Playa Blanca

If you are planning your holidays to Playa Blanca, Lanzarote and are looking for a hotel in Playa Blanca, the following information may help by giving you an overview of the this popular resort.

Playa Blanca is set in the south of the island of Lanzarote backed by the incredible Timanfaya National Park, and occupies a sunny and sheltered position with ever-changing views across to the neighbouring island of Fuerteventura and the smaller island of Los Lobos. In fact, Playa Blanca now boasts one of the main ferry links to Fuerteventura.

One of the main attractions of Playa Blanca is the picturesque former fishing village with its alleyways and paved lanes. However, probably the favourite attraction is the pedestrianised promenade which runs alongside the sandy beaches in Playa Blanca.

Set back from the beaches are numerous modern Playa Blanca hotels whose designers have worked within the guidelines of Cesar Manrique. You will find many of the hotels in Playa Blanca have are self-contained with shops, restaurants, swimming pools and direct access to one of the many beaches which are excellent for those who enjoy water sports whilst on their holidays in Playa Blanca.

The port provides ferries to the other islands and at the other end of Playa Blanca to the port you will find the lovely Marina Rubicon with 400 berths and where you can find moored many luxury yachts and plenty of boardwalk along which to meander. An expensive range of shops completes the scene.

It is probably fair to say that Playa Blanca holidays are most popular with the more independent visitors who want to explore or marvel at the beautiful coastal and volcanic landscapes. There are lots of opportunities for walking in Playa Blanca. For example, follow the promenade westwards and then take the paths that lead to the lighthouse – Faro de Pechiguera. There are 2 lighthouses here, a low older structure and a tall new one which was built on the prompting of Cesar Manrique who had plans to build many around the island of Lanzarote, but these plan never came to fruition and this lighthouse is the only one which was built.

If you walk towards the east along the promenade you will come to the Castillo de las Coloradas. It is thought that this castle was built on the site of another castle of the 15th century.

Things to Do in Playa Blanca

Boat trips in Playa Blanca :
You will find leisure cruises from Playa Blanca leave several time each day to Papagayo beach along with catamaran excursions, a pirate cruise which is great for the children and the schooner Marea Errota as well as deep-sea fishing.

Castillo de las Coloradas :
Just to the east of Playa Blanca you will find the Castillo de las Coloradas which projects from the Punta del Aguila headland. This watchtower dates back to 1769 as a lookout to help protect Lanzarote from pirates and was reconstructed in 1778 and offers wonderful views over to the neighbouring island of Fuerteventura.
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Marina Rubicon :
This was opened in 2003 a is located on the Papagayo side of Play Blanca and has quickly become among the Canary Islands most prestigious moorings. You will find lots of yachts, traditional architecture, shops, boutiques, bars and restaurants in the vicinity.

Old Port [also known as el Varadero] :
Watch as fishermen bring in their catch of the day and then sample the seafood in the nearby restaurant that overlook the harbour.

The Promendade in Playa blanca :
The beachside promenade in Playa Blanca extends along the whole length from the Old Port to the Marina Rubicon. During the evening, you will even be able to see the lights of Corralejo in Fuerteventura on the horizon.

Femés Village :
In a quiet inland village near Playa Blanca you will be able to see the village church which was the first cathedral in the Canary Islands. If you are a good walker you will be able to climb from the village to the Atalaya de Femés and benefit from the views of Timanfaya in one direction and Fuerteventura in the other.

Beaches in Playa Blanca

You can take your pick from the gentle waters at either beaches at Playa Dorada and Playa Flamingo, or the sandy bays nearby.

For lovers of a sun-and-sand holiday, head slightly out of Playa Blanca to several larger beaches nearby – especially Papagayo to the east. While topless sunbathing is common around the pools of Playa Blanca hotels and on the beaches, full nudity is offensive to Canarios. There are, however, beaches where nudity is tolerated and the best known is Papagayo beach area – namely Playa de Puerto Muelas.

Playa Blanca:
The name of the town literally means “white beach” so you may be surprised to find that the sands on this beach are golden in colour. This beach is particularly safe for swimmers and the beach itself is backed by a promenade and has been awarded an EU Blue Flag for cleanliness. This beach is small and probably inadequate for the number of people of their Playa Blanca holidays.

Playa Dorada:
This is Playa Blancas second beach and also an EU Blue Flag winner. It is an attractive gently shelving curve of golden sand and is a wonderful sun-trap. Umbrellas and sunloungers are available for hire and the beach is backed by bars and restaurants.

Playa Flamingo:
This bay has fine sand and is safe for swimmers. You will find that the promenade links Playa Flamingo with the harbour and a sub-tropical garden lies to the back.

Playa Papagayo:
You will be able to reach this beach along a bumpy track, or you may prefer to take the boat from the harbour. You will rewarded with a wide stretch of sandy beach [actually a series of six beaches] which is considered to be one of the best in the Canary Islands, and today still remains relatively unspoiled despite the large number of visitors to the beach. You will find a few more sandy bays either side of Papagayo and includes Playa de Puerto Muelas which is a favourite for nude sunbathing. Although Papagayo is a very popular stretch of beach, dont expect to find lots of bars and restaurants – there is just a simple beach bar, but no other facilities.

Eating out in Playa Blanca

On your holidays to Playa Blanca, you will find an enticing selection of seafront restaurants and outdoor cafes serving freshly caught fish as well as the pretty harbour area of Marina Rubicon.

You will find that the Playa Blanca promenade is the heart of evening activity, and is where you will be able to find lot of the restaurants and bars. The hotels in Playa Blanca have comfortable bars and sometimes have live music and even stage shows.


By its very nature much of the information in our travel guides is subject to change at short notice and travellers are urged to verify information on which they are relying with the relevant authorities. Corona Holidays [UK] Limited cannot accept any responsibility for any loss or inconvenience to any person as a result of information contained above.  

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