Playa Blanca Tourist Guide
If you are staying in one of our villas in Playa Blanca then our handy resort guide is a great way to get to know the basics about this popular holiday destination. Feel free to contact us direct as well if you have any questions or queries we can
help you with.
Playa Blanca is located at the southern tip of Lanzarote, around a forty minute drive from the sole island airport at Arrecife. The resort is the newest on the island, built some time after Costa Teguise and Puerto del Carmen to the north in the 1990s. But it has rapidly emerged to become the second most popular destination on Lanzarote after the livelier Puerto del Carmen. Thanks to the fact that it enjoys a wonderful microclimate which delivers the best weather on the island. Although Playa Blanca is a toursist town it still retains the peaceful village atmosphere and most week days in the village centre you can watch the local fishermen bring in their catch and sell it on to restaurants and the fishmonger in the port area.
The resort could perhaps be best described as comprising three bays, within one much larger bay. And at the heart of each of these bays is a delightful beach. So walking along the seafront promenade from west to east visitors first encounter Playa Dorada, the largest of the resorts golden sandy beaches. Which is backed by a decent selection of bars and shops.
A further five to ten minutes stroll brings you to the small beach of Playa Blanca – White Beach – from which the resort takes its name. This is where tourism first took off here and the beach is very close to a wide selection of restaurants and the main shopping precinct in Calles Limones. Which is also where the official Tourist Information Office is located.
A further five to ten minute stroll through the harbour and you find the delightful beach at Playa Flamingo, where some of our holiday villas are located. The beach here has been fully restored after being hit by Tropical Storm Delta back in 2005 and is now as popular as ever. Offering decent amenities such as sun loungers and parasols as well as a very safe and sheltered swimming environment. Making this the ideal choice for families with younger children.
Any visit to Playa Blanca would also be incomplete without a visit to the beautiful coves and bays of nearby Papagayo which boasts both white sandy beaches and amazing clear blue water. These are located around a thirty minute walk from the town centre. Alternatively you can take a water taxi to and from the beach – visit the harbour for more details and times.
Calle Limones in the heart of the resort offers the best selection of shops which sell authentic Canarian products such as leather goods, jewellery and local wines. Also you can pick up any essential groceries such as fresh fish or meat for a barbecue. The HiperDino supermarket here is the largest in the resort. But you will also find branches of Spar dotted around Playa Blanca too.
Playa Blanca also plays host to a couple of markets. The best of which is held at the Rubicon Marina every Wednesday and Saturday morning with local artist selling their goods. The accent here is more on clothing, gifts and souvenirs though, with little in the way of fresh produce.
There are plenty of good quality restaurants in Playa Blanca, offering a wide range of different cuisines from traditional Canarian through to Indian and Mexican. Along with everything else in between. Our favourite places include: Volcan Timanfaya, located on the sea front a great restaurant for the catch of the day or a juicy steak. Romanticas, the name says it all, great food and excellent service. The Gondola, also on the sea front, excellent pizzas and pastas, the service is always with a smile! For a restaurant slightly out of town try Sebastyn’s at Natura Beach, a Greek restaurant with views overlooking Fuerteventura an idyllic spot to watch the sun go down.
Fancy taking in two Canary Islands rather than just one whilst on Lanzarote? Then head over to the neighbouring island of Fuerteventura, where you can explore the seemingly endless sands of the Dunas National Park or soak up the atmosphere in Corralejo. Ferries run throughout the day with two operators, Fred Olsen and Navieras Armas.
Armas are the cheaper option of the two, with foot passenger returns priced at just under €30 per adult €15 per child.
You can book in person at the ferry port on the day. Expect to pay a lot more if you take a car with you.
Playa Blanca is the closest resort to Lanzarote´s number one tourist attraction - the stunning and surreal scenery of the Timanafya National Park. Which was created by enormous volcanic eruptions during the 1730´s. Leaving behind an eerie landscape of lava fields and burnt out volcanoes – a truly awe inspiring sight. The back drop to many famous film locations.
The Timanfaya National Park is open daily from 10.00 to 18.00 and admission costs €8 per adult and €4 per child. There is no public bus service to Timanfaya so it is best to either hire a car (journey time approximately 15 minutes) or join an organised guided tour. Either way we highly recommend making the effort to take in this amazing attraction.
You can also find out more about the island of Lanzarote in general by visitng the Lanzarote Guidebook website.
- Playa Flamingo
- Village promonade
- Fresh fish on the menu
- Dining with a view
- Ferry in the Playa Blanca harbour