Photographer's Note

I was very much surprised with amazing sandy beaches on Lanzarote. Based on the experience with Tenerife, La Palma or Madeira, I assumed the beaches will have rather black or grey sand but to my surprise there were many fine golden sand beaches on Lanzarote. Most of them were beautiful, some spectacular, and I will show you a good selection. Those from the north or north-western side were extremely windy and noted to be dangerous for swimming while the south or southeast beaches were perfect for swimming and families. There are three resort towns on Lanzarote: Playa Blanca in the very south/southwest, Puerto del Carmen and Costa Teguise more towards the southeast. The beaches at the resorts were good quality like the one which I showed you previously near Puerto del Carmen. However, the further you got from the resorts the more chance to see something beautiful and with less people. In the very south-eastern bottom tip of the island there are several beautiful wild beaches which are known under a collective name Playas del Papagayo. To reach the Playas del Papagayo you need to drive for a while on an unpaved road, but people did it with all types of cars. It is the closest point from Lanzarote to Fuerteventura. The closest resort town is Playa Blanca. Among the Playas del Papagayo there are several stunning beach coves. I have visited only two, but the photos of others looked amazing too.

This picture presents the most popular beach in this area called exactly the Playa del Papagayo. The view which you see here is the most postcard-like view, but I found this place very photogenic so I will show more. This is the most popular beach there, probably because it is well protected from the wind and waves. I spent more time on the neighbouring beach which had higher waves but there were fewer people and the sand looked cleaner. In fact, we managed to meet on that beach our friends from the UK, a family who also got to Lanzarote for the half term break.

Very far in the distance you see the white houses of the resort town Playa Blanca. On top of the hill there are two restaurants. There were no shops or facilities in the whole area with exception of the two very expensive restaurants. The first one told us that without booking in advance there is no chance to get in on that day, the second one let us in after 45 minutes waiting in a line and it was the most expensive meal we had on Lanzarote. More expensive than a typical meal in the UK.

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