Lanzarote offers various beaches for all kind and taste: white, golden or black sand beaches. The mayority of them are quiet beaches but there are also places of high waves ideal for sail boarding and surfing. The temperature of the ocean varies between 17 and 19 degrees in winter and between 20 and 22 degrees in summer.
The main beach of the island is Playa Grande of an extension of 1,200m, situated in the urban sector of Puerto del Carmen . In this sector can be also found the Playa de los Poscillos with an extension of 1,100m and fine brownish sand which is a meeting point for sail boarders. Next to the Playa de los Poscillos and near the airport is situated the Playa de Matagorda with an extension of 900m.
The beach of El Reducto is situated in the capital of Arrecife . It is a nice beach of fine golden sand of an extension of 400m, surrounded by a promenade and the main avenue. This beach is a prefered meeting place for families and young people.
Between Arrecife and Puerto del Carmen is situated the urban sector of Playa Honda , right next to the airport. Here strikes the beach of the same name offering golden sand and an extension of almost 1km; also a centre of attraction for sail boarders. Leaving Playa Honda behind us we come to the Playa de Guacimeta , a beach of fine brownish sand and an extension of more than 1km but quite isolated and therefore attractive for people practicing nudism.
Continuing in the centre of the island, at the coast in the North-East from Arrecife we find another urban centre of Lanzarote called Costa Teguise . The main beach situated in Costa Teguise is the Playa de las Cucharas (marked with the Blue Flag by the European Union). It offers an extension of 500m of brownish sand and quiet waters. The beach is surrounded by a nice promenade along the sea with restaurants, coffee bars and shops.
However, the most beautiful beaches are found in the South of the island. One of those beaches is Playa Blanca which has given the name to the whole area. It is a wonderful beach with an extension of only 50m but of white sand and quiet water, surrounded by various restaurants. To the eastern side of Playa Blanca we find Playa Dorada with a longitude of 200m and nice golden sand. It should be mentioned that both, Playa Blanca and Playa Dorada have been marked with the Blue Flag by the European Union. Even more striking beaches of this sector are the beaches Punta Papagayo , Playa Mujeres, Playa Papagayo and Puerto Muelas . All of them are of great beauty and turquoise water. Furthermore they offer a fantastic view to the neighbour island of Fuerteventura and the Isla de Lobos.
For those who like to practice sail boarding or surfing, Famara is the place to go. It is situated in the Community of Teguise on the Western coast of the island. Being the most extensive beach of Lanzarote, it offers not only white sand but gigantic waves – and last but not least a wonderful view to the Archipelago of Chinijo. Furthermore, there are other excellent offers existing in the North of Lanzarote. Small white beaches that seem to be quite isolated but can be reached by a nice walk.