A couple of weeks ago, S and I headed to the beautiful Canary Island of Lanzarote for a 6-day sun getaway. We had considered visiting Greece or Mallorca again as we had a blast on those beach trips, but in the end decided to try somewhere new. We had heard wonderful things about Spain’s Canary Islands and after a lot of research, we decided to give Lanzarote a go.
We stayed at TUI Sensimar Natura Palace, a 4-star adults-only hotel in Playa Blanca, the southernmost town on the island. The trip was truly hassle free since it included Deutsche Bahn train tickets to and from the Stuttgart airport, a return transfer shuttle from the Lanzarote airport to our hotel, and half board dining (buffet breakfast and dinner) every day.
In our research before the trip, we had read that some of the rooms at Natura Palace had been refurbished, so upon check in, we asked if one of those rooms was available. Lucky for us, one of them was, which we were offered. Much to our surprise, it turned out to also be an amazing ocean view room and we could even see the neighbouring island of Feurteventura from our balcony! Talk about an upgrade!
We couldn’t have been happier with our choice of hotel – the grounds were lush and green with beautiful landscaping, the pool was refreshing, there were plenty of sunbeds (though it was tricky to find some with shade due to those eager early birds putting out their towels on chairs under umbrellas at 7am!), the buffet food was fresh and plentiful, and the staff were friendly and helpful. We also enjoyed using their facilities like the spa and gym, and regularly attended the fitness classes (like yoga and pilates) and activities (quiz roulette) throughout the week.
Even though we would have been happy to hang out at the hotel all week, we thought it would be a shame to miss seeing a bit more of the island. There is a promenade that wraps around the coast, so you can exit the hotel and head right to see the lighthouse or head left to go into town to visit the local beach (Playa Flamingo) and check out some bars and restaurants. We went for a leisurely walk one afternoon toward town and rewarded ourselves with a cocktail on Playa Flamingo.
One day we took the public bus to Marina Rubicón to visit their market which takes place every Wednesday and Saturday. Here you can pick up local products (such as Lanzarote aloe vera gel or spicy rojo mojo sauce), souvenirs, crafts, clothes, and more, or just browse around as we did. The marina is a gorgeous azure blue and surrounding the market, there are several high-end stores where you can shop to your heart’s content.
The only minor disappointment from our trip was the fact that we had signed up for a sailing trip to La Graciosa, a small island just north of Lanzarote, but it was cancelled the day beforehand due to strong winds in the forecast. In the end, it was for the best, as the weather did turn out to be extremely windy and too dangerous for sailing after all. In any case, we now have an excuse to go back to Lanzarote (as if we needed one in the first place)!
Have you ever been to the Canary Islands before? Which other island can you recommend to visit?