Things to do in Playa Blanca
Tips, Things Worth Seeing and Interesting
Hotels, Sightseeing & Excursions in Playa Blanca
Most of the tourist centers of the larger Canary Islands emerged from small fishing villages. And this was also the case with Playa Blanca. The place was once far away from tourism and was only poorly connected to the existing transport infrastructure. Its inhabitants lived for a long time from what the sea gave them. From the 1990s onwards, this tranquil spot finally turned into what today is one of the largest tourist centers on Lanzarote. Today several hundred thousand people spend their holidays here every year. Nevertheless, Playa Blanca fortunately managed to preserve some of its original charm.
The resort is only separated from the Timanfaya National Park by the large and dry plain called El Rubicón. Therefore, you can quickly reach the spectacular manifestation of the volcanic past of the island from Playa Blanca. Also some of the guided excursions from Playa Blanca lead you to the national park. One of the best sights of the town on the south coast are certainly its white sandy beaches. The harbor town hasn’t been called “White Beach” for nothing and it really pays tribute its name in this regard. And last but not least, the resort impresses with the fact that its hotels and holiday resorts do not resemble the concrete bunkers of its neighboring islands, but instead they fit into the surroundings in a pleasant way. Find out here what sights to visit in Playa Blanca and what else you can do there.
- Organized excursions in Playa Blanca
- Attractions in Playa Blanca
- Shopping in Playa Blanca
- Nightlife in Playa Blanca
- Weather in Playa Blanca
- Playa Blanca beaches
- Playa Blanca hotels
- Our excursions for holidaymakers in Playa Blanca
Activities in Playa Blanca
Organized Excursions in Playa Blanca
Playa Blanca is located in the south of Lanzarote and stretches along its coast. The site offers its visitors all the amenities that make a vacation a highlight. This, certainly also includes a wide range of organized excursions in Playa Blanca. In its sports harbor, for example, several excursion boats await their guests every day to offer them a wonderful boat trip. But that's not all, as also many operators are located directly in the village or in the immediate vicinity. Therefore, hotel transfers are included in the price of most excursions. Operators from the north of Lanzarote, on the other hand, rarely pick up in Playa Blanca. At the end of this article you will find a list of all excursions that start directly from here or that you pick up at your hotel. For all other excursions you can find in the detailed descriptions of our under “Services & Prices” whether there is a hotel transfer and from where.
Playa Blanca Water Sports
What is fun, thrilling and refreshing? A Jet Ski safari, a parasailing flight or a crazy drift on a banana boat! Water sports activities in Lanzarote are among the most popular ways to cool off from the sun because you will also have great time. Nobody stays dry!
Whales and Dolphins Watching From Playa Blanca
The sea around the Canary Islands is bursting with life. And that's why you can of course also find dolphins and whales in Lanzarote. Your discovery trip starts from Playa Blanca and with a little bit of luck it won't take long until you meet the first dolphins. It is certainly one of the most moving moments in life to be able to see these unique marine creatures in their natural habitat. The always cheerful-looking marine mammals also love to jump through the bow wave. Don't miss the dolphin watching from Playa Blanca.
Slingshot Tour from Playa Blanca
Do you already know these remarkable vehicles; that could have sprung straight from a car race? They have only three wheels in total, of which two are at the front, one is at the rear and they impress with their super sports car look. You can travel streets of Lanzarote with the Slingshot from Polaris on your exploration trip. These open racers catapult your blood pressure to the highest levels in a matter of seconds. Adrenaline rush and fun are guaranteed.
The proximity to the island of Fuerteventura makes a day trip there easily possible. You can quickly get from Lanzarote to Fuerteventura by ferry. You can take for example a bus tour to the popular neighboring island and explore Fuerteventura for a day. One of the most extraordinary excursions certainly is the buggy or quad tour at Corralejo offered by an operator from Fuerteventura. You will be picked up in Lanzarote in the morning, brought to Fuerteventura especially for the tour with the crazy vehicle and will be back in your hotel in Playa Blanca in the evening.
