Playa Blanca is a prominent beach town on the southernmost tip of the island of Lanzarote, in the Canary Islands. It has a marina, which is well-known among those traveling with their own sailboats and yachts and is well-liked for its laid-back environment mixed with a dash of luxury, in the form of 5-star hotels and summer villas.
Weather in Playa Blanca
This region of the Canary Islands is known for its sub-tropical climate, bringing mild and stable temperatures for the majority of the year. Playa Blanca in the summer has temperatures of around 25°C, while at the peak of the winter months, you can expect an estimated 17°C, with sea temperatures of about 18°C.
Things to do
As its name stands for “white beach”, you can most certainly expect to spend a lot of time lounging on the beautiful beaches at Playa Blanca. There are four main beaches which are popular among its visitors. The main beach, Playa Blanca is a smaller spot, but one of the most visited by locals, due to its beauty and charm, and its centralized location.
Playa Dorada is a stunning white sand beach with sparkling blue waters, set by a strip of seaside eateries and shops. Bars and restaurants located along the beach provide an ideal place for sipping drinks during sunset. On the west end of Playa Blanca, you will find Playa Flamingo, a family-friendly beach lined with sunbeds and umbrellas, close to a row of restaurants and a supermarket.
Playa de Papagayo
For a unique beach experience, you may want to head to Playa de Papagayo, which can be found around the most southern part of the island of Lanzarote. To get here, you will have to brave a rough drive, but what awaits you is worth it. This beach has stone circle pools that were created during the island’s extensive volcanic activities, but also a strip of sandy beach, which gently slopes into the sea.
Not to be missed is the Museo Atlantico Underwater Museum, a unique dive site and underwater sculpture gallery as envisioned by artist Jason deCaires Taylor. Initially created as a way to draw attention to environmental issues of the oceans, it has become a top-rated site for visitors, and should absolutely be on anyone’s bucket list for visits to Lanzarote.
The Aqualava waterpark is a fun place to spend a day as a family, especially if you are traveling with younger children. This park features pools that are heated via geothermal energy, as well as wave pools for both children and adults. The running theme at the park is all about volcanoes, and there is a castle with slides of different shapes and buckets releasing water sporadically, causing much laughter among the young ones.
HL Club Playa Blanca
One of the most-booked hotels in Playa Blanca is the HL Club Playa Blanca – a family-friendly hotel with apartments that are well spaced-out, and yet still close to each other so that you don’t have to walk far to get to your room. It is known for its exceptional service and delicious buffer, and its access to the waterpark. Book now!
HL Rio Playa Blanca
Another Mediterranean hotel is the HL Rio Playa Blanca, a 4-star resort very close to Flamingo beach. An outdoor swimming pool provides great entertainment for those traveling with children, while the bar and restaurant cater to the parents who would like to enjoy a cocktail. The HL Rio also has bikes available for rentals, and a tennis court for those who are up for a game.
Gran Castillo Tagoro Family & Fun
For the complete royal treatment in Playa Blanca, you can visit the Gran Castillo Tagoro Family & Fun. It was built as a tribute to 16th century Canary history and its colonial architecture, as it genuinely looks like a royal home. The interiors are inspired by Arab baths mixed with a contemporary flair, adding warmth to its atmosphere. A spa will help take care of your aches, with an indoor hydro-massage pool and a range of treatments.
Iberostar Selection Lanzarote Park
Iberostar Selection Lanzarote Park can be found close to Playa Flamingo, a hotel with four outdoor swimming pools, sunbeds and a bar where you can tank up on refreshments. It is very well known for its excellent spa services, which include a sauna, a hammam, a hot tub, and massages. Every room comes with free toiletries, a Nespresso Coffee machine ad a safe, as well as a view of the beach and sea in front. Book Now!
Ona Las Brisas
If you are someone who likes to have the feel of being home away from home when traveling, the Ona Las Brisas would be a perfect choice. This hotel will give you the option of booking an apartment, a one-BR apartment, or a two-BR apartment, to accommodate the size of your travel party. Here you can enjoy the sun terrace on a sunny day, enjoy a drink by the bar or play tennis or table tennis on-site. Book Now!
HL Paradise Island Hotel
The HL Paradise Island Hotel is a resort with its own waterpark, the Dino Aquapark, which is a fun way to keep your kids occupied all day. The rooms here are spacious with a balcony and a view each and come with a fantastic breakfast spread. It is about a kilometer from the beach, still close enough to walk to comfortably.
Restaurants / Bars
Playa Blanca isn’t just known for its spectacular beaches, but also for the selection of bars and restaurants. The top choice here is Coentro, a contemporary restaurant that serves lunch and dinner classics such as pork cheeks, skewers and must-try Canarian potato with chorizo. An extensive wine list is available to accompany your delicious meals.
Treat Café Bar
Treat Café Bar is a café that serves mouthwatering dishes, which include vegan and vegetarian options. Their generous portions are what loyal customers keep coming back for, as well as the live music they play. Their desserts are excellent, and a must try – especially the cheesecake selection. Coupled with a coffee, it is nothing short of a treat.
Rosco’s Beer House
Rosco’s Beer House is an international style bar, with a Belgian flair. Their specialty is a wide range of beers and ales, which are guaranteed to satisfy your taste. A bar chow menu will go well with your chosen brew, regardless of your choice. The atmosphere here is one of the best in terms of nightlife at Playa Blanca, and it is easily accessed, as it is located close to the shops in town.
If you are looking for something more oriental, the Flavours Restaurant comes highly rated for its excellent Indian menu. This spot is vegetarian-friendly and serves some of the best curries you can get your hands on. The butter chicken is a classic dishes that comes highly recommended here, along with mushroom rice.
Simple & Natural
Those looking for a traditional Mediterranean cuisine will love Simple & Natural, a Spanish café and tapas bar that serves the best garlic prawns in Playa Blanca. They also have a range of homemade cakes and an excellent coffee, perfect for a little afternoon snack along the beach promenade, close to the many shops in the area.
Getting to Playa Blanca from the Airport
Traveling to Playa Blanca will have you flying into the Lanzarote airport, from which you will have several options to choose. You can rent a car and drive to Playa Blanca directly, which should take an estimated 40 minutes. Airport transfers are also available, which are an affordable option at 6€ per head – however, these will need to be pre-booked, as you won’t be able to buy a ticket upon arrival at the airport.
You can also take a bus from the airport to Playa Blanca, but be sure to check the schedule beforehand. Buses usually leave the airport every 30 minutes between 7:30am and 10:30pm on weekdays. Weekend schedules will have fewer buses available, as well as public holidays. You can also choose to take a taxi, which will cost you around 50€, and is the more expensive but comfortable option.