Big on style
Playa Blanca is backed by volcanic mountains on the southwest tip of Lanzarote. It’s one of the island’s biggest resorts but it’s still quietly sophisticated. The smart marina covers cocktails, upscale dining and boutiques, while the promenade is lined with excellent seafood places. Meanwhile, livelier karaoke and disco bars can be found in the shopping centres. And on top of this, there are 3 different beaches to mess about on.
A trio of sandy beaches
Of the resort’s beach selection, the most central is Playa Blanca itself – a Blue Flag winner. It’s backed by a well-stocked promenade, so you’ve got lots of eating and drinking places at hand. From here, it’s only a few minutes’ walk west to the quieter Playa Flamingo, where locals fish for octopus and barracuda. And about the same distance the other way takes you to Playa Dorada, another Blue Flag special, which pulls out all the stops on the watersports front.
Just 15 minutes’ drive gets you to the boiling pots of Los Hervideros. What you have here is a sort of Giant’s Causeway, with blowholes in the cliffs that have been created by the sheer power of the waves. You can get up close on walkways designed by the late architect Cesar Manrique. You’ll find his stamp all over the island, including his old house – where rooms are made out of lava bubbles – just up the coast at Costa Teguise.