If you want to discover the best beaches in Lanzarote, you’ll have plenty of stunning stretches to choose from, whether you’re looking for the top beach for a spot of surfing, a family beach for the kids to splash around, or a quiet cove where you can snooze carefree under the Canary sun.
Located approximately 125 kilometres off the coast of Africa, Lanzarote is renowned for its year-round warm weather, not to mention its beautiful and unique scenery. As with Spain’s other Canary Islands, Lanzarote emerged from the sea as a result of huge volcanic activity, and it is these millennia of volcanic eruptions that have given Lanzarote its otherworldly look. Most of the beaches found on this gorgeous island showcase ubiquitous lava rock contrasted against shimmering turquoise waters and pristine golden sands, making it a truly exceptional place to visit for a beach retreat.
If you’re looking for the best beach hotels in Lanzarote, Barcelo Teguise Beach is the ultimate adult-only hotel in the heart of a volcanic paradise, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean that sits just 150 metres from the hotel. Take a plunge into the stunning infinity pool that is bordered by sun loungers, where you can admire the sea views by day and the colourful awe-inspiring sunsets by night.
Check out our pick of the best beaches in Lanzarote to explore during your stay.
Playa de Papagayo
Situated on the southern tip of the island, Papagayo is certainly one of the most well-known beaches in Lanzarote and comprises of a series of beaches separated by high cliffs and volcanic rocks, forming a number of sheltered bays.
This stretch can become particularly crowded during peak season, so if you’re looking to escape the masses then head to the neighbouring bays of Las Mujeres, Pozo, Congrío or Muelas, which are much quieter spots, and also popular with nudists.
The main Papagayo beach is the last one that you’ll reach before the Punta del Papagayo, travelling east from Playa Blanca. This is an ideal choice if you’re looking to spend the day out at the beach, where you can find a chiringuito (beach shack) that sits above the cove and treat yourself to a meal by the sea.
All in all, Papagayo usually enjoys the best weather on the island and is a hot spot for snorkelling in the beautiful waters and soaking up the island sunshine.
If you’re looking for the best family beaches in Lanzarote for an enjoyable day out with the kids, Playa Blanca is the place to be, and is ideally situated in a central location at the heart of the resort.
This European Blue Flag stretch boasts bright white sands and sheltered bays, where lifeguards are on hand, so you can ensure the little ones are playing safely. The calm waters offer good conditions for diving and snorkelling and, of course, make it the perfect place for a refreshing dip.
There are plenty of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants backing onto the beachfront, as well as several ice cream parlours if you fancy cooling off and satisfying your sweet tooth.
Situated to the east of Playa Blanca, Playa Dorada is a gorgeous man-made beach that encompasses calm waters that are ideal for kids. Hammocks, sunbeds and sunshades are available to rent, as well as exhilarating water sports activities on offer for the adrenaline junkies.
This fine white stretch has plenty of amenities to keep you entertained, whether you fancy hiring windsurfing boards and jet skis from the water sports kiosks or popping up to the beach bars for a refreshing sangria.
If you’re planning on riding some waves during your holiday, Playa Famara is certainly the best surfing beach in Lanzarote, where you’ll spot plenty of professionals showcasing their skills. Its strong winds make it trickier for beginners to test the waves, but you’ll find surf schools in the village who can show you the right moves and also issue forecasts for best conditions – and times to avoid.
The stunning backdrop of rugged cliffs are also popular with hand-gliders, so depending on your level of fear factor, you could have a jam-packed day of fun and thrills at Playa Famara.
Catelón Blanco is located north of Lanzarote in Puerto del Carmen and is a string of beautiful tiny coves of contrasting glistening white sands and jet-black lava rocks. The kids will be in their element exploring the shallow natural rock pools created by the tide, while parents can find a peaceful spot to lay on the soft sands, or perch against a slab of volcanic rock and enjoy an afternoon read.
There are a handful of restaurants dotted around the harbour offering a taste of traditional Canarian cuisine, where you can indulge in some of the finest fish restaurants on the island.
Charco del Palo
Looking for the best nudist beach to strip off and fill in the tan lines? Situated near the village of Mala on the northeast coast lies the gorgeous Charco del Palo, a tranquil naturist resort that guarantees the utmost privacy. Charco del Palo is a peaceful and quiet residential area encompassing apartments, bungalows and villas that open out to the Atlantic.
A few restaurants and bars are also located nearby if you fancy a break from the white sandy beaches and turquoise lagoon.
Playa la Francesca (La Graciosa)
If it’s isolation and a secluded stretch you’re craving, head to Playa la Francesca in the tiny desert island of La Graciosa. This beautiful and remote location comprises of golden sands backed by volcanic rocks and dunes.
Take a dip in the calm, turquoise waters where you can admire the stunning array of yachts and boats in the distance. Playa la Francesca is the ideal place if you’re longing to disconnect and relax away from the bustling crowds.
Playa de los Pocillos
On the east coast of Lanzarote lies Playa de los Pocillos; the perfect place if you’re looking to be in the throng of it all and soak up the island’s buzzy atmosphere during the summer months.
This stretch is a particularly popular choice for families, so you can expect a crowd of kids exploring and splashing around in the warm shallow waters throughout the day. Playa de los Pocillos also boasts an extensive promenade brimming with shops, cafes, bars and restaurants that runs all the way down to Puerto del Carmen, an area that is ideal for hitting the bars and clubs in the evening, or just a quiet drink by the sea.
Just a 10-minute drive away is one of the island’s hottest attractions, Rancho Texas Lanzarote Park – an animal park providing great entertainment for a family day out, with bird and sea lion shows, a dolphinarium, white tigers, pony rides, not to mention a splash zone for the kids.