Located at the southern edge of Lanzarote, Playa Blanca is the laid-back beach town of your dreams with a twist. Known for its sparkling marina, it’s a sun-kissed paradise for sailors and yacht enthusiasts alike. But that’s not all – Playa Blanca effortlessly blends casual vibes with a sprinkle of luxury, boasting top-notch 5-star hotels and chic summer villas. Whether you’re docking your boat for a stay or just seeking that perfect mix of relaxation and opulence, Playa Blanca is the place to be.

From Quiet Fishing Village to Sun-Soaked Paradise

Once a sleepy fishing village, Playa Blanca has quite the story to tell. This little gem has transformed over the years into one of the island’s most beloved destinations. But don’t let its popularity fool you; Playa Blanca has managed to keep its charm and tranquility intact.

Back in the day, the locals made their living from the sea, embracing a simple life that revolved around fishing and salt production. The name “Playa Blanca” itself, which means “White Beach” in Spanish, hints at the pristine stretches of sand that originally drew visitors to its shores. 

As more people discovered its crystal-clear waters and laid-back atmosphere, the secret was out. From the 1980s onwards, Playa Blanca began to evolve, welcoming new developments, from cozy beachfront cafes to luxurious resorts. Yet, despite its growth, the town has never lost sight of its roots. The marina, once filled with local fishing boats, now hosts yachts and sailboats from around the world, yet it retains a sense of community and warmth that’s hard to find elsewhere.

Today, Playa Blanca is a place exemplifying balance, where modern amenities and unspoiled natural beauty live in harmony. It’s a spot where history and progress blend seamlessly, inviting travelers from all walks of life to experience its unique allure.

Weather in Playa Blanca

This region of the Canary Islands is known for its sub-tropical climate, bringing mild and stable temperatures for the majority of the year. Playa Blanca in the summer has temperatures of around 25°C, while at the peak of the winter months, you can expect an estimated 17°C, with sea temperatures of about 18°C.

Things to do

Playa Dorada

The jewel in the heart of Playa Blanca, Playa Dorada is not just the most famous beach in the area but also its largest, stretching a generous 300 meters in length and boasting a considerable width. This splendid stretch of white, fine sand is conveniently next to the Princesa Yaiza hotel, sitting comfortably between the bustling port and the elegant Rubicon marina. It’s an oasis for beach lovers, equipped with long lines of sun loungers and parasols available for hire, making it the perfect spot to soak up the sun in comfort.

Playa Dorada’s calm bay and rows of sun loungers promise a day of relaxation – © jorgefdezsalas

Playa Dorada, a haven for relaxation, offers practical amenities like toilets and showers, ensuring a comfortable day by the sea. For those who get peckish or fancy a drink, bars, and restaurants line the beach, ready to satisfy any cravings. The beach is shielded by two breakwaters, creating a serene environment with fairly calm waters ideal for a gentle swim. Additionally, during the season, the beach is supervised to provide an extra layer of safety for families and solo travelers alike, making Playa Dorada a must-visit for anyone in Playa Blanca.

Playa Flamingo

Just a stone’s throw from the bustling center of Playa Blanca, Playa Flamingo is an inviting oasis, surrounded by a selection of hotels and framed by the picturesque backdrop of palm trees with the majestic Montana Roja volcano peering over one side. This beach is celebrated for its extensive stretch of fine white sand, offering a serene retreat for visitors. Playa Flamingo is also well-appointed, featuring amenities such as showers and various restaurants catering to every taste, ensuring that comfort and convenience are at every visitor’s fingertips.

The calmness of Playa Flamingo’s waters, safeguarded by two breakwaters, makes it an ideal spot for swimmers seeking tranquility. Did you know that the beach is always supervised during the peak season? That’s right! So beachgoers, especially those with kids, can enjoy their time at the beach without any worries. While the beach might lack public toilets, the surrounding eateries offer restrooms alongside delicious meals, making it easy to spend a full day enjoying the sun, sand, and sea at Playa Flamingo.

Playa Blanca

Located just outside the charming old town, Playa Blanca is a small yet inviting slice of sandy paradise. The golden white sand of this intimate beach contrasts beautifully with the pretty white buildings lined behind it. While the hum of the surrounding restaurants adds a lively backdrop to this unsupervised beach, it remains a peaceful spot for those looking to unwind by the water.

The beach’s close proximity to the old town means visitors have easy access to a variety of restaurants, where they can enjoy local delicacies and international cuisine alike. Playa Blanca embodies the perfect balance between relaxation by the sea and the vibrant life of the town, making it an unmissable stop in your exploration.

