If you are looking for a life lived outdoors, Lanzarote is the perfect place. When outside is your playground, all year round! This island offers a climate that makes it possible from January through to December to do things and go to places that are outdoors. Add active on that and you will soon be caugt in the passionate outdoor living.
We are a family of four, two adults and two children. Living an active lifestyle, makes the choices of outdoors easier. We have lived many years in Lanzarote and now moved back to Sweden for a year and we realize how much we spent our lives outdoors. This is what we did.
With the Matagorda beach off our backstep this was an easy accessible backyard, where we enjoyed sunrises and sunsets. Walking along the beach to get milk at the supermarket. Highway to outdoor living. Walking the kids on an evening stroll. Making footprints in the sand or trickling cold water over the feet. Exploring rock pools and catching crabs (if lucky and very small ones) for dinner.
Summer meant late afternoons and plenty of swimming, the cooler months we used it to play football, run them tired (the kids!) and breathe that fresh salt air.
Playa Quemada Beach
Going to this beach meant getting there by car. We never came here to swim, but to enjoy the quaint, beautiful and off the beaten track beach. Black sand, black rocks and pebble stone heaven. Where we saw local fisherman bring their early morning catch and place it on a plank prepping for the lunch family barbecue. Here the kids loved to explore. Just sit and watch or feel Mother Nature in many senses.
Close to Playa Quemada is the beginning of many trails and as a passionate trail runner this is my favourite place and favourite thing to do. Lanzarote has spectacular ocean-and volcano trails and the thing I always enjoy the most about these trails are the closeness to the ocean. This is very unique! Easy accessible too. Trail running is something you can do all year round. Some days are hotter, windier and more demanding but you can run 365 days a year in beautiful climate.
Did you know there is something magic about the energy in Lanzarote. And it varies from the northern landscape to the inland black volcanic rocks. Hiking is popular and we did shorter walks when the boys were little. This is a nice way to be together and explore the landscape up, close and personal.
Our kids learned to ride their bikes along the boardwalk that goes from Areciffe past the airport via Matagorda all the way to Puerte deal Carmen. Some parts easier than others. This is a great family thing to do. Biking is freedom and the beauty is that Lanzarote offers a playground for all types of bikes and their riders. Throw yourself down the MTB back tracks, challenge yourself on the famous Ironman bike course or just cruise and go plane- and people watching at the airport.
So, if you're not into what land has to offer Lanzarote is surrounded by one big Atlantic Ocean. Costa Teguise is the place to windsurf and we have spent endless windy days on the beach of Las Cucharas and Los Charcos. For the more experienced and gutsy windsurfer Jameos in the north is a spectacular spot. Even to just watch the windsurfers. This is the thing, you don't need to practice the sport to appreciate it. And there is a reason Lanzarote has a nickname - Lanzawindy!
Famara & Surf
I don't think Lanzarote can be mentioned without the word Famara. What a beach. Outdoor living at its best. September, October our favourite months for the beach life but have you once been here on a gorgeous winters day to surf you are more than likely going to want to return. Again. And again.
I have never fished in my life before but living here fishing has become more than just catching a fish. There are nice little places to fish off the rocks. Spectacular sunrises and hidden beaches that only the locals know of. The coastlines offers some stunning places and I often went along with the boys to explore while hubby caught our lunch. One day we were so thrilled when we discovered rock pools that had dried out and left sea salt to collect. It doesn't get better than that.
Outdoor living on the waters. There are reasons Volvo Ocean teams have had base camp in Lanzarote or why one of the worlds best J80 sailors comes from Lanzarote. The wind and waters. No matter boat preference or skills, if it's to race or just cruise. We had many memorable family moments on a small boat exploring the waters from Puerto del Carmen to Playa Blanca. Whether it was to swim off the boat on hot summer days, fishing mackerel close to the beaches or just for the sake of a beautiful sail on these magnificent waters. Reasons to be outdoors!
Chill & Relax
To live an outdoor life you don't need to always be active. It helps, but there are plenty of things to do - or not do - by just being! Coming from Scandinavia we know how limited one is from being outdoors, all year round. This has to be one of the privileges living in Lanzarote. Matagorda beach as your backyard, trail running along ocean trails, exploring interesting beaches, windsurfing Jameos or hiking in the north, fishing in the sunrise and sailing into a red sunset. To me that is outdoor living and I can't think of much more that beats that.