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Holidays in Playa Blanca
Playa Blanca is a colourful seaside resort on Lanzarote’s south coast, and a popular holiday destination. With a name that translates as ‘White Sand’, the resort has got to be a beach paradise – and sure enough, Playa Blanca is home to several beaches complete with a caramel coast and brand new harbour along a busy seafront promenade. The resort has family-friendly hotels plus top attractions for all ages, including lively markets and a terrific water park.
May and June for the ideal beach weather.
Lanzarote (Arrecife) Airport (ACE).
Book your holiday to Playa Blanca with Thomas Cook today, and before you know it, you’ll be on the dazzling white sand that gave the resort its name.
Take a stroll along Playa Blanca’s vibrant waterfront and browse the boutiques in the marina, or head straight onto the sand for some prime time on the beach. Visit nearby Dorada beach for top water sports and the softest sand on the island, or take a boat from the marina and make it a diving excursion. If you’re away with the kids, take them for a day out at the Rancho Texas Lanzarote Park where they can ride horses, watch parrot shows or leap on the water slides. In the evenings, Playa Blanca is a sociable and easy-going place for the whole family to enjoy some dinner and drinks.
At Playa Blanca’s heart is its main beach, right in the centre of town, backed by a bustling boardwalk with plenty of cafes and shops. A little curve of white sand, the beach is well-organised and an idyllic place to spend the day swimming and sunbathing. If you fancy exploring further, a few minutes up the coast is Playa Dorada. Broader than the main beach, Dorada feels more spacious and its incredibly silky sand is the perfect environment for relaxing by the sea. Dorada is one of the best places in Playa Blanca for water sports, with opportunities for jet skiing, diving or riding the banana boat.
There are plenty of things for kids to do in Playa Blanca, with popular attractions like the Rancho Texas Lanzarote Park just half an hour’s drive away. The park is a zoo and water park rolled into one, where kids can watch eagles, parrots and owls soar overhead or have a ride on a pony. At the water park, there is a pool and splash zone for all ages where they can play in the pool, jump on a water slide or even swim with sea lions. The park has a tasty burger joint, a Wild Horse Saloon known for its BBQ and a lovely terrace overlooking the pools.
Playa Blanca’s lively waterfront is ideal for when you need to stop for a drink, take a break from the beach or shop for souvenirs and gifts. The Marina Rubicon is a new development in Playa Blanca filled with restaurants and upmarket shops, and hosts a twice-weekly market on Wednesdays and Saturdays selling all kinds of local crafts and tasty treats. As well as being the best place in Playa Blanca for shopping, the Marina Rubicon is where to catch a boat. If you’re keen on a day trip, plan a day’s sail, stopping to dive or have lunch on the deck.
Beach lovers: Paradise for beach lovers, Playa Blanca has a choice of white sand beaches to spend the sun-drenched days on.
Families: Playa Blanca is a hit with kids for its top beaches, exciting markets and popular zoo and water park.
Shopaholics: Browse the waterfront markets for unique gifts and trinkets or shop the swanky boutiques at the marina.
Language: The language spoken in Playa Blanca is Spanish
Currency: The currency used in Playa Blanca is the Euro (€)
Local time: Playa Blanca is on the same time as GMT/UK time
Fly to: Lanzarote (Arrecife) Airport (ACE).
Flight time from UK: Approximately 4 hours
Tourist Information: Further Playa Blanca tourist information can be found at www.turismolanzarote.com/en/playas/tias/playa-blanca-playa-grande/5244
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Playa Blanca.
Temperature: Highs of 28-30°C in August.
Best time to visit: May and June for the ideal beach weather.
Lanzarote enjoys year-round sunshine, with long dry summers and very mild winters. In summer, the mercury will generally reach the mid 20s (°C) by May, regularly peaking at around 29°C by August.
By bus: A bus service links Playa Blanca to the airport and neighbouring resorts, and is a quick and easy way of getting around in the resort itself.
By car: Hiring a car is the best way to get around in Lanzarote. The roads are very good and you can’t beat the freedom of exploring the island in your own time. There are numerous international car hire companies available at the airport and in Playa Blanca.
By bike: Lanzarote is a fantastic place to cycle, whether you’re a mountain biker or just getting from A to B. The roads are good for cyclists and there are many places to hire a bike in Playa Blanca.
Canarian Day: May 30th is Dia de Canaries, an annual holiday marking the Canary Islands’ autonomy from Spain. Across the whole of the Canary Islands, locals spend the day enjoying celebrations, traditional costumes, music and food.
All the fun of the fair: Around half an hour from Playa Blanca is Arrecife, which in August hosts a famous annual fun fair. In celebration of its patron saint, San Gines, the fair goes on for 10 days and includes rollercoasters and rides, stalls, games and other fairground fun, finishing with a huge firework display on the last night.