View On The Edge Of Playa Blanca Lanzarote

Playa Blanca

Playa Blanca, on the south coast of Lanzerote, is a very pretty spot indeed. The road there takes you through the lunar landscape of the south, with miles and miles of volcanic lava flows as far as the eye can see. It’s a really unusual landscape, and almost completely lacking in vegetation and colours, apart from small stunted grape vines clinging to the side of the hills, set out in terraces and hidden behind walls to protect them from the ever-present wind.

Playa Blanca, in contrast, is an oasis of palm trees, tropical plants and an abundance of colour and a fine example of good town planning. The origins of the old fishing village, as well as its role as the main port to the neighbouring island of Fuerteventura is still very much in evidence. Ferries still chug across the straits on a regular basis, and numerous fish restaurants provide evidence that old industries still exist. That said, these old traditions have very much been overtaken and it is clear that tourism is now by far the most important industry for the town. However, unlike some places that have been ravaged by ill thought out and predatory tourism, the town of Playa Blanca has been developed in a considered and attractive manner. There are no high rise monstrosities filling the sky line, landscaping and use of natural materials (lava) is considered important, and traffic is kept away from the sea front as much as possible so as present the towns best natural assets- its beaches and the sea- in the best light.

The centre of the town is focused around a lovely horseshoe shaped cove, and is lined with restaurants, bars and tourist shops. It looks especially pretty all lit up at night. Behind this is the main pedestrianized shopping area, with a mixture of chain and independent stores selling clothes, shoes, groceries etc. The centre of the town remains largely hotel free, and still retains its old charm. From here, both to the east and the west, the town has extended along the coast, with low level hotels, apartment complexes and holiday lets, along with more bars, restaurants and supermarkets to cater for the tourist population. All along the front, which extends several kilometres is a footpath, which also extends to the recently developed marina area to the east of the town, which is filled with boutiques and yet more places to eat.

In terms of beaches, Playa Blanca is spoilt, with 3 within its town limits. The smallest beach, from which the town gets its name is the one found within the horseshoe shaped cove in the centre of town. At the eastern side of the town there is Playa Dorada, a big sandy cove with plenty of sun loungers for hire, a beach bar, and slightly protected from the strong winds on the island. To the west of the town, you find Playa Flamingo, another beautiful sandy beach with all the usual beach amenities to hand. There are a couple of large rocks, which you can swim out to were you can find excellent snorkelling conditions. This beach can be very windy, not a problem though if you are lying down. To top it all, several kilometres out of town to the east are the Papagayo beaches, part of a nature reserve and as such completely undeveloped. They are difficult to access by car but there is a taxi boat, which can take you to them from the harbour at Playa Blanca. Or like us, you can walk there- approx. 90 minutes from the centre of town to the nearest beach (there are 5 in total), up one big hill but other than that, not too strenuous. They are stunning, but again can be very very windy. On a cloudy day it can be pretty cold.

If you are looking to escape from cold bleak northern Europe in January, and want a relaxing sun filled winter break by the seaside then I would definitely recommend Playa Blanca to you.

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