Playa Blanca is one of Lanzarote's most popular resorts, and is situated on the southern tip of the island. Lanzarote is part of a group of islands off the east coast of Africa called the Canaries.
Data obtained from Lanzarote Airport weather station, 15 km to east-north-east
Lanzarote is the fourth largest of the Canary Islands, behind Tenerife, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria. Many of these islands are famously volcanic and Lanzarote's Timanfaya National Park delivers a fantastically alternative landscape. In Playa Blanca you can take the walk up Montana Roja and survey the crater at the top of the volcano. Fuerteventura is often visible from the peak, and there are regular boats trips to the neighbouring island.
Tourists tend to flock to Playa Blanca for its year round mild temperatures - even its mildest month, January, has an average daily maximum temperature of 21 °C. The Canary Islands are nearer the equator than any other part of Spain, but the heat is tempered by the Atlantic breezes, giving the island something of an eternal spring season. The temperatures peak in August at an average daily maximum of 29 °C with around nine hours of sunshine during the summer months.
Playa Blanca, as the name would suggest is home to a series of white, man-made beaches, attracting tourists who may have otherwise been put off by the black volcanic shorelines. Playa Blanca is the main beach, but Playa Flamingo and Playa Dorada also vie for tourists who might want a bit more space to relax. Windsurfing and a variety of water sports are available at these beaches throughout the year.
The Marina Rubicon is Playa Blanca's famous port harbour. The harbour has a popular market and it's particularly busy during those balmy evenings when the lights are on and the pavement cafes are full. There's an abundance of restaurants, shops and bars scattered around the perimeter of the marina.
Los Ajaches forms a welcomed and beautiful wilderness on the outskirts of Playa Blanca. Driving in this region's lunar landscape can be a unique experience, and it also gives you access to places like the beaches of Las Coloradas. The Castillo de las Coloradas harks back to medieval times and casts an eerie silhouette over the sea; because of the castle's purpose as a vantage point, it enjoys superb views over the surrounding coastline.
Last updated: 14 March 2014
The seven islands that form the Canary Islands experience a Mediterranean climate typified by extremely dry summer months with warm temperatures and mild winters with more rainfall, particularly to the north of the region.