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Playa Blanca is the place to be!
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.
Activities & 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.
Fine dining and authentic cuisine
Holidays in Playa Blanca have built up quite a reputation as being some of the best in the Canaries for eating out. And it’s with good reason too, as there are restaurants with suitably sleek modern interiors that complement the beauty of your surroundings perfectly. These fine-dining eateries put a unique twist on classic Canarian cuisine with fusion dishes that make the most of local fresh ingredients. A perfect example is the stylishly decorated La Cocina de Colacho – its angular exterior houses many contemporary culinary concepts.
But it’s perfectly possible to find more traditional British fare here too. There are several bistros and restaurants in Playa Blanca that cater exclusively to British tourists. Settle down at a table and you can expect all the favourite dishes you know and love, from pie and mash to all-day cooked breakfasts.
Plus, we can’t forget the Restaurante ‘El Diablo’. As mentioned in the Activities & Attractions section, this unique restaurant is in the Timanfaya National Park, at the Visitor Centre. Here you can enjoy delicious barbecued meat cooked over the heat of a volcanic vent. Your food is literally cooked by the heat of the earth! The setting is stunning too – with huge glass walls for perfect viewing of the otherworldly landscapes outside. You’ll also see several works by the famous modern artist César Manrique (a native of Lanzarote), including one dedicated to the legend of Hilrario, said to be a local hermit who lived in isolation with only a camel for company.
For the easiest option of all, you could choose to have all inclusive holidays in Playa Blanca instead! Stay at the H10 Rubicon Palace with Jet2holidays and you’ll have all your food and drinks taken care of, with a choice of two buffet restaurants and two a la carte restaurants.
Beautiful beaches surround the southern coast
If you’re looking for beautiful beach holidays in Lanzarote then you’re in luck – Playa Blanca has some of the best stretches of coastline on the whole island. This is exemplified in the fact that most of them have Blue Flags – the EU award given to beaches of outstanding cleanliness and safety. In this regard, the pick of the bunch is certainly the shores of Punta del Papagayo. Located on the most southern tip of Lanzarote, Papagayo consists of five idyllic golden beaches and coves, broken up by dramatic black cliff faces that overlook the shimmering seas of the Atlantic. So whether you choose to set up your sunbathing stall at Playa Mujeres, Playa del Pozo or Puerto Muela, you won’t be disappointed with the view! The supremely soft, lightly golden sand is a treat on your feet, while the calm turquoise waters are made even gentler by the weathered rocky headlands that jut out into the sea.
To the west of the centre of Playa Blanca, the beach at the bottom of Montana Roja, named Playa de Montana Roja, is a real delight too. The huge burnt-orange mountain nearby shelters this volcanic black beach – but then it needs to, as this is an official nudist beach! So it’s only worth sunbathing here if you don’t mind seeing others baring their bits!
Back to a more popular, and accessible, beach, Playa Dorada is almost directly in the centre of the resort. Just a few minutes west from the pretty Marina Rubicón, this golden beach curves in a gentle arc, with headlands on both sides almost making it a small bay. The calm waves here make this beach a perfect choice for families, whilst there’s still generally a light breeze that will cool you down when the sun is shining bright.
For a slight change of scenery, you may instead choose to relax on the shores of Playa Flamingo. The light, golden sand here is of a similar variety to Playa Dorada, but then that’s because they’re so close to each other! Another added bonus of beaches in Playa Blanca is that the water is generally less choppy than it is at other resorts in Lanzarote. So whilst it’s not ideal for windsurfing, there are several water sports available at Playa Flamingo, including everything from parasailing to banana boats.
Relaxed drinks and a pretty marina
In keeping with the peaceful stretches of coastline, the nightlife during holidays in Playa Blanca is wonderfully relaxed. There’s a great choice of family-friendly bars here, such as the Wax Bar. It gives all visitors a warm welcome and has a huge number of Sky TV screens for catching up on soaps, football and more. It’s not actually at the centre of the nightlife in Playa Blanca though, as for that you’d have to visit the Papagayo Commercial Centre. Doubling up as a retail shopping centre by day, at night it livens up to play host to cocktail bars and Irish theme pubs. One of the best nightspots here is the Gravity Bar – it’s run by qualified mixologists so you know you’ll be in line for a classy cocktail!
However, if you prefer your evenings out to be a little more sedate, you should head to the Marina Rubicón. This fully functioning harbour is filled with glossy white yachts anchored in the glassy calm water. A clean, palm-tree lined promenade makes walking around the marina a joy, whilst there’s a fine selection of upmarket bars and seafood restaurants. Stop by for drinks on a terrace overlooking the waterfront or venture into the main street nearby – the rows of whitewashed buildings house yet more understated bars and authentic eateries.
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