Playa Blanca is the most southerly resort on the Island of Lanzarote, it is approximately 37 kilometres from the Island’s Capital Arrecife and some 33 kilometres from the Airport.
History and Development
As Playa Blanca is the latest major tourist resort to be developed. It is a more tranquil, less noisy place than Costa Teguise or Puerto del Carmen.
Until quite recently, Playa Blanca was a small fishing village somewhat stranded at the bottom end of Lanzarote. The fact that there was a bustling port where you catch the ferry to Fuerteventura meant it was always a popular place, ripe for development.
There is a Golf Course planned for construction and the new Sport Marina Rubicon has certainly made Playa Blanca a more upmarket resort.
There is some discussion at the moment about enlarging the harbour to allow it to take larger cruise liners such as the QE2 which visited last year, but which had to moor just off the coast.
What To Do in Playa Blanca
There are a host of things to do in Playa Blanca as well as the obvious attractions of the beaches.
The promenade is well worth taking as it links both sides of the resort. It allows you to take in most of the (sea-front) sites of Playa Blanca as well as spectacular Ocean views across the Bocaina Straits to Fuerteventura.
Beaches in Playa Blanca
The coastline around Playa Blanca is essentially one large 9 kilometre wide bay which is then broken up into three smaller, but still large, bays. This basic geography means that the beaches in and around Playa Blanca are sheltered and ideal for swimming and sunbathing.
Playa Blanca has all the normal tourist shops that you would imagine in the centre and along the central part of the beach promenade, although not as many as the other major resorts.
If you want a more up market style of shopping experience, then the new Marina Rubicon is rapidly becoming the place to go. While it is fair to say that there are still many shops waiting to be occupied, every time you visit the Marina a new shop seems to have opened.
While you can eat and drink in one of the many bars and restaurants in Playa Blanca, the tone of nightlife here is not as riotous as it is in other resorts on the island, certainly if you want late night discos then you really need to be looking at Puerto del Carmen or Costa Teguise.
Where to Eat
Again there is no shortage of places to eat in Playa Blanca, with a variety of styles being available.There are some good seafood restaurants on the beach promenade overlooking the central Playa Blanca beach and out over the Atlantic across to the neighbouring island of Fuerteventura. Certainly a great place to spend a long lunch in good company.
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