Hiking Tours From Playa Blanca
The good transport links of Playa Blanca make it possible for you to quickly reach the most emblematic places of the island. Therefore, you can also take part in guided hiking tours from Playa Blanca. You will be picked up and returned to most of the hiking tours directly from the hotel. On foot you will be able to experience nature and the landscape of the island up close.
Sights in Playa Blanca
The Beach Promenade of Playa Blanca
The former fishing village Playa Blanca with its old town and the newly built holiday accommodation is located in front of the “house volcano” Montaña Roja., An approximately 10 km long beach promenade (in Spanish: Paseo Maritimo) winds along the coast of the town and its city beaches. The promenade is completely paved and illuminated at night. There are countless restaurants, bars and shops and it can get crowded here in the evenings. Thanks to César Manrique, the cityscape was not destroyed by the new buildings. Because none of the buildings is higher than two floors and they are all painted white, to match the surrounding beaches. The promenade is ideal for those who want to relax while walking and look for a cozy place; here you can also end the evening.
The Market in Playa Blanca
The market in the Marina Rubicón area is held every Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. On these days, the chic harbor turns into a lively bazaar and visitors and traders colorfully mix in the narrow aisles. In addition to the usual tourist bits and pieces, there are also many local handicraft and agricultural products. Local products include among others honey, aloe vera creams and the typical island goat cheese. You will be amazed.
The Port Marina Rubicón
The luxurious-looking Marina Rubicón sports and marina is one of the highlights of Playa Blanca. There are some very impressive private yachts at anchor, which you can admire while strolling through the facility. Continue walking over the pretty wooden bridges, past some restaurants, exclusive jewelry and fashion shops and enjoy the pretty sight of the countless masts that stretch out into the clear blue sky.
The Museo Atlántico
As a diver or snorkeler, you have the opportunity to visit a museum of a very special kind. An artificial reef has been created in Las Coloradas Bay. Various sculptures by the British artist Jason deCaires Taylor were positions on its bottom. They are located at a depth of about 12 meters so that you can go and have a look at them up close when diving. Snorkelers are also allowed to enter this area, even if they cannot go that deep. A visit to the underwater museum costs admission and you will be accompanied by a diving instructor.
Shopping in Playa Blanca
If you want to shop in Playa Blanca, it is the best thing to head to Calle Limones. Just like on the beach promenade you will find countless fashion shops, souvenir shops, small supermarkets, perfumeries, bars and cafés. If you really want to indulge in your shopping passion, go to the Centro Comercial Papagayo shopping center. There are boutiques of well-known fashion chains, small grocery stores, jewelry stores, restaurants and more. Fast food fans can get a few fries and burgers from the Burger King.
Nightlife in Playa Blanca
If you want to turn the night into day, you have a few opportunities to so in Playa Blanca. The somewhat more elegant nightlife of Playa Blanca takes place in the Marina Rubicón. Tasty cocktails are mixed in stylish bars and bistros are available for those who what to have a snack. However, if you prefer something a bit more casual, the best place to go is the Waikiki dance bar in the Papagayo shopping center. Here you can warm up until 3 a.m. before you invade the dance floor in the Discoteca Jungle until 6 in the morning. And for those who prefer a relaxed atmosphere, visit the Lounge Bar on Calle Irlanda and engage in nice conversations with relaxed background music while having a few long drinks.
Interesting Facts About Playa Blanca
Weather in Playa Blanca
In Playa Blanca there is basically only one forecast for the weather: no clouds, sunny and warm. Because the clouds almost never make it, up to the village at the southernmost end of the island. The average rainy days per year valid for Lanzarote definitely do not apply for this place. The climate in Playa Blanca has balanced temperatures all year round. In the winter half-year, mercury rarely drops below 24 degrees a day. In the evening there are a few cool breezes, but only a thin jacket is necessary to solve this problem. And in summer the thermometer hardly rises above 30 degrees Celsius, the average value is between 26 and 28 degrees. With the wonderful weather in Playa Blanca, you can enjoy pure sunny days all year round. Therefore, never forget to always apply appropriate sunscreen.
