Best Tours and Day Trips from Lanzarote

Lanzarote is an idyllic place that combines beach, sun and sand. This volcanic island offers a perfect escape from the busy city. As a couple, with children, friends or alone, you can not miss an excursion on the island.

Carla Yaquer

Carla Yaquer

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Best Tours and Day Trips from Lanzarote

Lanzarote | ©Frank Gaschott

If you are organizing a trip to this island you have surely found a great variety of things to do and see in Lanzarote. Although it is not too big, you will be able to choose between its numerous offers of leisure, beach and spectacular views.

Snorkeling in La Graciosa, camel riding in the Timanfaya park, biking, driving an SUV, catamaran rides or wine tasting... you choose how you want to spend your stay. In this post I leave you all the information you need to decide what activities you can do.

1. Tour to La Graciosa Island from Lanzarote

In La Graciosa Island| ©Mark Devine
In La Graciosa Island| ©Mark Devine

This type of tour is one of the most popular among tourists, especially if you are visiting Lanzarote for the first time.

Often the operators include the transfer service from your hotel. From there you are driven to the port to board a ferry to the island of La Graciosa.

In just under half an hour, the boat reaches the port of Caleta de Sebo, where a luxury catamaran awaits you for the final stretch along the south coast of the island. Undoubtedly, this is one of the best boat trips in Lanzarote.

Before reaching the beach, lunch is usually taken on the catamaran. Often, a feast consisting of paella and fresh fruit plus an open bar consisting mainly of locally produced wines is offered.

Having enjoyed several hours swimming, snorkeling or just sunbathing on the sand, you return to the point of origin.

Details of interest

  • Price: From 69 €.
  • Duration: 5 hours.
  • Schedule: morning.
  • What the tour may include: all transfers by bus, catamaran and ferry back and forth. Lunch with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. If you have any special dietary requirements, please let your operator know, often this type of tour offers alternatives for vegans and vegetarians.
  • Means of transportation: catamaran, ferry and bus.
  • Pros: the operators organize the entire excursion so you only have to worry about arriving on time at the pick-up points to let yourself be carried away by this adventure.
  • Cons: The duration of the excursion. Some people prefer to stay longer in the area. In my opinion if you want to get to know the island, day trips to La Graciosa from Lanzarote are perfect to make the most of your time.

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2. Boat excursion on the dolphin route

Dolphin watching in Lanzarote| ©Jan Knoop
Dolphin watching in Lanzarote| ©Jan Knoop

In this type of tours, the adventure begins in the morning with a shuttle that takes you directly to Puerto del Carmen, where a speedboat is waiting for you and the members of the group.

From that moment on, you will begin to enjoy beautiful views of the coast, as a prelude to the dolphin route on Lobos Island. The tour lasts approximately 90 minutes, during which it is possible to see bottlenose dolphins, pilot whales, pilot whales, Risso's dolphins, spotted dolphins, fin whales and other cetaceans swimming around the boat.

The guide will share information about these fellow travelers. Whale watching can take place all year round, but I advise you to visit Lanzarote in spring or winter, when these species are migrating.

On the way back to the whale watching tour, the boat arrives at the village of Lobos Island, a place full of natural sea lion pools and beautiful hiking trails.

After diving into the calm waters of the island, a light lunch is usually offered before returning to your point of origin having enjoyed one of the best dolphin watching tours in Lanzarote.

Details of interest

  • Price: From 60 €.
  • Duration: 5 hours.
  • Schedule: morning.
  • What the tour usually includes: lunch, shuttle service to and from the hotel. Transfer by boat to Lobos Island. Professional guide services.
  • Means of transportation: bus and speedboat.
  • Pros: the sighting of cetaceans and sea lions is a fantastic experience, a sense of connection and admiration for nature is awakened among the participants of the event.
  • Cons: Groups are usually large.

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3. Off road tour in the north of Lanzarote

Buggy tour in Lanzarote| ©ArcangelD
Buggy tour in Lanzarote| ©ArcangelD

In this type of tour, a professional guide leads the group alternating between roads and intricate paths. If you decide to take this buggy tour in Lanzarote, you will witness breathtaking views of the cliffs, the contrasting colors of the sea, as well as respect for the local flora and fauna.

I recommend you to bring a scarf to cover yourself from the sand and, if possible, to sit in your SUV or buggy and let yourself be driven through the sand dunes, Arrecife, Puerto del Carmen, the Red Volcano, Puerto Calero as well as La Geria and its wineries.

