7 day Lanzarote Itinerary for Families
I’ve recently returned from a family travel based press trip to Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. Our group had a range of kids from babies to teens, so understandably, we needed to experience parts of Lanzarote that would suit all ages. Here are my recommendations for a 7 day itinerary family holiday to Lanzarote. For more detailed tips of the best activities for kids in Lanzarote, see here.
Arrival. Check-in to your hotel.
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If you are not too tired, venture to the Jardin de Cactus for some great holiday photo opportunities with over 4500 specimens. A visit at around 4pm is perfect for the light!.
AM Explore local area and the hotel swimming pool.
PM In the evening visit a little gem, the Bisofera Shopping Centre in Puerto del Carmen and the rooftop open air cinema. Watch a movie as the sun sets or enjoy the dinosaur mini golf, ball pit and other activities. A great place for kids of all ages and one of the best places to visit in Lanzarote for some downtime.
AM All day visit to Timanfaya National Park
One of the best things to do in Lanzarote is a visit to Timanfaya. Timanfaya National Park is a great place to explore for a day trip. Plenty of volcanoes, an interactive visitors centre and camel rides. Consider bringing a picnic and your own sausages to cook by the heat of the volcano. (Touring around the volcanoes is via coach from the visitors’ centre unless you are on a pre-organised tour.) After a long day, relax by your hotel pool to cool off. School age kids would especially appreciate this day trip.
Day 4 Discover Lanzarote’s pirate history.
AM Kids will love visiting the historic Castillo de Santa Barbara which hosts the Museo de la Pirateria. aka the Pirate Museum. The castle was built as an impregnable refuge to protect the people of Teguise from regular pirate attacks. Here, you can discover replica weapons including cannons and learn how pirates regularly came to Lanzarote in search of slaves.
PM After lunch drive for 13 minutes and head to San Bartolome for some Go-Karting
Visit Cueva de Los Verdes and Los James del Agua. These lava tubes are in close proximity to each other and an amazing sight to behold. You do need a guide to enter and be aware young children may need to be carried. There are certain points where you will need to duck and it is not suitable for strollers. Watch out for the surprise near the end! Mind blowing! Los James del Agua is another point of the same lava tube which reveals more of the influencer Cesar Manrique. Manrique was an important influencer from the 1970’s who has shaped Lanzarote into the stylish and chic destination it is today. His use of the black lava rock, brilliant whites, and greens have turned the caves into a House of Volcanoes, where not only can you see the concert hall, but a stylish restaurant and bar too.
The caves host tiny albino blind crabs in the natural internal lake due to its proximity to the shore. Outside is a beautiful blue pool nestled in the rock. Children used to be allowed to swim here, but due to the popularity it was a victim of its own success and, unfortunately, it is no longer allowed – but a perfect photo opportunity instead. Do stop for a drink at sunset and admire the view, whilst your kids have an incredible visual geography lesson!
PM Venture under the sea with a submarine! Gain a unique perspective on the aquamarine seas and sea life.
Aquapark is the largest water park on the island. It is a little dated but still provides lots of amusement for all ages. With nine swimming pools, numerous slides, a children’s area, little and big ones will love splashing around. During the summer, Aquapark also hosts a cinema and paintball – perfect for teens. Don’t forget to pack a towel! Lockers are available but at the time of visiting the showers were cold. During the summer months, a day could be filled here but in the low season I think half a day is enough.
Day 7 Fly Home
Family Hotels In Lanzarote
Situated on the beachfront, located by the sea in the quiet and residential area of Costa Teguise, on the shores of El Jabillo Beach, 10 km from the capital (Arrecife) This hotel was built about 30 years ago.
Pros: Toddler splash pool, graduated pool entry in main pools, all bar one is heated.. An onsite kids club. Half and full board option. A small playground, mini golf, small sandy beach steps away.
Cons: Most rooms can only fit 3 people in – so for families of 4 or more- you will need interconnecting rooms. Ask for a room on the side, away from the stage as it can be noisy up until 11.30pm. Rooms from 51 were quiet and rooms from the 4th floor onwards offer better views. Ask for a renovated room (the blue and white rooms) which are from floor 4-6.
The hotel is a newly built complex located in Puerto del Carmen, which is one of the main tourist areas on the island of Lanzarote. The hotel is located 200m from the beach “Los Pocillos” and is just 5km from the airport. It immediately struck me as a family friendly hotel, with lots of fun activities shown in the rather cool reception and the provision of room types which appeal to families.
Pros: All board options including breakfast only, half or full board. Children have a special designed mini buffet at their height complete with mini table and chairs! Older kids have the option fof also eating in the restaurant for 13 and over. Fine dining as an extra is also available. There is a day and night time animation team, with a popular kids’ club, playground and games room. Family rooms are spacious and all are suites, meaning 2 bedrooms and a separate lounge area. Tea and coffee facilities are inside the room – a must for me as an avid tea drinker!
Situated on the seafront in Arrecife, the capital of the island of Lanzarote. There are no special family rooms. However, guests with more than one child aged over two years can opt for a stay in one of the two-bedroomed Imperial Suites. Families with one child aged over two can make use of the sofa beds in most room types. This hotel would be more suited for teens or for small babies.
Pros – Near a popular beach, hip indoor swimming pool, and bar. Fantastic views. Amazing food – I loved the Star City café
Cons – No outdoor pool and the indoor pool is covered by glass. Limited sunbeds on the deck.
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