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Lanzarote with kids: off the beaten track

As an adventurous family who prefer an intrepid style of travel, a family holiday to the Spanish island of Lanzarote had always been off our radar. I had wrongly assumed it was all package holiday resorts and British pubs, and offered little in the way of culture and natural landscapes.

But when I was looking into a warm destination in January/February for a one-on-one adventure with just my three year old, I was very much tempted by cheap flights to Lanzarote and the opportunity to thaw out from the cold British winter. Surely the entire island hasn’t been overrun by mass tourism? Would we be able to travel Lanzarote off the beaten track? Is there much to do in Lanzarote with kids beside the beaches and waterparks? I bought the flights and hoped for the best. It turned out to be a brilliant decision.

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Lanzarote seriously impressed me. There is a wild nature to the barren landscape, carved by volcanoes and moulded by the artist and activist, César Manrique. Strict building controls are in place, where high-rises are forbidden, and all buildings are painted white, with green shutters in the countryside (for farmers) and blue by the sea (for the fishermen).

Yes, there are a lot of tourists (there doesn’t seem to be a low season!), and the big resorts do exist (mostly in the South East corner). But we soon realised that there is a lot more to this island than waterparks and beach resorts. During the two weeks with Ezra (my 3 year old) in Lanzarote, we managed to avoid the crowds and found some quiet gems that I feel a little guilty sharing with you.

So here are my tips for getting off the beaten track in Lanzarote with kids.

Base yourself in the north of the island

The main beach resorts are Puerto del Carmen, Playa Blanca, and Costa Teguise. Therefore it makes sense to base yourself away from these areas should you wish to experience a more authentic side of Lanzarote. The North offers the most panoramic views and unspoilt towns on the island, as well as some beautiful secluded beaches.

We had a wonderful two week stay in a luxury yurt at Finca de Arrieta, towards the North of the island (read our review here). This is a family-run eco-resort just outside the sleepy town of Arrietta, and an absolutely fantastic place for young families with a playground, farm animals, heated pool, and kids’ activities (such as yoga and film night).

Check out the video of our stay at Finca de Arrieta and what we got up to in Lanzarote.

Have your own wheels

Public transport is very limited on the island and the tour buses… well, they don’t really embrace independent travel. A car allows you to travel under your own steam, stopping wherever you like for as long as you like, and gets you to those quieter spots away from the tour groups.

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Our yurt at Finca de Arrieta came with a courtesy hybrid hire car.

Find the quiet beaches

The island of Lanzarote offers such an array of beaches; from volcanic black sand beaches, surf beaches, small sandy coves, and stretches of sunbeds lined along shoreline.

The beaches around El Papagayo are extremely beautiful and the sea is a perfect turquoise. However, despite the long, bumpy road to get there, these beaches do get busy. Alternatively, head to the opposite end of the island to Playa de la Cantería, by the tranquil town of Órzola. This is a beautiful sandy cove with a steep mountain on one side, and rock pools to explore on the other. There’s quite a surf, so bring a boogie board. The quiet beaches just south of Órzola, off the LZ1, are also worth a visit.

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Playa de la Cantería

We also loved Playa de Famara, a spectacular surf beach adjoined to the chilled-out surf town of Caleta, on the West Coast, with a dramatic backdrop of mountain. This beach is very much dominated by surfers and THE place to come if you want to learn to surf. If you’re visiting Lanzarote with toddlers or younger kids, just walk a bit further along the beach, and you’ll find your own little spot for some paddling, boogie boarding, and sand castle building.

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Playa de Famara

Find the authentic towns

Our favourite towns to wander were Arrieta, Orzola, Haria and Teguise. The latter two get very busy on market days. Teguise is firmly on the tourist map and the Friday market caters to its audience, but it’s very pretty town. However, Haria market day on a Saturday is more of a local market selling organic fruit and veg. If you want to avoid the crowds through, don’t visit on market day.

In all these towns there are local restaurants with sea food specialities in abundance, and you will always stumble across a playground and somewhere to pick up an ice-cream.

Arrive early to tourist sites

There are some impressive sights on the island, including the volcanoes at Timanfaya with its Mars-like landscape, the lava caves of Jameos del Agua and Cuevas de los Verdes, the Jardin de Cactus, and the houses of César Manrique. You do not want to miss these. Your best bet is to arrive at opening to have the best chance of avoiding the crowds. Check the respective websites for up to date opening times.

We arrived to Timanfaya as it opened at 9am, and when we left around 10:30am, there were cars lining up a very long way from the entrance gate, waiting to get in, on a weekday in February.

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Checking out the volcanoes at Timanfaya National Park

One tourist spot to perhaps avoid is Mirador del Rio. The view over to Isla Graciosa are indeed incredible, but it’s just as incredible 10 minutes south at Mirador de Guinate, where there are no tour buses or entrance fee.

