If there is one thing that we fancy doing at the moment, while stuck at home, especially as the good weather arrives, it is thinking about the summer and days at the beach.That’s why we decided to write this post about the best beaches Lanzarote has to offer.
Talking about the beaches on this island means naming very well known beaches inside and outside our borders such as Papagayo, or Famara, but also others that are well worth visiting.
We will mention here a few to discover if you decide to rent a car, tour the island of Lanzarote, and also visit the island of La Graciosa, because we must not forget this small paradise, which is only 30 minutes away by boat, and which also has dream beaches such as La Francesa or Las Conchas.
They are located near one of the most important tourist centres of Lanzarote, Playa Blanca, in the south of the island, and also near the Timanfaya park. They belong to the municipality of Yaiza, and amount to almost two kilometres of small coves of white sand that form the jewel in the crown of Lanzarote: Playa Mujeres, Caletón de San Marcial, de la Cera, el Pozo, Puerto Muelas, Caleta del Congrio and el Papagayo, this last one is the best known of them all.
They are of special beauty; because of the landscape that surrounds them, the transparency of the emerald waters, and the views to the islet of Lobos and the island of Fuerteventura.
Tip: depending on the dates it can be quite busy. The capacity for cars and motorized vehicles is limited and via payment (around 3€).
There is a small beach bar on the Papagayo beach where you can buy food and drinks and enjoy the sunset.
Important: take an umbrella, sun cream and hats. And if you want to practice nudism, the calmest beach, with less people is Caleta del Congrio.
Within the Papagayo beach area, in the south of the island, we must also highlight Playa Mujeres, in the Ajaches Natural Park.
This beach, 400 metres long, is the largest of all the beaches in Papagayo, and is notable for its calm turquoise waters and fine golden sand.
It used to be an exclusively nudist beach, but now it is a mixed one.
There is no beach bar here, so the Papagayo beach is the closest if you want to buy something.
Playa Chica ( Puerta del Carmen )
In the southeast of the island is Puerto del Carmen, another important tourist area of Lanzarote.
The secrets and wonders of this beach are found under its waters. Diving lovers encounter paradise here, as do those who like snorkelling. Its crystal clear and calm waters are perfect for taking the plunge and all kinds of diving.
As it is a small beach, we recommend visiting it at times when there is less influx to the island, in order to be able to enjoy it, as it deserves.
Los Charcones ( natural pools )
One of the best hidden secrets of Lanzarote are the natural pools of Los Charcones , near Playa Blanca, although they are nothing like the tourist beaches of that area.
They are located about two km north of the Pechiguera lighthouse, in the direction of Janubio, in the municipality of Yaiza. Access to this place is made by a dirt track.
The sea constantly renews the water in the pools, and some of them are deep, inviting you to take a good relaxing dip in peace and tranquility.
While the southern part of Lanzarote is home to large tourist areas and hotel complexes, the northern part of the island is quieter and holds treasures not so much frequented, such as this one: the Caletón Blanco, near Órzola, in the municipality of Haría.
500 metres of fine white sand that contrasts with the black volcanic rock of the lava, and where the tide sometimes creates natural pools of calm, crystalline water in which to enjoy a swim.
Playas de Famara / Risco.
If you love the surf, Famara is the place for you. Under the mountainous cliff that bears its name, and right in front of the island of La Graciosa, 3 km apart, we find 6 kilometres of beaches that are the perfect setting for adventure sports and the practice of surfing and kitesurfing, in an area where the trade winds blow quite a lot.
The nearest town, Caleta de Famara, has a wide range of surfing and kitesurfing schools, as well as numerous restaurants where you can eat fresh fish.
In summer it is usually a busy beach, but there are plenty of possibilities for parking, both along the beach and in the village.
In terms of swimming it can be a dangerous beach because the sea currents are treacherous.
A morning walk at dawn or a sunset stroll along the coast, will leave nobody indifferent.
Once in this northern part of the island of Lanzarote you can go to Órzola, where you should park the car, and take the ferry to visit the island of La Graciosa where you will find two beaches that you will never forget: La Francesa and Las Conchas.
Playa de la Francesa
It is 435 metres long and the best way to get there is to take a Jeep-Taxi and enjoy its blue, transparent and crystalline waters.
It is an ideal beach for swimming and enjoying with the family, because the waters are calm, where you can have fun and there is no danger in swimming.
Best advice: there is no service whatsoever (beach bar, tent, umbrellas, toilets…) so pack your backpack with everything you need to spend a day at the beach and don’t forget your sunscreen, umbrella, snorkel glasses and a good hat.
Playa de las Conchas
For us she is the jewel of this little paradise, La Graciosa. 610 metres of paradisiacal beach, golden sand, turquoise waters, where you will enjoy a day of sun, stretching out on the sand, relaxing or walking and observing the unique landscape of: Montaña Clara y Alegranza.
Like the beach of La Francesa, the fastest way to get there is by Jeep-Taxi or if you like bicycles, you can rent one, and within 45 minutes you will be able to enjoy this marvel.
The main piece of advice for this beach is that swimming is not recommended because of the danger the waters can bring. The red flag flies all year round.
Ideal for couples or practicing nudism.