Playa Blanca is the most southerly resort on Lanzarote, being situated about 30 kilometres away from Arrecife airport. It is a tranquil, luxurious marina, which has experienced exponential growth in infrastructure and accommodation in the past decade. Marina Rubicon is its most recent seafront development, comprising of exclusive restaurants, cafes, designer shops and of course, a sumptuous yacht harbour.
Things to do in Playa Blanca
Apart from soaking in the sun on the many beaches Playa Blanca has to offer, there is also some sight-seeing to do in the resort. Jean de Bethencourt - the Canary Islands’ conqueror, first established his base here in Playa Blanca in 1402, naming it Castillo de las Coloradas (also known as Torre del Águila). A reminiscence of the historic building, the Martello Towers can found east of Marina Rubicon.
As in most other resorts on Lanzarote, there are many watersports available too - from scuba diving, parasailing, snorkeling to renting your own jet ski, the offers are plenty and to everyone’s taste and preference. If you prefer something less extreme, then we suggest a walk on Playa Blanca’s promenade, from where you can see the splendors of its neighbouring island - Fuerteventura.
Beaches of Playa Blanca
When it comes to beaches, Playa Blanca has the absolute best ones you will find on Lanzarote. Even its name, which translated means White Beach suggests purity and immaculateness.
Encompassing over 9 kilometres of beaches, naturally divided by rock formations, some of the most popular beaches in the resort are Playa Dorada and Playa Flamingo, the first one being situated near the new port, while the later is next to the old harbour. As you would expect in such a high-end resort, the beaches have plenty of facilities, but can also be very crowded at times.
Even more spectacular beaches can be found in Papagayo, the national reserve area situated just outside Playa Blanca, comprising of no less than 9 beaches, as follows: Playa Puerto Muelas, Playa Caleta del Congrio, Playa Papagayo, Playa la Cera, Playa la Cruz, Caleton del San Marcial, Caleton del Cobre, Playa Mujeres and Playa Las Coloradas. Although varying in sizes and probably not as big as in other resorts, these beautiful beaches are made of pure white sand and protected from strong winds due to their strategic position. No amenities are available here though - so make sure you bring along some snacks and plenty of water.
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The old fishing harbour of Playa Blanca is something that shouldn’t be missed when you’re visiting. The port has that traditional-style charm, it represents a reminiscence of its past days, when Playa Blanca was nothing more than a small fishing village - like most of today’s popular resorts of Lanzarote. Besides admiring the vessels as they’re rocked by gentle winds and waves and the splendid views surrounding the area, you can also take a boat-trip from the old port to Fuerteventura, which is only about half an hour away by ferry.
Some of the most important tourist attractions can be found just minutes away from Playa Blanca.
Puerto del Carmen, the nightlife capital of Lanzarote is closeby and it guarantees a great night out or why not, even a pleasant day out with the family, visiting its iconic seaport.
Timanfaya National Park is a 15 minutes drive away and it’s definitely the most important symbol of Lanzarote and the Canaries - you simply must visit this unique biosphere of volcanic landscape.
The Janubio Salt Flats are another must see in the surrounding area - over 15000 tons of salt are produced here every year, and it was traditionally used by fishermen to preserve their fish. The Green Lagoon that can be found in El Golfo is about 19 kilometres away and it offers a spectacular view of a lake which is the result of an unusual phenomenon where seawater has been trapped, turning green from the many algaes it contains. The erosion caused by winds has also created dramatic cliffs, which determined the producers of One Million Years B.C. to use the location in their film.