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Family holiday in Lanzarote ?

Asked by: 26th March 2013


We are thinking of booking a holiday to Lanzarote in Oct.  We have never been but would like to give it a go.  Could anybody recommend a good family area? We quite like sampling local restaurants although willing to give all inc a go if needs be. Trying to balance up whether it is better to go all in or if it is reasonable enought to book sc and eat out?

 I have heard it can be quite windy in some parts! Our 2 young boys will spend the majority of the time in the pool so a breeze not ideal, although it would also be good to be near a nice beach as well.  We are not into massively lively resorts but we like walking around the local towns and showing our boys the island we are holidaying on.  Any advice would be gratefully received.




33 Answers

  1. Frank on Mar 26, 2013

    There are 3 main places to consider. Puerto Del Carmen is the main, largest and busiest resort which has a long sea front and beautiful beaches. Plenty of Bars, Discos, Restaurants etc. It tends to attact a younger crowd with it’s disco bars. A bit too busy and noisey for me with too many teenagers but clearly lots of people like it.

    Playa Blanca is the smallest of the 3 resorts at the south of the island it too has a nice beach. It has lots of nice big hotels, plenty do AI – I’d choose here if you like it quiet and you intend to spend most of your time at night in your hotel. Not a great deal of nightlife.

    Costa Teguise is our own favourite. Not as busy as PDC but a lot more going on than in PB. It has a nice beach(see the webcam), plenty of bars with singers family quizes etc., lots of Appartments and a few large hotels. It has a couple of disco type bars but is mainly geared up for families. It has plenty of good reasonable restaurants, some really cheap ones and a few a bit more expensive and upmarket ones.

    With regard to AI or SC there are plenty of debates on here for you to look at, depends on what you like, but personally I think you miss out on so much if you go AI especially on your first visit. As for the breeze, it’s never been a problem and a welcome relief when the temperatures soar.

    Make your choice, no matter where you go you’ll have a great time. I go 3 times per year so I’m a bit biased.

    • Rochelle on Mar 26, 2013

      Thank you Frank, that’s really helpful. I completely agree about AI, hate the idea about being tied to a hotel for all the food and drink. Does nothing for the local economy either! Costa T looks lovely and looks like our first choice. Best get looking and booking then,

      Thanks a lot,


    • Marian Walker on Mar 26, 2013

      I agree with Frank about the resorts on the island we have stayed all he has mentioned but Costa Teguise is our favourite we have been to the island 15 time 3 of those to Costa Teguise. It can be slightly windy but do not let that put you off. The beach is lovely and very safe as Frank say’s have a look at the web cam.
      We do not go A/I there are so many places to eat and at very reasonable cost from chinese buffet at 4.95 euro per head to other restaurants more expensive but there is plenty to choose from.

      There are plenty of apartments in the centre of the resort. The Oasis Lanz Club has some nice 2 bed apartments also one of there pools is heated.

      There is something about Costa Teguise that is safe and homely we just love it.

  2. Marian Walker on Mar 26, 2013

    Sorry as above have stayed in Costa Teguise 13 times out of our 15 visit.

  3. julie kirkham on Mar 26, 2013

    We stayed in Costa Teguise last year, at Sands Beach, and we loved it so much we recommended it to my very precious daughter and her husband and 3 year old, who is a very demanding little boy. My daughter was 6 months pregnant at the time and is also very fussy.
    She was blown away.
    if you book the beach front appartments you have a private beach with toys there for your little ones to use. its shallow and safe .It is breezy, but its nice, as you dont get too hot.

    There is a Buddys club, and some little boats Daddy can paddle little one around in, a playground, and a child friendly heated (still chilly but bearable) pool with a lovely friendly ba,r with staff who know how to behave with children.Food available.
    The staff are all wonderful with children, and although my daughter was all inclusive she would do self catering next time as there are so many cheap and easy place to get to.

    Another place we found child friendly, with a lovely beach and places to walk to to eat, was Sol Lanzarote in Matagorda, 20 mins from the airport, thought that s never a problem,as we enjoyed watching the planes
    .Its really clean, friendly and central.
    I recommend you do some research on the internet and visit trip advisor.
    Ps, we are back to sand Beach in 2 week time.
    I hope you have a wonderful holiday.

  4. Rochelle on Mar 26, 2013

    Thank you so much for your great advice everyone. This site is great! I’m going to check out all of your suggestions now.

    Thanks a lot

  5. Terry on Mar 27, 2013

    Me and my partner stayed at Barcelo (Costa Teguise) last year and thought it was great we went AI but some nights we ate out, its a really good family friendly place and ok for couples wanting a peaceful holiday, great bars and resturants,

    Agree with Julie says as well about “Sands Beach”
    we took a long (ish) stroll down the beach and came across this hotel and from the out side it looked amazing, i would like to stay there as the apartments have a small seating area out side there door, witch leads onto a man made beach the entertainment there from what we seen was more suited for kids, the only problem i have with this hotel is its to far away from the centre of CT and just didnt seem like there was alot around that area as it was at the end of teh strech, (i could be wrong?)
    If it wasnt for my partner being pregnant atm i think this hotel would be nice to try, but we are taking the safer option and going back to Barcelo in a couple of weeks as we enjoyed the food, and location.

