Set on Lanzarote’s southwest tip, Playa Blanca may be the third largest tourist place on the island but it hasn’t got too big for its boots. It’s all about laid-back sophistication here and the classy marina and local fishermen get along just fine. As for the name of the resort – it means white beach.
Blue Flag beaches
You don’t just get 1 white beach here – you get a trio. Playa Blanca Beach is the smallest, though this Blue Flag-winner is handily right in the centre of town. Then you can take your pick. You’ve got the super-soft sands of Playa Dorada to the east or sheltered Playa Flamingo to the west – both are just minutes from the café-lined promenade.
A Goldilocks resort
The great thing about Playa Blanca is that it’s not too busy and it’s not too quiet – it manages to get things just right. Down by the waterfront, for instance, you’ll find a good cluster of souvenir shops along with a healthy quota of boutiques. Likewise authentic tapas bars are just as easy to come by as happy hour cocktail bars.
Easy day trips
Volcanic Lanzarote does a good line in dramatic scenery – the drive down to Playa Blanca is a good case in point. Just 15 minutes’ drive away from the resort, though, and you’ll come to Los Hervideros – AKA the boiling pots. These blowholes formed by the sea are pretty impressive and you can have a really good nose from the walkways laid out by Cesar Manrique. He’s the island’s celebrity architect, and you can see more of his work at his James Bond-style pad over in Costa Teguise.