Beach-lovers will be more than impressed with Lanzarote’s Playa Blanca. As the name suggests, it’s here that you’ll discover some of the island’s whitest, most unspoilt beaches, including the most famous on the island, the Papagayo coves.
With a distinct lack of raucous clubs and bars, but no shortage of great restaurants, it’s also a top destination for families and couples looking for peace and utter relaxation on their summer package holiday. It’s also a great winter sun escape.
Getting there/around Playa Blanca
The resort is only 3km from Arrecife airport and probably the best way to get around is by car. You’ll find plenty of rental companies at the airport.
Once you’re in your hotel, most things are within walking distance, but if you don’t fancy that, you could also hire a bike. There’s much to see and do on the island and the best beaches are a few kilometres away so hiring a car is definitely the best option as the local bus service can be described as patchy at best. Otherwise you’ll have to rely on organised excursions, which could cost you quite a bit.
Playa Blanca beaches
This is the resort’s main draw. The main beach has white sand (of course) and a European Blue Flag for cleanliness. There’s no shortage of bars, cafes and restaurants behind if you fancy a snack and a drink. Playa Flamingo, to the west of town is also clean and safe and Playa Dorada, with its golden sands, is the most popular spot for locals and it’s usually very quiet.
The best known of all the beaches around Playa Blanca is Papagayo, a group of smaller beaches separated by high cliffs, forming a number of sheltered bays. It’s a protected area and part of a national park so there’s a small charge to enter, but it’s definitely worth the fee. If you don’t have a car, you can also reach Papagayo by Water Taxi from the Harbour in Playa Blanca. These beaches are very secluded with little in the way of local amenities, so make sure you bring a large picnic and anything else you might need over the course of a day.
Playa Blanca sightseeing
There aren’t really any sights to speak of in the town, so you’ll need to head out and about if you want some time away from the beach. The Timanfaya National Park is only 14km away and it’s full of dramatic volcanic scenery. You can even ride a camel.
Art lovers should visit Arecife for a stroll around the Museum of Contemporary Art. Beautiful paintings by the likes of Bacon, Picasso, Miro, Botero, Damaso and Luis Feito are displayed within the walls of the Castle of San Jose, a fortress built in the 1770s by King Carlos III of Lanzarote.