Lanzarote has over 100 beaches! We’re still building a complete list of them, there’s a wide variety from the golden sandy beaches found in the holiday resorts to the white coves hidden in the north of the island, surfer’s paradise at Famara plus the very different black lava rock & sand beaches off the beaten track. The beaches are listed with their municipality, the beach dimensions refer to the length of the beach and distance in depth to reach the sea.
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Playa El Reducto is right in the centre of Lanzarote’s capital, it’s the beach by the Gran Hotel. There are sunbeds and umbrellas for rent and lifeguards on duty.
Dimensions: 470m long & 45m deep Sand: fine white Sea: calm but tricky to enter at low tide as situated on a reef
Playa El Castillo beach is on the end of Leon y Castillo, the main pedestrian street in the centre of Arrecife where the Castillo de San Gabriel is situated.
Dimensions: 30m long & 10m deep Sand: fine white Sea: moderate
Playa El Cable beach is situated mid way between Arrecife and Playa Honda, access is off the main dual carriage way where the petrol stations are situated opposite each other, or by foot along the promenade. It’s not a popular beach as it can be polluted occasionally.
Dimensions: 315m long & 18m deep Sand: fine golden Sea: windy with moderate waves
Playa La Concha beach is further towards Playa Honda from El Cable. Accessed by car from Playa Honda or on foot along the promenade from Arrecife.
Dimensions: 250m long & 10m deep Sand: fine Sea: calm
Playa La Garita in Arrieta is the islands best kept secret! This beach is great for all occasions, it has a good swell for surfers, great snorkeling under the jetty, fishing off the pier and two tapas bars.
Dimensions: 810m long & 5m deep Sand: fine golden Sea: calm
Playa El Charcon beach is the small one with a natural sea pool next to Casa Juanita in Arrieta.
Dimensions: 15m long & 4m deep Sand: fine white Sea: calm
Caleta del Campo beach is opposite the renown restaurant El Lago on the coast road between Punta Mujeres and Arrieta.
Dimensions: 50m long & 6m deep Sand: rocks Sea: moderate
Caleta del Espino beach is in Punta Mujeres where the natural sea pool is opposite the tapas bar La Piscina.
Dimensions: 55m long & 6m deep Sand: description says fine white but no sand! Sea: calm
Playa Las Sebas beach is the other end of Punta Mujeres, there are two sea pools, a slipway and lots of locals fishing.
Dimensions: 75m long & 4m deep Sand: description says fine white with rocks, but I would say rocks! Sea: calm
Playa Los Caletones beach is along the coast path from Punta Mujeres to Jameos del Agua.
Dimensions: 125m long & 3m deep Sand: rocks Sea: moderate
Caleta de José María beach is on the coast path close to Los Caletones beach.
Dimensions: 80m long & 3m deep Sand: medium white with rocks Sea: moderate
Las Caletones: There is a selection of small beaches stretching along the coast road towards Órzola known as Las Caletones, including:
Caleta del Guincho 60m & 4m, rocks, moderate
Caleta de las Escamas 140m & 4m, rocks, moderate
La Caleta 60m & 7m, fine white, moderate
Caleta de Mojon 100m & 13m, medium white, moderate
El Banquito 75m & 5m, medium white, moderate
Caleta Gonzales 70m & 8m, rocks, moderate
Caletón Blanco Beach is the largest of the shallow water and white sand beaches that appear on your right as you follow the road to Órzola. Great for children, lots of rock pools.
Caleta del Mero. A beautiful white sand cove popular with nudists. More info: Caleta del Mero
Dimensions: 500m long & 9m deep Sand: fine white Sea: calm and shallow
Playa La Cantería beach is hidden under the dramatic cliffs at Órzola. Access is by car along a dirt track, as you turn right from the coast road into the village turn left to find the beach. Popular with surfers. More info: Playa de la Cantería
Dimensions: 300m long & 10m deep Sand: fine brown Sea: moderate with strong undertow
Playa El Risco beach is deserted but beautiful! Access is via boat or down the goat path from the car park along from the Mirador del Rio towards Guinate. The definitely beach is worth the trek down but remember the only way back is up and its 650m!! The annual autumn swim to La Graciosa starts here.
