The beautiful holiday resort of Playa Blanca is located in Lanzarote, the most northern of the Canary Islands in Spain. Playa Blanca is actually the newest resort of the island which has grown in popularity over the previous decade.
Playa Blanca Beaches, Resort & Weather Guide
Belonging to the Municipality of Yaiza, Playa Blanca is the southernmost town in Lanzarote, some 45 km from Arrecife Airport. Extensive development has raised the profile of this once tiny fishing village with many now heading here to enjoy the fantastic climate and beautiful beaches in Lanzarote. Compared to lively and vibrant resorts of Puerto del Carmen to the east and Costa Teguise which is north of the airport, Playa Blanca is known to be more sophisticated and relaxing.
Perhaps one of the contributing factors to the recent development and success of this resort is it’s close proximity to the island of Fuerteventura which can be reached by a short 30 minute ferry journey from the port here. The picturesque Marina Rubicon is located a short 15 walk from the town, here you can enjoy the restaurants and shops on offer in the village or a wide range of water activities such as sailing and diving.
Playa Blanca Beaches
Playa Blanca or “White Beach” is not only the resort name but also the name of one of the 3 main beaches here. The whole area is actually a large bay split into 3 smaller bays. Playa Blanca beach is centrally located with Playa Flamingo to the west and Playa Dorada to the east. Further eastwards is the super popular Papagayo beach (picture above) which is actually a series of smaller beaches and coves. Playa Blanca and Papagayo beach are featured in our best beaches in Lanzarote article that provides more detail about these fantastic beaches.
Castillo de las Coloradas
Castillo de las Coloradas is one of the top landmarks in Lanzarote which was built way back in 1744. This old watchtower was built to defend the island and offer protection from invading pirates. Unfortunately there is no access to the castle itself but it’s clifftop location affords it’s visitors some spectacular views of Lanzarote and the island of Fuerteventura. Castillo de las Coloradas is located just a few hundred metres west of Marina Rubicon at Punta del Aquila. There is a board outside the castle providing information in multiple languages about the castle and it’s history. The sunsets here are particularly striking and definitely worth experiencing when you visit.
Like all of the popular Canary Islands, water sports are among the top activities in Lanzarote and Playa Blanca is no exception. Diving, sailing, snokelling and windsurfing are available from Marina Rubicon and several other local businesses. Pura Vida Diving is a great choice if you want to dive at one of the 6 locations in Playa Blanca. Pura Vida also offer diving opportunities at Puerto del Carmen, La Graciosa Island and Costa Nordeste.