In Lanzarote they produce Muscatel, Burra Blanca and Breval wines, among others. The specialty of the house are the wines of the volcanic malvasia, a type prized for the balance, aroma and quality in its flavor. The stop at the wineries usually takes a little longer than in other places so you can participate in wine tastings. But this is just one of many. Enjoy the scenery, the group experience and take memorable photographs.

Details of interest

  • Price: From 142 €.
  • Duration: 3 hours and up.
  • Schedule: morning and afternoon, check with your operator.
  • What the tour may include: The guide of an expert on the roads and unusual roads of Lanzarote. The rental of the jeep for the duration of the tour.
  • Means of transport: SUV
  • Pros: the guides of this type of excursions love extreme sports without overlooking safety, so they control the speed of the group.
  • Cons: Not suitable for children.

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4. Take a submarine safari

Submarine of Lanzarote| ©Marc
Submarine of Lanzarote| ©Marc

Land safaris are well known, but marine life also presents a rich world to discover. With this submarine safari you will descend to a depth of about 30 meters in the Atlantic Ocean aboard a tourist submarine comfortable enough to accommodate 44 people seated.

During this fantastic excursion, you will be able to see, among other things, eels, barracudas, sea turtles, iridescent green fish, giant groupers, black groupers, coral reefs and sunken ships.

In total, the experience usually lasts about 60 minutes, full of entertainment for the whole family, so make this activity one of the things to do in Lanzarote with kids.

Details of interest

  • Price: From 63 €.
  • Duration: 1 hour.
  • Schedule: The Spanish tours are usually offered from Monday to Saturday, in 4 daily shifts, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.
  • What the tour may include: Round trip transfer from your hotel. A personalized diving certificate. The ride in a submarine departing from Puerto Calero Marina. Professional guide on board the submarine with commentary in your language.
  • Means of transportation: submarine.
  • Pros: The tour is practical and convenient for the whole family. Children (and not so children) love the ride and it is suitable for pregnant women thanks to its pressurized cabin.
  • Cons: Time is short when the fun is good and with this tour it delivers on that premise. All in all, it's worth it.

5. Camel ride in the National Park of Timanfaya and Jameos del Agua

Camel ride| ©Valerie Beegan
Camel ride| ©Valerie Beegan

The excursions to Timanfaya National Park are splendid, but this kind of tour I recommend is even better and, in addition, it includes a camel ride, what more could you ask for?

This kind of excursions usually start with the pick up at the hotel and then go to the park in a comfortable minibus.

Once the group enters the Route of the Volcanoes, the views are a real spectacle among rock formations of curious shapes worthy of admiration.

Afterwards, there is usually an opportunity to take a camel ride at the Echadero de Camellos stop. At the end, the group changes course and turns to the wine region of La Geria, with its dreamy viewpoints flanked by cliffs and Los Hervideros in which sea water gushes at a temperature of 90ºC.

After the respective stops at each place, the group moves on to El Golfo and its famous LagoVerde, a lagoon of crystal clear waters with a gradient blue background that impresses at any time of the day.

Have you ever wondered how to visit Jameos del Agua? The answer is in your next stop, where you will approach the natural habitat of the only dwarf and blind crabs of the territory, in a volcanic tube intervened by Cesar Manrique to preserve the species of the place.

Jameos de Agua reveals a landscape of craters and peculiar lava flows. This place has been compared to a walk on Mars, so you will finish the route with a small approximation of the past, present and future of the Earth.

Details of interest

  • Price: From 54 €.
  • Duration: From 8 to 9 hours.
  • Schedule: Morning.
  • What the tour may include Entrance without queues to Timanfaya National Park. Entrance to Jameos de Agua. Wine tasting. Professional guide service. Transportation to and from your hotel.
  • Means of transport: minibus.
  • Pros: This is one of the best day trips from Lanzarote because of the variety of visits it offers. If you want a quick look at the main points of interest on the island, this is the tour that has your name written all over it.
  • Cons: Normally does not include the entrance fees to the camel camp, lunch, or camel ride.

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6. Private boat trip in Lanzarote in the evening hours

Lanzarote Boats| ©Mackedwars
Lanzarote Boats| ©Mackedwars

This eastern Canary Island abounds with turquoise spas, white sand, palm trees, impossibly shaped lava fields and an enviable wealth of marine life. It is worthwhile, therefore, to contemplate its forms from an intimate space with the sunset on a private boat tour in Lanzarote.

During this type of excursion, you will often go through Playa Grande, Puerto Calero, Puerto del Carmen, Playa Quemada and Barranco del Quiquere.

A guide usually enlivens the tour by sharing stories of the island and the presence ofCésar Manrique in every corner of Lanzarote.

