The Canary Islands boast some of the most spectacular scenery in all of Europe. These rugged landscapes, populated by a number of volcanoes, provide breathtaking views and pretty much guaranteed sunshine all year round.
However, one aspect that keeps us coming back year after year is the beaches. Lanzarote enjoys some of the most beautiful stretches shorelines in the region. Loved by holidaymakers, surfers and locals alike, Lanzarote has a diverse amount of beaches from the hugely family-friendly resorts to the quiet coves.
Here are our favourite beaches of Lanzarote.
One of the most recognised beaches on the island of Lanzarote is El Reducto. The main beach of the capital Arrecife is a big hit with families with a row of shops and hotels lining the shore. The white sands and calm waters make it perfect for spending a lazy day in the sun.
Arrecife is always a hive of activity with holidaymakers enjoying the bars and restaurants along the promenade creating a friendly and pleasant atmosphere. Thanks to its location it’s no surprise that it is one of the most popular spots on the island.
Playa de las Conchas
El Reducto may have the hustle and bustle of city life but Playa de las Conchas is a picture of tranquillity. Situated on the island of La Graciosa Alamy, north of Lanzarote, this golden strip of sand is one of the region’s real hidden treasures.
Hop on a boat from the nearby Órzola and take the 20 minute journey to this beautiful beach. The island of La Gracisoa Alamy is a pleasant enough to cycle or wander around and you’ll find a good mix of locals and tourists enjoying the sunshine. As it is the northernmost point of the Canary Islands, be wary that the sea can be quite rough but it doesn’t make it any less inviting.
Playa Quemada is the clearest nod to Lanzarote’s volcanic landscape. The beach’s name translates as “burnt beach” and is instantly recognisable by its black sands. These types of beaches are a regular sight across the Canary Islands providing a reminder to the region’s past.
Thanks to being sheltered from the wind, it is the perfect place to soak up the sun and have a splash in the sea. The beach itself is close to a former fishing village which is home to a number of quaint cafes and restaurants.
Our next beach takes us back to the island of La Graciosa Alamy. Playa Francesa lies on the southern tip of the island and is one of the most secluded coves you are likely to find in the Canary Islands. At a relatively short 435 metres, it is a place of total bliss.
Accessible either on foot or by bike, this is a hugely peaceful part of Lanzarote with tempting waters perfect for swimming. If you’re looking for the utmost in peace and quiet then this is the place to be.
The Tinajo region is Lanzarote’s surfing capital. It is revered as one of the best spots in Europe for catching some waves. For surfers, the best beach is by far Teneze which boasts much more exciting surf than the calmer nearby La Santa beach.
In Tinajo itself you can enjoy afternoon lunch while it is also the gateway to the Timanfaya National Park.
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