Lanzarote - The island of fire
Before you even land you can see why the Island has this nickname. The landscape is covered in the remnants of volcanic activity, it makes for extremely epic scenery and is also a toddlers wonderland especially if said toddler like ours is dinosaur obsessed!
We decided to hire a car for 7 days to get out and explore the island, we found there was so much more to Lanzarote that we had first imagined and highly recommend getting out to explore if you can.
Every day we picked a new activity that was toddler friendly but also let us explore and take some great content shots. I have listed below some of my top must do recommendations for the whole family -
Timanfaya National Park
Probably the most famous of them all, we first visited the visitor centre which is about 5 minutes down the road, you can get an idea of what to expect and learn about the volcanic activity on the island. When you arrive at the entrance there is a ticket office (remember cash as they don't take card) it was 12 Euro per adult, 7 - 14 years are 6 Euro and under 7 Free. This included a 45 minute bus tour of the park and a demonstration afterwards. there is no other way to view the National Park than to do this but I felt it was worth the small price. At the top there is also a restaurant that we had lunch in, you can order volcano roasted chicken and pork that you can also watch being cooked, the views are insane and I didn't feel it was overly expensive considering you are in a tourist trap, highly recommend.
Cueva de los Verdes - Green Caves
This was one more for us however it turned into Roman's favourite thing of the whole week. The cave is an accessible section of the famous long lava tube in the North of the Island all together the tube is 6km long inland and continues below the sea for 1.5km there is also another cave called Jameos del Agua which is more popular but we decided to do this one as it felt more gritty and less staged. If you read anything about the green caves you'll constantly see people talking about the 'secret' which is also why I chose this one as I needed to know what it was... and you wont be disappointed its amazing! Entrance is 10 Euros per adult and you join a guided tour that run every 20 minutes (this was the case when we visited) We hung at the back of the group so we could walk at Roman's pace and we wend on a T-Rex hunt to keep him engaged which he absolutely loved!
Wine tasting in La Geria
Something more for the adults but a great thing for the whole family, Lanzarote has an amazing valley called La Geria which is now a 'protected area' this long road covering around 52 square kilometres is lined with vineyards that look like another planet. Perfect semi circles to stop the harsh winds and grown in the black volcanic rock this wine is something you need to try! Aside from the wines just the views alone are incredible and I highly recommend visiting one of the wineries at sunset in particular we loved the Bodega La Geria as it had such a lovely atmosphere and great grounds for little ones to explore.
Located in the beautiful El Golfo, we visited here a few times due to the amount of things here to see. The Green Lagoon being the main, it is the remains of a volcanic crater that has over the years been filled with sea water and the algae mixed with sulphur has created this wonderful green glowing water. It is a really simple track walk up to the view point which can be done by most abilities. Once you have been up then I recommend going down! There is a black sand beach at the base that is covered in fun rock pool's and volcanic rock that is a great climbing frame. Finally if you drive to the end of the road in El Golfo we found a great playground opposite the beach with loads of climbing frames, slides and swings that was great for burning some toddler energy.
There are so many to choose from, we visited as many as we could fit it, some that really stood out were firstly Papagayo; this one was constantly recommended and in honesty yes it was pretty and very impressive but it was also uncomfortably crowded. Baring in mind we visited during coronavirus the beach was packed out, I don't think I would want to be here in the height of season especially as you also have to pay to pass the toll booth.
Our favourite beach was Playa Caleton Blanco which is right up north but if you have small children you need to go here! The water is really shallow even after walking out a way and due to the volcanic lava it makes these natural toddler spash pools along the front that stay warmer in the sun. The beach itself is huge so there's no worry of overcrowding and the sand is perfect.
Teguise Sunday Market
If you fancy some retail therapy then head to the town of Teguise on a Sunday. It is a very charming, quaint town with cobbled streets and lined with cafes, shops selling local items and restaurants. You could spend an entire day here just wandering around exploring the museums and church alone. On Sundays though the town comes to life with a market covering the streets with local artists and sellers. If you are looking for a great keepsake and original piece of art there is a great shop called Wax Hands, owned by Welsh couple Laura and Paul they create these amazing pieces of art from your hands for as little as 10 Euros! If you are also into diving Paul is an experienced diving instructor on the island, he took us out on a great dive trip after meeting him in his shop and getting chatting.