Beaches in Playa Blanca
Playa Blanca has some beautiful white sandy beaches. Playa Flamingo beach is on the west side of the village. The semicircular beach is well protected from wind and a wave, so that bathing is a real pleasure here. On the other side of Playa Blanca you will find Playa Dorada with a length of 350 meters. This beach is located in a bay and is therefore ideal for undisturbed bathing fun. There are bars, water sports, parasol rentals and toilets, so that you can happily spend the whole day there. The village beach of Playa Blanca is by the old town center. It is less visited by bathers, and therefore rather serves as a nice backdrop for the bars and restaurants around.
When we talk about the beaches of Playa Blanca, the beaches of Punta Papagayo are certainly part of them. However, we have already described these in detail in our article on the south of Lanzarote. You only need to click here to find out everything about it.
Hotels in Playa Blanca
Holidays in Playa Blanca are without a doubt relaxation, beach days, but also activities and excursions. Due to the large offer, the place is becoming increasingly popular, which is why more and more holiday accommodations have arisen in Playa Blanca. Hotels have been built continuously over the past 20 years. A wide variety of standards are offered. Whether it is families, travelers without children or the elderly, there is something for everyone. The most popular hotels in Playa Blanca include:
- Princesa Yaiza Suite Resort on Playa Dorada beach (5-star luxury hotel)
- H10 Rubicon Palace in the west of Playa Blanca with great sea views (4 stars)
- Dream Gran Castillo, comfort hotel near the Playas Papagayos (4 stars)
- Flamingo Beach Resort right on Playa Flamingo, family-friendly aparthotel (3 stars)
The above list is based on internet research, for the correctness of which we cannot guarantee.
Tours and Excursions for Holidaymakers in Playa Blanca
Boat and Yacht Excursions, Dolphin and Whale Watching
Season: All‑season Days: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday Duration: 3,5 hours Embark to this awesome boat trip to the exceptionally beautiful Papagayo Beaches during your holiday in Lanzarote. Go kayaking, snorkeling or just relax on the inflatables. Drinks and food…explore
Bus and Minibus Excursions, Jeep Safaris and Day Trips to Fuerteventura
Season: All‑season Days: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday Duration: 7 hours An exciting expedition in safari style into fascinating volcanic landscapes. The volcanic imprint is omnipresent in the south of Lanzarote. With the 4x4 convertible minibus, which is like a…explore
Season: All‑season Days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday Duration: 7 hours Discover a Lanzarote that remains hidden to many. The all-terrain convertible minibus in Jeep style make it possible. Your adventurous route takes you off the usual tourist beaten tracks…explore
Buggy and Quad Tours
Season: All‑season Days: Daily except Sunday Duration: 2,0 hours An exhilarating tour through the beautiful Lanzarote with the unique Polaris Slingshot. The open roadster on 3 wheels undoubtedly provides a unique driving experience and driving pleasure without…explore
Season: All‑season Days: Daily except Sunday Duration: 3 hours An exhilarating quad tour through the volcanic landscape of Lanzarote’s fascinating neighboring island of Fuerteventura. It is known that the excitement increases with the extension of the off-road track…explore
Season: All‑season Days: Daily except Sunday Duration: 3,5 hours An exhilarating tour through the beautiful Lanzarote with the unique Polaris Slingshot. The open roadster on 3 wheels undoubtedly provides a unique driving experience and driving pleasure without…explore
Season: All‑season Days: Daily except Sunday Duration: 5,5 hours An exhilarating tour through the beautiful Lanzarote with the unique Polaris Slingshot. The open roadster on 3 wheels undoubtedly provides a unique driving experience and driving pleasure without…explore
Bicycle and Segway Tours
Ride Excursions on Horses or Camels
JetSki, Parasailing, Flyboard and Water Sports Combinations
Hiking and Climbing
Season: All‑season Days: Wednesday, Friday Duration: 5 hours Cross solidified the lava flows and climb the volcanic cones of Lanzarote. Discover the wonderful world of volcanoes: Lava canals, volcanic tunnels, cold lava seas and spectacular craters. This is…explore