Lanzarote for Kids – BFB’s Travel Guide
Forget what you one knew about Lanzarote – a quiet, chic revolution now touts the once shirked island as a stylish family travel gem of the Canaries. Year-round sunshine, dramatic volcanic backdrops, miles of beach – and a wealth of activities to occupy the whole family – Lanzarote makes a memorable base to both kick-back and unwind or get out and adventure.
Things to do
Take in the scenery
The volcanic landscapes of Lanzarote provide an unusual family holiday setting. There’s no doubt you’ll want to set aside plenty of time to take in the island’s views and marvel at how this destination has been formed. Head to the focal point of UNESCO’s Timanfaya National Park if you really want to wow the kids. Here you’ll find the Islote de Hilario volcano, where at the summit’s restaurant (yes, a Volcano-top restaurant!) you can enjoy grilled meat and fish using the heat from the volcano itself.
Go barefoot on the beach
If you like the feel of sand between your toes, you’ll be spoilt for choice on this isle. Find the tourist hotspot of Papagayo for white sands and great swim opportunities or head to Fumara for quiet, expansive stretches of coast great for watersports.
Marvel at the architecture
Budding photographers, get your camera at the ready as you pass Lanzarote’s captivating architecture. Across the island you’ll find unique designs by famed architect, artists and environmentalist – Cesar Manrique. A particularly unusual stop is the Jameos del Agua, a bar and concert hall within a converted cave.
The Canary Islands are famous for their fusion of flavours – taking inspiration from Spanish, African, Latin and American cuisine. Seafood plays a key role on the island’s menus, but you might be surprised to find out that it’s meat that’s favoured here. Historically, the original Guanche people of Lanzarote were poor fisherman and instead excelled at rearing livestock.
Popular dishes to try
A hearty traditional stew featuring lentils, chickpeas, vegetables, and plenty of meat (typically pork). As with any good local recipe, exact ingredients will vary slightly by who you ask and family tradition.
Translated to mean ‘wrinkly potatoes’ this delicious side dish is a simple Spanish classic – small unpeeled potatoes cooked in sea water until evaporated, left to wrinkle, then sprinkled with salt.
Gamba al Ajillo
As one of the island favourite tapas dishes, you’ll find this dish on an abundance of Lanzarote’s menus. Gamba al Ajillo is best described as garlic prawns with a touch of chilli and dash of lemon and sherry.
Places to eat
Café Terraza – Marina Rubicon, Playa Blanca
Call in on a walk around Playa Blanca Marina and enjoy a coffee and cake. A highly rated café and bar, it’s the perfect place to sit back with the kids and watch the boats. Or if you’ve brought a babysitter with you there’s a cocktail menu for the grown-ups.
Cuisine: Coffee & cake, light lunch, wine bar
No10 Gastrobar – Costa Teguise
Stop here for lunch at the start of your holiday and you’ll want to make it a regular refuelling point. No10 Gastrobar has a small menu but great food – fresh seafood, burgers, risottos – all artistically presented. And if you have a specific request (hello, fussy toddler!) just ask, their chef is willing to meet individual needs.
Cuisine: International, Mediterranean, European
La Carmencita del Puerto – Puerto del Carmen
Get your fingers sticky with a spread of Spanish tapas at this island favourite. La Carmencita del Puerto is well-known for its top notch local dishes and warm atmosphere where children are welcomed. Keep in mind this one is always busy – booking in advance is recommended. Get a table well before ‘bedtime’ so you can slowly enjoy the restaurant’s full tapas dining experience – slow food and lots of it.
Cuisine: Spanish, Mediterranean
Lomo Alto – Puerto del Carmen
Get ready for incredible views alongside your grilled fish and cold beer. Lomo Alto is a family-friendly restaurant in Puerto del Carmen, a spot popular with deep-sea-divers (so look out for a head or two popping up from the waters). The ribs are highly rated and always make for a messy photo opportunity!
Cuisine: Spanish, International, Gluten Free options
Gems for the kids
Splashdown at Aqualava Water Park, Playa Blanca
In the south of Lanzarote you’ll find the Aqualava waterpark, Playa Blanca. This small but fun volcanic themed park has heated water and numerous slides. Its waterslides are perfectly suited to young and adventurous swim-lovers, while the lazy river is a must for big-kids who want a break.
Ready, set, go karts in San Bartolomé
Book a session at Lanzarote’s popular go karting track built into the hillside of San Bartolomé, where there are karts for all ages and skill levels. This fun family attraction is open all year round too – even Christmas day – making it an unusual way to spend Christmas morning if you’re holidaying here over the festive period!
Live like a pirate at the Castillo in Teguise
You’ll find the Museo de la Piratería on top of mount Guanapay, the old capital of Lanzarote. Situated inside the castle, the kids will love looking out to sea and imagining they’re swashbuckling captains before swatting up on the region’s pirate history.
Ride a submarine at Puerto Calero
Get ready to discover the marvels of Lanzarote below the waves. The Submarine Safaris of Puerto Calero make a fun excursion for all the family. The modern Sub Fun Tres submarine has 48 seats and can dive to up to 60 metres allowing you to see a whole spectrum of underwater life – from mero to barracudas. Unfortunately, for safety reasons children under two are not allowed on this one.
This beautiful Eco Garden Cottage is situated in the gardens of the ‘Finca de Arrieta’ estate. Designed to blend-in with the grounds, it can accommodate 4 guests plus a cot in modern split-level living spaces. Highlights include the contemporary shower room with walk-in stone shower and lounge area with sea, mountain, and field views. The cottage also has a private terrace for al fresco family dinners. Bliss.
Try something a bit different on your next Lanzarote stay – book a yurt. This baby-friendly holiday property is a world away from your typical tourist stop along the main strips. Originally an 18th century finca, this property has been lovely transformed into a cluster of boutique cottages and a family-sized yurt (which sleeps 6). We love the distinctly eastern influences and luxurious touches throughout, but you’ll probably love all the family mod-cons which are included: baby paraphernalia, satellite TV, fully fitted kitchen, WiFi… This is not camping!
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