Playa Blanca, LanzaroteOnce a small fishing village near the most southerly tip of Lanzarote, in recent years Playa Blanca has developed into Lanzarote's second most popular resort.
The resort now stretches from just west of the famous Papagayo beaches at Las Coloradas as far as Faro Park and the Faro de Pechiguera lighthouse (some 7.5km to the west), with a seafront promenade along the entire coast. Apart from the centre of town, the resort is low density, comprising mostly of bungalow and villa developments, along with a few large luxury hotels.
A recent development in Playa Blanca is the Marina Rubicon. Located at the eastern-end of the resort, Marina Rubicon is a sea-front development of upmarket restaurants and designer boutiques positioned next to a beautiful Marina of luxury yachts and boats. Here at the water's edge you can sit back and sample either the local or international cuisine that is on offer.
Castillo de las Coloradas/Águila
About the only historic building of note is the 18th century Castillo de las Coloradas/Torre del Águila, located just east of the Marina Rubicon. Reminiscent of the Martello Towers found around the British Isles, the tower was built to defend the island from pirate attack. This is also the spot where Jean de Bethencourt setup base when he began the conquest of the Canary Islands in 1402.
The beach in the centre of Playa Blanca (literally "White Beach") is quite small and can become quite crowded, however there are two well-protected beaches within easy walking distance of the centre of the resort - Playa Dorada to the east and Playa Flamingo to the west. Playa Flamingo is currently being repaired following damage during a storm in 2005, but Playa Dorada is probably the best of these two man-made beaches anyway. To the west of Playa Flamingo, there are a few small coves and patches of sand, but the best beaches of all lie to the east;
About 2km east of the Marina lie the Island's most spectacular beaches - Papagayo. These beaches are accessed via dirt track and there is a small entrance fee. There are multiple beaches and coves to choose from, though it is worth noting that since this part of the Island is untouched, public facilities, such as toilets and refreshments are limited. The beaches are also reachable by water taxi from Playa Blanca harbour as well as excursions from Puerto del Carmen and Puerto Calero.
While Playa Blanca doesn't offer the same variety of nightlife as Puerto del Carmen, visitors can still party well into the early hours in the disco and karaoke bars located at Centro Comercial Papagayo or Centro Comercial Punta Limones. Locals come out to play on Friday and Saturday nights, while the holiday Reps tend to party on Wednesday night. Bear in mind that Nightlife tends to kick-off later in Spain and many bars won't get busy until well after midnight – don't worry though, some of the Disco-bars in Centro Comercial Papayago are open until 6am!
Since the resort has a large proportion of self-catering villas and bungalows, there is no shortage of places to eat. The seafront at the centre of town is literally lined with restaurants catering to just about every taste and nationality imaginable.
If you feel up to it you can even take the ferry to the neighbouring island of Fuerteventura. The trip takes just twenty minutes and is a fabulous excursion.
Distance from Airport: 32.5km