Playa Blanca is the most southerly holiday resort on the island of Lanzarote and is approximately 35 minutes driving distance (32kms) from Arrecife airport.
Whilst the resort has expanded over the years from a humble fishing village, it still remains the most un-commercialised tourist area on Lanzarote, and is considered by many people to be more up market than other resorts on the island. It is a perfect setting for a relaxing holiday at any time of the year, and the resort itself is generally on one level, making it an easy area to stroll around for everybody.
A short walk from Casas del Sol is the Punta Limones Commercial Centre where you will find a Spar supermarket, banks, car hire, restaurants and cafes. This is also adjacent to the harbour where the Armas and Fred Olsen ferries ply daily across the Straits of Bocayna to the port of Corralejo in Fuerteventura. The harbour is also the place to look for boat trips and sailing and fishing excursions.
Coming away from the harbour you will find a pedestrian walkway to what we call ´the village´ (the original centre of Playa Blanca). Restaurants and shops abound in this area, but do find time to walk the length of the promenade where you will find the ´village beach´ and be able to take in the spectacular views across the Straits to Lobos and Fuerteventura.
If you like beaches then you will not be disappointed!! A further walk will take you along to Playa Dorada (Golden Beach), where you can spend the day sunning yourself, swimming, snorkelling or enjoying the various watersports activities on offer. The beauty of Playa Dorada is that you also have the benefit of cafe, restaurant and toilet facilities within the adjacent Papagayo Commercial Centre. A more recent addition to Playa Blanca is Marina Rubicon and, whilst it is possible to walk here from Casas del Sol, personally I would drive!! Not only will you find a huge variety of sailing and motor boats to look at, but also a selection of ´designer shops´ and quality restaurants to peruse. A market is held within the marina every Wednesday.
Perhaps the most well known beaches are those at Papagayo – but be prepared!! These are a collection of beaches (now designated a National Park) at the most southerly point of Lanzarote. A car is needed for access along the unmade roads leading to Papagayo, you will need to pay to enter the area and there are minimal services!!!!!! But, if you are the ´proverbial beach bum´ then this is the place to be!!! You will find that all of the beaches in the Playa Blanca area are safe for swimming.
Playa Blanca is well served by taxis and public bus services. Local buses provide transport throughout the resort, the No. 60 bus will take you to Arrecife via Yaiza, Uga, Macher, Tias, and Playa Honda, and the No. 61 to Puerto del Carmen via Yaiza, Uga and Puerto Calero Marina.
All in all, the area of Playa Blanca has something to offer everybody – you should not be disappointed!!!!!!! And, don´t forget, there are a lot of other interesting places to visit and sights to take in on the island. Take a look at our Blogroll section for more information on the island of Lanzarote.