Contrary to popular belief and despite its volcanic nature, Lanzarote, actually has very few black sand beaches.  In fact you will find beaches here which suit everyone whether you are looking for long stretches of golden sand, secret coves at the bottom of a cliff, beaches for surfing and kite boarding, or calm waters for paddle boarding or snorkeling.

Here are some of our favourites;

FAMARA

A spectacular 6km stretch of fine white sand, backed by the beautiful El Risco cliffs.  It is perfect for surfing, boogie boarding and kite boarding.  Swimming is not advised here due to the strong currents but the beach, and the laid back town itself, are a must see for all visitors to Lanzarote.

We can organise surf lessons on Famara Beach for all levels, just ask!

Try our favourite restaurants El Risco and Sol both of which have amazing views of the spectacular bay.

ARRIETA

This a popular beach with families and locals due to the long stretch of golden sand (especially at low tide), play park, football pitch and (mostly) ideal conditions for swimming.  If you are feeling brave you can try jumping off the pier with the local kids who make this their pastime all summer long.

Try the Chiringuito Beach Bar, right on the beach, for really good value for money tapas and even better mojitos or the Casa de la Playa for delicious fish and seafood with tables outside for enjoying the beach views.

CALETON BLANCO

This is an idyllic white sand beach which has beautiful clear blue shallow water lagoons and rock pools for the children to swim.  There are no facilities or shade there so wait for a nice day with little wind, pack a picnic and go!

Head past Jameos del Agua on the LZ1 and take a right into the white sandy area just past the 31km sign.

PAPAGAYO

Said by many to be the most beautiful beach on Lanzarote, Papagayo is actually a series of five little coves with perfect white sand and clear blue waters.  A perfect beach for sunbathing and snorkeling.  You will find Papagayo in the nature reserve of Los Ajaches near Playa Blanca in the south of the island.

Our advice would be to pack a beach picnic although there is 1 restaurant on the headland next to the car park which has the most amazing views over to Fuerteventura.

LAS CONCHAS – GRACIOSA

This often deserted beach has to be the most beautiful and unspoilt beaches of the Canary Islands with views over to the less commonly known island of Alegranza, Montana Clara and Roque de Oeste.  Well worth the trip!

There is no shade so cover up with sunscreen and take plenty of water.  Also, swimming is not advisable here.

You can take the ferry to Graciosa and either walk (6km) to Las Conchas or take a Jeep Taxi. Alternatively we can organise a day trip to La Graciosa including pick up from your accommodation

PLAYA QUEMADA

This literally translates as “burnt beach” due to its beautiful dark sand and volcanic rock.  Situated in a very relaxed, traditional fishing village with wonderful views across to Fuerteventura.

Try our favourite restaurant there, Tino´s, which is situated right on the beach with delicious seafood platters and paella.

COSTA TEGUISE BEACHES

Costa Teguise has four main beaches;

Las Cucharas Beach – fine white sand, calm waters and sun beds available for hire. World class windsurfing off shore.

Los Charcos – a short walk from Las Cucharas Beach and often quieter.

El Jabillo – very safe and perfect for swimming and snorkelling.

Playa Bastian – nice for sunbathing, water a little less calm.  Built in BBQ pits so just bring a grill and some coals and you can enjoy the best setting for a BBQ ever!

Papagayo Beaches by Ronn Ballantyne
Playa Quemada
Las Cucharas – Costa Teguise
La Concha Beach Graciosa
Famara Beach
El Jabillo – Costa Teguise
Arrieta Beach by Ronn Ballantyne