Lanzarote´s newest resort of Playa Blanca is rapidly emerging as the most popular holiday destination on the island. And it’s little wonder. As it boasts fantastic weather, great beaches and some of the best quality holiday accommodation on the island.
Playa Blanca was still just a quaint little fishing village when tourism first took off on Lanzarote back in the 1970´s. But it wasn’t long before hotel groups and property developers began to cast a covetous eye. As the south of the island enjoys the best of the weather on Lanzarote. Ensuring more sun hours and higher temperatures for tourists. Whilst the beaches in and around Playa Blanca are amongst the best on the island.
The finest stretch of sand is the set of bays and coves at Punta de Papagayo (or Parrot Beach in Spanish). Which are just a fifteen minute walk from the centre of the resort and entirely unspoiled. So much so in fact that they are often favoured by naturists! Whilst back in the heart of Playa Blanca holiday makers have the choice of three excellent beaches – Playa Flamingo, Playa Doarada and Playa Blanca (from which the town takes it´s name). Which are all united by a delightful beachfront promenade which runs from end of the resort to the other.
Playa Blanca has long been the gateway to the neighbouring Canary Island of Fuerteventura. With ferries crossing the Bocaina Straits from the harbour on a regular basis throughout the day. Enabling tourists to visit sites such as the 16km stretch of sand at the Dunas National Park, located just outside Corralejo.
Accommodation standards in Playa Blanca are very high. The resort boasts the largest selection of villas in Lanzarote and all of the hotels here have been built over the last five to ten years. Which means that visitors can enjoy state of the art facilities and amenities during their stay.
The recently opened Marina Rubicon also adds a further layer of luxury to the resort. Providing berths for luxury yachts and cruisers and an atmospheric backdrop for anyone enjoying meal or a drink at one of the many upmarket restaurants that line the quayside.
Playa Blanca is also just a short drive from Lanzarote´s leading tourist attraction. The breathtaking Timanafaya National Park. Home to over 300 volcanoes (thankfully all now dormant) and a sea of solidified lava. A legacy of a series of eruptions which rocked the island during the 18th century.
The small Canary Island of Lanzarote is one of the most popular vacation destinations in Spain. Attracting over 1.5 million foreign tourists every year. The bulk of them from Britain and Eire – who account for well over 60% of all tourist visits made to the island.
The key to Lanzarote´s popularity as a holiday destination lies in the fact that this island located just seventy miles off the coast of Africa enjoys a great climate all year round. So even in the depths of winter when Northern Europe is shivering, visitors are able to enjoy a beach holiday in the sun here. As temperatures average 20 Celsius all year round – even during December and January.
Lanzarote was first conquered by the Spanish in the early 1400´s – and rapidly became an important strategic trading post between the New World and the Old. As Spanish galleons crossed the Atlantic with Inca silver and returned with African slaves. Stopping off at Lanzarote and the other Canary Islands to refuel and restock. Read more