  6. Terry on Mar 27, 2013

    PS. i recommend taking the boys to Rancho Texas! im a big kid myself (age:30), and think i loved it more than my partner, lol we swam witht he sea lions there witch was a great experience, i think it cost for 2 of us E120 thats inc the entrance to the park, and a DVD of all the photos taken.

    Also if you want to show them around the island i recommend having the volcano tour, and teh camel ride 🙂 can not remember how much we paid for this, but it was a great day trip and im sure your boys will love seeing and learning about this active island i did 😛 :$

  7. david charles hind on Mar 27, 2013

    I love costa teguise,a great place for everything,you can watch life go by on the” beach bar costa teguise” webcam and I have a few photos on facebook “Kwik pics”,weather in October can be very good ,will be back in CT in may can”t wait for a lot of warmth regards dave

  8. Marian Walker on Mar 27, 2013

    Sands Beach is a fair walk from the centre especially if you are out at night, there are plenty taxis at a resonable cost although if you were to get one everynight the cost would mount up. We took a walk round Sands Beach alhtough it did look quite nice it was not for us, we thought of Butlins but that was our thoughts plenty people stay there and go time and time again. What one person likes another may not.

  9. mike on Mar 27, 2013

    agree with everyones comments, from my point of view costa tequise is such a great island to visit. i am 28 and wife 24 and we have come to costa tequise 7 times in last 5 years and are going back in september then jan next year. its such a relaxed atmosphere and perfect for families and couples alike.

    personally if you go AI u miss out on experiencing the local food from the many great restaurants around CT aswel as all the bars where you can find some good evening entertainment to suit all.

    yes it can be windy at times but as it can get really humid its welcome distraction. las cucharas beach is great to walk along especially in the evening when the sun sets.

    enjoy wherever you decide to oo. 😉

  10. Barry Dunne on Mar 27, 2013

    We will be staying in the Sands in 5 Weeks time, i wont mind the long walk into town,it’s the stagger back that will get to me,
    One of the things that i think is a must do is to stand on the Beach in Matagorda under the flight path of the Planes that seem to be touching distance when flying over your head knowing that a slight misjudgement on the pilots part would leave you as a smear and forever part of the Island

    I will put a LOL so you know i have not got a Death wish. LOL

  11. Wendy Middleton on Mar 28, 2013

    We have been to Costa Teguise upteen times (1st time our daughter was 3 – she is now 21). Los Zocos had lots to do for children and adults. I wouldn’t go AI as there are just so many places to go within walking distance (and everyone welcomes children), whether you fancy a short stroll or don’t mind walking a bit further.

    It always seems to be a windy place, but I like that. (Been May, November and December usually.)

    We have been with my Mum (now 70) and her partner – both of whom have been without us and our daughter has even chosen to go there with her friend.

    CT is quiet but still with plenty to do and I’d feel safe going there on my own.

    Hope this helps you. (We’ll be there again in 7 weeks – Galeon Playa again)

  12. karen hill on Mar 28, 2013

    Hi Barry, we always spend a few hours at matagorda when we stay in CT, can’t beat standing in the sea under the landing lights when the planes are landing, if your times up, would love to stay in Lanzarote even if i was only a smear LOL

    • Tracy R on Mar 31, 2013

      Hi Karen how do you get to Matagorda from CT do you use the local bus or taxi ?

  13. david charles hind on Mar 29, 2013

    see you in the galeon wendy,erika calls me crazy dave,but I’m not that crazy:0)

  14. Rochelle on Mar 29, 2013

    Brilliant everyone, thanks for all the help.

    We may have struck lucky and have a friend with a 2 bed apartment in PDC, the old town. Only trouble is flight prices-OUCH!

    Thanks all.

  15. mike on Mar 29, 2013

    rochelle, as i have stated on another post on here, the trick is to email the airline you wish to fly with and request when they are releasing the flights for the month you wish to fly in. i got an email from easyjet 2 days ago that they have released the flight up until next march and i booked for jan 2014 and the cost was £264 return for 2 inc luggage. also going in september this year and booked these last december and same again got it jut over £300

    its a great way to get them cheap otherwise the prices do rise and its dearer to book closer u get to ur departure.

  16. jason on Mar 31, 2013

    we have a villa on sands beach which we have owned for 7 years now , lovely place for kids as mine have grown up there every year. Take exception to the person called it Butlins….how dare you remark that after a quick walk around !!!! The place is clean and safe and lovely for family’s and couples. We have lots of friends and family that return year after year.

