Lanzarote is a first class holiday destination with lots of sights, attractions and beaches to keep travellers happy. The main area for holidymakers is the district of Tias where the islands main beaches are located. As well as the main vacation resort of Puerto Del Carmen, Tias boasts a succession of beaches, along its 6km of southern shoreline, separated only by short rocky headlands. In this article, we review seven of the best beaches in this area of the island.
Our very first of three man-made (and thus ‘family-friendly’) beaches in the Peurto del Carmen area is referred to as the Playa Grande. This is the most central beach and has a splendid boardwalk of dining establishments and bars running along its kilometre of golden sand (100m broad). The placid waters is this part of the island make it ideal for swimming. If you do not want to visitthe bars and restaurants, you can buy beverages, ices or fresh fruit from one of the beach sellers. One of the most popular beaches on the island, it has lifeguards, showers, changing locations, washrooms, leasings for beds/parasols, boats and water sports equipment. You can get to it by guaguas (autobus) but it should be noted that parking is very restricted in this vibrant part of the island.
Our second beach is known as Barrilla (likewise in the Puerto Del Carmen location), which is small ast around 90m long and 22m wide. It consists of fine golden sand and hasexcellent parking, a diving centre, has a lifeguard present, has emergency treatment on site and is accessible by guaguas (autobus). A great source of information in the area is the Lanzarote tourist board website which is packed with advice for places to stay and eat, and things to see and do in the area.
Our third beach is a little cove called Fariones (likewise in the Puerto Del Carmen area besides a hotel of the very same name), measuring 60m by 5m and including great golden sand and calm waters.
Our fourth beach at Playa de Los Pocillos, is located at the more special end of Puerto Del Carmen. The beach has great golden sand and forms part of the development of the very same name. It is more than a kilometre long (1,23m). High tide leaves swimming pools of sea water on its flat surface area. It is quieter than the main beaches, but there is a still a good range of quality bars and dining establishments on hand. When the wind picks up this beach is popular with windsurfers.
Our fifth beach at Playa de Matagorda, part of the development by the same name has a beach consisting of great golden sand and calm waters. When the wind blows, is a popular resort for windsurfing and is safe for learning for beginners and improvers. Due to its distance to the airport and the occasional sound from aircraft, it is not as crowded as the other beaches in this part of the island. So it is well worth a vist. This beach has rentals for beds/parasols and a range of water sports on hand. You can get to it by guaguas (autobus).
Our 6th beach is at Lima and measures 900m long, including fine brown sand (mix of fine golden sand and small picon, the little lava stones), this is a windy beach with calm waters, once again ideal for first time windsurfers. This is located together with the Matagorda reort and can be reached by guaguas (autobus).
Lastly, our seventh beach is a little cove at Peña Grande. It is only 40m long, consisting of fine white sand (and the odd pebble). Despite its little size, it is nevertheless a windy beach with calm waters and offers full services including lifeguards, showers, emergency treatment, bars/restaurants, showers, parking and telephones. It likewise has a little boardwalk and can be reached by guaguas (autobus).
A holiday in Lanzarote is a peasurable experience. But why stick with the crowds on the main beaches? Get out andexplore the island and discover nearby beaches which a well worth a day or half a day to relax and enjoy the surroundings and the activities.