If you like unspoiled and natural beaches then these 5 beaches at Papagayo will be ideal for you. They may not suit everyone as there are no toilet facilities, no sun loungers and no sun umbrellas and the nearest place to get a drink is up a steep cliff path to 2 small places to drink or eat.
Having said that, this could be a place you will never forget. The key to having a successful trip here is to be prepared and make sure you know what is there or better said what isn’t there! However, for many this is the best set of beaches on Lanzarote with their sandy beaches and turquoise clear waters that are beautiful to swim in and you will see why.
3 Euros to take your car in
Apart from taking your own drinks and food and being prepared for the lack of toilets you need to know that these beaches are within a Nature Reserve. This means getting to the beach involves a drive along a very unmade road or a 15 minute walk from the nearest bit of civilisation. The Lanzarote Government who are famous for their conservation of the island has done a good job of keeping this part of Playa Blanca unspoiled and free from Hotels, Bars, Restaurants.
If you arrive by car then there is a 3 Euro entrance fee to enter the park which is collected at a hut in the middle of nowhere after you start along the unmade road. If you aren’t aware of the fee you might think this is an unofficial toll but the uniformed chap will give you an official ticket and this allows you to return to the park within a week without paying again.
4 x 4 not needed
So, as most of you will be in rental cars this little journey will not be so bad. The road is basically a track with potholes and you will be glad you are not in your own car. The best thing to do is take it easy, don’t’ rush and look out for those pot holes. Now your expectations are set you will be saying it’s not that bad! It isn’t and any car will make this so don’t’ worry or let this put you off.
You will arrive at a car park and by the number of cars here you will be able to gauge how busy the beach is. This beach can be popular for good reason and if you arrive in peak season then there is a chance that the beach will be fuller than you like. Just remember that there are 5 beaches and it’s normally the first beach to the left of the 2 small restaurants that normally gets a big proportion of the visitors. Also, you can see the beach from the top of the cliff and if it’s looking busy then to the right of the restaurants and you will find less busy but equally lovely beaches. I normally always do this as I’d rather get away from the crowds.
Yes, there are clothes optional or Nudists beaches
Although these beaches are ideal for children just be aware that on some of the beaches there are clothes optional for nudists. So if you don’t want to see elderly gents in nothing but a sunhat then avert your gaze and stick to the first beach to the left where you may see nothing more than an occasional topless bather. If you are looking for being more at one with nature then you can find secluded beaches so all can be happy.
The sea is turquoise and gently sloping with a sandy bottom. The water is nice to swim in all year round without being too cold and although there are some waves due to it not being as sheltered a beach as Playa Flamingo. The water is crystal clear and ideal for snorkeling and you will see plenty of fish so taking some bread and watching them feed is recommended.
You should be careful in the water as there are no lifeguards or anyone telling if it is safe to swim or not. As always, stay close to the shore and be mindful that there are some currents but these are not strong near the beach.
Getting to Playa de Papagayo by Taxi or walking
If you haven’t rented a car then you can take a taxi to the beach although some taxi drivers won’t want to do the journey on the unmade road. However, they will take you to the alternative entrance that is just past Marina Rubicon and the new Villas ‘del Sur’ where it’s a short walk to the first of the beaches. You can also drive in this way and avoid the 3 Euro charge and a shorter route on the unpaved road.
Google satallite view of the beaches of Papagayo
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