Playa Blanca – Lanzarote

Follow the road south from Yaiza, through the bare, flat lands called El Rubicón and you arrive at Playa Blanca.

Playa Blanca is Lanzarote’s third resort, smaller, quieter and more upmarket than the larger two. It used to be a flourishing fishing village, and retains something of that atmosphere, even as it has expanded.

The heart of the resort centres on the main street, Avenida de Papagayo, its pedestrianised extension, Calle Limones, and the Paseo Maritimo, a promenade lined with restaurants that runs parallel to the soft sands of Playa Dorada (Golden Beach) and Playa Blanca (White Beach) and leads to the port. West of the port, another tree-lined promenade round the Punta Limones headland to pretty little Playa Flamingo, backed by landscaped gardens, and with calm, safe waters. Across a narrow stretch of the Atlantic, the sands of Corralejo, on Fuerteventura, gleam in the sunlight.

Playa Blanca is big on watersports and all kinds of maritime excursions, whether you want to scuba dive, windsurf or simply take a trip in a glass-bottomed submarine.

Playa Blanca certainly retains its fishing-village atmosphere although urbanizaciones stretch to the east and west (where most of the big hotels and villa complexes are situated).

To the east roads lead to the Marina Rubicon, a beautiful 400-berth marina surrounded by apartments, a shopping and leisure centre and the five-star Gran Melia Volcán Hotel.

Further east, in a protected area known as Los Ajaches, lie Lanzarote’s best beaches — Playa de las Mujeres and Playa del Papagayo. Be cautious about driving along the dirt road that gives access to them: insurance on hired ears does not cover you for ‘off-road’ driving, and the emergency services will not come and get you if you run into trouble. It’s easier, and more pleasant, to take the Princess Yaiza Taxi Boat, which leaves four times a day from the harbour and the Marina Rubicón.

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