Beaches in Playa Blanca
Golden sand, clear water and blue skies, mean the Beaches of Playa Blanca are great places to lay back, chill out and top up your tan. So if you are planning a break in one of our apartments or villas in Lanzarote here´s a quick guide to the best beaches in the south.
The white beach — from which the town takes it's name — has a European Blue Flag for cleanliness and is at the heart of the resort.
It’s central location means that there is no shortage of bars, cafes and restaurants as well as the other shops and amenities you might need, to make your sunbathing a pleasure.
Although only small, this beach is one of my favourites, as there is plenty to see and if you like people watching, it’s an ideal place to be.
You have to watch out when the new Fred Olsen Ferry comes into the harbour, as the waves break all the way up the beach.
The only way to avoid a soaking is to follow the locals and move everything up the beach as the ferry approaches.
A few minutes walk to the west of the town along the sea-front walkway, is the Playa Flamingo beach which is also very clean, safe and attractive.
Although it is outside of the town centre, there are still a number of shops and restaurants to stock up during the day.
This is the nearest (sandy) beach to the newer developments around Montaña Roja and the lighthouse at Pechiguera, such as Faro Park, Carlos Park and Shangrila.
If you are staying in these areas, it is quite a walk to Playa Flamingo and a car or taxi would be advisable, especially if you have children and all the extra gear that goes with them. Many of our apartments and villas in Playa Blanca are located right by the beach here.
Playa Dorada is literally translated as The Golden Beach and this is certainly an accurate description with its warm honey coloured sand.
The sea around Playa Dorada is generally very calm and it is a popular spot with residents who take a morning swim here.
Again it is not too far from the main resort area of Playa Blanca and is well served by shops and cafes.
Perhaps the most well known of all the beaches around Playa Blanca is Papagayo.
In reality this is a collection of smaller beaches that are separated by high cliffs, forming a number of sheltered bays.
This area has been protected and is now a national park which can be accessed by a rather bumpy dirt road or by the coastal pathway which starts at the eastern end of the resort. There is a small charge to use the road, but this is certainly well worth the cost.
You can also reach Papagayo by Water Taxi from the harbour in Playa Blanca.
Although access to the beaches at Papagayo is relatively easy, it is quite a distance from any of the main residential or tourist developments. There are very few services at the beach, so if you plan on spending the day there, you need to go prepared.