Playa Blanca is a resort found on the southern tip of Lanzarote. In recent years, Playa Blanca has become an exclusive attraction for families and couples seeking a 'quieter' holiday, in comparison to the more lively resort of Puerte Del Carmen, which is around 45K away. Playa Blanca is generally less windy than the rest of the island, due to its Southern location on the island.
The LZ2, a main motorway, links the resort to the Island's International Airport in Arrecife.
It's easy to walk the whole town on foot, so no need to worry about transportation. There are taxis easily available, if needed. If staying in the Las Coloradas area (near the Sandos Papagayo and Dream Castillo), you will be walking 15-20 minutes to Marina Rubicon, a further 15 minutes to Playa Dorada, and 10-15 more minutes to Playa Blanca town centre. Taxis each way between Las Coloradas and Playa Blanca town are around 4 euros.
There is a bus service every half an hour around the town. Bus number 30.
To connect to Arrecife, the bus leaves on the hour from early morning until mid evening - number 60
To connect to Puerto del Carmen, the bus leaves on the half hour from early morning until mid evening - number 61
Playa Blanca is situated at the southernmost tip of the island, and seems to have its own unique weather, away from the rest of island. Flanked by the Femes mountains on one side... and with Montana Roja imposing at the other side, it is sheltered from some of the higher winds, and also claims the highest temperatures on the island. With beautiful white sandy beaches framing the town, edging round to Papagayo (a series of coves with shallow clear waters), it's also an ideal place to bring the children. With all the variety of tourist shops that you would expect, there are many bars offering low-key entertainment throughout the evening. It's a little quieter than other resorts in Lanzarote, which suits the visitor seeking a more laid back holiday experience.
The most recent development is the Marina Rubicon. A development of designer shops, and restaurants in beautiful surroundings, positioned right next to the beautiful Marina. take a stroll, and see some of the most spectacular yachts. The promenade in Playa Blanca is host to many top quality cafes and restaurants, where you can sit back and sample either the local or international menu on offer. The view across to Fuerteventura is beautiful, and at night you can see Corralejo's lights twinkling back at you, whilst listening to the waves lapping at the shore.
Take a tour to see the island's landmarks, like Timanfaya natural park, Jameos del agua, Cueva de los verdes, Mirador del Rio, Jardín de Cactus, Museo del Campesino, Fundación César Manrique, etc
A holiday home there, if you possibly can.
Seafood, especially the prawns and the local squid. There is one Burger King in town and plenty of Italian restaurants.
Marina Rubicon has some great restaurants that cover most price ranges from inexpensive pasta restaurants to more formal dining establisments. It even has a few Lani's (if you like the real tourist traps).
There are a number of good resturants in the old town of Playa Blanca on the coastline. Some are much better than others.
Often, the climate is very warm and dehydration is a hazard.
For some good craic the Irish Anvil in Punta Limones is hard to beat. They also do an excellent breakfast.
There are many bars in Playa Blanca which offer sports viewing, karaoke, live entertainment... and much much more. Put a search for Canary Nightlife into your search engine for comprehensive directories, reviews and photographs too. Or travel to local cities for a more lively atmosphere
Unlike the resort of Puerto del Carmen - which is dominated by apartment complexes - Playa Blanca's more controlled and recent development means it is home to a large selection of new four and five star hotels and a a good range of quality holiday villas.
Surrounding Playa Blanca is the Timanfaya National Park
It is also possible to catch a ferry to the neighbouring Island of Fuerteventura, the trip taking around 1/2 hour.
There are two ferries, Fred Olsen and Armas. You can get tickets for both on the spot. About 10€ per person. Fred Olsen is about 10 minutes faster but more expensive. You can board with your rent a car and take it over with you. They run about once per hour.
Coaches run to all the main tourist attractions from Playa Blanca. There is a newly-completed Bus Station. To see the Timanfaya it is best to take a bus as cars are not allowed in some areas.
The Yaiza Princess Hotel has an excellent children's play area and you don't need to be resident to use it. It also has fantastic restaurants.