Mix fitness and holiday
Combining getting fit with a holiday can be just the motivation you need to get out in the fresh air and kick start your healthy lifestyle. Lanzarote is a perfect destination for an activity trip.
Venture away from the larger resorts in the south of Lanzarote and head north, for mountainous terrain as well as idyllic tropical beaches hidden in rocky coves.
This island is crying out to be explored, and perfect for adventure holidays, with year-round warm weather and a short flight time from the UK.
Walking and hiking: Explore the other side of Lanzarote
Walking and hiking in Lanzarote is officially encouraged as a way of exploring the island, and the government has put in place senderos (walking trails) to show off the best of the natural beauty of the island. There are over 100 different trails, varying from short wanders to see specific points of interest, to eight-hour hikes through the volcanic landscape. Be sure to take some comfortable shoes and plenty of sun cream.
Recommended: Mirador del Rio, a stunning viewpoint over the island of La Graciosa. Can be accessed via a number of different routes.
Cycling: Escape the tourist traps
Cycling is a popular way of getting around the island and seeing the less touristy areas. There are plenty of bike hire places on Lanzarote. Choose a flatter coastal route, or if you are feeling energetic there are stunning views to keep you motivated to reach the top of some of the bigger hills.
Professional cyclists go to Lanzarote to train throughout the year, taking advantage of the warm winter weather. Make sure you get the Plan de Rutas Ciclotouristicas, a map of the island’s best routes, from the tourist office.
Recommended: The Arrecife to Arrieta 29.5km route is easy going and shows off some of the stunning coastline. Make sure you hire an off-road bike as most of the roads are dirt tracks.
Extreme sports: Harness that Atlantic wind
Many of the beaches on Lanzarote are exposed to the strong Atlantic Ocean winds, making it the destination of choice for many pro surfers and windsurfers. Many surfers refer to Lanzarote as the Hawaii of Europe and the surrounding crystal clear waters provide waves suitable for everyone from beginners to pros. These winds and the clear skies also provide the perfect conditions for hand gliding and paragliding.
Recommended: Caleta de Famara, this beach plays host to international surf competitions, and the surrounding cliffs provide a stunning backdrop.
Water sports: Make a splash in Lanzarote
The warm clear waters surrounding Lanzarote make it ideal for swimming, diving, snorkelling and fishing, as well as more extreme active sports like water skiing and parascending.
The beaches at Costa Teguise and Playa Blanca boast excellent windsurfing schools and the places to head for surfing are Caleta de Famara and Mirador del Rio, close to the capital of Lanzarote, Teguise.
Head to the south of the island for sandy beaches and shallow waters, suitable for younger or less confident swimmers.
Recommended: Try your hand at snorkelling and explore the underwater world; the clear, warm waters provide great visibility. Playa Chica in Puerto del Carmen is excellent and has a large population of different types of fish.
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Where to stay: The Aparthotel Blue Sea Costa Teguise Gardens provides an excellent base to explore the rest of the island.