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Holidays to Playa Blanca

One of Lanzarote’s biggest resorts, sits pretty on the south-western tip of the island and is ideal for your next adventure Playa Blanca holidays serves up a trio of pristine beaches (well, Playa Blanca does mean white beach), and there’s a chic marina and a lively promenade brimming with smart bars and seafood restaurants. The resort is backed by spectacular volcanic mountains, and there’s so much to explore nearby. Like the boiling pots of Los Hervideros (it’s a sort of Giant’s Causeway). The kids will love the terrific waterpark that’s not too far away.  

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Hot summers and plenty of sunshine.

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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.

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Paradise Island

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  • On-site dinosaur-themed waterpark
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Sandos Papagayo Beach Resort

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Hotel highlights
  • Seafront setting
  • Three swimming pools
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H10 Rubicon Palace

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Hotel highlights
  • Amazing sea views
  • Five swimming pools
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SENTIDO H10 White Suites

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Hotel highlights
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  • Two outdoor pools
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Marconfort Atlantic Gardens Bungalows

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Seafront location on the promenade
  • Two outdoor swimming pools
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For some, Playa Blanca holidays are all about lazing around on the glorious white beaches and splashing around in the sea. It’s easy to spend your whole time on the sand. Others likes to get active on Playa Dorado, with its wealth of water sports. And you can while away an afternoon exploring the boutiques on the marina. If you’re travelling with the kids, you won’t want to miss the nearby waterpark. When you come back to the resort, you’ll see that Playa Blanca has a sociable and easy-going vibe when the sun goes down, with great clubs that welcome everyone. You’ll find plenty of places to eat and drink around the harbour and along the promenade. 

Take your pick from a trio of beaches on holidays to Playa Blanca. Right in the heart of the resort, you’ll find the main Blue Flag beach; it’s a little curve of pure-white sand, and it’s an idyllic spot for sunbathing and swimming. It’s backed by a bustling boardwalk, too, with charming cafés and shops. Stroll westwards and you’ll discover the quieter Playa Flamingo (also with Blue Flag status), where locals fish for barracuda and octopus. And in the opposite direction, there’s Playa Dorada, which is a popular water sports hotspot. How about water-skiing, diving, or riding a banana boat?

If you’re travelling with the family in tow, you’ll find lots of keep you busy every day of your holiday. Of course, the little ones will love playing around on the sand. But when you’re ready to do something else, there’s always the fascinating underwater museum (Museo Atlantico Lanzarote); it’s the only one in Europe, and it’s perfect for those who want to explore beneath the waves. There’s also the Rancho Texas Lanzarote Park; it’s just a half hour drive away in Puerto del Carmen, and it’s a zoo and waterpark in one. Kids will love watching eagles, parrots and owls soar overhead, and they can even have a ride on a pony. Over in the waterpark, there’s a pool and a splash zone for all ages; they’ll love playing in the pool, jumping on the waterslides, and generally burning off some of that excess energy!

You’ll find a bustling, twice-weekly market on the Marina Rubicon, which is also home to upmarket shops and restaurants. It’s a superb place to relax and enjoy a bite to eat. Beyond the resort, you’ll find Los Hervideros within a 15-minute drive; it’s a peculiar stretch of bizarre-shaped cliffs and underwater cliffs created by the power of the waves, and you can get up close via the cleverly designed walkways.  



Lanzarote Playa Blanca is best for…

Beach lovers: Playa Blanca’s trio of white-sand stretches are simply irresistible, including the central beach that gives the resort its name. Peaceful Playa Flamingo and Playa Dorado are just a short walk away.

Families: Little ones and grown-ups alike will love playing around on the beach and splashing in the sea. And if you fancy a change of scenery, there’s a zoo and waterpark rolled into one within easy reach, too.

Shoppers: Take a stroll along the waterfront and peruse the bustling markets for trinkets, or head over to the swanky boutiques at the marina and treat yourself to something special.   

Fast facts

Language: Spanish, with English widely spoken in the key tourist resorts, hotels, and restaurants. Check out our handy language app or take a phrasebook to try out a few Spanish basics.

Currency: Euro (€).

Local time: Playa Blanca is the same time as GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Lanzarote Airport. The transfer time to Playa Blanca is 45 minutes. 

Flight time from the UK: The Playa Blanca flight time is 4 hours.

Tourist information: Head over to to find out more before Playa Blanca holidays.

Visa & health: For visa and health recommendations for your holiday to Playa Blanca, visit

Weather and climate

Temperature: 28–30°C highs in August.

Best time to visit: If you like it warm but not too hot, book Playa Blanca holidays for May or June (it’s ideal beach weather).

The island of Lanzarote enjoys year-round sunshine, with long dry summers and very mild winters. By May, the mercury will already be rising into the mid-20s (°C) and you can expect 28–30°C peaks by August.

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Getting around

By bus: A service runs to and from the airport, and between neighbouring resorts. It’s also a quick and easy way to get around the resort itself if you need some shade and don’t fancy walking in the midday sun.

By car: You can’t beat the freedom of a hire car; it’ll give you the chance to explore the island at your own pace. You’ll find lots of cars to hire at the airport and in Playa Blanca itself.

By bike: Whether you’re a mountain biker or just getting from A to B, hiring a bike is a great way to explore the resort and beyond. 


Día de Canarias: Otherwise known as Canarian Day, 30 Mayis an annual holiday celebrating the Canary Islands becoming an autonomous region of Spain. Locals spend the day enjoying celebrations, traditional costumes, music and food, so why not join in?

All the fun of the fair: Around half an hour from Playa Blanca is Arrecife, which hosts a famous annual funfair in August. It’s part of a celebration of the city’s patron saint, San Gines, and it runs for 10 days. Expect rollercoasters, rides, stalls and games galore, plus a huge firework display on the last night.

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