Lanzarote may appeal to you with its volcanoes, artworks, and beaches, but make some time to try some local culinary delicacies, too. Many of the dishes you’ll find in Lanzarote are influenced by popular Spanish recipes, but you’ll also find elements of African and Latin American cuisine, too.
Tapas are a great way to try a variety of flavors during a cruise to Lanzarote, since tapas are small plates of food brought to you that are generally shared by the entire table. Watch out for spicy peppers added to the plates if you don’t have a high spice tolerance!
Another traditional menu item to try is a stew made with spiced meat and vegetables. Rabbit stew is a local favorite. Being an island, fish is an in-demand culinary dish on Lanzarote and you can also find it prepared in a stew (a local specialty is the sancocho made with salted seabream) or more commonly steamed or grilled. For a local fish favorite, try the parrotfish (locally called vieja) cooked in oil and vinegar and served with its scales still on!
Want more traditional favorites? Try the wrinkled potatoes that are boiled in salty water with the skins left on, giving them a wrinkled appearance and hence their name. Mojo sauce is a common side to dip the potatoes in; choose the green one for a more mild sauce as the red one is typically more spicy. One more common side dish you’ll often see is gofio, which is a bread made with toasted maize, wheat, and barley and has a similar consistency to polenta.
For dessert, local goat cheese fried and topped with honey is a tasty treat, as is bienmesabe, a sugary almond cream made with eggs.
For drinks, the local wine is an excellent thing to try if you like sampling new vino. The wine in Lanzarote gets a unique earthy flavor thanks to it being made with grapes grown on the volcanic soil of the island. If liquor is your drink of choice, rum is the most popular Canarian spirit. You also may like to try the Cobana for a tropical flair to your drink since it’s a yellow banana liqueur.