Playa Blanca’s coastal promenade is the hub of this laid-back resort, which is now a 5 mile stretch of uninterrupted walkway. The whole coast is developed with tasteful low-rise properties, characteristic of the island’s charming architecture. Stroll along the coastal path and you’ll find many bars, cafes and restaurants overlooking the golden sandy beaches of the resort.
The wide sandy bay of Playa Blanca divides into 3 smaller bays with sheltered beaches perfect for swimming and sunbathing. The most central is Playa Blanca Beach, with the quieter Playa Flamingo to the west and large, crescent-shaped Playa Dorada to the east.
Rubicon Marina is a high-end, cosmopolitan development at the eastern end of the promenade, typical of the quietly sophisticated style of the resort. This cluster of upmarket restaurants, holiday souvenir shops and designer boutiques has been created next to a stylish marina where luxury yachts are berthed. Of course, Playa Blanca still has its bustling port where you can catch the ferry to neighbouring island Fuerteventura.
Local Markets and Shopping
As well as the many souvenir shops that line the coast, Playa Blanca is home to the Rubicon Marina. It’s a great destination for picking up designer clothes from one of the small boutiques and also hosts a twice weekly artisan market on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. Browse the stalls for locally made goods such as jewellery made using the island’s gemstone, peridot, or for gifts such as pottery to take back home.
Bars and Restaurants
Along the seafront sit restaurants and cafes catering for a broad range of tastes. You’ll find German bakeries nestled alongside Italian and Indian restaurants. If you’re after a taste of home, many outlets have a full English breakfast on the menu. The chic marina contains more upscale dining options and cafes, plus a French bakery. While the night life is low-key, you’ll find bars with live music and gentle jazz come evening in both the marina and along the central promenade, plus a few karaoke bars to keep you entertained.
Playa Blanca has 3 golden, sandy beaches, all offering something a little different. Playa Flamingo is a small, pretty bay west of the port. Locals can often be found fishing for octopus and barracuda here. Moving east along the coastline, the next beach is Play Blanca. This is a small stretch of sand set close to the promenade, with easy access to the cafes and restaurants behind. Continue east and you will reach Playa Dorada, the largest of the 3 beaches with fine sand and plenty of parasols and sunbeds available to hire.
Many of Playa Blanca’s activities are focussed around the water, with many excursions possible from the port. You could take a boat trip to explore the island’s gorgeous coastline, join a deep sea fishing cruise or even spend the day In Fuerteventura. Watersports such as snorkelling and diving can also be easily arranged. The resort has a local water park, Aqua Lava and 10 Pin Bowling down at the marina.
Places of Interest
A visit to Timanfaya National Park is a must! Approximately 20 minutes’ drive away is this staggering expanse of volcanic landscape, with dramatic scenery wherever you look. Explore the park on a guided bus tour or if you’re feeling adventurous, join a camel trek though this protected region. Those interested in scuba diving may like to venture down to Europe’s only underwater museum, Museo Atlantico. A unique and fascinating collection of sculptures depicting local people and scenes line the seabed not far from Playa Blanca’s coast, at a depth of 15 metres. Excursions can be arranged through dive centres within the resort.