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Beaches, Lanzarote

The long stretches of golden sands and glistening waters in Lanzarote are simply spectacular. Tourists love lazing on the beaches here and overlooking the majestic cliff-back scenery and volcano-filled backdrop. Playa Blanca is one of the most popular resorts situated in Lanzarote, thanks to its wide selection of sunny beaches. Hop on a water taxi and sail over to the famous Papagayo Beach, where you can soak up the sun and embark on fun water sport adventures.

Famara Beach

Famara beach can be located in the north west of Lanzarote and is away from the island’s more touristy areas further south. Because of this, visitors to Lanzarote are practically guaranteed peace and quiet if they choose Famara beach as their chill out location.

The beach has become a go-to location for surfers from all over the world. The waters are known to get quite choppy thanks to the wind, so Famara beach is not best suited to swimmers, but for surfing, there is nowhere better. More often than not, there are more people in the water than on the beach itself.

The beach is surrounded by beautiful hillsides, providing a gorgeous, natural backdrop to your visit. There are various sand dunes to be explored and the local town offers a great range of bars, restaurant and shops, all within walking distance of each other, so be sure to call in after a day of relaxing on the sands.

Los Charcos

Los Charcos is one of Lanzarote’s hidden gems. This beach is ideal for any holidaymakers who want to avoid the crowds and relax in a setting of peace and serenity.

Los Charcos beach is the perfect place to bring your partner or family for a picnic; pack a basket with plenty to eat and while away a few happy hours enjoying the sun, sea and sand. It’s also advised that you pack a plentiful supply of water, too, as there are not many places to eat or drink in the nearby area.

The sand is a bright shade of beige and the waters are a clear blue colour; the shore is shallow, so it’s perfect for children who want to have a splash about. Alternatively, you can sit back and enjoy a book on the sand, or just take a stroll along the stretch of sand in this serene setting.

Los Pocillos beach

Situated in Puerto Del Carmen, Los Pocillos beach is the perfect place to come and chill out for the afternoon. The large stretch of sand means there’s plenty of room for everyone, so whether you want to take a dip in the sea or just lie back and relax, you will have your own space.

This beach is a family favourite; sunbeds are available for hire, as are umbrellas, and it can be easily accessed from the nearby town.

There is a glorious promenade at the back of the beach, which is ideal for cyclists and those who feel like taking a stroll off the sand. Los Pocillos beach is also handy for an enormous range of restaurants, cafes and bars, so you can enjoy a drink and something to eat as you take in a beautiful sea view. There’s also a selection of shops nearby for holidaymakers to indulge in a little retail therapy during their trip.

Playa Bastian

Playa Bastian beach is an idyllic spot for whether you want to sit back and relax under the shade of a beach umbrella or take a dip in the crystal-clear waters surrounding Lanzarote. The beach can be found in Costa Teguise, along the east coast.

Playa Bastian’s beach can be accessed by a stroll along the promenade behind it, which is lined with gorgeous palm trees. The beach itself is not very large, but is also not usually full of tourists, so you are likely to have quite a bit of privacy if you choose to pay it a visit.

Sun beds and beach umbrellas are available to be hired to visitors who want to relax in the shade. A range of cafes and bars can also be found behind the beach, allowing you to enjoy a cold drink and something to eat while you watch the waves roll in on the shore.

Playa Dorada

You can find Playa Dorada beach in Playa Blanca. This golden stretch of sand is one of the most popular beaches in Lanzarote, and is also very handy for a range of amenities, including bars and supermarkets. For this reason, Playa Dorada is a great beach to bring your children to. The local shopping centre promises to provide you with some retail therapy after a day of sunning yourself.

The beach itself is lined with sun beds and umbrella, which are available to be hired for a reasonable price, and is located next door to a port, so you have excellent views of the yachts and boats sailing in and out. That being said, the beach is kept separate from the boating waters with a divider, so Playa Dorada is a great place for children to paddle.

Lifeguards are on site and there’s even some exercising equipment along the promenade for beach lovers to use.

Playa El Ancla

Playa El Ancla is the ideal place to visit if you want to get away from the crowds and enjoy some solitude by the sea. Take in the vast scenic views this idyllic beach has to offer, while smelling the fresh sea air and soaking up the sunny weather. Located in Costa Teguise, this beach is made up largely of rocks, but there’s still more than enough sand for those who are in the mood for sitting back and enjoying some Lanzarote sun.

The rocks also make the perfect places for visitors to enjoy a spot of fishing; the local waters are home to a range of sea life, so you’re sure to stand a good chance of catching something. For those looking to splash and swim in the ocean waters, this beach is perfect and is safe for the whole family to enjoy.

Playa Flamingo

Playa Flamingo can be located a little further out than other beaches, in Playa Blanca. This sandy beach boasts golden sands and towering palm trees that help to provide shade from the sun. The facilities are well-maintained; sun beds and umbrellas are available for hire and are lined along the back of Playa Flamingo.

The sea is very calm and safe for children to play in the crystal blue waters. In fact, a wall has been built at the end of the beach to stop people from swimming too far out; for this reason, inflatable beach toys are well-suited to Playa Flamingo.

The beach itself is very clean and is not usually overcrowded, so you have plenty of space to spread out and relax. The walkway down to the beach is also lined with padlocks that couples have fastened to the chain railing, to cement their love for each other while on holiday at this beautiful location.

Playa Grande

A trip to Puerto Del Carmen will give you the chance to experience Playa Grande, the best known urban beach in the whole of Lanzarote. The calm waters surrounding the beach make it perfect for swimmers and children who want to play in the sea.

The beach stretches for over a kilometre, so visitors can take a leisurely stroll on the golden sands and take in the beautiful view of the horizon. Sunbeds and umbrellas are available for hire if you want to kick back with a book or just enjoy some Lanzarote sun. Playa Grande’s beach is clean ad can be accessed via the delightful promenade that runs behind the sand. It is also located within easy reach of a range of restaurants, cafes and bars, which offer delightful ocean views as you enjoy a drink and something to eat.

Playa Grande also makes for a romantic evening stroll, providing spectacular views of the sunset.

Playa Jablillo

Playa Jablillo is situated in Costa Teguise and is a favourite with families thanks to its golden sand and crystal blue waters. The beach is relatively small compared to others in Lanzarote, but it possesses a unique charm that makes visitors return to it, year after year.

The waters around Playa Jablillo are quite shallow, so ideal for youngsters to have a paddle in the sea. The beach is not facilitated with sun beds, so it’s advised you bring a towel if you want to lay back and sunbathe.

Playa Jablillo is also surrounded by a great many bars, restaurants and cafes, so you have ample opportunity to enjoy something to eat and a cold drink after a long day of sunning yourself on the sand. It is also handy for the shops if you are in the mood for flexing your spending muscle.

Playa Papagayo

Playa Papagayo is home to multiple beaches, each of which possess just as much charm and beauty as the other. It doesn’t matter whether you are visiting the beach with the aim of snorkelling, swimming or just kicking back and soaking up some Lanzarote sun, Playa Papagayo caters to all needs.

These beaches are quite secluded; accessed via an unpaved track or a walk over the headland, you don’t need to worry about Playa Papagayo being overcrowded with beach lovers. The clear waters off Playa Papagayo are great for swimmers and children who want to have a splash about. The cliffs above the beach can be easily accessed and make the perfect spot for watching the sun go down over the ocean in the evening, providing a flawless view.

A café can be found above Playa Papagayo, so be sure to call in for an ice cream and a drink.