Where to go to the beach in Lanzarote? Here are the best places and beaches of Lanzarote, with info on where they are, how to get there and what to do for your beach holidays.
Lanzarote, among the eight islands that make up the Canary archipelago, is probably the one with the most suggestive scenarios and the widest landscape variety. On the Island of Fire (as it is often nicknamed for its predominantly volcanic origin), you will find old, inactive craters, endless expanses of solidified lava, but also towns with Moroccan charm and pristine beaches of a shocking beauty.
Speaking of beaches, we want to tell you in this article the 10 most beautiful beaches of Lanzarote, where you can dedicate yourself not only to relaxation and sunbathing, but also to various activities including snorkeling, surfing and diving.
1 – Playa de Famara, Famara
Speaking of the best beaches in Lanzarote, it is impossible not to start by mentioning her, the one and only Playa de Famara. Located along the north coast of the island (and therefore very exposed to currents from the Atlantic Ocean), this marvelous beach of volcanic sand alternating with lighter sand is more than 6 km long and lies on the slopes of a cliff more than 600 meters, better known as the Risco de Famara.
Windswept incessantly and characterized by waves almost all year round, it is one of the best spots on the island for surfersand windsurfing enthusiasts (which you will see in the water practically from early morning until after sunset). If you are not a skilled swimmer, however, we advise you not to stray too far from the shore, especially in the case of the red flag.
2 – Playa Papagayo, Playa Blanca
Probably the most scenically beautiful beach in all of Lanzarote, Playa Papagayo is a wild cove, characterized by emerald-colored water sheltered from the wind thanks to the cliffs surrounding the bay. Suitable for both those who want to relax and those who love snorkeling and diving, it is one of the island’s most famous attractions yet it is never overcrowded, even during the summer months.
Not so easy to reach, but it has a romantic little restaurant overlooking the sea where you can taste excellent local fish dishes. Moreover, walking on the top of the cliff it is possible to enjoy an excellent view and to reach other neighboring coves (perhaps less famous, but equally beautiful!).
3 – Playa del Caleton Blanco, Haria
Located along the north-eastern coast of Lanzarote, Playa del Caleton Blanco is another of the island’s most popular beaches for both tourists and locals. Particularly beautiful for the chromatic contrast between the fine white sand and the volcanic rocks behind it, it is a pleasant place in which to allow yourself a few hours of silence and relaxation surrounded by a rather wild nature.
Here live different species of seabirds but also shrimp, crab and sea urchin communities. In its vicinity, there are also several points of interest, including the small but picturesque fishing village of Orzola, the Jameos del Agua complex and the Cuevas de los Verdes caves, once a refuge during pirate raids.
4 – Playa de la Canteria, Orzola
Also Playa de la Canteria, like Playa del Caleton Blanco, is located along the north-eastern slope and is characterized by fine white sand similar to talcum powder alternating with rocks. Being a short distance from Los Fariones, here the currents are not exactly among the quietest, but the beach is still suitable for surf enthusiasts but also for those who simply want to bathe in absolute tranquility (in this case, do not stray too far from the shore if you are not skilled swimmers and you will not have any kind of problem!).
5 – Playa la Montana Bermeja, El Golfo
Not among the most famous of Lanzarote, Playa la Montana Bermeja is a beach little known to tourists but equally beautiful in terms of landscape as many other more popular locations. Located practically at the foot of Montana Bermeja with its typical red color, it is a very suggestive beach that will make you feel like you have landed on a distant planet. Not being very busy except for a few local inhabitants, it is also very quiet and secluded, an ideal stopover for a romantic day, but also for families looking for rest.
6 – Playa de la Garita, Arrieta
Very different from all the other beaches on the island, Playa de la Garita is a very popular beach and equipped with modern facilities. Despite everything, the color of the sea is crazy and there is never a sense of oppression for too many people present. We recommend it if you want to experience the other side of Lanzarote as well, or if on the free beaches, you prefer the comforts and services offered by the semi-equipped beaches. Ideal for families, even with small children.
7 – Playa del Reducto, Arrecife
Similar to Playa de la Garita, but located along the south coast, a few kilometers from the capital Arrecife, Playa del Reducto is another very popular beach mainly due to its strategic position : many people take advantage of the days during their lunch break good weather to spend a few hours there. Moreover, during the weekends it is one of the favorite destinations for those who live in the capital.
However, Playa del Reducto is quite large and there is really space for everyone! Be careful, however, because the bottom is deep and stony: if you can, venture into the water with rubber shoes to avoid injury.
8 – Caleta del Mojon Blanco, Punta Prieta
If you prefer quieter beaches, head straight for the Caleta del Mojon Blanco: the scenery seems almost Caribbean with white sand and the sea of a thousand shades, moreover the presence of local fishermen with their small boats makes the place quite picturesque. The beach is wide and characterized by many creeks: choose the one you prefer and fully enjoy your day of pure relaxation. Don’t forget sun protection at home: as there are not many shaded areas, you may regret it bitterly!
9 – Playa El Golfo, El Golfo
Perhaps the most beautiful of the island’s volcanic beaches, Playa El Golfo is located near the famous Lanzarote Green Lake, not far from the Timanfaya National Park. The surrounding landscape, in fact, is very representative of the original nature of the island: the impetuous waves bathe a strip of dark earth surrounded by mountains and ancient craters.
Perhaps more suited to surfers than to ordinary bathers due to the rather strong currents, Playa El Golfo is nevertheless a wonderful place to visit and appreciate in all its beauty. Very photogenic towards sunset time!
10 – Playa de las Conchas, La Graciosa
Moving slightly from Lanzarote, near the northern tip, is La Graciosa, one of the eight islands that make up the Canary archipelago. It is perhaps a wilder island than Lanzarote, certainly smaller in size, characterized by the almost complete lack of paved roads.
Among the most beautiful natural spots in the area (as well as several volcanic cones reachable by trekking paths), there is the Playa de las Conchas, appreciated for its crystal clear water and the low number of bathers. It is also one of the best nudist beaches in the Canaries and along the shore, you can see beautiful shells (which give the beach its name).
Plan your trip to Lanzarote: info on flights, hotels and tours
A trip to Lanzarote can be a wonderful experience both for those who love beach life and for the more sporty types who are looking for adrenaline and physical activity. In fact, the island really has plenty of things to offer, able to satisfy the most diverse tastes. For this reason, we advise you to explore Lanzarote by making a bell’on the road (among other things, the costs of petrol are insignificant!) In order to be able to move freely far and wide. In this way, you will also avoid the problem of means of transport, which, although very punctual, do not guarantee connections to every corner of the island.
Arriving in Arrecife, the capital and the only city with an airport, you can find a vehicle in one of the multiple rentals located just outside the city. As far as the costs of living and housing are concerned, Lanzarote is not a super cheap place, but by booking in advance, it is still possible to find advantageous offers for accommodation. In any case, we advise you to opt for apartments with kitchens, so you can save on lunches / dinners.