The lunar landscape of Papagayo Beach in Lanzarote and its sapphire waters.

Discover the Best Beaches in Lanzarote

23 Nov 2018 By Danielle Gunner
The lunar landscape of Papagayo Beach in Lanzarote and its sapphire waters.

It goes without saying that this Canary Island beauty is renowned for its lunar landscapes with volcanic black sand beaches dominating the coastline. Golden shores come in an abundance too, luring you into the glittering azure waters of the Atlantic.

Situated just off the coast of Africa, Lanzarote welcomes soaring temperatures all year-round – meaning sun-soaked stretches are aplenty. The island’s wild waves make this hotspot a watersport paradise, seeing holidaymakers flock from across the globe to surf this epic coast.

Get the low-down on secluded coves, the best sunset spots and family favourites with our guide to the best beaches in Lanzarote.

Playa Blanca Beach

White crisp sands and sapphire Mediterranean waters of Playa Blanca beach Lanzarote

Location: This 100-metre stretch of sand can be found in the municipality of Yaiza, nestled between the bustling Playa Blanca main town and luxurious Rubicon Marina. It’s also the southernmost point in Lanzarote, and is home to a huge selection of hotels along the beachfront.

Why visit? Isn’t it obvious? This Blue Flag awarded sand spot didn’t get its name for no reason. Blanca means white in Spanish, which becomes clear when you step on its Caribbean-like sands. Placing you in the heart of all the action, you’re footsteps from rows of endless bars, restaurants and shops – picking up a bucket and spade has never been easier!

Keep your eyes peeled for one of the Fred. Olsen ships as it sails by – cruise lovers will be in awe. And diving enthusiasts can take full advantage of the spot’s calm waters, which offer perfect conditions  for exploring the colourful underwater world.

How to get there: Choose a hotel situated along this idyllic stretch, and stare at the breathtaking horizon – it’s one of the easiest ways to gain exclusive access to the sands of Playa Blanca.

Alternatively, rent a car and head straight for the bustling town, just a quick 40 minutes from the airport. This sun-drenched hotspot will welcome you with soft grains and an old maritime charm.

Hotels near Playa Blanca Beach:

Not only is the resort a winner, the hotels are first-class with a diverse range of All Inclusive mega complexes, five star adult only retreats and a selections of Half Board delights – all a beach ball throw away from Playa Blanca Beach. Here are a few of our favourites –

  • H10 Rubicon Palace: Boasting six swimming pools, an offering of restaurants and deluxe sea view rooms – how could you possibly resist this 5 star retreat?
  • Princess Yaiza Suite: At this mega complex, sea views come as standard. Take advantage of the spa, while children enjoy the kids’ clubs and teenagers join in on the daily entertainment.
  • Elba Premium Suites: This adult only, four star hotel puts you in the heart of Playa Blanca and its stretches of golden coasts.

Playa de Papagayo

Volcanic landscape of Playa de Papagayo Beach and its rocky terrain in Lazarote

Location: Based in the protected natural reserve of Los Ajaches, and close to the resort of Playa Blanca, these sun-soaked stretches are located in the southwest of the island.

Why visit? The beaches of Papagayo come as a collection, and are famous throughout Lanzarote. It’s  no surprise that these five stunning spots are among the best, with magical views of Fuerteventura  – one of its sister Canary Islands.

Hidden away by volcanic formations, this set of secluded coves is one of Lanzarote’s best-kept secrets. Embrace the surrounding natural landscapes and swim the alluring Atlantic for the ultimate day of relaxation.

Due to the dramatic high cliffs surrounding the coast, that well-known Canary Island breeze will instantly disappear – leaving you with the perfect all-round tan. Adventurous holidaymakers can hike the circling peaks, whilst tiny tots paddle in the shallow waters, making it the ultimate choice for families.

How to get there: Easily accessible by car, bike or even foot you’ll find Playa de Papagayo clearly signposted from the moment you reach Playa Blanca. With a journey time of 15 minutes, hop on bus 30 in the resort centre  – and you’ll be moments away from snorkeling in its shallows or sipping cocktails in the hillside beach bar.

Need to know: As the Papagayo beaches are situated in Los Ajaches Natural Park, there will be an entry fee upon arrival from as little as €3.

Playa Famara

Towering sand dunes and sun-soaked sands of Playa Famara in Lanzarote

Location: Just north of the whitewashed village of La Caleta, lies one of the longest beaches in Lanzarote. Playa Famara is located on the north west coast of the island and is renowned for its untamed waters and Instagram-worthy backdrops.

Why Visit? Dominated by the majestic dark cliffs of El Risco de Famara, this large curved bay stretches for miles. And with one-of-a-kind views of the nearby Isle of La Graciosa – it’s definitely one for the camera.

