2018 Travels: Lanzarote


I’ve got a few holidays and trips away planned this year so I thought I’d make a point of documenting my travels on my blog with you all. I am by no means a ‘travel blogger‘ but I do look forward to writing about my adventures, sharing photos and documenting memories on my blog that I can always look back and reflect on.

I stayed in Lanzarote (for the first time) on January the 22nd-29th; I booked it as a trip away for my boyfriend and I to celebrate his 26th birthday. I’d never been abroad in January before so I wasn’t sure what to expect, and I was worried about taking a week away from university, but it was really revitalising and gave me a well-needed break from reality.

When we arrived, the first thing we did was hit the strip, to enjoy many cocktails and eat some good food (I had pizza every single night for dinner – no word of a lie). We stayed in Puerto Del Carmen – which we found to be both lively and tranquil. There’s everything you need within close proximity and we also discovered, in our giddy drunken state, that taxis were super cheap too. I’m going to tell you a wee bit about my most enjoyable moments in my time in Lanzarote and then I’ll spend the rest of the blog giving you some recomendations – based on my experiences.

Our first night was absolutely mental; my boyfriend was completely out of the game and I spent the majority of the late hours babysitting him and getting him home safely (which was an extremely scary position to be in, especially in unknown surroundings). He also managed to get cacti spikes stuck in his kneecap, which I did not enjoy pulling out, one by one. This caused him severe pain (when he became sober) and he couldn’t walk properly for the rest of the holiday. Needless to say he beat himself up about this profusely. However, it didn’t ruin the night, as before all of this bedlam occurred we had been dancing like there was no tomorrow, I was shaking everything I had, and I even met some lovely friends who danced with me like they had known me for years. We had such an enjoyable evening and I wish I’d caught their contact details or social media handles so we could have kept in touch. What a lovely bunch! People were recognising me in the streets near our hotel from dancing in the clubs/pubs and calling me ‘Shakira’ – it’s fair to say I don’t get out often enough.

Despite Alastair’s (my boyfriend) sore knee, we still managed to get out and about, and explore the beauty of Lanzarote (just at a really slow place). We visited the volcanos, we got to watch water explode from the live volcanos, witness food being cooked upon the live volcano, rode camels, ventured to Rancho Texas Zoo and witnessed the most beautiful sights and exquisite animals, we saw the most vigorous crashing waves I’d ever witnessed on the most windy day, we saw a hitch-hiker make it a great distance, we must have seen well over 100 cats on our trip, we had several nights out where we enjoyed brilliant music, cheap drink and excellent company – we had a ball. 

Lanzarote is truly a beautiful place. I’d go back in a heartbeat. There’s so much to see and do, a week just wasn’t enough, but it was what we had and we certainly made the most of it. We met fine people, ate well, explored and created life-long memories. That’s what holidays are all about, right?

For those of you inclined to visit Lanzarote, I’d like to give you some recommendations. So get your notepads at the ready and take note! If you’re not interested in the following recommendations then thank you very much for reading thus far, and having a shimmy at my photos, I hope you have a wonderful day.


If you are thinking of getting a hire car, I’d absolutely recommend Auto Reisen. They were unbelivably cheap, efficient and our car was absolutely brilliant. No problems whatsoever. They are known to be one of the best Car Hire options in Lanzarote and I can tell you from experience that they are definitely worth checking out. We would use them again for sure.


Los Claveles Pizzeria –  : BEST PIZZA EVER. It’s light, thin but so delicious and exactly how pizza should taste. We visited here 3 times, and it was brilliant every time, perfect for lunch or dinner. Sit-in or takeaway.

Colisseum Cafe- : We visited this place a couple of times for a bite to eat during the day. It’s within a shopping centre so it’s a great little gold-mine on a hot day, to stop for ice cream or a snack. It’s reasonably priced and very well kept.

Other places I’d highly recommend eating out at would be Valentinas (which is a small-run restaurant, a bit out of the way of the main strip, and has delicious pizza and garlic mayonaise). Also, Da Vinci which is apparently very popular for it’s meat but I’ll let you have 3 guesses what I had… I’d also highly recommend McDonalds in Lanzarote (ha!) because the deals and prices over there are much better than the UK. Plus, you can get alcohol with your meal, bizarre.


100% go and see the Volcanos. There are bus tours that take you there if you don’t have a hire car or alternatively you can just get a cheap taxi. It’s a brilliant day out and you’ll get some otherwordly photographs. I’d highly recommend Rancho Texas Zoo as well. It’s a great day trip and they also have amazing spots for you to sunbathe, and spacious and fun pools for both adults and children, so make sure you take your swimming stuff or wear it underneath. I wish we had! Visit the beaches, especially if you are going in the summer, they are known to be absolutely exquisite. Visit the local shops, walk down the beachfront, buy a padlock and attach it to the many perpetual chains that spread across the island. Explore. Enjoy. Adventure. 

I don’t want to ramble on too much as I’m well aware that TripAdvisor and the like can guide you around Lanzarote one thousand times better than I can but I just wanted to share little nuggets from my time spent on the island. It truly is a beautiful place and you’ll be so gutted to come home afterwards. Writing this blog post has made me want to go back. Right. This. Minute.

Have you ever been to Lanzarote? Are you planning to go? Any holidays booked for 2018? Let me know, I love hearing from you in the comments!






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  1. sunshinesarahxo
    February 19, 2018 / 12:36 pm

    I always love reading about your travels Charlene. I have never been to Lanzerote before but I would love to visit! 😌 Sounds like you had a brilliant time away despite Alastair getting injured! Bless him!
    I remember following your insta stories during the trip & i am so pleased you were able to have an amazing time & not caring what other people thought of you! 😍💕 Go girl!!
    Love you loads babe.
    Sarah Xoxo

  2. Lisa's Notebook
    February 21, 2018 / 2:47 pm

    Ooooooh, Charlene, we booked Lanzarote after being inspired by your Instagram (no pressure, haha) but this review has made me so excited. Is that chocolate pizza I see in one photo? We’ll be staying in Puerto del Carmen too and I definitely want to go camel riding up the volcano (never thought I’d be writing that sentence!). Thank you for a fab review, and tip about car hire. We’re not going until May but I’m counting the days now 🙂 So glad you had a good time, you deserve it! xx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

  3. February 24, 2018 / 2:01 pm

    I never went away in January until this year, I loved it! It gives you a break after the busyness of Christmas and New Year. It sounds like you had an awesome time, although I think I wouldn’t be in the best mood if I had cacti spikes in my kneecap! It sounds like you still managed to do a great deal despite this. The volcano’s look interesting to visit and it would definitely be on my list if I decide to visit.

    Kim // http://www.sincerelykimberly.com

  4. March 2, 2018 / 3:53 pm

    Love Lanza, the volcanos are beautiful! Great post, and that pizza looks so good. Looks like you had a fab time 💖

  5. March 3, 2018 / 8:20 pm

    Great post! Beautiful photographs! I love reading these posts, however they just make me want to go on holiday 😂😂xx

  6. March 13, 2018 / 7:45 pm

    I don’t know if we’ll be traveling this year but I enjoyed very much watchinf your instastories on your trip. It all looks beautiful! && I loved my postcard!

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