This 120 minute tour is usually perfect for couples or small groups. I can only advise you to be encouraged to contemplate dolphins and whales with the sunset.

Details of interest

  • Price: From 41 €.
  • Duration: 2 hours.
  • Schedule: Afternoon.
  • What the tour may include Professional guide service. Boat ride. Snacks, wines and champagne.
  • Means of transportation: boat.
  • Pros: It is an almost personalized tour. The experience offers a new perspective of the island that is now drawn between reliefs and games of light and shadow.
  • Cons: Does not include transfer to the hotel.

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Tips for an excursion to Lanzarote

Kayaking in Lanzarote| ©Eagle Canoe Club
Kayaking in Lanzarote| ©Eagle Canoe Club
  • Wear comfortable, non-slip shoes, especially if you plan to do the volcanoes route. Inside the caves, space can be slippery.
  • For walking routes, bike rides and in general for all daytime activities, except for beaches and swimming pools, wear long-sleeved shirts. The sun is intense, especially during the summer.
  • To get to know the main tourist sites, it will be enough for you to tour Lanzarote in 3 days, but if you are interested in getting to know the island like the locals, combining hiking trails with marine activities and relaxing in this small Canarian oasis, it is best to plan a 5-day visit to Lanzarote.

What are the places not to miss in Lanzarote?

Jameos del Agua of Lanzarote| ©Roger -11-Narbonne
Jameos del Agua of Lanzarote| ©Roger -11-Narbonne

There are a variety of beautiful places to see in Lanzarote. The Cactus Garden, the picturesque walks around Arrecife, Costa Teguise, the modest Castillo de Santa Barbara and the Janubio Salt Flats are among them, but in my top must-sees are the following:

Cave of the Greens

This grotto is a space of extraordinary beauty. It was used as a hideout for pirates during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and later the Verdes family kept cattle inside.

In this context were born countless legends. And in the midst of the stories, the whimsical shapes of the lava left a beautiful multicolored imprint.

This is a different kind of cave, accessible only with a guided tour. A place like this deserves to be felt and appreciated in person, it is one of those unique experiences, add it to your list.

Papagayo Beaches

It is about 2 kilometers of coastline in the south of the island where the golden sand and crystal clear sea contrast with the volcanic landscape.

Together you will find some of the best beaches of Lanzarote: El Pozo, Caleta del Congrio, Playa Mujeres, Puerto Muelas and Papagayo. Choose where you want to take your swim away from the crowds.

Jameos de Agua

Cesar Manrique Cabrera, the winner of a World Ecology Award, transformed a lava tunnel into an oasis worth admiring. This is the most famous stop in Lanzarote, are you going to miss it?

La Graciosa

This beautiful island lacks roads and overcrowding. What it has to offer is nature at your feet.

Take a catamaran or ferry ride, discover the marine life with your snorkel at Playa de la Francesa, swim at Playa de las Conchas, go hiking or biking on the Agujas Grandes volcano, you decide what to do in La Graciosa.

El Cuervo Volcano

Its origins date back to 1730 when an eruption of Timanfaya created this geological heritage of Lanzarote.

This is the favorite volcano among those who like trekking. Its stony landscape offers a circular hiking route of 4-5 kilometers easy to walk. Along the way you will appreciate the traces of the imposing nature. Everything is very well signposted and you can access up to the crater.

White Beach

Endless activities in one place. This is the tourist center of Lanzarote par excellence. From this fishing village you can enjoy terraces, fishing, bowling, swimming in the natural pools of Los Charcones, catamaran rides, a gastronomic tour or a wine tasting.

Timanfaya National Park

It is the jewel of the island. The tour of its mountains of fire is a spectacle to admire. By buggy, ATV or camel, choose your means of transport and do not miss the track of Los Hervideros, the dunes, the cliffs and the geysers.

Why is it advisable to make an excursion to Lanzarote?

Playa Blanca Beach| ©Jeremy T
Playa Blanca Beach| ©Jeremy T
  • The beaches are suitable for adults and children. Although in part of the island extreme sportsmen find a paradise, the volcanic eruptions created a protective barrier from the currents, so you will have the tranquility to enjoy many beaches and natural pools free of waves.
  • In how many places do you find crystalline beaches with golden sand coasts, camels and desert scenery with privileged attention, wine routes, dolphin routes and karting races concentrated? Lanzarote is not in vain a different island.
  • Itis one of the largest marine reserves in Europe. Marine biologists, extreme sportsmen, beach lovers and adventurous travelers agree: the nature of the place is visually attractive, entertaining and healthy.