Location: Desert: Los Ajaches Natural Monument. In front we will see Fuerteventura and Lobos Island. [MAP]
Size: Beaches of different sizes along about 3 kilometers of coastline.
Access: Long dirt road that’s bumpy in places. A 3€ toll is charged per vehicle.
Services: No.

Papagayo beaches are one of the best-known images on tourist postcards of the island, and for good reason! Their white sand, crystal clear waters and views across to Fuerteventura give them unparalleled appeal. What’s more they are protected from the frequent northeast wind. All these reasons make them extremely popular with tourists and residents alike.

Before tourist development, they were tucked away, far from everything, and were a popular retreat with hippies who would live a naturist lifestyle in the nearby caves. Nowadays, even though the resort of Playa Blanca has got closer and closer, they retain a certain remote and wild feel and nudism is still common practice in some areas.

The coves west of Punta del Papagayo are the most sheltered from the wind including Playa Mujeres, Playa del Pozo and Playa de Papagayo. Those east of the cape are Caleta del Congrio and Puerto Muelas Beach. The latter has a campsite which only opens in high season. In between these larger beaches are other smaller coves with bags of charm.

The main beaches are as follows:

Veleros en Papagayo

Playa Mujeres: Closest to Playa Blanca, and the largest. You get there by taking the first turning on the right from the dirt road. Although it can get very busy in summer nudism is frequently practiced here.

Playa del Pozo: Another large beach but there’s no carpark. To get there, you can follow the footpaths from the carpark at Playa de Papagayo or from the parking area at Playa Mujeres, which is further away.

Playa de Papagayo

Playa de Papagayo: It is very charming because it is smaller than the previous beaches. It also has a carpark and two beach bars, which can get quite busy.

Caleta del Congrio: Its secluded location makes it a popular spot for nudists. It is also one of the best places for snorkelling. Be careful with the sea conditions here, though, as like Puerto Muelas beach, the sea can get quite rough at times.

Puerto Muelas: It is located next to the only campsite on Lanzarote which only opens in high season, making it a favourite with campers, who are not usually nudists. Throughout the rest of the year it is one of the quietest coves.

Eat + drink: There are two beach bars located next to the Papagayo beach.
Pros: Picture postcard perfect beaches sheltered from the wind. Nudism permitted.
Cons: Possibility of overcrowding in summer months. Access to some beaches on foot could be difficult for people with limited mobility.
Telephone numbers: Papagayo Camping (+34) 928 173724 / 928 173452