Environment: Playa Blanca [MAP]

 

Located in the warm south of the island, Playa Blanca was the last tourist resort to be developed in Lanzarote. The town itself boasts some of the most luxurious hotels on the island and beautiful golden beaches with views across to the neighbouring island of Fuerteventura. The Playa Blanca beaches are linked by a pedestrian promenade which runs along the coast and is ideal for casual strolls, gentle jogs or pre-race training. Here’s a list of beaches that you’ll come across – going west to east:

Playa Flamingo

Playa Flamingo

 

Size: 210 by 24 meters.
Services: Lifeguard, showers, umbrellas, hammocks.
Eat + drink: Various terraces and restaurants.
Best feature: Fairly quiet.

 

Perhaps the least known of the Playa Blanca beaches, even among residents. This makes it rather less crowded, although in high season all the beaches here get very busy. Two breakwaters on either side protect this beach from the full force of the ocean. Beyond these breakwaters, divers can explore an underwater world that is widely acclaimed. In fact, together with the Atlantic Museum, this is the most popular place for diving in the south of the island. Access by car is usually via a track that runs alongside the Hotel Iberostar Lanzarote Park.

Playa Blanca
Size: 40 by 10 meters.
Services: Lifeguard, showers, umbrellas, hammocks, nautical rentals.
Eat + drink: Wide variety of terraces and restaurants.
Best feature: Very lively beach popular with residents and tourists..

 

Unlike other beaches in the area, this is a natural beach that was here long before the advent of tourism and actually gives the resort its name. Its natural seabed makes it a lovely place to splash about and have fun.

Before it became a tourist resort, Playa Blanca was a humble fishing village and the beach was where the fishermen would tend their catch and see to their boats. Although this traditional use of the beach has been replaced by the tourism industry and a busy port, it still retains its local charm. There is an array of beachfront restaurants, many of which have a reputation for being among the best fish restaurants in the area.

Playa Dorada

Playa Dorada

 

Size: 340 by 20 meters.
Services: Lifeguard, showers, umbrellas, hammocks, nautical rentals.
Eat + drink:Various terraces and restaurants overlooking the beach.
Best feature: A tourist atmosphere in a pretty setting.

 

Its golden sands and range of facilities within easy reach make this one of Playa Blanca’s most popular tourist beaches. It is very tourist and family friendly and although it can get busy, it never feels too crowded because of its substantial size. Beachfront cafés and bars provide the perfect places to sip a cool drink and enjoy some of the best sunsets on Lanzarote.

Playa de las Coloradas
Size: 350 by 20 meters.
Services: No.
Eat + drink: There are no establishments next to it.
Best feature: It doesn’t get overcrowded.

 

This is the last beach to the east of Playa Blanca before you get to Papagayo. With these famous sandy coves so close, it doesn’t make much sense to stop off at this beach as it is rather rocky and sometimes leaves a little to be desired in terms of cleanliness.

Nearby alternatives include Playa Dorada (2.5 km along the seafront promenade) or the previously mentioned Papagayo beaches which can be reached by walking about 1km along the path that starts at the end of the promenade. Be warned, the first section of the walk is a little steep at the beginning.