Playa Natura

Spread almost unnoticeably between the Rubicon Palace Hotel and the Hipotel Natura Beach, Playa Natura is a serene spot away from the bustle of the city center. This small beach, with its golden-white sands dotted with plenty of gray rocks, is a haven for snorkelers seeking underwater adventures. Despite its popularity for snorkeling, Playa Natura remains relatively tranquil, often with barely any beachgoers due to its unsupervised and undeveloped nature. However, visitors can still find convenience with restaurants and a dive center conveniently located just behind the beach, guaranteeing a delightful day of sun, sand, and sea exploration.

Playa Montaña Roja

Playa Montaña Roja is where beautiful rock formations meet the shore. This unique beach features a fascinating mix of sand and sea-sculpted rocks, their colors transitioning from deep reds to striking blacks, mirroring the hues of the nearby red volcano from which the beach derives its name. The shoreline is a natural habitat where crabs can be seen roaming freely among the rocks, adding to the beach’s unspoiled charm. 

Despite its rather narrow stretch, Playa Montaña Roja offers comfort. Sun loungers, each accompanied by a thatched umbrella for shade, are available for hire. A welcoming bar just behind the beach ensures refreshments are never far away. This combination of natural beauty and convenience makes Playa Montaña Roja an enticing spot for those looking to relax by the sea amidst a breathtaking landscape.

Playa de las Coloradas

Playa de las Coloradas is a distinctive rocky beach, more a collection of pebbles than sand, offering a unique seaside experience in Playa Blanca. Located at the end of the coastal path, this beach may not boast the soft sands of its neighbors, but it makes up for it with character and charm. It’s an ideal spot for those looking to take a refreshing swim or enjoy some snorkeling, where the clear waters provide a home to starfish and octopus among the underwater scenery.

Apart from its marine life, Playa de las Coloradas offers splendid views that stretch across to the windsurfers gracefully navigating the waves, the neighboring island of Fuerteventura, and the pristine beaches of the National Park. Plus, it’s a perfect beach escape for pet owners who want to spend their day by the sea with their furry friends.

Castillo de las Coloradas

Also known as the Castillo del Águila, Castillo de las Coloradas is an 18th-century fortification that serves as a sentinel on the coastline, offering sweeping views of the vast sea and the neighboring Fuerteventura island. Visitors are drawn to this site for its historical significance, breathtaking scenery, and tranquil atmosphere. The castle’s strategic position was initially intended for defense against pirates, and today, it provides a picturesque spot for photography, leisurely walks, and sunset watching.

Montaña Roja

Montaña Roja is an iconic volcanic cone located near Playa Blanca. This striking natural landmark, also called the Red Mountain, offers a relatively easy and rewarding hike to its summit, where adventurers are treated to 360-degree views of the southern part of the island, including the sparkling coastline and the neighboring islands of Fuerteventura and Lobos. The mountain’s distinctive red hue, especially vivid at sunrise or sunset, provides a stunning contrast against the blue sky and sea, making it a photographer’s dream. A visit to Montaña Roja is a must for nature lovers, hiking enthusiasts, and anyone looking to experience the unique volcanic landscape of Lanzarote from an exceptional vantage point.

Marina Rubicon

A stylish and sophisticated harbor area that has become a must-visit destination for travelers, the Marina Rubicon offers stunning views of yachts and the azure sea, as well as features a wide array of dining, shopping, and leisure options. Visitors can explore chic boutiques, enjoy waterfront dining at various restaurants and cafes, or simply stroll along the promenade to soak in the vibrant atmosphere. The marina also hosts a weekly market where artisans sell crafts, local produce, and unique souvenirs. With its blend of leisurely and lively vibes, Marina Rubicon provides an ideal setting to experience the island’s maritime charm, making it a perfect spot for anyone looking to maximize a day or evening out by the sea.

A lovely sunset at the Marina Rubicon – © giancarlo_zi

Museo Atlantico Underwater Museum

Museo Atlantico Underwater Museum, Europe’s first underwater sculpture museum, provides an extraordinary experience for divers and snorkelers. Created by artist Jason deCaires Taylor, it features a series of installations resting on the ocean floor, about 14 meters deep. The sculptures, made from environmentally friendly materials, aim to create a harmonious relationship between art and nature, serving both as a habitat for marine life and a thought-provoking exploration of human impact on our environment. Accessible by guided tours, the Museo Atlántico provides a surreal and unforgettable journey beneath the waves, inviting visitors to witness the interplay of art and marine biodiversity.

