Playa Blanca, Lanzarote, Canaries
Located on the southern tip of Lanzarote is Playa Blanca – now the island’s third-busiest resort. Once a fishing village, it still maintains some of its laid-back vibe, though with no shortage of activities to keep holidaymakers happy.
The white beach — from which the town takes its name — has a European Blue Flag for cleanliness and is at the heart of the resort. Surrounded by bars, cafes and restaurants as well as the other shops and amenities, it has all you need for a great holiday. The coastline around Playa Blanca is essentially one large 9-kilometre, wide bay which is then broken up into three smaller, but still large, bays. From east to west these are Playa Dorada, Playa Blanca and Playa Flamingo. This basic geography means that the beaches in and around Playa Blanca are sheltered and ideal for swimming and sunbathing.
Papagayo beach is local too – its protected and now a national park. It can be reached by water taxi from the harbour in Playa Blanca. There is a smart promenade connecting Playa Blanca and Playa Dorada where you can sip an iced drink by the water or take a swim in the crystal-clear waters.
The Aqualiva waterpark in Playa Blanca is the perfect day out for adults and children of all ages, with adrenaline-pumping waterslides, a wave pool, and a lazy river known as the Magma River for those who prefer something a little more laid-back.
There are a wide range of water sports around the resort’s coastline, both on and below the sea. Snorkel and paddleboard in the shallow water as a family or explore further and deeper with a scuba dive to discover a variety of sea life. See the new underwater sculpture museum on a dive. For the braver diver, night dives are also available while novices can study their PADI open water with the particularly eco-friendly local school. Similarly, you can learn to sail at the local sailing training centre – with instruction ranging from motor cruising, powerboats and chartered sailing boats.
Visit the Marina Rubicon, home to luxury yachts, upmarket boutiques and superb restaurants serving mouth-watering seafood. There is a market here twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Saturdays) selling local handmade goods.
Lanzarote Golf Resort is 18KM away, it’s an 18-hole golf course par 72, created by the well-known American designer Ron Kirby. You will find a whole host of restaurants, bars and shops along the Playa Blanca boardwalk, and the streets running parallel to it, at the edge of the old town.
Transfer from Arrecife airport approx. 30 mins.