Dimensions: 845m long by 8m deep Sand: fine golden Sea: moderate
Jameos del Agua has two beaches in the area known as Malpaís de la Corona, the first is Playa Las Cocinitas beach and the second is Playa La Caleta beach, accessible from the car park or down a track, with constant wind and popular with experienced windsurfers: Dimensions: 100m long & 13m deep 60m long & 7m deep Sand: white medium, some stones fine white, pebbles Sea: moderate moderate
Charco del Palo has a sandy cliff coastline with access into the sea off the rocks with ladders for exit. It is a naturist village and clothes are optional. There is also a natural sea swimming pool. Very popular with scuba divers.
Dimensions: 10m long & 4m deep Sand: fine white Sea: moderate
Playa de Seifio, access by 4x4 Dimensions: 60m long & 4m deep Sand: rocks Sea: calm
San Bartolomé Beaches
The coast of San Bartolomé is the area of Playa Honda which has two beaches.
The first is Playa Honda beach, it's huge and stretches along the popular promenade.
Dimensions: 1900m long & 85m deep Sand: medium golden Sea: calm
The second beach is Playa Guacimeta beach and it stretches around the airport runway, you can stand and watch the planes land over your head! Not classed as a naturist beach but is known for it. This also has two sections authorised for pets, so that dogs can exercise and enjoy the beach with their family.
Dimensions: 1km long & 40m deep Sand: fine Sea: calm
The municipality of Teguise covers a wide coastal area including Costa Teguise, Famara and La Graciosa. Costa Teguise has some very different beaches accessed from the promenade. You can watch a short video of each beach here: Beaches in Costa Teguise.
Playa Las Cucharas beach, considered the main beach and very popular for windsurfing especially with the wind increase in the afternoons.
Dimensions: 640m long & 25m deep Sand: fine Sea: calm
Playa Los Charcos beach, sheltered from the wind.
Dimensions: 310m long & 30m deep Sand: fine white Sea: calm
Playa El Jablillo beach, sheltered cove and popular with children and try scuba divers.
Dimensions: 150m long & 20m deep Sand: fine white Sea: calm
Playa Bastian beach, looks pretty with zocos but difficult to access the water at low tide.
Dimensions: 375m long & 15m deep Sand: fine white Sea: calm
Playa El Ancla beach, is a lovely cove situated on the outskirts of Costa Teguise.
Dimensions: 150m long & 15m deep Sand: fine white Sea: calm
Playa La Caleta is situated past Costa Teguise heading towards Arrecife, just before the desalination plant is the beach of Ensenada de La Caleta. Great local tapas bars!
Dimensions: 400m long & 12m deep Sand: fine Sea: calm
Playa Barlovento beach is where the Telamon shipwreck is located next to the Puerto de Los Marmoles. Popular with snorkelers and scuba divers.
Dimensions: 220m long & 10m deep Sand: gravel & rock Sea: calm
Playa La Arena beach is between Puerto Naos and Castillo San José, access is via the road to the Castillo and there is a turn off on the bend before.
Dimensions: 115m long & 5m deep Sand: fine Sea: calm
Playa de Famara is impressive, the beach stretches for nearly 6km and you can't help but be in awe of the magnificent Famara cliffs. Swimming is dangerous, there are strong waves and under currents making it popular with surfers. Also attracts kite surfers and experienced windsurfers.
