The island of Lanzarote offers a wide range of activities for all ages
A family getaway is always a good plan at this time of year, and Lanzarote is a great choice since it is well known that the winter season has average temperatures of around 21ºC combined with completely clear skies – the perfect conditions for enjoying nature and the outdoors.
Mountains, beaches, sea, trails, tracks or promenades are all available as options for families looking to share moments through sporting activity. In this post we share some ideas that will confirm that the worst plan is to stay indoors and do nothing.
Trekking and trail running
For lovers of trekking and trail running, the island offers a wide variety of routes and trails of low difficulty, as well as circular routes for adults and children that are perfect for hiking, breathing in the fresh air and enjoying nature with the family.
There are perfectly signposted routes scattered all over the island that can be walked on their own or with a guide to help you understand the curious way of growing grapes in La Geria, to tell you about the age of the mountains of Los Ajaches, the reason behind the whimsical shapes of the lava in the Timanfaya National Park or to give you information about the flora and fauna that you will find in the Barranco de Elvira Sanchez in the ascent to the Bosquecillo.
This is a day out in which all you have to do is choose the route and prepare your backpack with water, sunscreen, mobile phone and a huge desire to enjoy every step. You can look into some of the routes on different online portals: the Tinajo Town Hall website, senderosdeharia.com and senderismolanzarote.com, all describe in detail different trails distributed over the island.
We recommend a hike along Famara’s wide beach, which is approximately 6 kilometres long and will surely delight you as you are on its sands. At one end it meets the imposing Risco de Famara, and at the other there is a lively fishing village, whose welcome is mainly aimed at lovers of water sports while offering a wide range of restaurants.
Mountain biking or relaxing bike rides on safe, quiet roads
For those who prefer to enjoy the island with the family on two wheels, there is also a great variety of options, with different companies renting equipment and professionals who will always give you the best advice so that you get the most out of every push of the pedal.
If your choice is mountain biking, always try to make sure that the route is appropriate to the level of all members of the family and always carry spare parts, as it can save the day in the case of any unforeseen event.
As with trails, the island has a wide variety of routes that offer the perfect connection with nature. Tracks and trails lead to spectacular places and landscapes: volcanos, sea, flora and white houses, together form a perfect combination that will leave you wanting to repeat the experience. A particular recommendation is to tour the island of La Graciosa by bike. Going to the paradisiacal Playa de Las Conchas or visiting the unique and beautiful village of Pedro Barba are two of the great experiences that can be undertaken in a day of cycling on the eighth island.
But if you prefer not to touch land, Lanzarote has broad seaside promenades where you can enjoy long bike rides. This option offers an advantage over the mountain bike trails, and that is that you can make stops to cool off in the Atlantic Ocean and then continue the ride.
Diving or snorkelling
The magnificent weather conditions and the warm water temperature continually invite you to spend the day on the beach or practice some activity related to the sea. Both adults and children can enjoy the opportunity to dive and see what the waters around the island hide, and we encourage you to visit one of the various centres specialising in the field for advice. They also work with family groups and will indicate which are the most visited areas for their interest and beauty, as well as the details of each dive.
Playa Chica in Puerto del Carmen is the place most chosen by those who want to explore the underwater experience, although in Playa Blanca, Costa Teguise and La Graciosa there are also spots where you can enjoy the marine fauna and flora to the maximum.
Observing the seabed without having to use oxygen tanks is also a good option. The abundant biodiversity that exists in the shallow waters that surround much of the island means that a tube and goggles are all you need to enjoy a day of underwater experiences in Lanzarote.
Walking, cycling or diving in Lanzarote is synonymous with living or sharing moments that will undoubtedly turn into fantastic memories that will stay with you forever. But remember that the stomach does not understand feelings, so it is advisable to plan a place to refuel before starting any activity. The local gastronomy is always very much appreciated by visitors to the island, and savouring some of the local products can put the finishing touch to the perfect family sports day.