Walk - Playa Blanca to Punta del Papagayo
Blanca – Car park at Rubicon Marina
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This “there and back” walk from
Playa Blanca takes you via the best selection of beaches on Lanzarote to
Punta del Papagayo. The beaches are popular with naturists, so, if you are
offended by naked naughty bits, prepare to avert your eyes!
Just before reaching the
point (Punta), a bonus is the lovely horseshoe shaped bay at Playa del
Papagayo where there are bars looking down at the beach and which provide a
welcome shaded refreshment spot. This beach is great for swimming although I
have experienced some strange currents there.
Overall, the walk is a
fairly dry, dusty affair but with gorgeous blue sea on one side and vistas
of the Los Ajaches mountains on the other. The start through the rear of the
marina and along part of the long promenade of Playa Blanca, is actually
On the edge of Playa Blanca
you pass the old round fortress of Castillo Coloradas (I have never seen it
open to the public) and some strange archaeological remains at the back of
Playa del Pozo. Judging from a plaque on the white base of a nearby cross
(at least there used to be a cross!), these seem to be connected with a
cathedral which was founded here in 1496. The remains are protected by white
concrete structures topped by sturdy grilles but there is little to see.
Getting to Playa Blanca is
a simple matter of following the LZ-2 main road from Arrecife. Turn left at
the roundabout with the anchor in its middle, in the centre of Playa Blanca,
and follow the signs for Marina Rubicon.
Facing seaward in the car park head to the left and work your way
through to the waters edge. Continue left and follow the marina round until
you reach the end of it. Climb a few steps and follow the paved promenade.
You will soon come to the Castillo Coloradas.
Continue to follow the
promenade until it runs out at a beach next to a small white house in front
of a large hotel complex. It looks very much as though the owner refused to
move out when the area was redeveloped and the complex was built around the
Walk across this beach
(Playa del Afe) in front of the house and climb the bank at the other side.
There is a mutitude of paths from now on and it is a case of picking which
you want to follow the coast. You do not have to cross the beaches but it is
rather a nice thing to do and gives you an opportunity to paddle and cool
The first and largest beach
is Playa Mujeres, the next, slightly smaller is Playa del Pozo and the last
the horseshoe bay of Playa Papagayo, with its bars. The Punta is a short
distance further on. From here, there are further beaches visible and how
far you want to go is up to you.
Return to Playa Blanca by
the same route.
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hiking equipment/clothing before your trip see the Hiking
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