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Beaches in Lanzarote

The small Canary Island of Lanzarote is blessed with over ninety great beaches. And despite its volcanic origin the vast majority are comprised of golden grains, rather than the coarse black sand found on near neighbours such as Tenerife and Gran Canaria.

In part this can be accounted for by the fact that many of Lanzarote´s beaches are man made, created with the help of sand imported from the Sahara desert around 80 km away in Africa. However, the island still boasts loads of natural stretches of sand – some of which are regarded as amongst the most breathtaking in the whole of the Canarian archipelago.

Two beaches vie for the title of the best on the island. Playa Papagyao in the south, close to the resort of Playa Blanca. And Playa Famara to the north – on Lanzarote´s more rugged and raw north east coastline.

Papagayo (or parrot in Spanish) is comprised of six separate beaches and coves. Which are all interlinked and can be reached on foot – a real beach lover’s paradise. Papagayo beach is located around fifteen minutes walk from the heart of Playa Blanca, Lanzarote´s second most popular resort. The beaches also enjoy great views across to the neighbouring island of Fuerteventura.

All of the beaches here are very unspoiled and natural. So much so that it is not uncommon to encounter naturists in all their glory! But this also means that facilities are few and far between. So it is sensible for visitors to take along their own shade, food and drink.

Playa Famara is located close to the former island capital of Teguise and is the largest beach on the island, measuring around 8km from end to end – depending on the tide. The beach is flanked by the 500 metre high Famara massif range of cliffs which, in tandem with the island of La Graciosa located just off shore, creates a truly spectacular backdrop. It is one of the most photographed scenes in Lanzarote.

But for a really spectacular backdrop that has attracted film makers and photographers in their droves, visitors should head for the black sand beach at El Golfo. It’s home to Lanzarote´s famous Green Lagoon – an emerald colour inland lake. The scenery here is so striking that sci-fi movies such as One Million Years BC and Krull were shot on location here.

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