Lanzarote in 3 weeks: Best things to do + 1 week of surfing

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Maury van den Wildenberg

Lanzarote is a beautiful island with many things to do. In 3 weeks, you can see many of them already, and you can go surfing for a week!


Suppose you are looking for a holiday in which you can combine adventurous activities, hikes, beach days, and sports. In that case, you are reading the right article! Lanzarote has hikes on volcanoes, watersports such as surfing, beautiful beaches, and great vibrant towns to visit. In 3 weeks on the island, you have plenty of time to explore many of the highlights that this volcanic island offers.

Day 1 Costa Teguise

Probably you want to enjoy a little bit of beach time after traveling to the island of Lanzarote. Costa Teguise is the ideal location for this! It’s a short trip from the airport to get to this vibrant town. Costa Teguise is also, in our opinion, one of the most beautiful and best-maintained towns of Lanzarote. Here you can read more about Costa Teguise.

A photo of Playa de los charros, a beach in Costa Teguise
Playa de los Charcos

What To Do In Costa Teguise

There are 4 beaches in and around Costa Teguise, of which 2 are perfect for swimming and sunbathingPlaya de las Cucharas or Playa del Jablillo. After enjoying your beach time, you can visit one of the many bars or restaurants on the beautiful boulevard for a drink or some food. The boulevard is also great for a nice run or a bike tour. 

A photo of the beach Playa del Jablillo in Costa Teguise
The beach in Costa Teguise: Playa del Jablillo

Where To Sleep In Costa Teguise

There are many resorts in Costa Teguise, but one really stood out for us: Club Santa Rosa. Located on a 10-minutes walk from the boulevard, it has everything you need. They have luxurious rooms, breakfast and dinner buffets, and they offer many different sports for the sporty ones. New padel courts, a bowling alley, in- and outdoor pools, and a fully equipped gym. It is the perfect place to stay if you want to be fully pampered on your first day on the island. Read more about Club Santa Rosa. 

Where To Eat In Costa Teguise?

You can’t visit a Spanish island without eating tapas, and why not start with it on your first day? In Costa Teguise you can find the best tapas restaurant of Lanzarote: La Tabla. They have many different tapas dishes, and they are all delicious. However, one really was our favorite; you should definitely try the local cheese! 🙂 They also are true wine experts, so ask them for a matching glass of wine with your meal. Here you can read more about La Tabla.

A photo of Maury having dinner in the La Tabla tapas restaurant
Having dinner at La Tabla
A photo of tapas at la Tabla
Tapas at la Tabla

Day 2 Creations of Cesar Manrique

After a luxurious first day, you probably want to go out and see a bit more of the island. Therefore, it is a great idea to visit the creations of Cesar Manrique. Cesar Manrique was the most famous architect on Lanzarote who made beautiful creations in which he combined buildings with nature. We visited three of them, and we recommend you visit them as well!

An image of Maury at the pool of Jameos del Agua
Standing at the pool of Jameos del Agua

First, make a stop at probably the most famous creation, Jameos del Agua. Jameos del aqua is a lava tube created by the corona Volcano’s eruptions. Cesar Manrique placed a restaurant and a bar inside this tunnel, and there is also a clear blue swimming pool. However, no one is allowed to swim in it. Here you can read more about Jameos del Agua. 

A picture of the stunning views from viewpoint Mirador del Rio
Beautiful views from Mirador del Rio
A picture of different cacti at Jardin de Cactus
Cacti of Jardin de cactus

After strolling around at Jameos del Agua, it is time to go to the next creation of Cesar Manrique: Jardin de Cactus. This is a garden full of cacti! The colors of the cacti contrast beautifully with the volcanic surroundings. Here you can read more about Jardin de Cactus. The last stop will be Mirador del Rio. This is a viewpoint, but a very special one. Cesar Manrique built some kind of earthhouse from which you have beautiful views over Lanzarote and its neighboring island La Graciosa.

Where To Sleep?

We would recommend you to stay at Casa Nube Blanca. This hotel is located nearby Mirador del Rio, near the village of Yé, and it is a quiet place where you can enjoy your last day on the island. The owners are really warm-hearted, but they are a little bit spiritual.

Day 3 Caleta del Mojon Blanco & Charca de la Laja

Today it is time to relax again, and we found two beautiful beaches for you to do so. First make a stop at Caleta del Mojon Blanco. This beach is perfect for sunbathing, and there are some man-built stone piles to protect you from the wind. After a refreshing dive, it’s time to visit the next beach: Charca de la Laja. This beach is wonderful! It is an intense light blue lagoon and more of a puddle, so also ideal for children. Read more about Caleta del Mojon Blanco and Charca de la Laja.

