Who has not heard about the beaches of Papagayo? They are the most well known beaches on the whole island, some even qualify as the best beaches on Lanzarote. With golden sand and crystal clear waters, the admired Playas de Papagayo are formed by almost two kilometers of small coves, among them, Playa Mujeres, El Pozo, Caleta del Congrio, Puerto Muelas and, the one that gives the name to the group: El Papagayo.
Playa Blanca, only 5 minutes from Papagayo
Playas de Papagayo are a part of the area known as Playa Blanca in Lanzarote. In fact, the área in located very close to this tourist center, so you can easily reach it by car from Playa Blanca and even by bicycle. You should know that access by car to the Natural Park is submitted to a small fee, with the aim of controlling the movement of vehicles through the protected area. But if you want to enjoy a real adventure in Papagayo, you can also book the I Love Papagayo excursion and sail aboard a luxurious catamaran while skirting all the beaches of Papagayo, admiring its beauty from a privileged view, from the sea.
Playas de Papagayo, a paradise in the Ajaches Natural Park
The beaches of Punta Papagayo, as they are also known, are almost virgin coves and make a part of the Ajaches Protected Area. In addition, being in the south of Lanzarote, Playas de Papagayo are famous for the best weather on the island and, as a result, we also find calm waters without much wind, something that isn't always easy to find on the Canary Islands. Its crystal clear waters are also perfect for snorkelling.
Being an extensive area of sun and beach, in Playas de Papagayo you will always find a quiet place to enjoy a bit of privacy. Also, if you visit it outside of the summer season, you will surely have this paradise to yourself. Do not forget to go prepared with a parasol, sunscreen and water for it has a desert charm that, as a result, leaves no room for almost any shade.
In all this area, we will only find one building, as generally construction is not allowed, and it is a small beach bar where you can have a drink or eat some typical Lanzarote dish. This original native restaurant is located on the beach that is known as Playa de Papagayo.
Did you know that from Playas de Papagayo you can see Isla de Lobos and Fuerteventura? No doubt it is a unique landscape that you can enjoy from this southern area of the island of Lanzarote. Are you going to miss it?
As we have already mentioned, the coves that form Papagayo area are diverse and today we will reveal some of them to you. Warning: it might be difficult for you to choose which ones to visit!
Playa Mujeres and Playa Caleton de San Marcial, the beaches with Isla de Lobos on the horizon
Although Playa Mujeres is one of the busiest of the Papagayo beaches, being very wide and having an area of 400 meters, you will easily ensure a place to rest quietly. You cannot miss this beach of fine golden sand, from which you can also see Isla de Lobos and Fuerteventura on its horizon.
And very close to Playa Mujeres we find Playa Caleton de San Marcial, which we can only access on foot, but it's worth the effort. To reach this paradise of only 35 meters, we will go past Playa Mujeres on a dustroad. Being practically an isolated place, it is usually a beach where some bathers practice nudism.
Playa de la Cera and the famous Papagayo beach
With its curious name, Playa de la Cera – the Wax Beach - is one of the beaches where you will find tranquillity, since it is not very busy. It's located next to the beach of Papagayo, so it's very easy to find and you will not have difficulties to access it. It is the perfect place to have a walk along the coast of coves.
And, of course, we can't forget about Playa Papagayo, the most famous beach in Lanzarote. This impressive beach is shaped like a half moon and is the best place to snorkel and discover the seabed of the Canary archipelago. In addition, as we have already mentioned, in Playa Papagayo we find a beach bar, the final touch for a perfect day in paradise.