live music whilst sipping cocktails.
Days can be spent relaxing by the outdoor swimming pools, experiencing the rejuvenating Thalasso & Spa Centre, which boasts an indoor thermal pool, sauna, Turkish baths and a variety of treatments, or strolling along the seafront promenade towards the shops and bars of Playa Blanca or the chic Marina Rubicon.
A pioneer in family hotels, this hotel has been well designed to cater for families of all ages. Children will love the exciting kid's club and the two bedroom Kiko Royal Family Suites are well equipped with a PlayStation™ for the children and a separate bathroom and bedroom for adults. Located away from the main area of the hotel, these suites also boast their own pool area.
With a wealth of facilities and excellent service, a stay at the Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort cannot fail to make an impression.
Situated on the outskirts of Playa Blanca, this unique hotel has been designed to replicate some of the island's most famous landmarks. The impressive entrance resembles a traditional church whilst the lobby area has a lush, green waterfall. A choice of swimming pools, fountains and romantic squares can be discovered in the meandering grounds of the hotel, allowing areas where peace and quiet can be enjoyed.
Serene evenings can be spent strolling through the Rubicón Marina, where you can sample the superb Italian and gourmet restaurants, or relaxing in the tranquil atmosphere of the piano bar. For those wishing to upgrade, the Club Volcán rooms are for adults only and have access to a private breakfast room, solarium and sumptuous day beds for the ultimate luxurious experience.
Occupying a prime beachfront location, the Hotel Los Fariones is a traditional hotel and an established favourite with Sovereign guests. Surrounded by spacious tropical gardens, long terraces and peaceful seating areas, and with direct access to a small cove, this hotel is an oasis of calm. Perfectly located just 800 metres from the centre of Puerto del Carmen, an abundance of shops and restaurants are easily accessible. Guest rooms are spacious and provide all the facilities that you would expect from a quality hotel. The comfortable interiors and superb, friendly service make this the perfect setting for a relaxing holiday.
The Sovereign Standard
To help you choose your perfect holiday we have rated all of our hotels using our own system.
Classical Sovereign hotels are more modest hotels offering charm and character, or an exceptional location. Many of these hotels have been firm favourites with Sovereign customers for countless years and offer great value for money.
Luxury Collection hotels offer everything you would expect to go hand in hand with a luxury holiday. They offer high standards of service and attention to all those important little details.
Exclusive Collection hotels provide the ultimate luxury; they are the finest, most opulent hotels offering superlative service and excellent facilities, which will satisfy the needs of even the most discerning traveller.
Family Collection hotels are some of the finest family-friendly resorts and offer a wide range of facilities for both children and parents. Families can enjoy a whole host of amenities including fun kid's clubs, a dedicated children's pool and spacious accommodation.