Lanzarote’s Playa Blanca has grown from a small fishing village into a bustling beach resort. Nestled in the island’s southernmost tip, Playa Blanca stretches from the iconic Papagayo beaches all the way to the Pechiguera lighthouse. The vibrant marina runs along the town’s coastline, a promenade with stunning ocean views and a great selection of charming cafés and stylish eateries.
The Montana Roja, an extinct volcano, overlooks the town and adds a touch of Canary landscape to this beach resort. The oasis’s silky sand and azure water beaches leave no doubt as to why its name was chosen. There are three golden beaches within walking distance of the town, and Papagayo’s natural beauty is only a short drive away. Here you won’t find the wild nightlife of Puerto del Carmen, but there are plenty of opportunities for a low-key night out. Cocktail bars line the marina, and you’ll find cosy pubs hiding in the side streets. For a livelier club scene, you can always visit Fuerteventura. Catch a ferry from Playa Blanca harbour and spend a couple of days in the second biggest Canary island. Day trips are also available, if you just want to take in the breath-taking views.
Holidaymakers from all walks of life will fall in love with this colourful resort. Families will love the golden beaches and safe waters, where you can jet ski, windsurf and go sailing. Climbing Montana Roja is also a must, especially if you want to bring home striking pictures of the rugged Canarias landscape.
The Marina Rubicon is the heart of Playa Blanca. The promenade is lined by luxurious yachts on one side and cafés, restaurants and shops on the other. Accommodation can be on the expensive side, but it has stunning views of the coast and you’ll be within walking distance of the main beaches. Even if you stay outside town, you should take an evening stroll down the marina at least once. It’s very peaceful – and romantic!
Faro Park is a little out of town, perfect if you really want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. You won’t even have to venture into the marina every night. Faro Park’s charming centre has a couple of great restaurants and shops to see you through. The nearby Pechiguera lighthouse is a great spot for pictures, and there are plenty of beautiful villas for families to call home.
Fuerteventura is only a short ferry away from Playa Blanca, and the journey is just as stunning as the destination. Rocky isles sprout from the ocean, and the welcoming white shores of Corralejo are a sight to remember. You could divide your trip between these two stunning resorts, or you could explore Fuerteventura for the day. Set sail from Playa Blanca and spend the day exploring Fuerteventura’s black sand beaches – you won’t regret it.
Exploring Playa Blanca…
Playa Blanca boasts three stunning beaches. Playa Blanca, the white beach, is the most central. Clear waters are guaranteed, as it holds a European Blue Flag for cleanliness. Playa Flamingo, west of town, is great for children. Clean and safe, it feels like a family paradise. Playa Dorada, golden beach in Spanish, is definitely a testament to its name. It also has a great selection of cafés and restaurants.
Walk to Pechiguera lighthouse
Stroll along the promenade until you get to the active Pechiguera lighthouse. The current one replaced the original nineteenth century one in the 80s, but its cultural value has been recognised by the local authorities. It’s one of the tallest lighthouses in the Canary Islands and it’s surrounded by volcanic rocks. A great spot for both amateur and experienced photographers.
Climb Montana Roja
As far as climbs go, Montana Roja is relatively easy. It is a bit steep, but the hike is short enough that families with small children won’t struggle. Once you get to the top, you’ll see the whole of Lanzarote’s south. You’ll even get a glimpse of the Fuerteventuran coast!
Visit Papagayo beach
The famous Papagayo beach is actually a collective of smaller beaches divided by cliffs. The sheltered coves are truly stunning. Whether you drive there yourself or take a water taxi, no trip to Playa Blanca is complete without a visit to Papagayo. The beaches are an important preservation site so there are no amenities close. Remember to bring a picnic!
Canarian cuisine is a melting pot of all the cultures that have sailed by its busy ports. Of course, Spanish classics are a staple in every menu. A night sharing tapas or a Sunday paella lunch by the beach are a must. However, you’ll want to try some traditional Canarian stew or a succulent bienmesabe dessert. Both are a delicious way to get acquainted with the tasty regional delights the islands have to offer. Miss home? Most restaurants have a decent international selection.
Playa Blanca Restaurants
Playa Blanca’s restaurant scene has something for everyone, from sophisticated fine dining in the marina to relaxed meals by the beach. Self-confessed foodies will want to lose themselves in the side streets or a little out of town. That’s where all the best traditional restaurants like Las Brenas or El Golfo live.
Sun-drenched Playa Blanca welcomes everyone, from families with small children to couples looking for a romantic getaway. Nightlife is low-key, but there’s plenty of fun to be had at the marina’s stylish bars. Surrounded by paradisiac beaches and volcanic landmarks, Playa Blanca is the ultimate oasis for complete relaxation.
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