The newest resort in Lanzarote offers a quieter life for visitors.
From a former fishing village on the southernmost tip of Lanzarote, Playa Blanca has grown to become the second busiest resort in Lanzarote. Its recent growth has meant that it was home to a lot of construction that could be noisy at times but now that it’s all completed this is an excellent resort for everyone to enjoy.
The four main beaches in Playa Blanca offer an excellent opportunity for everything you could want. The main beach, Playa Blanca – literally White Beach – sits at the heart of the resort. It has a Blue Flag for cleanliness so you now that the beach and waters are up to scratch. You can hire sunloungers and parasols and there are plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants around to keep you fed and watered.
One thing to note is that when the ferry from Fuerteventura comes into the harbour it can create large waves soaking everything near the water so you’ll want to make sure you’re far enough back to avoid this!
Playa Flamingo is the nearest beach to many of the newer developments. Like Playa Blanca it offers a clean and attractive place to take in the sun and watch the world go by before taking a relaxing dip in the ocean.
Playa Dorada – The Golden Beach – is where the locals tend to go. It’s calmer than the other beaches, both in and out of the water, so is great for swimming.
Papagayo is probably the best known of the Playa Blanca beaches. It’s the furthest from the hotels and apartments and is a series of small beaches separated by cliffs. You can access it from inland – though it’s a bit of a trek – or you can catch a water taxi from Playa Blanca itself. It has little in the way of amenities so you need to be prepared before you go but it’s a national park and offers great wildlife and plenty to explore.
Playa Blanca is the place to go if you fancy hopping across to Fuertaventura or La Graciosa. Frequent and reasonably-priced ferries make it a breeze and it allows you to take in even more of the Canary Islands than you otherwise would.
Alternatively, if you fancy heading out on the water there’s the Atlantic Adventure where you head out to Papagayo Bay on a glass-bottomed catamaran. There’s all-inclusive food and drink and opportunities for snorkelling, banana bat riding and much much more.
Sport and Recreation
Playa Blanca offers all the watersports you could want – from jetskiing to SCUBA diving and everything in between. There’s also a new Aqualava water park offering great pools and slides to amuse kids and adults alike.
Playa Blanca is now one of the best destinations on the island for shoppers thanks to the Marina Rubicon. Its collection of high-end restaurants and boutiques offer a welcome break from the usual tourist shops that you find along the seafront.
Elsewhere, the Playa Blanca market gives you a more local experience where you can haggle with local traders to get some really decent souvenirs crafted by hand.
The nightlife, like the rest of Playa Blanca, is more relaxed and laid back. If you want an all-night clubbing experience you won’t find it here. But there are plenty of bars, discos and karaoke spots to keep most people satisfied and in the party.