Aqualava WaterPark

Aqualava Waterpark is a family-friendly water park that promises fun, sun, and excitement for visitors of all ages. Featuring a design inspired by the Lanzarote’s volcanic landscape, the water park boasts a range of water slides, a lazy river, a wave pool, and dedicated areas for both children and adults. The park also prides itself on using geothermally heated water and boasts amenities such as sun loungers, snack bars, and shaded areas, ensuring comfortable fun year-round.

Bonus! Los Ajaches Natural Park beaches

Just beyond Playa Blanca, the Los Ajaches Natural Park houses three must-visit beaches, each with its unique allure. Playa Mujeres, known for its broad golden sands and clear waters, is appealing to families, couples, and solo explorers seeking relaxation and swimming. It also welcomes naturist enthusiasts for a liberating beach experience. Additionally, its beach bar, or “chiringuito,” provides refreshments in a laid-back atmosphere, making it a perfect spot for a day under the sun. Close by, Playa del Pozo offers a tranquil escape with its stunning scenery and calm waters. It is ideal for snorkeling enthusiasts and those searching for a peaceful beach day away from the crowds. The most renowned, Playa de Papagayo, captivates visitors with its dramatic landscapes, sheltered bays, and vibrant turquoise waters. It’s not only a haven for sun-seekers but also excellent for snorkeling, with three dining options available for those looking to indulge in local flavors with a view.

Papagayo Beach
Papagayo Beach Lanzarote, Canary Islands – © Pawel Kazmierczak

Where to Stay

HL Club Playa Blanca

Just a 15-minute stroll from the shimmering shores of Playa Blanca and just a stone’s throw from the vibrant village center, the Hotel HL Club Playa Blanca offers a serene oasis of relaxation and convenience. This charming one-story resort boasts two freshwater swimming pools—one heated for year-round enjoyment—alongside a separate children’s pool, a jacuzzi, and a sun-drenched terrace. A complimentary shuttle bus service makes daily trips to the beach and Dino Aquapark for effortless fun. Gastronomic delights await at the on-site restaurant and bars, including a Spanish bar and a poolside option. Entertainment is never far with a theater on premises, and for those looking to stay active, a gym is available at no extra cost.

HL Rio Playa Blanca

Set amidst lush palm-filled gardens, HL Rio Playa Blanca is an idyllic retreat offering a peaceful escape just mere steps away from the sandy shores of Playa Flamingo. The lively village center, brimming with restaurants, bars, and shops, is also just a short distance. Spread across approximately 80,000 square meters of grounds, the hotel features complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the entire property, along with a range of amenities, including a lounge bar, sports bar, pool bar, amphitheater, and playgrounds for children and adults alike. Dive into relaxation with three freshwater pools complete with loungers, or stay active at the multi-sport terrain and small gym.

HL Rio Playa Blanca Swimming Pool
Outdoor swimming pool – © Hotel HL Río Playa Blanca

Gran Castillo Tagoro Family & Fun

Nestled in a stunning Moorish-style building, Gran Castillo Tagoro Family & Fun is a haven of leisure and entertainment, boasting six swimming pools, including a children’s pool complete with slides. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi access across the property and a plethora of amenities tailored for both relaxation and fun. The expansive Castleland Kids’ Club offers a range of activities and babysitting services, ensuring younger guests are entertained. Accommodations feature terraces or balconies with captivating sea or landscape views, and select rooms offer the luxury of a hydromassage shower. Culinary delights await across various dining venues, offering international buffets and Italian cuisine, complemented by four bars, including an exclusive adults-only bar and a lively sports bar. The VitaNova Spa provides a serene escape with its indoor hydromassage pool, diverse treatments, and adult-only spa packages, while a gym, hairdresser, and 5D movie theatre round out the extensive facilities available for an unforgettable stay.

Iberostar Selection Lanzarote Park

Conveniently located just a short stroll from Playa Flamingo, Iberostar Selection Lanzarote Park offers a seamless blend of comfort and luxury. Guests enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi access throughout the property, ensuring connectivity during their stay. The hotel also boasts a fantastic array of amenities, including four outdoor swimming pools for adults and three for children, along with a free gym and sun terrace equipped with loungers for soaking up the sun. Nearby, guests can explore the ferry terminal and various shopping areas, adding convenience to their stay. For adults seeking an extra touch of luxury, the hotel offers the renowned Star Prestige option, providing exclusive amenities and services. Meanwhile, the complete Spa area offers a range of massages and relaxing treatments, ensuring ultimate relaxation, while the Star Camp keeps the little ones entertained with various activities and programs.