Take the ferry to Isla Graciosa

If you truly want to escape the crowds and get off the beaten track in Lanzarote, take the 25 minute ferry from Órzola to Isla Graciosa.  There are no paved roads on this island and only 700 people live here. As you step off the ferry, you feel like you’ve been transported a million miles away.

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Playa de las Conchas, Isla Graciosa

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Our 4×4 on Isla Graciosa. Felt like we were back in Africa for a moment!

You can walk or hire bikes to get around the island. But as it was just me and my three year old, we clubbed together with some other travellers we met on the ferry and hired a 4×4 to take us around the island. SO MUCH FUN! For four adults the price is €50, and small children are free. When you disembark the ferry, walk to the right and to the line of 4×4 waiting for tourists.

If you stay on Isla Graciosa for a night after the last ferry has left, you will most definitely have escaped the crowds of Lanzarote.


Have you visited Lanzarote with kids?  I would love to hear your thoughts. 

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Disclaimer: We were invited to stay in the Eco Yurt Royale at Finca de Arrieta for two weeks complimentary stay in return for this honest review and social media coverage. As always, these are all my own words and opinions. Furthermore, this post contains affiliate links. Should you click to purchase, it is at no extra cost to you, but I receive a small commission towards the running of this blog.

The Lonely Planet Guide to the Canary Islands was a fantastic source of information for exploring the island. A Lanzarote road map is very helpful too.

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Glamping in Lanzarote: A review of our stay at Finca de Arrieta

My finger hesitated over the ‘confirm’ button. Didn’t Michael Palin christen the island ‘Lanzagrotty’? Supposedly the island of sunburnt beer bellies, English fry ups, and soulless resorts?

But flights were SO cheap. £130 return for just Ezra and I at the end of January (I wanted to do a little one-on-one trip before he started school) and the weather was certainly going to be warmer than our home in the UK’s Peak District. Surely the entire island hasn’t completely been overrun my mass tourism?

Read – Lanzarote with kids: off the beaten track

I was determined to find something a little different. Something that would suit our sense of adventure. So I was absolutely over the moon when Michelle, the founder of Lanzarote Retreats, offered to host Ezra and I for a couple of weeks in their luxury Eco Yurt Royale at Finca de Arrieta in return for this review. Yes – a YURT! Now that’s definitely something I could get on board with. I immediately accepted her kind offer. A quick check of Finca de Arrieta on Tripadvisor confirmed that I had indeed made the right decision. Glamping in Lanzarote sounded perfect.

Check out our video of our stay in Lanzarote


Family-run Finca de Arrieta is an enclave of yurts, just outside the sleepy village of Arietta, in the North of Lanzarote. The North offers the most panoramic views and unspoilt towns of the island, as well as some beautiful secluded beaches. I was genuinely surprised. All my preconceived ideas of the island flew out of the window after a couple of road trips around the area. There is a wild nature to the barren landscape here, punctuated by the crumbling white-washed buildings of quaint towns and villages, which almost have a Moroccan feel to them. It’s really very beautiful, and not a high rise in sight!

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Playa de la Cantería, Orzola

Yurt life

There are a range of yurts on offer at Finca de Arrieta to suit all budgets and group sizes, as well as a couple of quirky lodges like the Eco Surf Shack and Eco Cabin. Each accommodation is unique and private from its neighbour, yet a sense of belonging radiates through this eco-conscious community, firmly established with Monday’s Paella Night.

We stayed in the beautifully designed Eco Yurt Royale, a spacious 83 Mongolian yurt. There are two super king-size beds and two single beds, which can be separated into bedrooms with curtains. Red felt material encases the wooden beams and lattice frame, and statement hardwood Mongolian and Balinese furniture, provide a luxury, but homely feel. A Buddha sits underneath the central skylight, which can be opened in warmer months for ventilation and stargazing. In the cooler winter months, it feels very cosy and extra blankets and hot water bottles are provided (not that we needed them).

Once you step outside of the yurt you enter a central courtyard leading to a covered kitchen, an indulgent outside bath and gazebo, and an elevated bamboo dining area, and bathroom. This area is all open, so you can cook in the kitchen, whilst the kids play in the courtyard, and someone else sits reading on the gazebo, or even has a bath (there are curtains!)


Finca de Arrieta is leading the way in eco-tourism for the Canaries, and quite possibly, Spain. The eco-resort has been built using locally sourced materials, and is entirely off-grid. Power is generated from the the abundance of wind and solar energy, and water is pumped from a well under the Eco Tower, which then runs through a desalinator. Guests are encouraged to separate their waste for recycling, feed any food waste to the on-site chickens, donkeys and rabbits, and to collect water from the shower when waiting for it to warm up and reuse washing up water to hydrate the plants.

