Playa Blanca is a resort town on Lanzarote Island, part of the Canary Islands off the coast of Spain. The resort is situated on the southern tip of the island, just over 37 kilometers from Arricife, the capital of Lanzarote. Playa Blanca is a tropical paradise that draws millions of tourist to its coastline.
This area of Lanzarote has eight major landmark and commercial areas that are host to tourist and locals alike. The family friendly resort has activities for children and a nightlife for the adults. The most obvious activity is the sandy beaches, where children and adults spend most of their day in the water, sun bathing or another water activity, such as snorkeling or scuba diving.
Choosing where to stay when visiting Playa Blanca can be difficult. The resort has everything from comfortable apartments that can be leased for a short time to all-inclusive luxurious hotels. All you need to do is figure out your vacation budget and choose the proper accommodations. If you have the funds, staying in one of the all-inclusive hotels can offer you a ton of activities, food and pamper you to your heart delight. Some of the resort hotels even offer babysitting services and have specific activities designed for kids.
Playa Blanca has the typical tourist shopping areas, but if you are looking for an upbeat shopping, then you need to walk down to the Marina Rubicon. Here you will find locals selling everything a tourists needs or even doesn´t. Several shops are still empty on the Marina Rubicon, but the area is growing at a rapid pace.
Eating out in Playa Blanca will make you scratch your head. There are so many restaurants and cafe’s to choose from, but you will easily find a place that serves fresh seafood – caught the same day by local fishermen. If seafood is not what you wish for, then the resort village has everything from local cuisines to international dishes.
When visiting Playa Blanca, you will have to keep some things in mind. Do not drink the water from the facets. You can wash, bathe and brush your teeth in the water, but drinking the water is not advisable. You must always have a voltage adapter with you. The island only has two-pin plugs that use 220 volts.
The visa requirements are not necessary for people carrying a European Union passport. However, you will need to check with your country’s embassy to find what travel documents you need. Playa Blanca follows all the travel rules of the EU.
The island’s currency is also the Euro, which can be exchanged for at any bank of the island. You can exchange your country’s currency for Euro or even your travelers checks. Since tourism is the largest part of the island’s economy, Playa Blanca and the hotels go out of their way to make sure you have the currency required by all the restaurants and shop owners.
If you choose to rent an automobile in Playa Blanca to travel outside the resort, you will have to have an international driver’s license and remember that this is a European community. For U.K travelers: watch out on which side of the road you´re driving. For other Europeans, you are accustomed to the driving lanes. As for the traffic laws, they are rarely observed on the island. Lane disciplines at intersections and roundabouts is not existent. Indicating the direction you plan on turning is often optional. Just be careful if you plan on driving in Playa Blanca. Once you get outside the semi-busy resort area, you will find driving easier.
No matter how you decide to travel, Playa Blanca is one of the better resorts for a vacation. It does not have the rowdy nightlife that other resort areas on the island have and is more family friendly, because of all the kid’s activities available. You will find yourself not wanting to leave when your vacation time comes to an end.