The Top 10 Things to Do and See in Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

Segway tour | Courtesy of Moving Segway Lanzarote
Segway tour | Courtesy of Moving Segway Lanzarote
Photo of Leon Beckenham
29 November 2017

With close to two-and-a-half million visitors last year, Lanzarote is certainly a popular tourist destination. And positioned on the southern tip of the volcanic island is Playa Blanca – now the island’s third-busiest resort. Once a fishing village, it still maintains some of its laid-back vibe, though with no shortage of activities to keep the regular stream of holidaymakers happy. Here’s a selection of just some of the fun you can have there.

Marina Rubicon Street Market

Market, Street Food, Coffee, Beer
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Visit Marina Rubicon for a stylish street market atmosphere against the backdrop of the swanky yacht marina. You can browse all kinds of local handmade goods, jewellery and souvenirs at the stalls that are nestled among the port’s bars, cafes and boutiques. It is open twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Saturdays) and you can expect to see as many locals as tourists milling around this colourful and friendly market.

Scuba, snorkel, or paddleboard

Visitors can choose from a wide range of watersports around the resort’s coastline, both on and below the sea. Snorkel and paddleboard in the shallows as a family or explore further and deeper with a scuba dive to discover a plethora of sea life. For the braver diver, night dives are also available while novices can study their PADI open water with the particularly eco-friendly Pura Vida Diving School.

Pura Vida Diving School, Avenida Islas Canarias, 33, Playa Blanca, Spain + 34 620 28 19 00

Explore Europe's only underwater sculpture museum

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Crossing the Rubicon, Jason deCaires Taylor
Crossing the Rubicon, Jason deCaires Taylor | Courtesy of CACT Lanzarote
Opened in 2017 after almost three years in the making, Museo Atlántico is located just off the south coast of Playa Blanca. Europe’s only underwater sculpture gallery was created by British artist Jason deCaires Taylor, and consists of 12 installations and more than 300 life-size human figures, all at the sea floor at depths of 12 to 14 metres. It’s obviously best explored via a scuba dive to best get close to the artworks and sea life that they attract.

Learn to sail

If you’ve ever fancied yourself as a sea captain, the courses on offer at the Sea Master Training Centre are definitely worth a look. With instruction ranging from motor cruising, powerboats and chartered sailing boats you can go out for a day trip or take your exams and become a certified skipper. Excursions also cater for all levels of experience.

Sea Master Training Centre, 24b, La Marina, Playa Blanca, Spain +34 696 02 86 72

Take a submarine tour

With only 15 commercial submarines in the world, this is a rare opportunity to experience submarine travel first hand. Taking you 30 metres down, you’ll be able to witness a scuba diver feed the fish by hand right outside the submarine window as well as seeing local underwater shipwrecks. Book a tour with Excursions Lanzarote and they’ll pick you up and drop you off at your hotel.

Jump on a quad bike

For those who prefer a little more of a rugged riding experience should opt for a quad bike tour. All bikers must be over 18 and have a valid driving license. Make sure to take sunglasses and a scarf to protect your face from the dust, as you’ll be storming around the island on some seriously fun off-road trails.

Rent-a-Quad, Avenida Archipiélago, 7, Playa Blanca, Spain + 34 645 09 03 09

Visit Castillo de las Coloradas

Offering beautiful views across the southern part of the island, this small fortification was built between 1741 and 1744 to defend against pirate attacks. In an emergency troops would sound the bell to warn of pirates approaching. Entry to the building is restricted so do check opening times before setting off. The only access is on foot uphill, so it’s recommended to take snacks and water with you, as well as your camera.

Calle Castillo del Águila, 33, Playa Blanca, Spain + 34 928 81 17 62

Take the kids to Kikoland

Based in the five-star hotel Princesa Yaiza is the seriously fun-packed Kikoland complex. With 10,000 square metres of activities, the whole family is sure to find something to entertain themselves. Activities range from swimming, basketball, tennis and climbing, with various musical and themed shows for children of all ages at the amphitheatre.

Av. Marítima, 1, Playa Blanca, Spain +34 928 519 222

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