This tranquil resort situated in the very south of Lanzarote Island is named after the surrounding pearly sandy beaches. Although Playa Blanca has grown considerably over the last few years the old fishing village in the centre, retains its appeal and has escaped much of the commercialism that has blighted some of the larger resorts.
There is a good selection of cafés, bars and restaurants along the promenade but the prime attractions are the nearby beaches; some of the best beaches in the Canary Islands are just four miles away at Papagayo. The resort is mainly geared toward families and couples – those wanting a more busy nightlife will need to make the 18-mile trip to Puerto del Carmen.
Playa Blanca is a new town and straddles the southern coastal tip of Lanzarote. It is the main harbour for sea traffic mostly tourists between Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. Its attractions are the beach and the sandy coves of Papagayo. The water is particularly blue around these shores almost caribbean-like clear blue sea. The views of nearby Fuerteventura make it a wonderful region just to stand and stare. Sounds like a good place to live. The vast majority of properties is Playa Blanca are built within the last 15 years and so offers attractive modern housing.
An enormouus 9 kilometre bay shelters three bays these contain smaller bays. Together they stretch from the lighthouse at Pechiguera Point in the west to Papagayo Point in the east.
Three quarters of this length of coastline is occupied by Playa Blanca (meaning white beach) the rest by the beaches and stunning coastline of Papagayo. Most activity is at present centred around the old fishing village but the town expands rapidly towards the east and west. Many regard the beaches of Papagayo virtually a continuation of Playa Blanca as some of the best in the whole of Spain and the Spanish Islands.
One of the prominent sights of Playa Blanca is the Castillo de las Coloradas on Punta del Aguila the castle on Eagle’s Point. It was built on the instructions of King Carlos III of Spain in 1769 to give the south of the island early warning of approaching pirates. Pirates were evident on the island for four centuries.
10 kilometres to the south across a narrow stretch of the Atlantic Ocean lies the island of Fuerteventura (second largest of the Canary Islands) to the front of it lies the tiny island of Lobos. This panoramic view takes up about half the horizon giving the view from Playa Blanca a touch of mystery.
Within Playa Blanca there are a number of sandy beaches. In the centre of the town lies the white beach from which Playa Blanca gets it’s name has been awarded a European ‘blue flag’. A few minutes walk to the west is the very attractive beach of Playa Flamingo which is a safe beach suitable for families. A few minutes walk to the east is Playa Dorada another ‘blue flag’ beach ideal for early morning swimmers.
If you are willing to walk a little further then there are the Papagayo beaches which consist of half a dozen beautiful white sandy bays sheltering between rocky headlands. Building is prohibited here leaving the whole area as nature created it. These beaches can also be reached by a bumpy but safe road. Alternatively the Papagayo beaches can be reached by sea taxi. The sea taxis take about half an hour and they depart regularly from the harbour.
The town centre of Playa Blanca is located almost halfway along the 9km coastline. From here the walks to the lighthouse in the west and to Papagayo in the east each take about an hour and are full of interest. Spectacular views carry you all the way.
If you are feeling more energetic you can take a hike inland to the enchanting mountain village of Femés. Being 450 metres above sea level Femés looks down on Playa Blanca and out across to the neighbouring islands of Fuerteventura and Lobos. The view of the setting sun from this mountain village is a sight well worth seeing.
The concave nature of this southern coast with it’s beautiful bays both large and small provides a unique setting for luxury hotels and the marina. In addition to the small harbour which already exists and which provides a constant source of interest a new marina has been constructed between the centre of Playa Blanca and the Papagayo beaches.
Playa Blanca has everything unless you are looking for a hectic night-life. If you want a hectic night-life then Puerto del Carmen is the place to be not Playa Blanca.
Recommended Hotels at Playa Blanca: Iberostar Lanzarote Park (luxury) • Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort (luxury) • Dream Gran Castillo Resort & Spa (luxury) • H10 Rubicón Palace (moderate) • Hesperia Playa Dorada (moderate)
Recommended Apartments at Playa Blanca: Jardines del Sol • Apartamentos Los Erizos-Playa Blanca • Aparthotel Rubimar Suite