Playa Blanca is situated on the southern tip of Lanzarote, around 18 miles (30km) from the island’s capital, Arrecife. This is a tranquil resort, known for its beaches and beautiful setting. There is also a regular ferry service, operated by Fred Olsen, between the town and the neighbouring island of Fuerteventura.
The beaches are Playa Blanca’s biggest draw. To the west of the town, a short distance from Montaa Roja, are the golden sands of Playa Flamingo. Several shops and restaurants are situated alongside this pretty beach. The small Playa Blanca, from which the resort takes its name, benefits from fine sand and a central location. It also boasts a European Blue Flag. A new promenade leads from the centre of the resort to Playa Dorada in the east. This small, sheltered beach is ideal for young children, although it can get quite crowded as it is close to a large hotel.
The resort’s best beaches, known collectively as Papagayo, are located a couple of miles east of the town. This series of small, sandy coves form part of a protected natural park. Because they are relatively remote and difficult to get to, the Papagayo beaches are popular with naturists. There is, however, a water taxi service from Playa Blanca’s harbour. Facilities on the beaches are quite limited, so it is better to go prepared.
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Nightlife in Playa Blanca is fairly low key, although there are a handful of music bars in the town. Most of the after dark action takes place around the Punta Limones commercial centre. There are quite a few restaurants along the promenade, many of which specialise in seafood.
Playa Blanca is quite isolated, although there is an infrequent bus service from the resort to Arrecife. If you want to explore more of the island, then hiring a car is essential. About 10 miles north of Playa Blanca is the impressive National Park of Timanfaya. This volcanic landscape is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting Lanzarote.