Southern Lanzarote: Playa Papagayo

On my last day in Lanzarote, I decided to save the best for last and visit the beach that inspired my trip there. When I was deciding on what island to go to, I google imaged each one to see what they looked like. And when Lanzarote popped up on my screen, I squealed like a girl and immediately bought a ticket there. Papagayo beach shows up in just about every ad and tourist announcement for Lanzarote, and there is a good reason, it looks like something off of a postcard. Located on the south coast, east of a town called Playa Blanca (White Sand, what a great name for a town!), it was top on my list of must-sees around the tiny island. And let me tell you, it’s even more beautiful in person.

I drove down to Playa Blanca for a nice breakfast on the boardwalk. 9am and the sun was already shining, with the fish-white German and British tourists marking their territory on the beach. All I could think was how can you lay on this beach with Papagayo 20 minutes away? Over toast and eggs, I watched the ferries from the other islands come in and dock with the silhouette of Fuerteventura in the distance.
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Afterward I promptly got lost for half an hour trying to find Papagayo beach. It is definitely not well-marked or easy to find. In fact it’s off of a long dirt road. It’s inside of a park or reserve, along with a bunch of other beautiful beaches, so you have to pay 3 euros to get inside, but man, it’s definitely worth it. You can also only get there by car. You park up on top of a hill, and then walk a ways before arriving on the beach. Make sure you don’t have any food in your mouth because your jaw will definitely drop.
I spent several hours taking tons of pictures, laying out on this beautiful beach, swimming, and reading before heading back to the airport to catch my flight back to reality. It was the perfect end to a perfect weekend. Except for, never go straight to the airport from the beach to catch a 3 hour flight and then a 4 hour bus ride. Sand and sunburns are so uncomfortable.
Have you ever been to Lanzarote or Papagayo beach?
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  1. I’m in the middle of planning a few day getaway in April and Lanzarote is one of my three choices… if we go there I’ll definitely make sure to check out Playa Papagayo 🙂

  2. I heard the same thing, but I was blown away by Lanzarote. I went on a whim too, and I loved it. I was so lucky. Incredible weather for February, hot and sunny every day, and warm enough to swim too! Make sure you rent a car!

  3. Awesome post! I’m going to Lanzarote in April, kind of on a whim. Everyone was saying, “oh Tenerife is better, you should go there” but it looks like Lanzarote will be equally beautiful.

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