Unusual places to stay in Lanzarote
Our first resorts
Until you have been there, you may be under the impression that Lanzarote is a run of the mill, resort filled island. But here you are wrong. A dramatic volcanic landscape, the heart of which is barren and unbuildable upon, it has a raw and wonderful beauty. Similarly, there are plenty of unusual places to stay in Lanzarote which match this beauty, created by people who don’t see this Canary Island as one big beach.
Head to the north east coastal village of Arrieta to stay in a traditional fisherman’s cottage, beautifully converted to accommodate up to four people, with a double bed and a sofa bed. This is the sort of place where you could almost cast your line straight out of the bedroom window and wait to get a bite. Nestled on the water’s edge but also in the heart of the fishing village, the slipway beside the cottage still houses traditional wooden boats for local people.
In this stunning restoration even the bath has a sea view, although you will probably spend most of your time in the sea water, or hanging out at the nearby tapas restaurant watching the world go by. And it isn’t a big world, this part of the island being very much a local hangout. The fisherman’s cottage has been designed to be as “eco” as possible, using local building materials, traditional techniques and solar panels to generate power. You also don’t need a car, being only a stone’s throw from the village shops, and a line’s throw from dinner.
A selection of stunning yurts
There’s also a restored farm, or finca, by the sea in Arrieta, which you could almost drive past without noticing, until suddenly you do a double take and spot eight conical roofs poking through the swaying palm trees, mirroring the conical peaks of their volcanic backdrop. In the dry, hot climate that Lanzarote is famous for, sleeping under canvas has to be one of the best ways to vacation, especially for families. Yurts range from standard to luxurious, from silks and sassiness to simple yet classy.
Family run by an English couple who have lived here for over 20 years and raised their own children here, these yurts echo with screeches of delight from children as they collapse on the shaded daybeds during the midday heat, or bounce on the trampoline surrounded by dramatic volcanic landscapes at sunset. Even better – it’s just a short walk to the beach which stretches out in front of them. With solar panels and wind power, and a totally sussed approach to sustainability by the founders on their beloved Lanzarote, these yurts are the sort of place that people book again and again, to get their finca fix.
Gardens in the ruins
It is rare to see flourishing gardens in Lanzarote, due to the arid climate throughout the year. So the Cactus Garden, which was founded by the island’s sustainability guru César Manrique, and has over a thousand spiny species laid out with skillful planting techniques, just stops you in your tracks. Similarly, in the same small village of Guatiza, on the north coast, you can stay in a garden apartment, a restored farm building on a 300-yer-old finca, where two people can surround themselves with the most gorgeous tropical plants and cacti. Or even bathe among them in the outdoor shower. Not too near, though, in case you were worried about that! Anyone who thinks that they can’t grow anything in their garden back home will have a lot to learn from the skilful planting carried out by these gifted owners, as well as having a beautiful cosy place to stay.