A picture of the beach Caleta del Mojon Blanco
Caleta del Mojon Blanco
An image from the beach Charca de la Laja
The beach Charca de la Laja

Where To Sleep After Visiting The Beaches

The village located closest to these beaches is Orzola. Not much to do and see here, but we found a good place to stay for the night: Tabaibita. It is a lovely and well-equipped apartment and an excellent place to stay before visiting James del Agua the following day.

Day 4 Teguise

A great way to travel is to alternate between a relaxing day and some activities. Therefore, it is time to explore the historical capital of Lanzarote today. We are going to Teguise! Teguise is an old but beautiful small town with historical buildings and cobblestone streets. Stroll around through the small alleys of Teguise, or visit the famous Sunday market. Here you can read more about Teguise.

A photo of a nice building in Teguise
A nice building in Teguise

The Sunday Market In Teguise

Every Sunday there is a large market in Teguise, which attracts many visitors. If you like markets you should visit on a Sunday, however, keep in mind that many products are one in a dozen and that it is very touristic on this day. You should go early on the day. If you don’t want Teguise to be busy and full of tourists, you can visit any other day.

A photo of Maury visiting the Sunday market at Teguise
The Sunday market in Teguise

Where To Sleep In Teguise

There are just a few options for hotels and apartments in Teguise, but we found a great one: B&B La Mimosa. They have great rooms and a delicious breakfast. There are also a few good restaurants within walking distance.

Day 5 -10 Playa Famara + Lanzasurf

Today it is time to visit the surfer’s Walhalla of Lanzarote: Playa Famara. Lanzarote is ideal for water sports because the weather is excellent all year round. Therefore, you can visit in summertime and wintertime, but there is always a risk that the wind is too strong for water sports.

An image on the beach with people learning how to surf
A surfing lesson at Lanzasurf

Famara Beach

Maybe you want to explore Famara beach and the town Caleta de Famara first before starting with your surfing adventure. Famara beach is a 4 kilometers long golden-sand beach located in a protected nature reserve. On a few kilometer’s drive, or walk, from the beach, you can find the small and authentic town of Caleta de Famara. Here, you can find a few bars and restaurants, and you will notice the authentic surfing vibe. Read more about Famara beach.


After acclimatizing to the surfing lifestyle, it is time to try getting on a surfboard yourself! There are many surfing schools in and around Famara, but one really stood out for us: Lanzasurf. Lanzasurf has great instructors who really take the time to help you. The group size at Lanzasurf is also relatively small. After surfing, you can also follow some yoga classes, which is a perfect combination after a day of surfing! Here, you can read more about Lanzasurf.

An image of Maury trying to surf
Trying to surf at Lanzasurf
An image of Maury with a surf board
Enjoying a surf session with a Lanzasurf surfboard at Famara beach

Where To Sleep?

If you want to go surfing for a week, we recommend doing so; you don’t have to worry about where to sleep. Lanzasurf offers many different kinds of accommodation when you book surfing classes with them. They have a surfing house if you want to meet other surfers, or they also have private accommodation.

Day 11 The Ecodome Experience

After all the activities from the last week, it really is time for some luxury! Therefore, we found the most exclusive and luxurious place for you to stay: The Ecodome experience. You have beautiful views from here, over the volcanoes, and you are in the middle of nature. It is really quiet over here, and you can see the starry sky at night, so it’s very romantic. You can read more about the Ecodome Experience here.

Day 12 Arrecife

If you stay on Lanzarote for 2 or 3 weeks, you should pay the capital Arrecife a visit. It is definitely not the most beautiful town on this island, but it does have a great urban beach in the middle of the city! This beach also got a price for the cleanest beach, so worth a visit. The beach is also surrounded by bars and restaurants if you are thirsty or hungry. You can read more about Playa del Reducto here. 

A photo of the urban beach Playa del Reducto in Arrecife
Playa del Reducto is by far the best urban beach in Arrecife. Make sure to leave Arrecife as well as Lanzarote has much more to offer

Where To Sleep?

Arrecife has many options for you to stay. Still, we recommend you to stay in The paradise Jaira II. Especially the location of this apartment is great: it is next to the beach. The rooms are comfortable, the price is reasonable, and there is a kitchen. 

