Lanzarote Beaches: My Top 5 Choices

Thrust from the sea by volcanic eruptions, Lanzarote is one of the gorgeous Canary Islands which sit in the Atlantic Ocean off the northwest coast of Africa. Renowned for its otherworldly rock formations, terrific tourist infrastructure and its dazzling array of beaches just ripe for soaking up the year-round abundant sunshine, Lanzarote beaches continues to draw holidaymakers by their thousands.

So which are the best Lanzarote beaches? Do you want peace and quiet in an intimate cove, or hustle and bustle on a glorious stretch of blond sand with all the water sports you could dream of? Here are my top 5 choices:

Papagayo

No visit to Lanzarote would be complete without a trip to Papagayo. Frequently described as the most beautiful beach on the island, it lies on Lanzarote’s southernmost tip and is an unspoilt gem of sweeping golden sand. Reached via a dirt track which stops atop volcanic cliffs, the bay is sheltered and brilliant for sunbathing and snorkelling. A solitary, relaxed and relaxing restaurant overlooks the beach and its rustic fish and seafood dishes are to die for – or, as we did, take your own picnic as once you’re at Papagayo it’s difficult to leave.

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Las Conchas

La Graciosa is a tiny island which rests just off Lanzarote’s northern coast – with a population of 700 people and roads made of sand (there is no tarmac anywhere), it is a true get-away-from-it-all experience. Las Conchas beach is tucked away on La Graciosa’s northwest coastline and is exquisite: an undeveloped natural wonder of fine sand and shingle flanked on one side by majestic black rocks and on the other by the warm waters of the sea. No distractions, no crowds, just pure bliss in an idyllic setting. I highly recommend a visit.

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Famara

Surfers, windsurfers and water sports aficionados tend to head to Famara, a hugely impressive bay on the northwest boast. Backed by cliffs which seem to exude a pinkish glow in the sunlight, there is a distinctly Bohemian vibe here, with a peaceful yet playful atmosphere in the nearby village which boasts upmarket bars and restaurants, along with spa treatments and Pilates classes. A fantastic place to sit and watch the world go by.

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El Golfo

On Lanzarote’s west coast rests the bay of El Golfo, an unearthly, amazing sight: its black volcanic sand beach has a luminous green backdrop in Charco de Los Clicos – a large lagoon of bright emerald water created from erosion of the nearby volcano, which itself is a blur of yellow, orange and red rock formations in the crater. Spend the day here, and do lunch in the nearby town which has a smattering of traditional Canarian eateries.

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Playa del Reducto

There is a saying when abroad: always go where the locals go.  Playa del Reducto is a lovely beach situated right on the doorstep of the island’s capital, Arrecife, and while a favourite with residents is almost undiscovered by tourists. Go there if you can: this stunning sweep of fine sand is quiet, sheltered and close to all the amenities the capital has to offer, as well as boasting a tremendous promenade area and Blue Flag status due to its warm, inviting and very calm waters.

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These are my top five choices. My favourite? Now that would be telling!

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Victoria Thomas

Victoriais a regular contributor on LuxeInACity.com, a luxury travel blog curating hotels, spas, restaurants, boutiques, products as well as once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences.

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