Cheap Holidays to Playa Blanca
Playa Blanca Overview
Playa Blanca is on the south west tip of Lanzarote. It is an incredibly popular resort with great beaches and lively nightlife. The most central beach, Playa Blanca is actually quite small and can get very crowded in the summer. There are broad sweeping beaches to the east, Playa Dorada and to the west, Playa Flamingo. The Avenida Maritima runs the length of the resort from the port in Playa Blanca beyond the Playa Dorada.
The impressive Marina Rubicon is a popular location with some new and luxurious hotels being built in the area as well as spas and the sparkling marina itself. The marina is home to some top class restaurants and high end boutiques. Further east is the wild coastline of Papagayo.
Things to do in Playa Blanca
On the beach in Playa Blanca
There are two significant beaches plus a small central beach that make up Playa Blanca sea front. The charming Playa Dorada sits at the eastern end of the resort. There are two man-made breakwaters making the beach well sheltered and safe for toddlers. The beach is lined with palm trees and some low level whitewashed building complete with snack bars and restaurants. The Playa Flamingo is out towards the impressive Marina Rubicon in the west of Playa Blanca. This broad expanse of soft sand is perfect for long days soaking up the sun. The beach is backed by the promenade along with some local bars and restaurants.
It is worth continuing your walk beyond Playa Flamingo to visit the Marina Rubicon. This luxurious addition to the coastline includes boutiques and top class restaurants and cocktail bars.
Eat and drink in Playa Blanca
The area surrounding the Playa Blanca beach is busy with bars and restaurants serving both local and international food. There are some really good restaurants facing the Atlantic serving local specialities. Look out for Avenida de Papagayo, a busy road in and out of the resort to the west. It is lined with places to eat.
For a special evening, take a short taxi ride up to Femés. There are three beautiful restaurants with stunning views back across Playa Blanca and the Atlantic beyond.
Playa Blanca nightlife
The majority of the night-time entertainment is geared towards the family market with live music and karaoke very popular. The area around the town centre and the promenade is busy with bars. For late night fun try either the Punta Limones or Papagayo commercial centre.
Shopping in Playa Blanca
The centre of Playa Blanca is perfect for a bit of holiday shopping. The pedestrianised Calle Limones runs parallel with the main Playa Blanca beach. You can expect to find the usual mix of stores selling holiday essentials and souvenirs. Other areas to take a wander include the up market Marina Rubicon at the far end of the Avenida Maritima and the Papagayo commercial centre.
There are markets held at the marina every Wednesday and Saturday between 9am and 2pm. Take a stroll through the local stalls and then have lunch at the marina.
Things to see in Playa Blanca
To the west of Playa Blanca lies the Papagayo nature reserve. This wild and rugged coastline is home to one of the most spectacular stretches of beach in the Canary Islands. There is a small charge to gain access from the road but the scale of the beach and the views are worth every euro. There are a series of beaches along the coast with rocky outcrops separating them.
Arrive in style and hire a water taxi from the Marina Rubicon.
Restaurante Balcon de Femes
This incredibly located restaurant in the mountains above Playa Blanca is well worth a visit. The terrace sits high above the resort of Playa Blanca in the distance. You can expect local specialities including a full range of delicious tapas. You will need a either a car or a taxi ride to get you there.
The One Bar – Marina Rubicon
The One Bar is situated at the end of the harbour wall in the Marina Rubicon. This bar is extremely popular with locals, holidaymakers and the occasional sailor! There is an extensive range of spirits and cocktails for all. Families are welcome throughout the day and after dark the music plays on until the early hours.
Fiesta del Carmen – early August
This island wide celebration of the patron saint of sailors, Virgen del Carmen, is an amazing experience. The fiesta celebrates sailors and ancients fishing traditions and you will get the chance to see an amazing flotilla of pretty fishing boats. You can also expect music, traditional dress, food and drink.
• Currency – EUR
• Time Zone – GMT + (0)
• Travel Time – Arrecife (ACE) 4h 15 min London
• Transfer Time – 30 minutes (Taxi)