I’ve been to almost all of the Canarian islands. Lanzarote is the one I most recently stayed at for a period of one month. I’m such a sucker for dry, desert kind of natures – which Lanzarote satisfies me in doubtlessly – but this island is even more special. Lanzarote also has unique dark-brown and black landscapes. Volcanic landscapes – with beautiful, all white villages. It got me straight away.
I drove around the island with my hired car and skipped the many touristic things that you can do on the island. I was flabbergasted by the beauty of the island many times. Let me show you the non-touristic things you can do in Lanzarote, to get as admired as I was.
Drive Around Park Timanfaya
Drive the road from Yaiza to Mancha Blanca that goes through the national park Timanfaya. Go slowly so you enjoy the beautiful surroundings and it’s a one in a lifetime experience to drive through a field of dried up lava. It’s insanely cool! Note: you can’t just randomly stop next to the road, only at special parking spots.
Take surfing lessons at La Caleta de Famara
Famara is a surfing spot at La Caleta. You can take surf, SUP or kite lessons here. The ambiance is quite special around this place. Extremely laid-back (slightly deserted) and just really cool. It’s surrounded by beautiful cliffs that colors differently depending on the weather.
Explore hippy village Teguise
The village Teguise has a Sunday market which is inteeensely touristic, still a recommendation though, but I like to encourage you to visit the village on other days. It’s the most trendy town I found on the island, with a modest hippy vibe.
Explore the Nothern part of the island
The Nothern part of the island is less touristic and its nature is more raw and green. I stayed at an AirBNB on a volcano and we got the chance to hike to the top of the volcano. So cool. Visit the fishing village Orzola and drive the road from Mirador del Río to Yé. The view is amazing while driving high above sea level.