Dimensions: 6km long & 100m deep Sand: fine golden Sea: strong, caution advised
Caleta de Famara, in the village Dimensions: 190m long & 15m deep Sand: fine white Sea: moderate
Caleta Caballo beach is along the coast, close to the sports holiday complex, Club La Santa. Dimensions: 60m long & 5m deep Sand: fine white Sea: moderate
Playa La Charca beach Dimensions: 50m long & 10m deep Sand: description fine white, photo shows rocks Sea: calm
Playa Tio Joaquin beach, access by 4x4 Dimensions: 335m long & 5m deep Sand: medium white sand and rocks Sea: moderate
Playa Tia Vicenta beach Dimensions: 405m long & 10m deep Sand: medium black with rocks Sea: moderate
Playa San Juan beach Dimensions: 100m long & 5m deep Sand: fine white Sea: moderate
Playa Las Palomas beach Dimensions: 70m long & 5m deep Sand: fine white Sea: moderate
Playa El Perejil beach Dimensions: 140m long & 8m deep Sand: fine white Sea: moderate
Playa Bajo Raso beach Dimensions: 40m long & 10m deep Sand: description says fine white photo shows black rocks! Sea: moderate
Playa Morros Negros beach, surfing for experts Dimensions: 45m long & 6m deep Sand: rocks Sea: moderate
Barranco de los Conejos beach Dimensions: 70m long & 7m deep Sand: fine with rock Sea: calm
La Graciosa is a small island but it has 8 beaches in the area known as Chinijo Archipelago. Many of these beaches are isolated and only accessible on foot:
Caleta de Arriba beach Dimensions: 55m long & 10 deep Sand: fine white Sea: calm
Playa El Salado beach, overnight camping permitted Dimensions: 1.8km long & 20m deep Sand: fine white Sea: calm
Playa Francesa beach Dimensions: 435m long & 30m deep Sand: fine white Sea: calm
Playa La Cocina beach Dimensions: 100m long & 10m deep Sand: fine white Sea: calm
Playa La Laja beach Dimensions: 100m long & 12m deep Sand: fine white Sea: calm
Playa La Lambra beach Dimensions: 600m long & 55m deep Sand: fine white Sea: moderate
Playa Las Conchas beach, spectacular views to the other islands, strong currents, swimming not recommended. Dimensions: 610m long & 80m deep Sand: fine white Sea: strong
Playa Pedro Barba beach Dimensions: 115m long & 25m deep Sand: fine white Sea: calm
Caleta del Puerto Dimensions: 100m long & 10m deep Sand: fine Sea: calm
Isla de la Alegranza beach, access via boat Dimensions: 215m long & 8m deep Sand: thick red Sea: strong
This covers the Puerto del Carmen resort with over 6km of beaches from Matagorda to the old harbor.
Playa Grande, the main beach on the strip in the resort, with sun beds and swan pedalos for hire.
Dimensions: 1.19km long & 100m deep Sand: fine golden Sea: calm
The smaller beaches along the front in Puerto del Carmen are:
El Caleton de Enmedio 45m & 5m, golden, calm
La Peña del Dice 50m & 5m, fine golden, calm
El Barranquillo 60m & 5m, fine white with rocks, calm
Playa Los Pocillos beach, a deep beach with wind so good for windsurfing and flying kites. Dimensions: 1.23km long & 150m deep Sand: fine golden Sea: calm
Playa Matagorda beach stretches from Los Pocillos around the Matagorda commercial centre. Dimensions: 850m long & 40m deep Sand: fine golden Sea: calm
Playa Lima beach offers sheltered positions, some rocks. Good snorkeling and conditions ideal for beginners windsurfing. Dimensions: 900m long & 50m deep Sand: fine golden Sea: calm
La Peña Grande is a thin strip of beach. Dimensions: 40m long & 5m deep Sand: fine golden Sea: calm
Pila de la Barrilla beach, also known as Playa Chica, just past the Fariones very popular with scuba divers and watersports hire. Dimensions: 90m long & 22m deep Sand: fine golden Sea: calm
Fariones beach, situated next to Playa Grande and part of the Fariones hotel. Dimensions: 60m long & 5m deep Sand: fine golden Sea: calm
This is a great coast for surfing, the sea is very dramatic with huge powerful rollers.
Playa La Santa beach is on the La Santa island, popular for picnics and BBQ's and the lagoon is great for small children or learning to windsurf. Dimensions: 940m long & 12m deep Sand: fine white Sea: calm
Playa Teneza beach Dimensions: 90m long & 6m deep Sand: black Sea: strong
Playa La Boca de Abajo beach, situated just past Club La Santa. Dimensions: 30m long & 20m deep Sand: medium black Sea: strong
Playa Las Malvas beach Dimensions: 180m long & 10m deep Sand: medium black Sea: strong
Playa La Madera beach Dimensions: 85m long & 10m deep Sand: medium black Sea: strong
Yaiza covers the tourist area of Playa Blanca and some of the most popular beaches on the island.