Day 13 Puerto del Carmen

Arrecife is the capital of Lanzarote, but not really touristic. Now we are going to probably the most touristic, but also most vibrant towns of Lanzarote: Puerto del Carmen. Even though it is very touristic, this town is also great to spend one or a few days in. With its many bars and restaurants, and happy hour almost all day long, you can easily enjoy yourself. Read more about Puerto del Carmen.

An image of the boulevard of Puerto Del Carmen
Puerto del Carmen: the boulevard

Playa Chica

Another great advantage of Puerto del Carmen is its beautiful beach, Playa Chica. Not as big as the beaches located directly at the boulevard, but really tiny and more unique. Here, you can see the waves crashing into the rocks, which clearly reflects the volcanic landscape of Lanzarote. Here you can read more about Playa Chica.

An image of Maury sitting on a rock at Playa Chica beach
The beautiful beach Playa Chica
An beautiful image of sunset at the beach Playa Chica
A beautiful sunset at the beach Playa Chica

Where To Sleep?

$ Pool & Relax.

The name already gives it away; here, you can have the most comfortable stay in Puerto del Carmen. It is located a 4-minute walk from the beach, and it has nice modern apartments.

$ Apartamentos HG Lomo Blanco.

A bit better priced, but still very comfortable apartments. It is also close to the beach, and it has two pools. The apartments are a bit more dated, but it’s kept very clean.

Day 14 Playa Papagayo

Today you can explore a little bit more of the beautiful landscape of Lanzarote. Playa Papagayo are 5 lagoons located next to each other. The way to these lagoons is quite tricky, a few kilometers long dirt road, so take your time driving to this place. You can start at Playa Mujeres and walk to the other lagoons. You can read more about the 5 lagoons of Playa Papagayo over here.

Where To Sleep?

There are no hotels near Playa Papagayo, so we recommend you already drive to the next stop: Playa Blanca. This vibrant town has many options to stay in. We recommend you to stay in Apartamento Paz. It is located on the beautiful beach Playa Flamingo.

Day 15 Playa Blanca

As mentioned already, the next stop is Playa Blanca. Playa Blanca is a large and vibrant town in the southern part of the island of Lanzarote. It doesn’t feel like being in one of the largest towns of Lanzarote while walking through the streets or on the boulevard. It is also stuffed with bars and restaurants and surrounded by many beaches. However, one of the beaches was our favorite: Playa FlamingoRead more about Playa Blanca. 

A photo of the lagoon Playa Flamingo
Playa Flamingo at Playa Blanca

Playa Flamingo

Playa Flamingo is a beautiful man-made lagoon, and therefore, you will have calm seas all year round. This beach is ideal for sunbathing and swimming and is suitable for children. We would recommend you to bring Playa Flamingo a visit. Here you can read more about Playa Flamingo.

A photo of Playa Flamingo
Playa Flamingo

Where To Sleep

Sometimes it is good to stay in one place for a couple of nights. Therefore you can stay in Apartamento Paz again, ideally located on Playa Flamingo beach. It has good and comfortable rooms and lovely views over the sea.

Day 16 Los Charconnes

Time to get to the real adventure on Lanzorte: today, you can drive in the direction of the volcanic area of Lanzarote. But first, a stop at one of the natural miracles of Lanzarote: Los Charconnes. Los Charconnes are the natural pools of the island. It is beautiful, but they are more some kind of puddles than real pools. 

An image of the natural pools of Los Charconnes
The natural pools of Los Chaconnes
A photo of a ruin nearby Los Charconnes
In the 60s, a rich German wanted to build a golf resort near Los Charconnes. Due to the soil, grass didn't grow here. So it was left abandoned.

Beware if you are driving to Los Charconnes that it is a long dirt road that brings you there. Drive carefully and take your time to get there. If you are driving in the direction of an old abandoned hotel, you are on the right way! There is a natural parking place for your car. Read more about Los Charconnes.

Where To Sleep

There are no hotels or apartments near Los Charconnes, so you better drive to the next place already. Nearby the volcanic natural park of Lanzarote is a great and quiet hotel: Timanfaya Casa Rural. It is a bed and breakfast, and you have beautiful views over the mountains from here.

Day 17 El Lago Verde & Los Hervideros

After relaxing at the bed and breakfast, it is time to explore two more of the natural wonders of Lanzarote. Both are located just a short drive from each other, on the island’s southwestern side.

An image of one of the campervans from CH Campervan driving through the Timanfaya National Park
On of the campers from CH Campervan, driving through the Timanfaya National Park

El Lago Verde

El Lago Verde is located near the village of El Golfo, and it owes its name to the unique clear green color of the lake. The color contrasts beautifully with the black volcanic surroundings. The half-moon-shaped lake owes its color to the green algae residing in the water. Read more about El Lago Verde.

