Nick's Guide to Lanzarote Resorts
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Once the archetypal fishing village so beloved of holiday brochure writers, Lanzarote’s Playa Blanca was transformed into a popular holiday resort destination during the 1980´s.
In many ways it’s surprising that Playa Blanca wasn’t earmarked for tourist development earlier since it enjoys a number of natural advantages over its rivals of Puerto del Carmen and Costa Teguise to the North.
Chief amongst these is the fact that Playa Blanca enjoys the best microclimate on the island, thanks to its position at the southern tip of Lanzarote. And despite the island only measuring 54km by 38km, the contrast in temperatures between the north and the south can be dramatic – especially during the winter months.
Playa Blanca also boasts some of the best beaches on the island, if not in the whole of the Canarian archipelago. The jewel in the crown is the stretch of golden sand at nearby Papagayo (or Parrot Beach), whilst the town itself is named after the white sand beach that still lies at its heart.
Traditionally the resort has also long been the gateway to the neighboring island of Fuerteventura. Ferries criss-cross between the two by day whilst at night the lights shimmer across the water, providing an atmospheric backdrop.
Playa Blanca is basically made up of three small coves, all set within one larger sheltered bay. The resort has grown rapidly over the last twenty years and now extends from the beautiful beaches at Papagayo in the east through to the lighthouse at Faro de Pechiguera in the west.
The original fishing village and bay at the heart of Playa Blanca is still the main focus of the resort and is home to the bulk of the bars, shops and restaurants. Just to the east lies neighbouring beach of Playa Dorada – and to the west is Playa Flamingo. All three of these bays are united by a sea front promenade that runs from one end of the resort to the other.
The new Rubicon Marina development has added a touch of luxury. It plays host to luxury yachts, upmarket shops, and some good quality bars and restaurants (including Lanzarote´s very own branch of the Café Del Mar chain).
During the day, life revolves around the beaches. As night falls the focus shifts back to the town centre – with the accent more on relaxed sea front dining than wild nightlife.
For more information about Playa Blanca visit the Lanzarote Guidebook website at: www.lanzaroteguidebook.com/playa-blanca