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Although compact in size, Playa Blanca is big in personality. One of the most popular resorts in Lanzarote, Playa Blanca is a scenic holiday destination with striking backdrops of volcanic mountains. The main draw of Playa Blanca is its pristine white sandy beaches, as well as its bustling marina, which acts as the social and entertainment hub of the resort. The year round sunshine and stunning natural beauty make Playa Blanca a great option for your 2017 holiday, if you enjoy a more sophisticated holiday experience with a variety of amenities close by, such as bars, nightclubs and cafés.

Most popular hotels in Playa Blanca

Gran Castillo Tagoro Family & Fun
Gran Castillo Tagoro Family & Fun
Gran Castillo Tagoro Family & Fun

Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

from €587 pp
Rubimar Suite
Rubimar Suite
Rubimar Suite

Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

from €322 pp
THB Tropical Island
THB Tropical Island
THB Tropical Island

Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

from €377 pp
H10 Rubicon Palace Hotel
H10 Rubicon Palace Hotel
H10 Rubicon Palace Hotel

Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

from €542 pp
Marconfort Atlantic Gardens Bungalows
Marconfort Atlantic Gardens Bungalows
Marconfort Atlantic Gardens Bungalows

Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

from €564 pp
SENTIDO H10 White Suites (Adults Only)
SENTIDO H10 White Suites (Adults Only)
SENTIDO H10 White Suites (Adults Only)

Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

from €637 pp
H10 Lanzarote Princess
H10 Lanzarote Princess
H10 Lanzarote Princess

Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

from €499 pp
HL Paradise Island Aparthotel & Waterpark
HL Paradise Island Aparthotel & Waterpark
HL Paradise Island Aparthotel & Waterpark

Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

from €577 pp

Top 10 holiday destinations with toddlers

We’ve come up with the top ten holiday destinations for going on holiday with your toddler. These resorts have safe, toddler-friendly beaches, so you can relax knowing that your little one can enjoy making sandcastles and paddling in safety. Many have special attractions – such as nature reserves with baby ...

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  • Currency: Euro
  • Language: Spanish
  • Time Zone: GMT +0
  • Average flight time: 4h 10m

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Top Attractions

Top Attractions

With everything from gorgeous sandy beaches to natural wonders, Playa Blanca really does have it all. For authentic Canarian souvenirs to take back to your loved ones at home, head to the Rubicon marina. Here you’ll find a good selection of boutiques, markets and art galleries where you can take in the artistic side of Playa Blanca, and snap up some bargains in pottery, jewellery and tablecloths. Many of the goods on sale here are made from the island’s gemstone, peridot. At the marina, you’ll find a number of more artisanal markets on Sundays and Wednesdays, where you can find one-of-a-kind specialities from local artists and craftspeople. For a relaxed day at the beach, head to Playa Dorada, Playa Blanca’s main beach, which stretches for 300 metres. The beach is set in a sheltered lagoon, making it an ideal place for families with children. Nearby, you’ll also find water sports from jet-skiing to banana boating for adrenaline junkies.

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Wine and Dine

Wine and Dine

Spain has a real eating and drinking culture, which remains one of the big draws of a holiday in Playa Blanca. For foodies, Playa Blanca is a dream come true, giving you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the food loving culture and experience authentic Spanish dishes cooked by local chefs. The Spanish take cuisine seriously, with restaurants handing you impressive menus of the day, and plenty of choices for gourmet cuisine. In general, food in Spain is based on the use of seasonal produce, ensuring that you’re enjoying vegetables and fruit that are served at their very best.

Tapas is one of the best ways to experience the wide range of Spanish cuisine as you’ll be able to choose many small dishes served at once, including canapés , olives, cured meats and cheeses, usually served with rustic bread. Other classic Spanish dishes include tortilla espanola (Spanish omelette made with potato), gazpacho (chilled tomato soup) and paella (a rice dish with seafood or chicken). Spain has become one of the leading producers of wine in the world, with sangria being considered something of a national drink, alongside more sophisticated options such as Cava and Rioja wines.

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For Families

For Families

With a large yacht marina, multitude of restaurants and cafés, and a relaxed atmosphere, Playa Blanca is a prime choice of holiday destination for a more sophisticated family holiday in the Lanzarote region. The coastline around Playa Blanca is really one large nine-kilometre bay that breaks up into three smaller bays, which are still individually large. Thanks to the geographical layout here, you’re never far from a tranquil spot on the beach with shade and plenty of places for swimming and sunbathing. Playa Blanca has all the usual tourist facilities that you’d expect, such as child friendly restaurants, and bars with high chairs and changing facilities, children’s menus and classic dishes for fussy eaters. The nightlife is also geared largely toward family friendly bars and restaurants rather than mega clubs, so you’ll never be short of ideas when it comes to fun evenings out.