Ona Las Brisas

Ona Las Brisas captivates with its traditional Mudejar architecture, featuring pristine white walls and elegant natural woodwork, all nestled within beautifully landscaped gardens. Centered around a large heated pool, this tranquil oasis promises relaxation and leisure. Each villa boasts its own private garden and patio, complete with barbecue and garden furniture, offering the perfect setting for an intimate outdoor gathering. Guests enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the property, ensuring connectivity and convenience. Additional amenities include a sun terrace and an inviting on-site bar, perfect for unwinding under the sun. For those seeking active pursuits, Ona Las Brisas has tennis and table tennis facilities, catering to guests looking for relaxation and recreation in a picturesque setting.

Las Brisas Hotel
Ona Las Brisas Rooms – © Ona Las Brisas

Where to Eat

The Port of Call

Port of Call is renowned for its mouthwatering array of best-selling dishes that promise to satisfy various tastes. Dive into the decadence of a fillet steak accompanied by scampi, or savor the comfort of a classic chicken kiev. For those who prefer the earthy flavors of fungi, the stuffed mushrooms with garlic dip are a must-try. Seafood lovers will delight in the delicately filleted sea bass, while the richly flavored chicken and vegetarian curry cater to those seeking a bit of spice. Dessert is not to be missed, with options ranging from traditional pudding to the indulgent Baileys cheesecake. Don’t forget to mark your calendar for Monday burger night, a weekly event that’s become a crowd favorite.

La Casa Roja

Located in the Marina Rubicon, La Casa Roja boasts a menu that perfectly captures the essence of gourmet dining with its best-selling dishes. Specializing in a sumptuous Seafood paella that brims with the flavors of the ocean, the restaurant also prides itself on offering exquisitely prepared Fillet steak and the classic Chateaubriand, catering to the tastes of meat lovers. For a unique twist, the octopus with chickpea dish combines traditional seafood with hearty legumes, while the Scallops with mango creme introduce a delightful fusion of marine delicacy and tropical sweetness, making every meal at La Casa Roja an unforgettable culinary experience.

Casale Franco

Perched with a view overlooking Dorada Beach and located in the Papagayo Centre, Casale Franco’s menu celebrates the heart of Italian cuisine with its array of best-selling dishes. The aroma of Wood-fired oven pizza and artisan bread sets the stage for a truly authentic dining experience, complemented by the rich flavors of creamy arancini and perfectly cooked steak. Pasta dishes, crafted with the freshest ingredients and traditional recipes, promise to delight every palate. For dessert, the classic tiramisu provides a luxurious blend of coffee and cocoa, while the ice cream topped with whipped cream offers a sweet, refreshing finale.

Dal Trevisano

Situated near Faro Park, Dal Trevisano is known for its crispy-based pizzas that deliver a perfect crunch with every bite. The restaurant also excels in crafting a rich and flavorful Seafood risotto and a variety of homemade pasta options, complemented by expertly prepared steak for those searching for a hearty meal, a testament to its mastery of traditional Italian dishes. Round off the dining experience with the classic tiramisu, a decadent dessert that perfectly complements the savory offerings.

Restaurante La Flamenca

Another excellent dining option near Faro Park, Restaurante La Flamenca is a culinary haven for Spanish delicacies. The restaurant’s signature Seafood paella is a flavorful masterpiece, bursting with the fresh tastes of the ocean. Diners can also explore an enticing selection of various tapas dishes, perfect for sharing and sampling the diverse flavors of Spanish cuisine. For meat enthusiasts, the fillet steak, barbecue ribs, and tender Pork medallions offer a succulent feast, while seafood lovers will be drawn to the garlic prawns and grilled fish, especially sea bass and tuna, each dish expertly prepared to highlight the natural flavors.

The ultimate crowd-pleaser – © Restaurante La Flamenca 

Spice Fusion

Spice Fusion, a renowned Punjabi restaurant, brings the rich flavors of India to the forefront with its selection of best-selling dishes. Guests indulge in classic dishes like butter chicken and an array of lamb options, including samosa, Karahi, bhuna, rada, and tikka, each bursting with aromatic spices and rich flavors. Starters like the Bollywood kebab tantalize the taste buds, setting the stage for an outstanding dining experience. Complemented by traditional accompaniments like poppadoms, Spice Fusion offers an authentic taste of Punjab in every bite, making it a must-visit for lovers of Indian cuisine.

How to Get to Playa Blanca

To reach Playa Blanca from major towns on Lanzarote, you can either drive or take the bus. Here’s how to get there from Arrecife, Puerto del Carmen, and Costa Teguise.