An image of the special natural phenomena Lago Verde
Special natural phenomena Lago Verde

Los Hervideros

The next stop will be Los Hervideros. Here, you can see the waves crashing into sea caves. A beautiful place to take a picture, so don’t forget to bring your camera! There are no restaurants or bars near Los Hervideros, so don’t forget to bring a bottle of water or some food. Read more about Los Hervideros.

An image of the natural phenomena Los Hervideros
Waves crashing into the rocks at Los Hervideros

Where To Sleep

Still, in the volcanic area of Lanzarote, you should stay in Timanfaya Casa Rural to enjoy some peace and quiet after all the activities you can do over here.

Day 18 Timanfaya National Park

Finally, it is time to explore the real volcanic area! You can do this in two ways. The first one you can do by yourself is the hike ‘el Ruta del Litoral.’ This is the only way you can explore the area without a guide, but beware that it is a 12 kilometers long hiking trail, one-way. The other possibility is to book a guided bus tour through the area. This is also a great way to explore the area, and they will show some geothermal demonstrations from the heat still present in the ground. Read more about the Timanfaya National Park.

A photo of Maury during her hike on Ruta del Litoral
Hiking in the Timanfaya National Park: El Ruta del Litoral

Where To Sleep

We recommend you stay one night longer in Timanfaya Casa Rural to recover from hiking if you did the hike. They also have a well-maintained pool, so time to relax!

Day 19 Caldera Blanca Volcano

How can you visit a volcanic island without hiking a volcano! There are many volcanoes on the island, but we think that hiking the Caldera Blanca Volcano is definitely a must. The volcano itself is not that high, but it has a really impressive crater with a diameter of 1200 meters! A great tip is to hike the volcano before sunrise to have the most beautiful views. Read more about the Caldera Blanca Volcano over here.

A photo of the Caldera Blanca taken by a drone
The Caldera blanca volcano
A picture of Maury sitting at the highest point of the Caldera Blanca volcano
Sitting at the highest point of the Caldera Blanca volcano

Where To Sleep

To hike the volcano, you have to drive to the village of Mancha Blanca first. Nearby this village you can also find a lovely villa to stay in. Villa Eloisa is the best place to recover from your volcano hike. With a private pool and quiet location, you can rest before heading to the next place tomorrow.

Day 20 Playa de las Malvas

Even though the island is volcanic, Lanzarote does not has many black-sanded beaches. It only has a few, of which Playa de las Malvas is the most beautiful one, in our opinion. Beware that it is a few kilometers’ long dirt road to get to this beach, so drive carefully and take your time. Playa de las Malvas is not the best place to swim. Still, the clear blue waters contrast beautifully with the black volcanic soil, so don’t forget to bring a camera. Read more bout Playa de las Malvas.

An image of the black sand beach Las Malvas
Black sand beach las Malvas

Where To Sleep

To hike the volcano, you have to drive to the village of Mancha Blanca first. Nearby this village you can also find a lovely villa to stay in. Villa Eloisa is the best place to recover from your volcano hike. With a private pool and quiet location, you can rest before heading to the next place tomorrow.

Day 21 La Geria

What sounds better than tasting delicious wines on your last day on the island! Therefore, we planned a trip to the area of La Geria on this last day. Even though it is hard to imagine, the volcanic soil is ideal for farming and especially for growing grapes to make wine! Here, you can visit one of the many small wineries to taste one of these unique wines. Here, you can read more about La Geria.

A black-white photo of the vineyards in La Geria
The unique vineyards in la Geria

Museo El Grifo

Are you also interested in how these wines are made? Then you can visit the wine museum El Grifo. Entrance is free, but you have to pay a small fee if you want a guided tour. You can see the unique vineyards, admire the old wine presses, and taste some of their wines. Read more about Museo El Grifo.

A photo of Maury and Dave tasting wines at the wine museum el Grifo
Tasting wines at the wine museum el Grifo

Where To Sleep

Finish your holiday at Villa Eloisa, where you can chill at the swimming pool and enjoy the beautiful views over the volcanoes before heading back home again. 

Check out our other travel itineraries

There are many things to do on this small island, and with 3 weeks here, you can do and see many of the must-sees of Lanzarote. However, maybe you don’t have 3 weeks to go to this volcanic island. Therefore, we have also made travel itineraries for 1 week or 2 weeks on this beautiful island.

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