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Southern Comfort – Exploring The Resort Of Playa Blanca

If your primary concern when taking a break here on Lanzarote is to simply soak up the sun (and why not, given the foul weather in the UK) then you should take a closer look at Playa Blanca, the second largest resort located right at the southern tip of the island.  As it offers the best microclimate and weather – especially during the winter months.

Great Beaches + Wonderful Weather = Happy Holidays

 

Papagayo beach, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

Glorious Beaches at Papagayo

 

Playa Blanca is named after the small white beach that is located in the heart of the town and until the early 1990´s this really was still just a quiet little fishing village, serving as the gateway to the neighbouring island of Fuerteventura.  Playa Blanca´s great beaches and climate though made it an obvious contender for tourist development and in the following twenty years the town rapidly expanded into a bustling holiday destination, with hotels and apartment complexes extending from the beaches at Papagayo in the west through to the Faro de Pechiguera lighthouse in the east.

The resort is located about forty minutes drive from Arrecife airport and it retains the feel of a town apart from the rest of Lanzarote, thanks to its slightly isolated position and proximity to Fuerteventura.  That being said though it offers everything that holidaymakers could need, such as good quality restaurants, shops, bars and of course excellent beaches.

Life´s A Beach in Playa Blanca

There are three good quality beaches within the resort, including the aforementioned town beach which is the smallest of this trio.  The largest and most popular of these sands are at Playa Dorada, which also offers plenty of facilities such as sun loungers and shades as well as safe bathing.  There are also a number of bars and restaurants to the rear of the beach making this a great spot for watching the world go by.

Playa Flamingo is another great beach, located just a short walk from the ferry port and set in delightful gardens.  This is another excellent spot for swimmers as the beach here is protected by large breakwaters made out of giant volcanic stones and there are also plenty of amenities

Visit Papagayo

The real jewel in the crown though is Papagayo – a set of bays and coves located about fifteen minutes walk from the centre of the resort.  The beaches here are entirely all natural and widely regarded as amongst some of the best in the Canaries, regularly winning plaudits in travel magazines and polls.  There´s not much here in the way of facilities though so do remember to take along your own shade and water.

Day Trips To Fuerteventura

 

Jandia Peninsula, Fuerteventura

Explore Fuerteventura´s Beaches Too...

 

If you´re staying in Playa Blanca then it´s easy to hop onto a ferry in the harbour and make the short crossing to Fuerteventura.  The brightly coloured buildings in Corralejo provide quite a contrast to the uniform white of Lanzarote and the Dunas National Park is a real must see, as there are some 16km of sand dunes to explore here.  Ferries depart throughout the day and you can read more about the island by visiting our Day Tripping in Fuerteventura page.

Moon Landing

Playa Blanca is also the nearest resort to Lanzarote´s number one tourist attraction, the volcanoes and lava fields of Timanfaya.  This sight is well worth getting up from your sun lounger for and is only a ten minute drive away. 

Rubicon Marina

Playa Blanca is also home to one of only two marina´s on Lanzarote.  Rubicon Marina opened in 2002 – adding a touch of glamour to the resort – and is home to a good selection of shops, bars and restaurants as well as a popular market every Wednesday and Saturday.

If all of this has whetted your appetite for a holiday in Playa Blanca then we offer some high quality holiday villas for rent in the resort, such as Villa Papagayo, a two bedroom property which can be rented out from as little as 525 per week.

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