Explore The Best Beaches In Playa Blanca Lanzarote Canary Islands
Playa Blanca is one of the most popular resorts on the Canary Island of Lanzarote. It first sprung into life during the late 1980’s, transforming what was once a small and sleepy fishing village into a modern tourist destination boasting a fine selection of accommodation, including some of the best hotels and villas in Lanzarote.
Weather and climate has played a key role in Playa Blanca’s emergence – as the resort is located right in the south of the island, which means it enjoys more sunshine hours and higher temperatures as a result. This is even more salient during the winter months – when tourists can encounter a marked difference in microclimate between Playa Blanca and say Costa Teguise in the north.
Another important factor is that Playa Blanca is home to some of the best beaches on Lanzarote – with three superb sets of sand to explore within the resort, along with five more spectacular coves and bays at nearby Papagayo, which is just a ten minute stroll away from the centre of the town.
Many of the most exclusive holiday villas in Playa Blanca are located close to the delightful beach of Playa Flamingo, which is backed by colourful and well planted gardens and which is also sheltered by a giant volcanic stone sea break. This makes the beach here ideal for young families and swimmers. There are also lots of sun loungers and umbrellas for hire, along with plenty of good bars and restaurants within a short walk of the beach.
Take a stroll from Playa Flamingo past the harbour, where ferries depart for the neighbouring island of Fuerteventura throughout the day, and you soon come to the smaller and more central beach of Playa Blanca – from which the town takes its name. This is a much tinier stretch of sand than Playa Flamingo but remains very popular with both locals and tourists alike.