Lanzarote, among the eight islands that make up the Canary archipelago, is probably the one with the most evocative sceneries and the widest variety of landscapes. On the Island of Fire (as it is often nicknamed for its predominantly volcanic origin) you will find old craters now inactive, endless expanses of solidified lava, but also towns with Moroccan charm and pristine beaches of overwhelming beauty.
Speaking of beaches, we want to point out in this article the 10 most beautiful beaches in Lanzarote, where you can dedicate yourself not only to relaxation and sunbathing, but also to various activities including snorkeling, surfing and diving.
- Playa de Famara, Famara
- Playa Papagayo, Playa Blanca
- Playa del Caleton Blanco, Haria
- Playa de la Canteria, Orzola
- Playa la Montana Bermeja, El Golfo
- Playa de la Garita, Arrieta
- Playa del Reducto, Arrecife
- Caleta del Mojon Blanco, Punta Prieta
- Playa El Golfo, El Golfo
- Playa de las Conchas, La Graciosa
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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 the currents coming from the Atlantic Ocean), this marvelous beach of volcanic sand alternating with lighter sand is more than 6 km long and is located on the slopes of a cliff more than 600 meters, better known as the Risco de Famara.
Beaten by the winds incessantly e characterized by the presence of waves almost all year, it is one of the best spots on the whole island for surfers and windsurfers (which you will see in the water practically from early morning until after sunset). If you are not a good swimmer, however, we advise you not to stray too far from the shore, especially in the case of a red flag.
- Where it is: the beach is located on the north coast of the island, a few minutes drive from larger centers such as Teguise (from which it is 10 minutes away). Easily reachable thanks to public transport with the Caleta de Famara stop (from the capital, Arrecife, just take bus 20 which in less than half an hour will take you to the beach front). Get directions
- Ideal for: surfing and windsurfing
- Type: golden sand alternating with volcanic sand
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 and sheltered from the wind thanks to the cliffs that surround the bay. Suitable for both those who want to relax and for lovers of snorkeling and diving, is one of the most famous attractions on the island and yet it is never overcrowded, even during the summer months.
Not that simple to achieve, however, it has a romantic restaurant overlooking the sea where you can taste excellent local fish dishes. Furthermore, 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 still just as beautiful!).
- Where it is: the beach is located in the south of the island, within the Playa Blanca Natural Park. To access it, it is necessary to pay the park entrance (equal to € 3,00 per vehicle) and continue along a dirt road full of holes for about twenty minutes. The entrance to the beach is well signposted. Get directions
- Ideal for: relaxation / snorkeling / diving
- Type: golden sand
3 - Playa del Caleton Blanco, Haria
Located along the northeastern 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 white and fine sand and the volcanic rocks behind it, it is a pleasant place where you can enjoy a few hours of silence and relaxation surrounded by a rather wild nature.
Several species of seabirds live here but also community of shrimp, crab and sea urchin. 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 caves of Cuevas de los Verdes, once a refuge during pirate raids.
- Where it is: Just 3 minutes by car from Orzola, Playa del Caleton Blanco can be reached along the LZ-1 towards Arrecife. Get directions
- Ideal for: relaxation / snorkeling
- Type: White sand
4 - Playa de la Canteria, Orzola
Playa de la Canteria, like Playa del Caleton Blanco, is located along the north-eastern side and is characterized by very fine white sand similar to talcum powder alternating with rocks. Being a short distance from Los Fariones, the currents are not exactly the quietest here, but the beach is still suitable for surfers but also for those who simply want to bathe in absolute tranquility (in this case, do not go too far from the shore if you are not skilled swimmers and you will not have any kind of problem!).
- Where it is: the beach is located a few minutes drive from Orzola (just follow north along Calle la Quemadita) and is perfectly signposted. Get directions
- Ideal for: relax / surf
- Type: white sand / rocks
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 just as 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 popular except by a few local inhabitants, it is also very quiet and secluded, ideal stop for a romantic day, but also for families seeking rest.
- Where it is: the beach is located just 5 minutes drive from El Golfo, along the LZ-703. Get directions
- Ideal for: relaxation, romantic day
- Type: volcanic sand
6 - Playa de la Garita, Arrieta
Very different from all the other beaches on the island, Playa de la Garita is a beach very busy 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 also want to experience the other side of Lanzarote or if you prefer the comforts and services offered by semi-equipped beaches to free beaches. Ideal for families, even with small children.