From Arrecife

Driving: The drive takes about 30 minutes. Start on the LZ-2 road heading south towards Playa Blanca. Follow the LZ-2, then LZ-702 directly to Playa Blanca. The road is well-signposted, making the journey straightforward.

Bus: Take the bus line 60 operated by IntercityBus Lanzarote (also known as Arrecife Bus). This direct service connects Arrecife with Playa Blanca, with departures from the main bus station in Arrecife.

From Puerto del Carmen

Driving: The journey takes approximately 30 minutes. Drive out of Puerto del Carmen on the LZ-504 towards the LZ-2. Once on the LZ-2, continue south until you reach Playa Blanca.

Bus: Use bus line 61, which directly connects Puerto del Carmen and Playa Blanca. The bus can be caught from various stops along the main road in Puerto del Carmen.

From Costa Teguise

Driving: Expect the drive to take around 45 minutes to 1 hour. You’ll need to make your way to Arrecife via LZ-18, followed by LZ-13, to get on the LZ-2 southbound. Follow the LZ-2 all the way to Playa Blanca.

Bus: There isn’t a direct bus from Costa Teguise to Playa Blanca. You’ll first need to take a bus to Arrecife (line 1, 3, or 25) and then change to the bus line 60 at the Arrecife bus station to continue to Playa Blanca.

Remember, bus schedules and routes may change, so it’s a good idea to check the latest information on the IntercityBus Lanzarote website or app before you travel. Driving directions may also be subject to change due to roadworks or diversions, so using a real-time navigation app is advisable when driving.

Traveler Tips

Explore by Car or Bike: Consider renting a car or bike to truly appreciate Lanzarote’s unique landscapes and reach remote beaches or attractions. Playa Blanca is a great base for island exploration, allowing you to visit volcanic parks, hidden coves, and quaint villages at your own pace.

Early Reservations: It is advisable to make reservations in advance for popular attractions, activities, and restaurants, especially during peak season. This ensures you won’t miss out on top dining experiences or excursions.

Cash and Cards: While most places accept credit cards, carrying some cash is useful for small purchases, especially in remote areas or at local markets.

Language Basics: English is widely spoken in tourist areas, but learning and keeping in mind a few basic Spanish phrases can enhance your experience and is greatly appreciated by locals.

Stay Connected: Purchasing a local SIM card can be a cost-effective way to stay connected, navigate the island, and look up information on the go without incurring hefty roaming charges.

FAQ

What’s the best time of year to visit Playa Blanca?

The best time to visit Playa Blanca is from May to October, when the weather is warm and sunny, with minimal rainfall. This is when it’s ideal for beach activities and exploring the island. July and August are the warmest and, unsurprisingly, busiest months, attracting the largest crowds, so if you prefer a slightly quieter time, consider visiting in May, June, or September. These shoulder months maintain pleasant weather, with fewer tourists and often more affordable accommodation rates.

Are there any hiking trails near Playa Blanca?

Yes, there are several hiking trails in the vicinity of Playa Blanca. One popular option is the trail leading to the summit of Montaña Roja, offering panoramic views of the surrounding area. Additionally, the trails in Los Ajaches Natural Park provide opportunities to explore rugged landscapes and discover hidden beaches.

Is Playa Blanca suitable for travelers with limited mobility?

Playa Blanca is generally accessible for travelers with limited mobility, with many hotels, restaurants, and attractions equipped with ramps and other facilities. However, some areas may have uneven terrain, and accessibility may vary. It’s advisable to check with specific venues beforehand and consider renting a mobility scooter if needed.

Is Playa Blanca a good spot for water sports?

Definitely! Playa Blanca is an excellent location for water sports enthusiasts. With its clear waters and mild climate, visitors can enjoy activities like snorkeling, diving, windsurfing, and paddleboarding. The Marina Rubicon also offers sailing excursions and boat rentals.

Lanzarote’s Star Destination

Playa Blanca is a star destination on the island’s southern tip, offering a harmonious blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and leisurely pursuits. From the serene sands of its beaches to the bustling ambiance of Marina Rubicon, Playa Blanca encapsulates the spirit of Lanzarote. Its proximity to natural wonders, coupled with a diverse culinary scene and an array of activities, also ensures that every visitor can carve out their perfect holiday experience here. If you’re a sun-seeker, a culture enthusiast, or an adventure lover, this resort town promises an unforgettable escapade that captures the essence of island living while inviting you to explore the unique charm of Lanzarote.