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Action and Adventure

Action and Adventure

Playa Blanca is the proud owner of a large yacht marina, the perfect base for a number of thrilling activities. There’s always a wide range of excursions and tours departing from the marina, from glamorous yacht parties to sightseeing tours, and water sports excursions. For a relaxing active day, join a tour of the coastline to take in the striking surroundings and seascape from the comfort of a boat. If you’re a big fan of water based activities, you’ll be happy to hear there are plenty of water sports on offer including diving, windsurfing, surfing, kitesurfing and sailing. There are a number of clear spots around the coastline that are suitable for diving and snorkelling, too. For those who prefer to keep dry, one of the most popular sports on Playa Blanca is golf, with several well maintained golf courses in the surrounding area. As many people are keen to keep up their fitness routine on holiday, a great way to stay active while you’re on holiday is to rent a bicycle, giving you an active way to explore the area and enjoy many beautiful views. If you’re a fan of more extreme sports, you can opt for hang gliding or parachuting, giving you the ultimate thrill on your Playa Blanca holiday.

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Life's a Beach

Life's a Beach

Playa Blanca is a great choice for stunning coastal views and has some of the best beaches in the region. The main strip next to Papagayo Beach has a number of luxury resorts offering pristine water sports facilities, such as swimming pools, spa amenities and hot tubs. Staying in Playa Blanca puts you in a prime location to enjoy a wealth of lovely beaches and great access to a multitude of water sports. When it comes to family beach holidays, there are plenty of hotels with child-friendly pools and water playgrounds. The relaxed atmosphere of Playa Blanca and year round pleasant, sunny weather lend the area well to getting plenty of rest and relaxation, ideal if you’re feeling frazzled from work and looking after the kids. For a more tranquil experience, take a ferry to Graciosa, a small island close by with picturesque beaches. Here you can explore the naturally beautiful surroundings by foot or bicycle, so you can enjoy the scenery at your own pace.

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Nightlife

Nightlife

Playa Blanca is one of the quieter resorts in Lanzarote, offering a more sedate style of nightlife that suits couples, more mature holidaymakers and families well. That’s not to say that there aren’t plenty of bars, however, with many venues offering food and drink late into the night and the option to sit outside on the beach or in an outdoor garden area. If you’re craving some social nightlife, head to the Marina Rubicon for a variety of bars and restaurants, while the promenade has plenty of restaurants and drinking establishments. The marina is also the place to find top class parties and glamorous yacht parties. This is where you’ll find the iconic Café Del Mar, renowned for its relaxed-chic atmosphere and world-class DJs. If you like your nightlife more tourist-friendly, head to Punta Limones for a variety of visitor-friendly karaoke bars and Irish pubs with beer on tap, as well as a number of cheesy discos for throwing down your best moves.

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For Couples

For Couples

Playa Blanca is an ideal venue for a relaxed yet sophisticated holiday with plenty of sun, sea and sand. When it comes to planning your Playa Blanca couples holiday, it’s well worth considering the hotels and resorts alongside Papagayo Beach, many of which are geared to couples with spa facilities, hot tubs and adult only pools. There’s also great access to a wide variety of water sports here, great for active couples that don’t like to sit still for too long on holiday.

Thanks to the more sedate nightlife scene in Playa Blanca, the area is a popular choice with more mature couples on holiday, as you won’t find throbbing beats into the early hours, drunken revellers and intimidating crowds here. The Marina Rubicon offers the ideal setting for romantic evenings out with your significant other, with a wide choice of bars and restaurants close together, as well as a good choice of eateries and places to get a drink. If you’re looking to make a romantic proposal, you could consider booking a glamorous yacht party departing from the marina, getting dressed up in your glad rags and surprising your loved one with a glistening ring in a glass of Champagne.

Perhaps you’re looking to spend quality time together, in which case a hike up Montana Roja offers a moderate level walk with breathtaking views of the landscape. To top off your romantic break, treat your significant other to a one-of-a-kind piece of handmade jewellery or a piece of locally made art for a reminder of your special holiday together.

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Culture

Culture

The culture of Lanzarote, and therefore Playa Blanca, is largely influenced by its extensive contact with Spain. The locals here have adopted most of their traditions and culture from Spain, including its food and drink. The main difference is that the inhabitants of the Canary Islands speak their own unique version of Spanish. Another distinctive feature of Canarian culture is Lucha Canaria, a contact sport similar to sumo wrestling where opponents aim to throw each other to the floor within a ring. Some of the best cultural attractions in Playa Blanca include the Castillo de las Coloradas, which stands on the headland of Punta del Aquilla and the Nuestra Senora del Carmen, the main Catholic Church in Playa Blanca town.

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