All about Playa Blanca - Tourism and Surfing in Lanzarote
When visiting the island of Lanzarote, you should include a visit to Playa Blanca in your sightseeing tours; this is a town located in the municipality of Yaiza and its orientation is towards its neighbour, the island of Fuerteventura.
It is a place of great tourist affluence, thanks among other things to its average temperature, which is usually the highest in the whole of Lanzarote.
Both in summer and winter, people flock to Playa Blanca in search of these favourable and pleasant temperatures.
What to see in Playa Blanca?
Photo of Playa Blanca, located in Lanzarote, Canary Islands.
Playa Blanca has for some time now been an important centre for tourism and recreation; the offer for training and entertainment has been on the rise as the arrival of visitors and tourists who visit the area after going to Playa Flamingo, Playa Papagayo or Playa Dorada has increased.
In Playa Blanca, the number of places for entertainment, sports and accommodation has grown, and there are a variety of restaurants, discotheques and entertainment venues.
Gastronomic tourism is widely spread in Playa Blanca thanks to the presence of important restaurants.
Playa Blanca is one of the places with the cleanest streets in spite of the influx and frequent traffic of people; this characteristic has allowed it to obtain several awards.
The area has a variety of beaches, many say that Playa Blanca has the most beautiful beaches on the whole island of Lanzarote; among the most outstanding are Playa Dorada, Playa Flamingo and Playa Papagayo.
You can also visit Playa Los Charcones, which consists of a group of natural pools of various sizes; it is located just 5 minutes drive from Playa Blanca and then you have to walk a little over a few rocks.
From Playa Blanca you can drive about 30 minutes to the Timanfaya National Park.
Some fishing villages are in the vicinity of Playa Blanca and it is possible to visit places like El Golfo or Las Breñas.
In the harbour of Playa Blanca, you can board a boat and travel to the island of Fuerteventura in just half an hour.
How to get to Playa Blanca
Lanzarote has an airport that handles both domestic and international flights. Playa Blanca is located approximately 25 kilometres by car from the airport.
Leaving the airport, take the LZ1 road heading south; it is a single carriageway, so there is no danger of getting lost. Before your final destination, you will find other towns such as Tías, Mancher, Uga and Yaiza.
You can hire a car at the airport, but you can also hire private transport services at the airport, which will take you to your accommodation in Playa Blanca.
There is also a public transport system; just take bus number 61 from the bus stop, located on the right hand side as you leave the airport premises.
History of Playa Blanca
Another photo of Playa Blanca, located in the south of Lanzarote, which in recent years has established itself as the island's third most important tourist resort.
Yaiza began to be known in the 16th century, in the beginning, only a few inhabitants were registered in the area, since in the year 1688 only 450 people were counted living in Yaiza.
Between 1730 and 1735, the Timanfaya volcano erupted and swept away some villages, including Yaiza, causing the inhabitants to move further north, gradually reactivating agriculture and livestock farming; later some inhabitants settled in hamlets and dedicated themselves to maritime activities.
From there, this fishing village was gradually consolidated and transformed over time into what we know today as Playa Blanca.
The first visitors considered tourists visited Playa Blanca in 1970 and since then the arrival of tourists and visitors has increased unstoppably, while the infrastructure of the area has been improved and remodelled to provide the best service and comfort to the visitor.
Surf school and Surf Camp in Famara, Lanzarote
In the north of Lanzarote, on Famara beach, you will find one of the best surf schools in Europe; Calima Surf is one of the best and most renowned academies to learn to surf and become one of the best surfers in the world.
Instructor and student performing positioning, balance and stability exercises on a board.
The experience of more than 20 years in the area, as well as the expert instructors and coaches, amply support the knowledge offered to all sportsmen and women interested in surfing, as entertainment or as a sporting discipline.
The school is located just 100 metres from the beach, in an area with a privileged climate, with conditions suitable for all levels of surfing, from beginners who want to learn the basics, to experienced surfers looking to improve their conditions and techniques.
If you want to learn surfing in Lanzarote, Calima Surf School should be your choice.