Things to do in Lanzarote with the family

Taking a trip across the Atlantic to the Canary Island of Lanzarote is an occasion to savor. Blending culture, adventure and entertainment, Lanzarote will have you reaching for your digital camera and snapping away! Whether you’re touring the island’s volcanic landscapes on the trusty steed of a camel, or splashing away at a water park, you and your family are in for an amazing holiday. Check out the things to do and places to see on the island.

Tour Timanfaya National Park

A visit to this national park really is the way to kick-start your family adventure in Lanzarote. The volcanic landscapes of the park provide tremendous, out-of-the-ordinary scenery, and there’s also the opportunity to explore it on the back of a camel. What child wouldn’t want to say they’d ridden a camel!

Not only that, you can dine at El Diablo, a popular restaurant with visitors to the island – booking in advance is advisable. This unique restaurant uses geo thermal volcanic heat to cook the food. Enjoy the panoramic view of Lanzarote’s famous Fire Mountains while you chew on a tasty steak, some chicken or even just a refreshing salad.

Go wild at Rancho Texas Park

If you’re staying in Puerto del Carmen or nearby, then on your doorstep you have this adventure park which combines a Wild West theme with nature. That means that you’ll be able to stand back in amazement as cowboys impress you with lasso displays, marvel at cute sea lions, ride ponies and go swimming, all in one visit. The design of the park itself also makes life easy for you if you have to push young children in a stroller.

Culture up at the César Manrique Foundation

You’ll find this foundation in Taro de Tahiche, in the studio-home of the late Lanzarote artist, architect and environmentalist Cesar Manrique. It’s your chance to introduce some culture into the holiday – the kids will love some of the unusual design techniques showcased at the studio. The studio is built on a volcanic trail from an eruption that occurred in the 18th century, and its lower level uses natural volcanic formation to create a quirky living space while the upper level draws its inspiration from traditional architectural style in Lanzarote.

Splash out at Aquapark Costa Teguise

The Aquapark Costa Teguise is that little bit different, offering a variety of activities for the family, as well as all the aqua fun you can handle in the form of kamikaze slides, spiral slides, pools and other facilities. You can experience the thrills and adrenaline rush of combat at the park’s paintballing facility, and if one of your young ones has a birthday during the holiday, you may even choose to celebrate it at the park.

Lanzarote is packed with adventure and discovery around every corner. On the flight home, you’ll already be thinking about when you might be able to come back again!

Images by Irene Grassi (sun and sea) and jarmoluk, used under Creative Commons license.

About the author

Pit Stops for Kids AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly at a number of travel publications, and contributes to OutdoorsNW magazine as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.

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