8 days in Lanzarote & Tenerife Itinerary

8 days in Lanzarote & Tenerife Itinerary

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Fly to Arrecife, Bus to Lanzarote
— 3 nights
Bus to Arrecife, Fly to Tenerife
Playa de las Americas
— 2 nights
Puerto de la Cruz
— 2 nights



— 3 nights
Today, the entire island is a World Biosphere Reserve, with over 500 different kinds of plants, 17 of which are endemic.
You'll get in some beach time at Papagayo Beach and Surf Spot Famara. Visiting Timanfaya Nationalpark and Charca de la Novia will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Fundacion Cesar Manrique, take a stroll through Pueblo Marinero, tour the pleasant surroundings at Las Salinas, and visit a coastal fixture at Faro de Punta Pechiguera.

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Porto, Portugal to Lanzarote is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Porto in December, expect Lanzarote to be a bit warmer, temps between 26°C and 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Playa de las Americas.

Things to do in Lanzarote

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Playa de las Americas

— 2 nights

Party Capital of Tenerife

Known around the world as a hotspot for beach life and vibrant night culture, Playa de las Américas remains one of the most-visited vacation resorts in the Canary Islands.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa de las Vistas, admire the local landmark of Light and Music Fountain, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Art Gallery La Musa, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa del Duque, and then play a few rounds at Golf Las Americas.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Playa de las Americas road trip app.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Lanzarote to Playa de las Americas in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In December in Playa de las Americas, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Puerto de la Cruz.

Things to do in Playa de las Americas

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Golf

Side Trips

Puerto de la Cruz

— 2 nights

City of Eternal Spring

As one of Tenerife’s oldest port cities, Puerto de la Cruz embodies a hip, island personality, while still retaining its historic fishing village charm.
On the 12th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Jardin, then find something for the whole family at ARTlandya, and then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens (Jardin Botanico). Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Playa de las Teresitas.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Puerto de la Cruz driving holiday planning tool.

Getting from Playa de las Americas to Puerto de la Cruz by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto de la Cruz

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Tenerife travel guide

Water Parks · Beaches · Aquariums
Tenerife is the largest and most populous of the seven Canary Islands. With its abundance of sun-warmed beaches, deep gorges, dramatic cliffs, dense forests, and lush valleys filled with thriving banana plantations, the island offers an impressive variety of things to do: snorkeling, windsurfing, sailing, hiking, and cycling. You can even spelunk in the island’s volcanic caves and tunnels, among the largest in the world. Tenerife is also known for its nightlife, attracting thousands of weekend revelers from nearby European countries. The island is highly urbanized, though there are still pockets where visitors can enjoy the distinctive local culture and sightseeing at a slower pace.