Lanzarote is a small island that offers a lot in terms of naturalistic and artistic attractions. In this beautiful Canary island, you can find marvelous beaches bathed by crystal clear waters.
In this post, you can find out which are the best beaches of Lanzarote, from the wild coves of the Los Ajaches rierva to the more tourist beaches of Puerto del Carmen, up to the nearby island of La Graciosa. So if you are planning a trip to Lanzarote and you do not want to miss the most beautiful beaches of the island you just have to read this article.
PLAYA BLANCA AREA
Playa Dorada is definitely the most beautiful beach in the Playa Blanca area and it is one of the best in Lanzarote. It is a small white sandy beach (imported) bathed by crystal clear and limpid waters.
The sea is always calm because the beach has artificial rocks that protect it, it is not too windy and it is both free and equipped with deckchairs and umbrellas. It is also pleasant to walk along the promenade with a wide selection of shops and restaurants.
In general, this beach is recommended for families with children and for anyone who wants to spend a day relaxing and diving into beautiful waters, even if a little bit chilly.
Playa Flamingo is another little beach of the Playa Blanca residential complex, located near the main hotel facilities. Part of the beach is free and the another one it is equipped.
Playa Flamingo is particularly suitable for younger children as a rock barrier protects it from waves and wind. On the other hand, artificial intervention makes it less fascinating, especially compared to the marvelous coves of the nearby Los Ajaches reserve.
It also turns out to be a bit too noisy and it is often crowded, because it is very small. In this place, you can find several restaurants, bars and shops.
Between Playa Dorada and Playa Flamingo, in the heart of the village of Playa Blanca, there is the homonymous beach. A small portion of white sand with restaurants and characteristic shops.
LOS AJACHES RESERVE: PAPAGAYO & OTHER PLACES
Los Ajaches reserve is a protected area, characterized by beautiful pristine beaches. In addition to the very famous Playa Papagayo, there are other beaches not to be missed, such as Playa Mujeres, El Pozo and Playa de La Cera.
It is possible to reach the park by car paying a toll of € 3 and taking a dirt road of 1 km to Playa Mujeres and about 4 km to Papagayo. The road is not paved but it is accessible by any car, you do not need to rent an off-road vehicle, just drive slowly.
Alternatively, you can start your trip from the Sandos Hotel Papagayo, from which it is possible to reach Playa Mujeres in about 15 minutes on foot. From here, you can visit the other coves accessing from different paths. There is also a taxi boat service that leaves from Playa Blanca and leads to Playa Papagayo.
Playa Papagayo is the most famous beach of Lanzarote, considered as one of the top 10 most beautiful beaches in the world.
The scenery is a dream, the beach is a real wonder, surrounded by large rocks and clear waters, fine golden sand and some black pebbles that creates a unique contrast of colors.
At the top of the cliff there is the only bar-restaurant of the park, where you can eat something or have a cold drink.
The beach set between the cliffs is rather sheltered from the winds and protected by the waves of the ocean.
Playa de la Cera is located next to Playa Papagayo; to the right of the only refreshment point of the reserve, you will find an path that leads to this beautiful beach in few minutes.
This beach is wider than Papayago one and it is characterized by white sand and blue and transparent waters.
Playa de la Cera is often very crowded: for this reason, it’s better to visit it early in the morning, in order to relax in this corner of paradise.
It is the largest beach of the reserve and the first you can visit, coming from Playa Blanca. It is a beautiful beach of fine sand with crystal clear waters, ideal for every need, even for families with children thanks to the convenient access from the parking lot.
In addiction, on the right of Playa Mujeres below the cliffs there is a good place to swim and explore the sea floor.
There are paths on the headlands that surround the beach and lead to panoramic points from where you can admire Playa Mujeres and the entire reserve.
There are no bars or restaurants, but in the afternoon a street vendor arrives to this place, so you can buy fresh drinks and something to eat.
Playa del Pozo
Playa del Pozo is the least crowded of Los Ajaches beaches. It can be reached either from the Playa Papagayo park or from the nearest Mujeres. The sea point is one of the most beautiful you can find in Lanzarote and the water is incredibly transparent.
PUERTO DEL CARMEN AREA
Playa Grande is the immense beach of the tourist center of Puerto del Carmen, that is located about a kilometer of golden sandy beach.
The beach is flanked by the famous Avenida de Las Playa, the promenade where there are a lot of pubs, restaurants and shops.
For those who decide to stay in Puerto del Carmen, Playa Grande is a good solution to relax when you do not want to reach other beaches.
The coast offers both an equipped and a free area too and the sea is clean although not transparent and crystalline as that of the southern beaches.
In addition to the central Playa Grande, in Puerto del Carmen there is a small beach known as Playa Chica, set among the rocks and therefore sheltered from the wind.
Playa Chica is characterized by sea depths rich in fish, ideal for snorkelers and for diving enthusiasts. It is no coincidence that there are several Diving schools. I recommend going there early in the morning when the beach is empty and it is more pleasant to swim and admire the marine fauna.
Playa Del Reducto
Playa del Reducto: here, you can find fine sand, equipped and free areas. This place is never crowded, always clean and offers a calm sea.
There are different bars and restaurants along the promenade that leads to the center of the city.
Playa Honda is a pleasant and wide beach located near the airport and behind a beautiful promenade with a few bars and restaurants.
You can also reach it on foot, starting from Arrecife. The village is very nice with the typical white houses that are a true must of Lanzarote.
Playa Famara is one of the most famous beaches of Lanzarote. However, for those who love bathing is not the ideal place: indeed, the beach is crossed by strong winds and, for this reason, it is the favorite destination for surfers and kite surfing lovers.
Playa Caletón Blanco
Playa Caletòn Blanco is one of the most wild and unspoiled beaches of Lanzarote. It is located in the north of the island and is subject to the tide phenomenon, especially in the early morning when the water is low and withdrawn for several meters.
This beach is characterized by white sand, black volcanic rocks and turquoise waters.
In this beach, there are small stone barriers that serve to shelter from the winds. Pay only attention to where you are positioned because the tides change quickly and the water could suddenly return, so do not leave your things unattended and too close to the sea.
La Graciosa is the only island in Europe that does not have asphalt roads. It can be reached in about 15 minutes by ferry from Orzola.
You can travel on foot, by bike or with 4 × 4 Cabs which are the only vehicles that can circulate.
The beaches of La Graciosa are all wonderful, but those not to be missed are: Playa Francesca, Playa Montana Amarilla and Playa Las Conchas.