Despite the fact that most beaches on the other Canary Islands are made of black sand on Lanzarote at the eastern end of the chain the grains are mostly golden. Confounding the expectations of many first time visitors.
They say that life is a beach – and this is certainly true of life on Lanzarote. The fourth largest of the Canary Islands. As here there are over 90 superb stretches of sand to explore. Both in and outside the main holiday resorts of Playa Blanca, Puerto del Carmen and Costa Teguise.
Which is the best beach on the island? This title is always a toss up between the huge bay at Famara on the North West coast and the set of coves at Papagayo in the south. Both are entirely all natural and enormously popular with the locals – which is always a good sign. During the winter months Papagayo has the edge as the weather in the south is better. Leaving Famara for dog walkers and hardy surfers. But come March and spring time the playing fields is levelled once more as the weather starts to improve.
Even the island’s capital city, Arrecife, has a great beach for local residents and tourists to enjoy. Playa Reducto is located right in the heart of the capital and is a palm fringed delight which gently shelves out into the clear water of the Atlantic Ocean. If you have bothered to book car hire in Lanzarote then make sure you visit as it is well worth the journey. It sits adjacent to the Arrecife Gran, one of the few five star hotels in Lanzarote and the only high rise building on the island – so it is impossible to miss.
All of the resorts have perfect playas for tourists to enjoy. Many visitors choose self catering options in apartments and villas in Lanzarote and as a result love to get out and explore these golden sands. Puerto del Carmen is home to the enormous and aptly named Playa Grande, as well as some smaller blue flag beaches such as Playa Chica. And both Costa Teguise and Playa Blanca boast at least four beaches each.
Some of these beaches in the resorts were in fact created especially for tourists during the 1970´s using sand imported from the Sahara desert. Which is located just 100 miles or so away on the African mainland.