We arrived in Lanzarote on board MSC’s Armonia and had already decided that we wanted to hire a car for our day there.

We disembarked the ship and strolled along to the car rental office, within the confines of the port. Within 10 minutes we were walking out with keys to our rental car for the day. We paid 50 euros for the car as it was the last one they had available. We had considered booking in advance however, we were glad we didn’t when we ended up in the port of Arrecife a day early due to an itinerary change!

The first place we visited was Timanfaya National Park in the southwest of the island. Timanfaya is the area of the island which was created during volcanic eruptions in the mid-18th century. More than 100 volcanoes erupted and completely changed the landscape of the island forever.
A DAY IN LANZAROTE, TIMANFAYA NATIONAL PARK
You have to visit the park either by car or with an organised shore excursion from the ship. You pass the entrance and pay your fee (9 euros per adult) and drive through a large area of volcanic landscape. It’s kind of what I imagine driving on Mars to be like. The ground is rough, the terrain is harsh and it is crazy to think that hundreds of species of flora and fauna can exist on such seemingly dead landscape.

A DAY IN LANZAROTE, TIMANFAYA NATIONAL PARK
The entrance fee includes a trip around more of the national park by coach while information about the park and it’s volcanoes is played over the sound system.

You can also see the effects of pouring a bucket of water into a hole in the ground at Timanfaya. It shoots back out at an alarming rate due to the temperatures of more than 400 degrees just a short distance below the surface of the ground.

Also, you can eat food cooked using the volcanoes geothermal heat. There’s a giant hole in the ground covered with a grill that they cook a whole bunch of different food on and you can enjoy it while enjoying dramatic views out over the crazy volcanic landscape.
A DAY IN LANZAROTE, TIMANFAYA NATIONAL PARK
After we’d gotten our fill of the volcanoes we jumped back in our car and drove to popular beach resort, Puerto del Carmen.

Puerto del Carmen has a stretch of beach that extends for many kilometres along the shore. It’s the perfect place to catch a couple of hours of sunshine on the beach if that’s what you’re after. There are also a number of scuba diving centres here where you could explore the underwater life that surrounds the island.

A DAY IN LANZAROTE, PUERTO DEL CARMEN

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There are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants in Puerto del Carmen too and it’s definitely better than Arrecife from this point of view. As Arrecife is the capital city of the island it’s more busy and industrial than the touristy town of Puerto del Carmen.