Best beaches in Lanzarote

Lanzarote, being an island, is awash with beaches stretching along all 215 kilometres of its coastline. Quite literally spoilt for choice, you can choose from beautiful golden sands or dramatic black, volcanic beaches, and further up the coast you’ll even stumble upon a couple of lavish expanses of silky-white sand. Whether for swimming and relaxing, for long walks, water sports or as a beautiful photo opportunity - here everyone will find the ideal place for their beach holiday. 

Our video will give you a taster of what’s on offer – secluded or popular, in the vicinity of your hotel or on the other side of the island, far away from all the hustle and bustle.

Playa Papagayo

Located on the south of the island, Playa Papagayo is one of the most popular beaches in Lanzarote. With a great sweeping bay, golden sand and clear, calm water, this beach is perfect for family and friends to enjoy day or night. 

In the evening, you can enjoy the scenery and admire the picturesque sunset with a drink at a hillside bar. This beach is situated in the Natural Monument of Los Ajaches, which is easy to find and easy to get to – even if you don’t want to drive, a water taxi will gladly take you there.

Playa Famara

Found on the North-West coast of the island, this beach is a surfer’s paradise and one of the best places in Lanzarote for kiteboarding. With great Atlantic rollers and high winds, the beach is always full of drama – little wonder it is known to have been artist César Manrique’s favourite beach. Its spell attracts photographers too – Spanish film-maker Pedro Almodovar used this location in his movie ‘Broken Embraces’. 

The fascinating curve of the cove, the high cliffs and the sound of the waves are enough to seduce surfers to this beautiful five-kilometre stretch of sand. This is where you’ll find all the surfing schools, and it’s one of the best places in Lanzarote to have lessons.

Playa de Mujeres

With two miles of glorious sand and a clear sea, this is the ideal spot to be at one with nature. Although you can sunbathe topless at all Canary Island beaches, this is a true nudist beach. 

Known as one of the most popular naturist beaches in Lanzarote, it’s part of the larger Playa Papagayo beach resort and is situated at the far end of the cove. Etimanfayaven though Playa de Mujeres translates as “women’s beach”, there is plenty of space for male sun worshippers too.

Playa del Charco de los Clicos

Okay, you can’t swim here, and neither can you go down to the beach – but you can take in the fascinating view, photograph it and remember it forever. In a half sunken caldera (a large crater), it is surrounded by deep yellow rocks and covered in black volcanic sand which opens onto a bright emerald green lagoon! The colours alone are worth a visit. Ideal for explorers, photographers and artists.

Calenton Blanco

Playa Caleton Blanco is part of a natural group of small coves separated by volcanic rock. So each one is like your own private swimming pool (maybe not quite – but you can dream). There’s a selection of cafés and restaurants nearby, but it’s best to take a picnic because you may become too content and settled to want to move. Don’t say we didn’t warn you …  

Playa Quemada

Playa Quemada is known as ‘The Burnt Beach’, and one look at its black sand explains all. Close to a traditional fishing village, it is one of the quietest beaches in Lanzarote. This sheltered beach is easy to get to, easy to park, and away from local amenities, so don’t forget your sun protection. A calmer sea means it is ideal for less-confident swimmers and great for children who are learning.  A café on the beach serves up the freshest fish of the day.

Playa de las Conchas

On the secluded island of La Graciosa, just north of Lanzarote, you’ll find the virtually unspoilt beach of Las Conchas. This island was (allegedly) the setting for Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, and considering its wild and desolate scenery, this may well be true! Simply take a ferry across the water from Orzola – which takes less than 30 minutes – but remember to get a timetable if you don’t want to miss the last one back! The beach is a good five-kilometre walk from the port, so make sure your footwear is good for walking along unmade roads. Or if you prefer, you can hire a bike or take one of the taxi jeeps.

Playa de las Cucharas

One of the top family beaches is located in the resort of Costa Teguise, just a few kilometres from the capital Arrecife. Here you will find everything your heart desires: beach areas surrounded by palm trees with sunbeds and umbrellas, a beach promenade for strolling and wind conditions favourable for surfing. Rent a pedalo to enjoy the hustle and bustle of the idyllic bay whilst relaxed on the water. Or immerse yourself in the fascinating underwater world of the sea while snorkelling in crystal-clear water. Within your immediate vicinity there are restaurants and bars providing some refreshments after the bathing fun.

Playa Salinas de Janubio

During your holiday in Lanzarote, a trip to the Salinas de Janubio salt fields between El Golfo and Playa Blanca should be on the agenda. Here you will find a special black sandy beach which, due to the strong winds and currents, is less suitable for swimming but especially good for a soothing walk on the small lava pearls. Walking bare foot on the fine-grained lava sand acts like a foot massage. Playa Salinas de Janubio is also one of the most beautiful places on the island to admire the sunset over the sea.

Playa del Reducto

Looking to combine a shopping trip in the lively island centre with a relaxing beach day? Then you’ve come to the right place at this city beach. Playa del Reducto is located directly opposite the Arrecife bus station, so it’s easy to travel by bus from Puerto del Carmen or Costa Teguise. The sandy beach is considered one of the cleanest on the island and is particularly appreciated by locals. Hit the tranquil waters of the bay and try out paddleboarding or windsurfing. If you need a break from the hot sun, there’s space to take shade under palm trees in the nearby park.  

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