Punta Papagayo has a series of beaches all with golden sand, calm turquoise water and views to Lobos and Fuerteventura. These are remote but very worth exploring, from left to right there are 8 beaches:
Playa Puerto Muelas very busy in the summer due to the campsite 130m x 10m
Playa Caleta del Congrio gay & naturist 130m x 10m
Playa Papagayo a beautiful cove with a bar restaurant on the cliff top 120m x 15m
Playa la Cera 105m x 30m
Playa la Cruz 320m x 60m
Caleton del San Marcial 35m x 6m
Caleton del Cobre 40m x 3m
Playa Mujeres Popular with boat excursions for anchoring off 395m x 85m
Playa Las Coloradas 410m x 7m
The beaches are accessed by a dirt road off the large roundabout on the road to Femés, public are asked to pay an entry fee of €3 Euros and residents with are free of charge. You can also take a water taxi or catamaran trip to reach these beaches from the resort. There are a number of boat excursions that anchor off Playa Mujeres and Las Coloradas as they are the larger beaches. Papagayo is also popular with naturists.
Playa Blanca beach is situated in the centre of the resort, where the old village was. Dimensions: 40m long & 8m deep Sand: fine white Sea: calm
Playa Dorada Beach is between the centre and the Marina Rubicon port, it's a popular beach with water sports available for hire. Dimensions: 300m long & 10m deep Sand: fine white Sea: calm
Playa Flamingo Beach can be located past the old harbor towards the lighthouse. Dimensions: 200m long & 20m deep Sand: fine white Sea: calm
Playa La Mulata beach Dimensions: 80m long & 5m deep Sand: fine golden Sea: calm
Playa La Campana beach Dimensions: 140m long & 12m deep Sand: fine golden Sea: calm
Playa Montaña Roja beach Dimensions: 260m long & 7m deep Sand: fine white Sea: calm
Playa La Arena beach Dimensions: 85m long & 10m deep Sand: black Sea: calm
Playa El Golfo beach is the one you see on the postcards with the green lagoon called Charco de los Clicos. This coast is windy with strong waves, there is also a beach of 125m x 15m in the village of El Charco. Dimensions: 320m long & 30m wide Sand: medium black Sea: strong
Playa Janubio beach is next to the Salinas just off the main road from Yaiza to Playa Blanca where you turn for El Golfo, here you can find lava rock with the green olivina inside. Dimensions: 820m long & 30m deep Sand: medium black Sea: strong
Playa Montaña Bermeja beach, situated along the coast to El Golfo. Dimensions: 455m long & 40m deep Sand: medium black Sea: strong
Playa El Paso beach, between El Golfo and Timanfaya Dimensions: 120m long & 11m deep Sand: fine black Sea: strong
Playa Quemada is hidden away between Puerto Calero and Playa Blanca, an untouched Canarian village with good restaurants. Dimensions: 310m long & 8m deep Sand: pebbles Sea: calm
Playa El Pozo beach Dimensions: 345m long & 10m deep Sand: fine black Sea: calm
Playa El Valle de la Casa beach Dimensions: 105m long & 8m deep Sand: fine black Sea: calm
Playa El Parrado beach Dimensions: 280m long & 5m deep Sand: fine black Sea: calm
Playa La Fuentecita beach Dimensions: 60m long & 6m deep Sand: fine black Sea: calm
Playa Berrugo beach Dimensions: 210m long & 5m deep Sand: medium golden Sea: calm
The Cabildo de Lanzarote list the details of the beaches on the island with a photo of each one and description on this website.
For information of surfing spots in Lanzarote, please see our Hawaii in Europe - Lanzarote Surfing post, there's a table of local beaches, with difficulty rating, GPS and directions etc.