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Located on the southern tip of Lanzarote, holidays in Playa Blanca have the unique qualities of being incredibly relaxing yet close to an awe-inspiring range of attractions.

Enjoy peaceful holidays in Playa Blanca

If you just want to unwind on an idyllic beach, you’ll find that Playa Blanca will serve you well. The famed coastline of Punta del Papagayo is just a few minutes west from the centre of the resort. Here you’ll have a choice of no less than seven golden beaches, backed with the weathered formations of black volcanic cliffs. Stretch out on your chosen stretch of shoreline and you’ll feel just a gentle breeze as the winds are much weaker on the southern side of Lanzarote.

With such inviting shores, you could be forgiven for wishing to spend your holidays in Playa Blanca on the beach. However, then you’d be missing out on the simply stunning attractions that are within reach. Seeing the dusky, barren vistas of Timanfaya National Park will help you to understand why scenes from Star Wars and the Planet of the Apes were filmed here. While the lurid green El Golfo is often described as one of the most unusual lakes in the world.

Beyond the natural wonders, man-made delights come in the form of the classy Marina Rubicón. It’s possible to jump on a 30-minute boat ride to Fuerteventura here (that’s how close the island is!), but you’ll be just as tempted to stay grounded as the harbour hosts a range of upmarket bars and restaurants. But whether you’re relaxing on a cotton-soft beach or strolling its quiet streets, one thing’s for certain – the beauty of Playa Blanca is all yours to admire.

“Take a trip to the volcanic park, it is superb.”

Historic sites and natural wonders nearby

Playa Blanca is ideally located for exploring some of the most famous attractions Lanzarote has to offer. In particular, holidays in Playa Blanca are a nature lover’s delight, because the irregular terrain and geographic quirks of Lanzarote are all easy to explore from here. For example, the incredible Timanfaya National Park is just 10 miles away from Playa Blanca. This is a national park unlike any other, forged from the hot ash and lava of volcanic blasts in 1730, 1736 and 1824. What this means for you today is that you can explore endless Martian-like landscapes of arid soil cast in the colours of maroons and dark browns. The residual magma has given the surface a scorched-earth effect, causing steaming hot geysers to shoot into the sky, especially in the Islote de Hilario area of the park. Take a tour of the Route of the Volcanoes, a walking trail that passes hundreds of Timanfaya’s volcanoes. Then stop at the Restaurante El Diablo, designed by local artist César Manrique, which actually uses the heat of the earth to cook food!

On your way back from Timanfaya National Park, it would be well worth your while to stop off at the stunning green lake El Golfo. Sitting close to a glistening volcanic black beach, El Golfo glows a vibrant green colour due to the algae mixing with the minerals of the saltwater inlet from the sea nearby. It really has to be seen to be believed, and you’ll get some incredible photos so show everyone when you come back from your holidays in Playa Blanca. But if you want an even more memorable souvenir, you could buy a radiant green rock of the same colour from Olvine, the local village.

And the natural wonders still continue along the south western coast! Less than seven miles from Playa Blanca, you’ll discover the multi-layered rocks of Los Hervideros. The coastline here has been carved into craggy, jagged shapes by the combination of volcanic and sea erosion. Realising that this is an area of amazing natural beauty, balconies are set up along this stretch to give you great views and picture perfect photos.

A little further east along the coastline of Playa Blanca, you’ll find a man-made attraction to offer some variety to nature’s stunning contributions to the area. The Castillo de las Coloradas is a coastal watchtower built in the 18th century to check for pirates invading. Thankfully, there’s no threat to the island now but you’ll still enjoy an incredible vantage point over the nearby white beaches of Papagayo to the east and Fuerteventura to the south.

For fantastic family fun, you should stay at the HL Rio Playa Blanca & Waterpark with Jet2holidays. This all-inclusive hotel represents great value, as unlimited access to the newly built (for 2012) Paradise Island waterpark. With colourful slides, rides and a lazy river, this safe, new waterpark is a first for Lanzarote.

As Lanzarote is a fairly small island, it’s worth travelling the distance to see the attractions near the capital, Arrecife. The late modern artist César Manrique was a native of Lanzarote, and he has made a distinctive impression on the entire island. Visit the César Manrique Foundation just inland between Arrecife and Costa Teguise, around 25 miles from Playa Blanca.

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