Playa Blanca is situated on the southern tip of Lanzarote, and from the resort you can clearly see the neighbouring islands of Fuerteventura and Los Lobos, across the Bocaina Straight.
It’s the island’s newest resort, based around what was a small fishing village, and it’s the most spread-out of the three resorts, stretching over 10KM from the old lighthouse on one side to the incredible beaches of Papagayo on the other.
The town is dominated by the dormant volcano known as Montaña Roja, or the red mountain, and the volcanic soil around it really is red!
The town in the middle has many shops, bars and restaurants, and the original main street is now a pedestrianized shopping area. There is a small town beach, and the promenade takes you in one direction to Playa Flamingo, a sheltered bay which is fabulous for snorkelling and diving, and in the other direction to Playa Dorada, which is the main leisure beach, with Jet Skis, pedaloes and sunbeds for rental.
There’s no shortage of all styles of cuisine to be found in the resort, but the focus is more on local food, tapas and fish dishes than in other parts of the island, and you’ll find it easier to eat “locally” here than in Puerto del Carmen or Costa Teguise.
The Papagayo beaches are renowned as some of the best in the world. Accessed by a dirt track, they all feature amazing soft, golden sand and clear blue water. There are five beaches in total, the central one of which is clothing optional. There’s also a small restaurant bar on the top of the hill overlooking the beaches.
The accommodation in Playa Blanca is mainly good quality hotels, with larger apartment complexes, as well as many private villas. In general, the accommodation in Playa Blanca is newer and more “upmarket” than in the other resorts of Lanzarote. There are no less than three 5 star hotels in the resort - The Gran Melia Volcan, The Princesa Yaiza and The Dream Hotel Gran Castillo.
Marina Rubicon is the jewel in Playa Blanca’s crown. As well as being home to some of the island’s best boats, there is a plethora of fabulous eateries, chill out bars and top class designer shops to enjoy there. The Marina even has a large outdoor swimming pool open to the public. A large market is held at The Marina every Wednesday and Saturday featuring stalls selling arts, crafts, jewellery and clothing.
Like the other resorts, the promenade is a feature of Playa Blanca, and on this one you can walk, run or ride from one end to the other, stopping for drinks or a dip on the way!
The original fishing harbour is still home to many boats, as well as the port for the ferries which run several times a day to Fuertentura, and the pleasure boats which visit Los Lobos. You’ll also find a Cofradia de Pescadores in the harbour – a place where the local fishermen sell their catch, with a restaurant attached to cook the fish for customers – you won’t get fresher fish anywhere in the world!
The Fiesta del Carmen is celebrated each July, the Virgen Carmen is the patron saint of fishermen and celebrated throughout Spain. Events are staged around the harbour area with a fairground. The Virgen is carried from the church to the harbour where a flotilla of boats race up and down the coast, letting off flares and fireworks to celebrate.
Playa Blanca is quite remote from the central parts of the island, but it is near to some amazing and interesting places like the Green Lagoon at El Golfo, and Los Hervideros, which is a place where the ocean has eroded the rocky coastline and created fabulous blow holes. It’s also close to The Fire Mountains, which can be seen in the distance from the resort. There are two water parks in Playa Blanca – Aqualava and Paradise Island, and both offer slides and rapid pools and are open to the public as well as to guests who are staying in their adjacent hotels.
For outdoor enthusiasts, there are volcanoes to climb, some excellent, but shallow scuba dives to enjoy and several excellent walks. There’s a large working salt pan about 5KM from town, which offers impressive views and is a good “there and back” walk past the stunning natural rock pools Las Charcones.
It’s worth taking a ferry across to Fuerteventura for a day, where you’ll discover their incredible sand dunes, and see how differently the town of Corralejo has been built up compared to Lanzarote’s towns. The ferries will take cars as well as foot passengers.
The resort is the most relaxed of the island’s three, it’s not a place for thumping nightlife, but it’s ideal for families and couples who want to relax and enjoy a bit of style.