Lanzarote might be an ideal destination for cheap holidays, especially amongst Brits on a budget, but it’s not all clubbing, sunbathing and boozing by the beach on this Spanish island. Whether you’re discovering the Canary coastlines or swatting up on the island’s rich history, there are plenty of cheap activities to try out on your holidays in Lanzarote, without breaking the bank.
Lap up the wine country
Although a volcanic island, Lanzarote is home to a number of vineyards as grapes have been successfully grown in the region of La Geria valley since the 16th century. The local, ashy soil on the south west side of the island gives the award-winning wines a distinct smoky yet sweet flavour that has been globally praised by wine enthusiasts. Coach tours of the wineries are available throughout the 5,000-acre stretch of land, which your hotel can easily arrange for you.
Dive into the sea life
Of all the Canary Islands, Lanzarote boasts the widest variety of exotic fish from angel sharks and sting rays to barracudas and eels. If you’re not willing to splash out on submarine tours and deep sea diving, why not try a bit of snorkelling? With tropical fish, sea horses and octopi hiding in between the rocks, it’s a great way to get an up close view without having to shell out loads of cash. If that’s not enough you can head south to Puerto del Carmen and catch a glimpse of the dolphins and whales surrounding the old harbour.
Pioneer the park
Those looking for a bit of exercise should hike across the island and discover the varied landscape that Timanfaya National Park has to offer. From the volcanic peaks of The Montañas del Fuego (Fire Mountains) to the ancient caves and lava fields, there’s plenty to explore and you can trek the trails yourself or go on one of the guided tours on offer. If you’re peckish, there’s a restaurant that cooks their meat the old-fashioned way -- from the heat of the volcanoes. The 8 Euro entry fee covers you for the day and includes the coach tour as well.
If you’re up for riding the tides, check out the Famara Beach on the North West coast of the island. Not only is it the furthest stretched beach in Lanzarote, but the waves are particularly notorious amongst surfers worldwide. Not only are there incredible views of the other Canary Islands, but the large dunes also provide the ultimate seclusion and privacy from both wind and other beach goers, so you needn’t worry about getting sand in your sandwiches while still indulging in some serious surfing.
Morven McCulloch is London-based travel writer who's lived in three different continents. Her favourite city is a toss-up between New York and Paris and her main interests include Mexican food, indie music and Shetland ponies.