There’s nothing better than enjoying a decent coffee or an ice cold beer and watching everyone go about their daily business, is there? We all love people watching!

In the resort areas, there are a ton of places you can people watch, but you’ll mostly see holidaymakers, so we’ve selected five places outside the resorts where we you’ll be able to see the comings and goings of Lanzaroteños.

Calle Real, Arrecife

This is the daddy of them all – Calle Real, also known as Calle Leon y Castillo is the main, pedestrianised shopping street in the centre of Arrecife. There are several excellent street cafés along it’s length, so grab a table and enjoy. Don’t forget to try the churros, they’re delicious!

Saturdays are best.

Plaza de Haria

Haria has a lovely plaza, shaded by large trees, and you’ll find two cafés and a sociedad there, all with outside tables. Look out for the mayor and councillors from the nearby Ayuntamiento – they take coffee most mornings.

Weekdays are best, the plaza is busy with the market on a Saturday.

Orzola

Sit in one of the restaurants across from the ferry port and you can watch the fishing boats coming in and out, unloading their catch, and then you can see all the people getting on and off the ferry to La Graciosa.

Any day is good!

Guatiza

Guatiza is the little village where the cactus gardens are. It used to be on the main road to the north, but it was bypassed a few years ago. You’ll see a little roadside café (and there’s another one across the road) with tables outside.

Go in the week for a real slice of village life and some interesting characters.

Playa Honda

There are two great people watching opportunities in Playa Honda. Either drop into one of the pavement cafés on Calle Mastil, or head to the sea front promenade and visit any of the bars along there. Either way, you’ll see lots of local life.

Any time is good for Playa Honda.

More reading? What to do on a Sunday in Lanzarote.