Lanzarote is one of the main beach destinations in the Canaries archipelago. Places like Playa Blanca or Puerto del Carmen have been developed based on the vacationers who flock to the island to enjoy, not only the good weather, but also clear and warm waters.
Unlike Tenerife, where I felt that, above all else, it was an island dedicated to lovers of walking (see post about the top trekkings from Tenerife and you will realize it), already in Lanzarote I felt to be a more beach and fun destination - despite the presence of the Timanfaya National Park (where, ironically, you can barely walk). A summer destination therefore - being in Lanzarote is "summer" for much of the year!
Thus, among all the beaches of Lanzarote that I had the opportunity to know (and there were many, from north to south of the island!), There are some that surely deserve a visit. If you take a sea bath in warm waters, be in the plans of your trip. This is, therefore, an always subjective selection with best beaches in Lanzarote.
Lanzarote beaches guide
#1 Papagaio Beach
Tucked between cliffs, Praia do Papagaio is an incredibly attractive beach. It is close to Playa Blanca, on the southern tip of Lanzarote, and access is via a very poor road which, surely, distances many (but not all!) Potential vacationers.
During my trip to Lanzarote, I ended up visiting Papagaio Beach on two occasions. And this despite being hosted in Haría, on the other end of the island. Because everyone in the family - kids and adults - worshiped Parrot.
The waters were crystalline and almost without waves, with shades to remind the waters of the Adriatic. The sand is small but beautiful and relatively fine sand. And, at the top of the escarpment, two beach bars that served to support the bathers with food, ice cream and drinks - and a place to protect themselves from the sun.
All in all, I have to Papagaio Beach is the best beach in Lanzarote. Without any doubt - and elected with family unanimity!
#2 Playa de la Cera
Literally near the beach of the Papagaio, Playa de la Cera is another one that benefits from the difficulty of access not to be swallowed by the crowd. The beach is not very big, but it is a beautiful beach that is worth knowing. Not even on days when Papagaio Beach is overcrowded; or that you feel like changing the air without leaving the south of Lanzarote.
#3 Praia Mujeres
Famous for its huge golden sand, Playa Mujeres is the third beach in the area of Papagaio that I recommend on this list of the best beaches in Lanzarote. For those who like to have space, it is difficult to find better on the island (except in Famara, but that does not count - we are already going!).
The sea, though less protected than on the beaches of Papagaio and de la Cera, was reasonably quiet - to the point that the kids enjoyed sea baths with total tranquility. The only problem was the wind, strong and continuous; but this is common to many of the Canarian beaches.
All in all, Playa Mujeres seemed like a beautiful beach in Lanzarote to enjoy with family.
#4 Puerto del Carmen Beach
Puerto del Carmen is a typical seaside resort, with dozens of aparthotels, restaurants, bars and all the convenience stores for a summer vacation in style. It is certainly not my type of beach, but the beach is one of the largest in Lanzarote and, for those who want same make the beach, it is a great choice.
All in all, especially for those who choose Puerto del Carmen as a base for exploring Lanzarote, it is difficult to resist the appeal of the beach, with sunbeds and beach supports, water activities and holiday makers. I repeat, it is not my style of beach, but it is one of the best beaches in Lanzarote!
#5 El Jablillo Beach
Perhaps the most amazing beach on this list, El Jablillo Beach is a small beach located in Costa Teguise, on the east side of Lanzarote. It is an urban beach, protected from the wind and the tides by means of a breakwater that guarantees the tranquility of its waters - which makes it ideal for children.
Like Puerto del Carmen, however, El Jablillo is an excellent beach but not quite mine. wave. The more so for the visual pollution caused by towering apartment buildings. That said, it is without doubt one of the most frequented beaches in Lanzarote.
#6 Famara Beach
The beach of Famara is not a beach like the others. Forget families on the water to swim and think about ... wind. Very windy. All the time. In such a way that, not being good for swimming, is the best beach in Lanzarote for lovers of surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing. Surfers paradise.
That said, the beach of Famara beach is one of the longest on the island, and the landscape surroundings make up for the trip. It is located within the Natural Park of the Chinijo Archipelago, between the village of La Caleta de Famara and the base of the imposing Cliff of Famara.
All in all, it is one of the beaches of Lanzarote worth knowing. Just do not count on diving.
#7 White Caleton
As in other Canary Islands, such as Tenerife, visitors tend to overlook the northern side of the island, focusing on staying in the southern seaside resorts. They are very bad.
It turns out that Caletón Blanco is one of the best beaches in Lanzarote; especially for those traveling with children. It is a small beach near Órzola, at the northern end of the island, very beautiful and easily accessible.
The proximity of Haría, where I stayed in Lanzarote; the absence of crowds; the charm brought about by the rocky surroundings; and the calm waters of the natural pools formed at low tide, which allow the kids to play safely, made me visit her more than once during my screenplay in Lanzarote.
All in all, the Caletón Blanco quickly became one of my favorite beaches in Lanzarote. And the children!
See also Things to do in Lanzarote.
Map: Lanzarote beaches
How to get to Lanzarote
Since there are currently no direct flights from Portugal to Lanzarote, I opted for buy a cheap flight from Ryanair from Madrid. The flight cost me 75 € per person, round trip, luggage included.
To get to the Spanish capital, and as we were during school holidays, I took the opportunity to drive for three days, and then visit the villages of Salamanca, Avila and Segovia. On the return from Lanzarote, I landed in Madrid and drove straight to Oporto.
To know all the details about the transport that I used on the island, I recommend reading the 7 day tour in Lanzarote.
Where to rent a car
During the week I spent in Lanzarote, I always left by rental car. I paid a total of 115 € for seven days of rental, including all risk insurance and no deductible. A bargain, therefore. There is, in fact, another way to get to the best beaches in Lanzarote.
Why, I usually search cars at RentalCars, which almost always offers the best prices; but in the case of the Canary Islands there is a rent-a-car place I have used and strongly recommend, called Cabrera Medina. They are cheap, uncomplicated, have offices at airports and insurance provides total peace of mind. I recommend!
If your flight departs too early, the key delivery process is very simple. Just park the car in the park drop-off from the airport and leave the keys in the office (preferably within the envelope provided). If you want to compare prices with other companies, see RentalCars options using the link below.
Where to stay
For much more detailed information on the best regions of the island to spend the night, see the text on where to stay in Lanzarote. Anyway, if you want to do a beach vacation I recommend the very nice Apartment El Pueblo and the most luxurious Villa Estaca (Playa Blanca); or the resorts Sightseeing e R2 Bahia Kontiki (Punta del Carmen).
If, instead, you prefer more rural environments - as in my case - consider staying in Haría or Teguise. In particular, see the guesthouses House Las Vistas ou Rustic house Villa Lola Y Juan (Haria); or the B & B La Mimosa (excellent value for money) and the charming (but more expensive) Sightseeing (Teguise).
For other accommodation options, for all tastes and prices, please see link below.
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