  17. Marian Walker on Mar 31, 2013

    Sorry jason but everyone is entitled to their option, if we all liked the same place we would all be there and everywhere else would be empty. The man made beach was certainly not clean the last time we were there. like you we have friends who have stayed there and they enjoy it but it’s not for us.

  18. jason on Mar 31, 2013

    i would like to put on record here that i think your opinion is tripe and i’d rather you keep your opinions to yourself. No need to try and downgrade a place with comments like that…if Butlins was like that no one would bother going abroad. I’m sure you wouldnt like to to comment on your street where you live.

  19. jim dolan on Mar 31, 2013

    Sorry Jason but I agree with Marian we have been to CT 4 times in the last year stayed at Sands once and although not trying to downgrade the place the man made beach is pits.

  20. mike on Mar 31, 2013

    Hi jason, everyone is entitled to their opinion as that is how we get reviews. Some places are not for everyone. Secondly in my opinion CT is a great place and we love it and it aint like butlins at all its just how some people see things.

    Jason… So jelous u have a place over there thats what we would like one day.

  21. mike on Mar 31, 2013

    And sands beach is a nice hotel my wifes parents stayed there and they said it was great but once again everyones eyes and thoughts are different.

  22. Barry Dunne on Mar 31, 2013

    i find the comments about the private beach and the lagoon worrying.
    We are going there in 4 weeks time. My wife is a non swimmer who has difficulty climbing down the little steps going into pools.
    The main attraction about the Sands is the walk in pools and the shallow lagoon.
    I know from past experience that the pools at this time of the Year are no go areas due to being freezing cold most of the time but the sea is comfortable to bathe in,
    My question is, are the beach and lagoon dirty?

  23. jim dolan on Mar 31, 2013


    Ref sands beach complex, the site and surroundings, are very good walk in pools, excellent facilities, supermarket, food etc very good.

    My concern when we were there was as earlier stated, the complex manmade beach was always dirty the lagoon was certainly not for bathing in, was full of a dark seaweed type growth and dirty.
    sorry but that’s as we saw it.


  24. ian on Mar 31, 2013

    jason. we stayed in a beachfront apartment on sands beach 2 weeks ago, absolutly fantastic, kids loved it and the weather was brilliant. going back i9n september on the palmeras plaza. where is toure villa

  25. jason on Mar 31, 2013

    we have one on palmeras , Barry there is a gentle slope into many pools as the one on palmeras and the heated pool by the mai tai restaurant so will be fine….the sea lagoon is that a sea lagoon ???? there are fish there and the water is from the sea..salty too. It is not crystal clear like a swimming pool but you will find its safe to paddle in and if u wanted to swim it would be like swimming in the sea. The man made beach is safe for kids to play on and as for dirty ive never seen it dirty.

  26. Stephen Andrew Mallon on Apr 01, 2013

    Been going to Costa Teguise for the last 4yrs 3/4 times a year. Never done the A/I but have found so many places to eat (Cheap or as expensive as you want) Tried a few different apartment (on trip advisor if you want to look) but the last 2yrs we have gone between the El Guarapo and the Oceana. Clean basic both places El Guarapo is a little further to walk but not really that far Oceano is fantastic. Have heard all the moans ie: you cant get any sleep if you go to bed at 10pm as the bar is open and people are laughing! On jolly days folks enjoy and he never really stays open that late. they have just been refurbed we were there last nov and jan just gone. Costa Teguise is a wonderful peaceful resort so if self catering A/I or half board just get out and have a look around the place it is so friendly. Booked for the Oceano again for April August Sept Nov and next Jan lol

    PS I like to club with the best of them but this place ticks all the boxes


  27. David myers on Apr 03, 2013

    Sorry to disagree with most comments but just done 3 weeks in Lanzarote and I found CT to be the one resort I would not recommend lots of places seemed very short on customers and it reminded me of a ghost town

  28. mike on Apr 03, 2013

    hi david, in CT there are that many bars and restaurants that the people are always spread out amongst them, thats what we always find when we go in the ‘out of season’ time. Also with alot of people , especialy families goin self catering it means tht everyone is in the resorts instead of experiencing everything that CT has to offer. trust me if u go in the summer months you wont be dissapointed as alot of the bars and restaurants are busy. we have been in january before and its been steady but still plenty of people about.

    i would recommend CT as it is a great, relaxing pllace where your made to feel welcome but u wont experience this as much if your chained to the hotel.

    ps.. if your looking for great nightlife then go to peurto del carmen.

  29. David myers on Apr 03, 2013

    Hi Mike been in the summer felt just the same, been there many times over the last twenty years but I prefer PB and Matagorda but that’s just me and all the people that go to CT will no doubt have a great holiday

  30. mike on Apr 03, 2013

    strange that david as we go few times a year also and go every summer whether it be june july or august its always busy, in the day and evening so dont know what your doing wrong lol but like you say… each to their own.