Playa Blanca is situated in the South Western tip of Lanzarote.It is a more relaxed resort than others on the island but is barely recogniseable from the small fishing village 25 years ago.. An ideal holiday base for the jewel of Lanzarote, the National Park at Timanfaya and the natural beaches of Papagayo. The resort now stretches from the lighthouse at Pechiguera in the West to the sparkling new and up market Marina Rubicon in the East. There is a coastal walkway which stretches the whole length of the resort and makes for a pleasant stroll from whatever point in the resort you are staying in.Unlike other Canary Islands, Lanzarote has had a restriction on the height of hotels above three stories (although this has been flouted in recent times by corrupt officials) thereby not spoiling the landscape with high rise blocks. All private villas,houses can only be painted blue or green with white as the main other colour There are high quality low rise hotels with some right on the sea front and also plenty of private holiday villas to suit all budgets.Choose from apartments in well run holiday complexes all within easy distance of the beaches. Lanzarote is famous for its beaches and Playa Blanca in particular. There are three main beaches in the resort and of course the unspoilt Papagayo beaches at the very Eastern extremity. is the main beach on the western side of the harbour, then there is the town beach right in the centre of what was the original fishing village. The largest and probably busiest beach is Playa Dorada right in front of the Yaiza Hotel in front of a commercial complex (complete with Burger King).
There are plenty of restaurants to choose from including Jumbos Chinese, including sea food restaurants right on the sea front. There are a few themed bars with live entertainment but nowhere near the level of nightlife in Puerto del Carmen the other main Lanzarote resort. Playa Blanca tends to be a lot quieter in the winter months and several eateries are closed at this time of the year. The place is booming in the main holiday season but visitor numbers have been down due to the credit crunch. The Canary Islands are a favourite of the British so with the recession and also the falling value of the pound against the Euro there have been less British on holiday here including Lanzarote in the last two seasons.Latest visitor figures for April 2011 have shown a marked increase in visitors and Hotel occupancy.
More and more people these days book their holiday independently on the internet.Because there is an excess of private properties on Lanzarote many people have been booking direct here for yearsThere are several reasons for this but the main reason is more choice plus the ease of internet booking, now that virtually everyone has access to a PC..Another factor is the increasingly poor service and additional costs from holiday companies.Here you can click on the left to search for the ideal villa/apartment for you in Lanzarote, there are over 400 in Lanzarote, then use the search box on the right to find out when, where and how much flights will cost to your preferred destination in the Canary islands.
There are three beaches in Playa Blanca apart from the more secluded Papagayo beaches, probably the best in the Canary islands, which are either accessible by water taxi from the Harbour or by car over bumpy tracks. The largest and probably most popular is Playa Dorada situated almost in the centre of the resort by the Yaiza Hotel.It is quite a large beach with sunbeds parasols for hire. There are banana boats and pedaloes for hire and plenty of facilities for refreshments etc right on the sea front. There is a commercial centre with Burger King , Pizza restaurants, Scuba , electrical stores etc. Playa Flamingo Beach is better suited for families with younger children as the beach is protected by breakwaters so the water is quite shallow and calm most of the time.The actual Playa Blanca after which the town was named is only a smallish beach but it is easily accessible and close to all facilities. There is a submarine that does trips from Marina Rubicon as well as Catamaran trips. . There is a pitch and putt golf course adjacent to the Hesperida hotel right on the front. Marina Rubicon has plenty of designer shops and there are pleasant restaurants overlooking the sea. There are many bars in Playa Blanca and they do vary in terms of service and price so keep an eye out for good value and service. Sea fishing is excellent as is scuba diving in this area. The ferry goes to Fuerteventura from the harbour and is worth a good day out although the tickets costs arent cheap . You can walk up the Montana Roja in about 30 minutes to give excellent views of the whole resort and across the sea to Fuerteventura
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There is a half hourly bus service . Click here for the full timetable service in Playa Blanca
For a streetmap of Playa Blanca in pdf format click HERE.