lanzaroteAs one of the Canary Islands’ most visited destinations, Lanzarote has well developed resorts and attractions which contribute to it being known as a great destination for those on a budget, families and young groups taking their first independent holiday away from mum and dad. But, away from the largest and busiest spots, the traditional towns and villages of Lanzarote have gone largely unchanged and this makes them a real attraction for those who fancy a peaceful break in a beautiful island location.

Arrieta

This small fishing village sits on the north east coast of the island and is a perfect place to just kick back and enjoy the peace and quiet. There’s a sandy bay to sunbathe on, and when you need to cool off you can just wade into the clear waters for a swim, snorkel or scuba dive. There are some fantastic seafood restaurants here, but the highlight is the unique, eco-friendly accommodation available just a ten minute walk outside the village. The Finca de Arrieta guesthouse has a philosophy of preserving the landscape and environment of Lanzarote, so among a choice of private or shared accommodation in yurts or lodges, you’ll find a solar heated pool, an ‘honest shop’ for any provisions you need and a range of locally sourced food and wines all with a view of the mountains to one side and the sea on the other. Bliss!

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This village which borders the Timanfaya National Park has been twice named as the ‘Prettiest Village in Spain’. Fewer than 300 people live here and this means that from a tourist point of view, there is very little to do which, if you’re looking for a peaceful getaway is just perfect. For days out, you can visit the coast which is just a ten minute drive away, or for something truly unique, head deep into Timanfaya and visit the El Diablo Restaurant which uses heat from the volcano to cook your meal. From here, you get panoramic views of the park itself and can enjoy the landscape from anywhere in the circular restaurant as you dine.

Orzola

Located on the northernmost tip of the island, this village benefits from some of the finest, white sand beaches which are a contrast from the grey volcanic sands of the Southern coast but perhaps more importantly, these are some of the quietest beaches too. The shallow waters are crystal clear and the town is peaceful, but even more so is the La Graciosa island which is just a twenty minute boat ride away. This tiny island has no cars, no roads and only a few hundred residents, making it one of the quietest places in the Canaries. Tours of the island can be taken in 4×4 jeeps, and accommodation can be found in the port of Caleta de Sebo if you decide you’d like to stay overnight. Make sure that if you’re there after sundown, you remember to look up, the absence of light and pollution here makes star-gazing a real treat.

Have you stayed in any remote or peaceful spots on Lanzarote that you would recommend? We’d love to hear your suggestions so feel free to send them in along with any photos and we’ll make sure they get added to our guide and photo gallery!