Playa Blanca - a coastal resort peppered with sun-kissed beaches

by Nicola Quinn
Playa Blanca
'Playa Blanca in Lanzarote, Canary islands, Spain.' - Lanzarote
'Playa Blanca in Lanzarote, Canary islands, Spain.' jorisvo / Shutterstock

Playa Blanca started off as little more than a small fishing village located on the most southerly tip of Lanzarote. Since then it has grown to become the island’s second most popular resort. It stretches from the west of Papagayo Beach at Las Coloradas all the way up to the Pechiguera lighthouse. There’s a wonderful promenade which runs the length of the resort and provides a fantastic place to enjoy a leisurely stroll in the sunshine.

Playa Blanca translates into ‘White Beach’ in English and is named after the beach in the middle of the resort. Due to its small size, this beach tends to get very crowded during weekends and summer evenings when the locals head to the coast to cool off.

If you prefer more room to work on your tan, head to the Playa Blanca marina and take a water taxi to Papagayo Beach. This is one of the island’s most spectacular bays and although there is a small entrance fee, it’s more than worth it to be able to explore the hidden coves and numerous sandy bays.

One of the latest developments to appear in Playa Blanca is the Marina Rubicon. Situated on the eastern side of the resort, this seafront expansion is where you’ll find a wealth of upmarket restaurants and top-end boutiques, located just a stone’s throw away from the stylish marina. Here you can indulge in a bit of designer retail therapy before enjoying a leisurely lunch, all whilst watching the luxury yachts sail in and out of the harbour.

Since most of the accommodation in Playa Blanca comes in the form of self-catering bungalows and villas, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining out. There is no shortage of restaurants available, with everything from cheap and cheerful takeaways and pub grub-style restaurants to fine dining options and traditional local eateries. The section of the promenade in the middle of the resort is the best place to go and is teeming with international restaurants.

Although not quite as lively as Puerto del Carmen, Playa Blanca still offers a fantastic choice when it comes to nightlife. The Centro Comercial Papagayo and Centro Comerical Punta Limones are the best places to go if you’re looking for karaoke bars and nightclubs. Keep in mind that nightlife tends to kick off quite late in the Canary Islands. Many bars don’t get going until around midnight and then stay open well into the early hours.

If you want to be close to the coast and a plethora of fantastic beaches during your holiday in Lanzarote, Playa Blanca is the perfect resort for you.

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