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For families

There has obviously been a lot of thought in to welcoming families to Finca de Arrieta. From the plastic plates and cutlery, the highchairs, potty and baby bath in every accommodation, to the solar-heated kids’ pool and playground (with huge trampoline), the toy box in the common area, and the pile of buckets and spades to borrow for the beach. There are even a range of car seats to hire and push chairs to borrow, to save parents bringing these items from home. Plus, there are chickens, donkeys and bunnies to meet! It really is a wonderful environment for families, especially those with young children.

Children will also love planting their own cactus in the cactus garden. This is offered free to all guests. A little something to leave behind and perhaps return to one day down the line.

And make sure you book in to Kids’ Yoga on a Friday and the Kids’ Movie Night on a Sunday!


Each accommodation has a private kitchen with cooker and large fridge/freezer. There is a small supermarket in the local town of Arrieta, as well as the convenience store next to the petrol station. However, on our first day, I drove the 25 minutes to Mercadona in Arrecife (click here for location), a large supermarket, to do a big shop for the fortnight ahead.

There is no restaurant on-site, although you can order in the meal of the day in advance, and a breakfast box to be delivered. If you find yourself short though, you will be able to find something in the small honesty shop. There are even jars of pre-prepared ingredients for baking muffins!

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Playa de la Garita, Arrieta

From the resort, a 300 metre pathway leads you to sandy Playa de la Garita, with a low-key beach bar, tapas restaurant and playground. Try the mojitos from the camper. Delicious. Further into the town, you’ll find a few more restaurants overlooking the sea. There are some great seafood options if you like your fish flapping fresh, although as a vegetarian, I found the menus rather limiting.


Aside from kids’ yoga, and kids’ Movie Night, as mentioned before, there are also adult yoga and pilates classes.

Should you wish to book a tour, hire bikes, or book ferry tickets, chat to Renata at the info desk. She’s there every morning from 10 to 3 and has a fantastic knowledge of the island if you’re after something a bit different.

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4×4 tour around the nearby island of La Graciosa


Finca de Arrieta is in a great location for many of Lanzarote’s sites. Although do remember that this is a small island (it only takes one hour to drive from the northernmost town of Orzola to the southenmost town of Playa Blanca), so everywhere is in reasonable reach for a day trip. It’s just a 5 minutes drive to The Catus Garden, 8 minutes to the caves of Jameos del Agua and Cueva De Los Verdes, and 10 and 15 minutes to the picturesque villages of Haria and Teguise respectively.

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Castillo de Santa Bárbara, Teguise

Getting around

A courtesy hybrid car is provided for guests staying in the luxury accommodation, including Eco Yurt Royale. A car is essential for getting around the island, as the public transport is very limited. You could of course opt for tour buses, but we always prefer the independence of our own wheels. Driving around the island is very easy. Download offline Google Maps before you arrive so you can use it’s navigation. Although the main sights are all very well sign posted. Parking is never a problem, unless it’s a town’s market day.

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When to go

We visited at the end of January / beginning of February. Temperatures hovered between 18 and 21 degrees Celcius, and dropped to 14 at night. Some days offered four seasons in one, so wear layers and take a light jacket should you be caught in drizzle, and you will still need suncream for those warmer days. The pool, although heated, did feel rather chilly. However, my three year old was absolutely fine in a wetsuit. Same with the sea. July and August are the hottest months of the year with temperatures reaching 38°C, combined with frequent windy days.

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A dip in the pool in February. Tip: pack a wetsuit for kids and they’ll be totally fine as it is heated.

Though with sunshine all year round, the peak periods are Easter, July, August and December.

Final thoughts

If you’re a family who love getting off the beaten track, crave wild open landscapes, and like things a little bit different, I cannot recommend glamping in Lanzarote enough. Finca de Arrieta was a wonderful base for our two weeks of adventures, and I was extremely impressed at how much thought has gone in to welcoming families and making life easier for parents. Plus, the location is perfect. Nearby Arrieta has retained its local charm and the surrounding landscape is wild and stunning. Just ensure you book ahead for school holiday dates as the secret is out on this very special place.

Looking for another eco resort in Europe? READ: Best family eco resorts and accommodations in Europe


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Disclaimer: We were invited to stay in the Eco Yurt Royale at Finca de Arrieta for two weeks complimentary in return for this honest review and social media coverage. As always, these are all my own words and opinions. Furthermore, this post contains affiliate links. Should you click to purchase, it is at no extra cost to you, but I receive a small commission towards the running of this blog.

The Lonely Planet Guide to the Canary Islands was a fantastic source of information for exploring the island. A Lanzarote road map is very helpful too.

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Lisbon with kids: a winter city break
Best Châteaux to visit in the Loire with kids
35 alternative European city breaks for families

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