- Where it is: the beach is located a few steps from the town of Arrieta, in the north of the island. You can leave your car comfortably along the narrow streets of the city and reach Playa de la Garita directly on foot by walking along the promenade. Get directions
- Ideal for: relaxation, nightlife, families with children
- Type: golden sand / rocks
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 beach very popular especially for its strategic position: many, during the lunch break, take advantage of the days of good weather to spend a few hours there. Furthermore, 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 really is room for everyone! Be careful though why the seabed is deep and stony: if you can, venture into the water with rubber shoes to avoid injury.
- Where it is: the beach is just 5 minutes drive from Arrecife: to reach it, follow along Calle Rambla Medular until you find the signs for Playa del Reducto. Get directions
- Ideal for: relaxation / nightlife
- Type: golden sand / rocks
8 - Caleta del Mojon Blanco, Punta Prieta
If, on the other hand, you prefer the quieter beaches, head without hesitation towards the Caleta del Mojon Blanco: the scenery seems almost Caribbean with the white sand and the sea of a thousand shades. the presence of local fishermen with their small boats makes the place quite picturesque. The beach is wide and characterized by many coves: choose the one you prefer and fully enjoy your day of pure relaxation. Do not forget sunscreen at home: since there are not many areas of shade, you may regret it bitterly!
- Where it is: Starting from Orzola and following the LZ-1 heading south, you will arrive at the beach in less than 5 minutes. Get directions
- Ideal for: relaxation
- Type: white sand / rocks
9 - Playa El Golfo, El Golfo
Perhaps the most beautiful of the island's volcanic beaches, Playa El Golfo is located near the famous Green Lake of Lanzarote, not far from Timanfaya National Park. The surrounding landscape, in fact, is very representative of the original nature of the island: the impetuous waves wash a strip of dark earth surrounded by reliefs and ancient craters.
Perhaps more suited to surfers than ordinary swimmers Due to the rather strong currents, Playa El Golfo is still a wonderful place to visit and appreciate in all its beauty. Very photogenic around sunset time!
- Where it is: Less than a quarter of an hour away from the Timanfaya National Park, it is easily accessible along the LZ-2 (towards Playa Blanca) and, subsequently, the LZ-703. The beach is perfectly signposted. Get directions
- Ideal for: surf
- Type: volcanic sand
10 - Playa de las Conchas, La Graciosa
Moving slightly from Lanzarote, near the northern tip, it is located La Graciosa, one of the eight islands that make up the Canary archipelago. It is an islet perhaps even wilder than Lanzarote, certainly smaller in size, characterized by the almost absolute lack of paved roads.
Among the most beautiful naturalistic spots in the area (as well as several volcanic cones that can be reached via hiking trails), there is the Playa de las Conchas, appreciated for its crystal clear water and the low number of swimmers. And then one of the best nudist beaches in the Canaries and along the shore you can see beautiful shells (which give the beach its name).
- Where it is: To reach La Graciosa take the ferry from the port of Orzola (about half an hour, ticket cost about € 20,00 round trip). Once docked at the Puerto de Caleta de Sebo, Playa de las Conchas can be reached on foot in an hour or by bicycle in about 20-30 minutes. We recommend that you always have a navigator with you! Get directions
- Ideal for: relaxation
- Type: white / pink sand
Plan your trip to Lanzarote: flights, hotels and tours
A trip to Lanzarote can be a wonderful experience both for those who love the beach life and for the more sporty types in search of adrenaline and physical activity. In fact, the island really has an infinity of things to offer, able to satisfy the most diverse tastes. For this reason, we recommend that you explore Lanzarote by making a nice on the road (among other things, gasoline costs are negligible!) so you can 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 with 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 many rentals located just outside the city. Regarding the costs of living and housing, Lanzarote is not a super cheap place but by booking in advance you can still find great deals on accommodation. In any case, we advise you to opt for the apartments with kitchen, so that you can save on lunches / dinners.
- starting from € 95,00 -
- Hotel and b & b starting from € 40,00 per room -
- Timanfaya volcanoes, caves, camel and lunch snorkeling excursion mini cruise with dolphin watching
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