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Playas de Papagayo, Lanzarote

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Lanzarote Beach Guide

Lanzarote’s dramatic coastline is indented with secluded, unspoiled natural beaches as well as highly organised beaches that edge the three main coastal resorts of Playa Blanca, Puerto del Carmen and Costa Teguise. Here is a selection of the best beaches on Lanzarote.

Playas de Papagayo – Choose from a series of six golden-sand beaches that stretch along the southwest tip of Lanzarote, separated only by wind-sculpted rounded cliffs and rocky outcrops that provide sheltered swimming and snorkelling in turquoise waters.

The beaches to the north are backed by rolling sand dunes, while the southernmost beach is almost enclosed by soaring cliffs and therefore the most secluded and a favourite of naturalists.

There are no facilities here so you need to take all your own provisions. The best way to access the Papagayo beaches is by water taxi from the nearby resort of Playa Blanca.

Alternatively, take the coastal road and pay the three euro entrance fee. Playas de Papagayo are located south of Playa Blanca on the south coast between Castillo de las Coloradas and Punta de Papagayo.

Playa de las Cucharas (Costa Teguise) – Relax on this 640m-long crescent of golden sand that faces the turquoise waters of a sheltered cove perfect for swimming and windsurfing once the wind freshens.

This small beach is lined by a palm-fringed promenade flanked with bars, restaurants, several hotels and a nearby water park. Facilities include parasols and sun loungers for hire. Come for a day or stay longer at the Hotel Coronas Playa or Barcelo La Galea Apartments. The Costa Teguise is located on the southeast coast of Lanzarote.

Playa de Famara (Famara) – Discover this famous surf beach – a 9km-long stretch of golden sand that sits beneath the towering Riscos de Famar mountain range on the northwest coast. Go surfing, kite and windsurfing.

Behind the beach sit several surf schools, bars and restaurants. Strong sea currents make this beach dangerous for swimming; swimmers should head to the nearby village of La Caleta, home to the 70m-long Playa Ensenada.

Playa Caleton Blanco (Orzola) – Escape the crowds and pick your own spot to sunbathe amid the unspoiled sand dunes of this gorgeous golden-sand beach that faces a turquoise bay framed by rugged volcanic rock formations. There are no facilities here so you need to take your own food and drink.

Several other pristine and secluded beaches lie scattered along this coastline, with easy access from the nearby Calle Princess Ico (or LZ1 road). Playa Caleton Blanco is located on the northeast coast close to the town of Orzola.

Playa Grande (Puerto del Carmen) – Relax on this man made, 1km-long yellow-sand beach that stretches in front of the beach resort of Puerto del Carmen. A choice of cafes, bars and restaurants are just a short stroll away on the 6km-long Avenida de las Playas, which also connects the nearby beaches of Playas de los Pocillos and Playas de Matagordo.

Facilities include parasols and sun loungers for hire. Puerto del Carmen is located on the southeast coast of Lanzarote.

Playa Blanca – This tiny golden-sand beach sits in front of the resort of the same name and offers safe swimming with views across to Fuerteventura Island.

The beach is linked to the neighbouring man-made beaches of Playa Dorada and Playa Flamingo by a garden-fringed promenade, flanked by cafes, restaurants and luxury beachfront hotels, such as the Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort, Hotel H10 Timanfaya Palance and the Hotel Gran Melia Volcan Lanzarote. Playa Blanca is located on the south coast of Lanzarote.

Playa del Reducto (Arrecife) – Unwind on the golden sands of this perfect family beach, which shelves into a sheltered cove that offers safe swimming. A range of cafes and restaurants are nearby, centred around the seafront promenade.

Unwind after a morning of touring the sights of Arrecife or stay longer at a choice of excellent accommodation, including the beachfront Hotel Lancelot and Hotel Miramar.

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