Where to swim in Lanzarote?

Europe is shivering and the greyness makes you want to escape... Look no further, we've found the perfect destination for sunbathing: Lanzarote! Located off the coast of Morocco, the island enjoys a spring-like climate all year round, which is even more delightful when you consider that our colleagues are facing the cold of France. Meanwhile, we're lounging on the black, white and golden beaches of the most volcanic of the Canary Islands. Although the wind and the Atlantic swell can make some beaches dangerous, there are many sheltered coves that are real little havens of peace where bathing is permitted. You can also lie back on the warm sand, your body caressed by a gentle breeze, and enjoy the view of the horizon or the other islands in the archipelago. So get out your swimming costume and sun cream - here are the best beaches on Lanzarote!

Papagayo beach on Lanzarote, an island in Spain's Canary Islands.

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1. The magnificent Papagayo beach

Papagayo is undoubtedly the most beautiful beach on Lanzarote, and is certainly the best known and one of the most famous in the Canary Islands. You have to take a long sandy track (passable in a city car) to reach this golden sandy beach located in the heart of a protected natural park in the south-east of the island.

Papagayo beach in Lanzarote.

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In fact, there are four beaches (Playa Mujeres, Papagayo, Del Pozo and Puerto Muelas) offering an absolutely incredible panorama of the islands of Los Lobos and Fuerteventura. There's no wind or surf here, just protected coves that look more like the Balearics than the Canaries.In summer, you have to pay three euros to access this little paradise, which is not currently spoilt by any hotels...

⭐ Where to sleep near Papagayo beach?

Hotel Cordial Marina Blanca 4* - Playa Blanca Playa Blanca

Hotel Cordial Marina Blanca 4* - Playa Blanca

Located in Playa Blanca, not far from Papagayo beach, this 4-star hotel with swimming pool, restaurant and comfortable rooms will delight the whole family.
£137 / night

2. The seaside resort of Puerto del Carmen

With six kilometres of beaches stretching across the south-east of Lanzarote, Puerto del Carmen is the island's most important seaside resort. Playa Grande stretches for more than a kilometre: with its golden sand and calm sea, it is a magnet for summer visitors and has all the attributes needed to be awarded the Blue Flag every year by the European Union.

A beach in Puerto del Carmen.

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Los Pocillos beach is roughly the same size, but is slightly more exposed to the wind. Thanks to its exposure, Matagorda beach is the most popular with windsurfers. Lovers of the sea can indulge in Puerto Del Carmen with all kinds ofwater sports: windsurfing, boat trips, deep-sea fishing, scuba diving...

⭐ Where to stay in Puerto del Carmen?

Hotel Lava Beach 5* - Puerto del Carmen Puerto del Carmen

Hotel Lava Beach 5* - Puerto del Carmen

This 5-star hotel on the seafront will leave no one indifferent, with its spa, outdoor pool, buffet restaurant and superb sea-view rooms!
£217 / night

3. Playa Famara, a surfer's paradise

Located at the northern tip of Lanzarote, Famara beach nestles at the foot of the imposing Risco cliff, close to the village of Caleta Famara. The journey to get there is already impressive: you feel like you're lost on the moon as you pass through several white villages that seem to have been asleep for centuries.

Famara beach, north of Lanzarote.

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Once there, you'll discover one of the wildest settings: the volcanic sand stretches for miles and the view of the island of La Graciosa is breathtaking. The beach is famous for its waves, ideal for surfing. It's also a great spot to admire the sunset, when the rocks on the cliffs turn red, almost seeming to catch fire.

⭐ Where to stay near Famara beach?

The Famara Caracolillos flat Famara

The Famara Caracolillos flat

The terrace of this 4-person flat offers breathtaking views of the cliffs of Playa Famara.
£113 / night

4. The beaches of the village of Orzola

Orzola is a small fishing village on the northern tip of the island. Just before entering the village, you can admire the white sandy coves, some of the most extraordinary beaches on Lanzarote. Even though they are not very large, these 'caletones', as they are called by the islanders, offer marvellous contrasts between the shades of the sand, the black of the volcanic rocks that surround them and the crystal blue of the water.

La Caleta del Mojon Blanco near Orzola.

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When you first discover this place, you are reminded of a heavenly spot reminiscent of the most beautiful Caribbean beaches, perfect for relaxing with the family. As this is a marine area, diving enthusiasts will also be able to revel in the splendid underwater flora.

⭐ Where to stay in Orzola?

Flat La Playa Orzola

Flat La Playa

In the fishing village of Orzola, this flat for 4 people faces the ocean and the caletones.
9.6 Exceptional
£90 / night

5. Costa Teguise & Playa Blanca

If you're looking for well-appointed, family-friendly beaches where you can relax on a sun lounger and sip a cool drink, you'll want to choose one of Lanzarote's major resorts. Puerto del Carmen is the most important, but Playa Blanca and Costa Teguise are also very popular with holidaymakers.

La plage de Costa Teguise.

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Playa Blanca is located in the extreme south-west of the island, opposite Fuerteventura. Its beautiful sandy beaches, small harbour and village atmosphere are sure to charm. Costa Teguise, to the east of Lanzarote, offers long stretches of immaculate sand lined with palm trees, a real holiday atmosphere!

⭐ Where to stay in Costa Teguise?

Oasis Lanz Beach Mate 4* - Costa Teguise Costa Teguise

Oasis Lanz Beach Mate 4* - Costa Teguise

In Costa Teguise, this 4* hotel has two swimming pools and magnificent rooms and suites. Special mention for the breakfast!
£135 / night

A few tips for enjoying the beaches of Lanzarote

  • The waves and currents of the Atlantic Ocean can be very powerful, so find out about swimming conditions beforehand and if in doubt, don't go!
  • Remember to bring sun cream, a hat and sunglasses, as well as a bottle of water.
  • If you're looking for totally unspoilt beaches untouched by tourism, head for the island of La Graciosa, to the north of Lanzarote.
by Editorial Team
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