Alongside its stunning terrain, this popular toe-sinker has been famous for its wild watersports for decades. Gaining worldwide recognition for its wonderful waves, surfers come from miles to take on the fierce current. Kite surfing and bodyboarding are also huge here, and if the waters are calm enough, it’s the ultimate cave snorkeling destination.

It’s recommended that only watersport experts take to this coast, but for those willing to learn there are a variety of surf schools dotted around the beach. Trust us, you don’t want to miss out on this bucket-list adventure.

How to get there: Perched between Teguise and Uga, the easiest way to Playa Famara is by taking the LZ30 route. Accessible by car or bike, keep a look out for the blue and white windmill at the entrance.

Playa Flamingo

Palm trees towering the golden grains of sand on Playa Flamingo beach in Lanzarote

Location: As a firm favourite with families, this 200-metre sand spot is located in the lively resort of Playa Blanca. Just west of the town centre, a little further out than the other area hotspots – this sweeping stretch has everything you need for a memorable day on the coast.

Why Visit? This calm tranquil beach is one for your mini travellers, with splashable waters and golden powder grains perfect for sandcastle building, it also promises to keep any little one entertained for hours.

This magnificent stretch gets top marks for its facilities too, with adapted access for disabled people, a selection of shops and restaurants nearby, as well as showers and other must-have amenities – all personalities and generations are catered for at Playa Flamingo.

Venture further afield to the nearby Marina Rubicon, just a short stroll away where you’ll stumble across Europe’s first underwater museum, Atlantico. A creation of Jason deCaires Taylor, dive or snorkel among 400 artistic sculptures.

How to get there: It couldn’t be easier! Once you’re in the centre of Playa Blanca, follow the promenade which borders the beach and take your pick of sunloungers.

Playa Cucharas

Secluded coast of Playa Cucharas lanzarote on a sunny day.

Location: The family-friendly resort of Costa Teguise is where you’ll find this urban beach of white sand. It’s the main stretch for holidaymakers, and we can certainly see why with 650 metres of sunbathing spots and a promenade to rival the island’s best seafronts.

Why visit? Side by side lies the enchanting colourful grains of Playa Cucharas coastline and the ash black pebbles left by the volcanic eruption from which this island was founded Not only is this beach a sun-seeking haven, it also plays a huge part in Lanzarote’s historical roots.  

Both watersport fanactics and beach-goers can take advantage of this dramatic Blue Flag shoreline. Split into two sections, snorkelers, scuba divers and windsurfers can take to the high seas, while families grab a pedalo or enjoy a relaxing swim. If that wasn’t enough, there’s a range of ice-cream parlors, tasty restaurants and boutique shops just feet from your sunlounger.

And with essential facilities such as toilets, changing cubicles and parasols – Playa Cucharas won’t disappoint.  

How to get there: Staying in a nearby hotel? You’ll be a maximum 15 minute walk away from the beach, and for those staying in the heart of the resort, you’re looking at a matter of feet. There’s always the option to hire a car and park in the Las Cucharas shopping centre.

Hotels near Playa Cucharas Beach:

This holiday hotspot is bursting with hotels to suit all personalities and budgets. Luxurious 5 star retreats to ultra-modern Self Catering apartments, all just moments from Playa Cucharas. Take your pick from our favourites –

  • Melia Salinas: Set on the sea, this 5 star establishment was designed by the iconic artist and architect Cesar Manrique.
  • Barcelo Teguise Beach: Boasting a beautiful beachfront location and close to the centre of Costa Teguise, this hotel puts you in the heart of all the action.
  • Club Los Zocos: With a variety of board types to choose from, Los Zocos is an All Inclusive paradise or Self Catering delight, and is just feet away from the closest stretch.

Playa Chica

Black rocks peaking out of the Mediterranean ocean on Playa Chica beach lanzarote

Location: One of the most popular beaches in Lanzarote, this secluded golden coast is situated in the stunning resort of Puerto del Carmen.

Why visit? You’re looking at one of Europe’s most spectacular sea beds, swim among the tropical fish and through coral reefs as you dive deep into the Atlantic from this colourful coast. Hidden away, find the Cueva de las Gambas, also known as the shrimp cave – a Special Area of Conservation.

For those who prefer to stay on dry land, there’s a collection of traditional eateries and cosy bars. Admire the natural formations of lava from your sunlounger as you soak up the nearby African climate.

The calm waters make swimming an absolute treat, and the nearby shopping centre is full of rubber rings and beach balls enticing the little ones.

How to get there: The 470 bus service will take you directly to this exciting spot of sand, and for those with cars, head for the Old Town of Puerto del Carmen, where car parking spaces are available.

Exciting rock formations, Caribbean-like sands and sapphire shores are calling your name. Take a holiday in Lanzarote and see the selection of beautiful beaches and coastlines for yourself.

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