Lanzarote is a popular holiday destination whatever time of year you visit, but if you want to make your stay even more special, book around the time of one of these exciting events. From carnival to antiques markets, sports and even strong man competitions, there’s always something spectacular happening on this little island.
Carnival – February to March
Carnival is by far the biggest event in the Canary Islands with parades, fireworks, music and dancing. Lanzarote’s carnival starts in Arrecife and is typically held in the last week of February, but dates do change year by year so it’s worth checking before you book. Once you’re there though, carnival is a fantastic event you don’t want to miss.
Copa de MTB – March to September
The Copa de MTB Lanzarote is a new and exciting mountain bike challenge consisting of six races across Lanzarote from March to September. From rally bike racing to marathons, if you’re into your cycling, the races are open to visitors as well as locals, but are equally fun to watch.
Día de la Cruz – 3rd May
The famous celebration of Día de la Cruz (Day of the Cross) is when the towns and villages of Lanzarote hang decorated crosses covered with flowers all over walls, doors and streets. The best place to see these pretty displays is Teguise, where the locals go all out; creating beautiful and sweet smelling displays that add some magic to its cobbled streets.
Amongst the religious celebrations and carnivals is the exciting Lanzarote Ironman competition. Over 2,000 triathletes enter this tough competition to swim 3.8 km, cycle 180 km and run a marathon of 42 km, all finishing before midnight. The competition starts in Playa Grande, Puerto del Carmen at 7am on Saturday 23rd May, so get there early!
Fiesta de San Gines
This spectacular fiesta is to celebrate the memory of Arrecife’s patron saint, San Gines. The event is held mostly in the El Charco area and offers a wide range of exciting events like traditional Canarian sports including sailing and wrestling. The event ends with the crowning of a new Miss Lanzarote and a spectacular beach firework display on the evening of 25th August.
Markets – Various times
The markets of Lanzarote are renowned for their diverse array of bargains. With fresh produce such as cheese and wine, arts and crafts, clothes, jewellery and antiques, you’re bound to find the perfect souvenir. The most popular of these is the huge Teguise market which is held on Sundays from 9am to 2pm and sees hundreds of tourists flock to its varied stalls.