Whilst some people look forward to going on holiday and having time to rest and relax, spending day after day sunbathing on the beach, others want to keep up their fitness regime or try exciting new activities that they’ve never tried before.
A Lanzarote holiday doesn’t have to feel lazy or leisurely. If you’re the type of person that likes to stay active then you’ll still find plenty of things to do.
As a small volcanic island, Lanzarote has plenty of hills and slopes for challenging walks. There are also wide open spaces, unspoilt by human construction, where you’re likely to see wild animals running across dusty fields amongst cactus plants and rocks. You can set out on your own or book your place on a guided walking tour to learn a thing or two from an expert.
There are plenty of companies offering cycle hire services, dotted around the island. Once you’ve hired a bike you’ll be free to take it anywhere you like, going on a cycle tour of the island or sticking close to your accommodation and using it to cycle to shops and restaurants. Villas in Lanzarote typically include plenty of space to store bikes for every member of your travel party, so that you can go on family bike rides or explore the island’s spectacular scenery with friends.
If you love swimming then you’ll struggle to find anywhere better than Lanzarote. As well as pristine beaches the island is home to a number of well-maintained water parks with rides and flumes. Yet, if you’re keen on swimming for fitness, you might want to book a stay in one of the many villas in Lanzarote with their own swimming pools. That way, you’ll be able to enjoy swimming in your private pool without being splashed or pushed about by excitable kids and teenagers.
Along the coast you’ll find dozens of diving schools providing everything you need to go scuba diving, wreck diving, cave diving and reef diving, or snorkelling. It won’t matter if you’re a complete beginner or an experienced diver, because there are tutors and guides available for absolutely everyone. Creatures that you might see whilst diving include tuna fish, rays, dolphins, turtles, starfish, seahorses, eels, whales and even the occasional octopus.
You can hire a kayak and take it to the beach, or book your place on an organised kayak tour during which you’ll make your way along the coast to see some of the island’s natural beauty spots. Sea kayaking is a very popular activity and it’s also possible to take a kayak out into the water and use it for off-shore fishing.
Most activities are accessible to children as well as adults, and with courses and lessons available it’s possible for beginners to try their hand at something that they’ve never done before. That way, the whole family can enjoy an active holiday that allows them to experience Lanzarote’s natural beauty, rather than sticking to the key tourist resorts.
Have you been diving in Lanzarote? Which is your favourite water park? Do you like to go walking, or settle down on the beach? Comment and let us know.
Guest blogger: Rachel Hurley is an experienced travel writer and enjoys active holidays around the world.