But wait, when is the best time to visit Lanzarote?
Firstly, there is really little reason to consider the best time to visit Lanzarote as the Canary Islands are pretty much guaranteed decent weather at any time of year. On occasion, there is of course wind, rain and even the possibility of storms but temperatures are usually above twenty degrees Celsius and certainly warm enough to sunbathe or enjoy swimming.
Most popular/hottest months: July and August
Taking excursions in Lanzarote versus a self-drive road trip
Everyone loves a road trip but while you can certainly rent a car in Lanzarote, the most affordable and stress-free way to see the island is on an organized tour. Excursions in Lanzarote have the priceless advantage of an English speaking guide with local knowledge and air conditioned coaches which allow you to enjoy the scenery instead of focusing on the road ahead.
North & South: the three best excursions in Lanzarote
While many visitors arrive with intentions to see Timanfaya National Park, it must be mentioned that every corner of this small island is overflowing with natural attractions and enjoyable experiences. For this reason, most visitors opt for a one day trip which takes in most of the island and this is referred to as the Grand Tour. However, for anyone with a little less time to spare, there are also shorter Lanzarote tours which usually focus on Timanfaya National Park and some local treasures to the south of the island.
Regardless, each of these are affordable adventures and a great introduction to the wonders in every part of the island. With that said, here is what you can expect on the most popular of excursions in Lanzarote, the Grand Tour, which also includes the South Tour and Short South Tour of Lanzarote:
From the earthy wines in La Geria and mystical landscapes in Timanfaya National Park to star shaped houses in Haria and enchanting scenes in Jameos Del Agua; the Grand Tour is arguably one of the only excursions in Lanzarote you will ever need to take. Including an English speaking guide, lunch and a wide variety of intriguing destinations, this one day tour explores both north and south of the island in a comfortable air conditioned coach.
Los Hervideros – Spectacular caves, coves, and coastline
Venturing south on the dramatic coastline at Los Hervideros, the Grand Tour of Lanzarote begins with a series of enchanting caves and isolated coves. Formed thousands of years ago,this unusual appearance is the result of lave reaching the cool ocean and feels a million miles away from civilization. Further along at the next destination, precious and delicate olivina stones can be found surrounding a shimmering emerald green lake at El Golfo and this stunning location is yet another spectacular insight into the natural attractions on the island.
Timanfaya and Fire Mountain
Few places in the world can offer the unique experiences you can find on excursions in Lanzarote as witnessed at the infamous fire mountain. As part of geothermal experiments, your local guide will drop some straw and water down into the crevasse to demonstrate the incredible power of this volcanic terrain and the result is a dramatic steam-like geyser. Although these experiments are perfectly safe, they are quite a sobering insight into the awe inspiring nature of these landscapes.
Further inside Timanfanya National Park, the mysterious smell of sulphur and magical colours on nearby rock formations are now reminders of a volcanic eruption. From here you can enjoy a fun camel ride across this fascinating landscape or stay to marvel at the scene on foot but either way, the surrounding remnants are brought to life by your English speaking guide.
La Geria and wine tasting
Needless to say, the south is also home to some of the best excursions in Lanzarote where extremely fertile land so the rich soil and volcanic ash have encouraged some beautiful wines in the La Geria region. In this sense, the opportunity to sample some sublime grapes or explore a local wine cellar and bodega is one of the most interesting things to do in Lanzarote.
Venturing north to Haria Valley
North of the island is possibly less travelled or explored and the surrounding areas but make no mistake; it is different and equally rewarding. Approaching the village of Haria, the reason for which this valley is best known is quite obvious as thousands of palm trees come into view. Interestingly, locals will explain how these trees were initially planted to celebrate the birth of every child in the region but regardless, they make a very beautiful sight.
As for the village itself, this is a very small and typical town where life is largely unassuming. However, this opportunity to experience local culture is yet another reason to visit Haria, along with the truly unique appearance of the town as each home in this very scenic village was constructed in the shape of a star.
Jameos Del Agua – where man meets nature
Once the discarded debris of lava from the Volcán de la Corona, Jameos Del Agua is now a beautiful showcase of man versus nature which was created for the King of Spain by César Manrique. Having shaped the black basalt rock, Manrique instilled the most unforgettable combination of black, blue, green and white hues where even the small bird population come to enjoy their spare time. Featuring crystal clear waters and the Atlántida tunnel which travels deep into the nearby ocean, Jameos Del Agua is popular with excursions in Lanzarote and now a Cultural Centre regarded as one of the most interesting things to do in Lanzarote.
Timanfaya National Park – Fire Mountain – La Geria (Wine) - El Golfo – Los Hervideros
Encompassing the best of everything south on the island, the South Tour is a full day tour which takes in everything mentioned above with the exception of Haria Valley and Jameos Del Agua cultural centre. However, the itinerary is slightly different to the Grand Tour and other excursions in Lanzarote in that the tour begins with a trip into Timanfaya National Park and ends with a coastal drive along Los Hervideros.
All considered, this option will suit anyone with less time to explore the rest of the island.
Timanfaya National Park – Fire Mountain – La Geria (Wine)
Showcasing all the highlights of Fire Mountain and Timanfaya National Park, this is most suitable of excursions in Lanzarote for visitors with limited time to spare. After travelling into the National Park, this half day tour includes demonstrations at Fire Mountain as well as the opportunity to take a camel ride before finishing with a memorable wine tour in the La Geria region.
As you should see, every corner of this island is as enticing as the next and the only way to decide between these tours will come down to the time you have available. Either way, these excursions are undoubtedly the best way to see Lanzarote or in a short space of time, they are at least the most convenient way to experience everything the island has to offer.