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Papagayo Beach

Hidden away in a nature reserve, this rugged, wild beach is an exquisite spot to unwind, enjoy the sunshine and cool off in the glittering waters.

Renowned for its secluded, out-of-the way location, Papagayo Beach is one of the most stunning beaches on the island. Situated in the Los Ajaches Natural Park, this striking shoreline is crescent-shaped with rocky cliffs and views across to Fuerteventura. Sunbathe, swim or simply relax amid the beautiful volcanic landscape.

The warm water on Papagayo Beach is clear and calm, making it a favorite spot for families. Pack a picnic and some cool beverages and settle in for a few hours’ stay. Recline on a sun lounger, build sand castles and take a dip in the serene water. If you want to go for a walk, stroll to the nearby nature reserve and look for hobbyists flying kites on the headlands above.

Bring your snorkeling gear and venture under the water’s surface to discover the colorful marine life living below. Several of the local hotels and resorts have excellent restaurants and offer a range of activities, including excursions, horse riding, golf and boat cruises. Stop by the restaurant near the car park for lunch or dinner. Try traditional Spanish dishes, such as paella and tapas, as well as locally caught seafood.

Papagayo is the most visited beach here, but there are several other more peaceful beaches and coves along the coastline that are worth exploring. Slightly quieter stretches include Playa de las Ahogaderas and Playa de la Cera to the west, while east of Papagayo are the tranquil, nudist-friendly havens of Playa Caleta del Congrio and Playa de Puerto Muelas. Playa del Pozo and Playa Las Mujeres are also reserved for nude bathing. If you are venturing to these, bring whatever you need with you as there are few facilities here.

Papagayo Beach is located on Lanzarote’s southern tip and is accessible by a dirt track from the parking area. It is a 20-minute drive from Playa Blanca and there is a fee for parking. If you’re not driving, ride the Princesa Yaiza boat from Playa Blanca instead.

Popular Activities at Papagayo Beach

Give yourself loads of time at Papagayo Beach. Here are some of the best activities:

Trying out an Atlantic Adventure Papagayo Beach will help make the visit to this celebrated attraction even more memorable!

If you'd like more activities, examine our Arrecife things to do page.


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THB Tropical Island
THB Tropical Island

THB Tropical Island

C/ Fragata, 2, Yaiza, Lanzarote
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Yaiza, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Nuestra Senora del Carmen Square and within 3 mi (5 km) of Marina Rubicon and Aqualava Water Park. Papagayo Beach is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.

    Sandos Papagayo All Inclusive 24 Hours
    Sandos Papagayo All Inclusive 24 Hours

    Sandos Papagayo All Inclusive 24 Hours

    Calle Las Acacias, 6, Playa Blanca, Yaiza, Lanzarote
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Offering direct access to the beach, this Yaiza property is within 1 mi (2 km) of Playa del Afre and Papagayo Beach. Marina Rubicon is 1.3 mi (2 km) away.

      Hotel THe Volcán Lanzarote $182
      Hotel THe Volcán Lanzarote

      Hotel THe Volcán Lanzarote

      Calle El Castillo, 1, Playa Blanca, Yaiza, Lanzarote
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated by the sea, this luxury hotel is steps from Las Coloradas Castle and Marina Rubicon. Papagayo Beach and Aqualava Water Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        Gran Castillo Tagoro Family & Fun Playa Blanca - All Inclusive
        Gran Castillo Tagoro Family & Fun Playa Blanca - All Inclusive

        Gran Castillo Tagoro Family & Fun Playa Blanca - All Inclusive

        Calle Hoya de Afre 2, Playa Blanca, Playa Blanca, Yaiza, Lanzarote
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Nestled on the beach, this Yaiza property is within 1 mi (2 km) of Playa del Afre, Papagayo Beach, and Marina Rubicon. Mujeres Beach and Caleta del Congrio are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          Iberostar La Bocayna Village $126
          Iberostar La Bocayna Village

          Iberostar La Bocayna Village

          Calle El Moral, 2, Playa Blanca, Yaiza, Lanzarote
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Yaiza, this golf apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Playa del Afre and Papagayo Beach. Marina Rubicon is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) away.

            Hotel The Mirador Papagayo
            Hotel The Mirador Papagayo

            Hotel The Mirador Papagayo

            C/ Las Palmas, 5, San Marcial del Rubicón, Yaiza, Lanzarote
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Yaiza, this beach resort is within a 15-minute walk of Playa del Afre and Marina Rubicon. Papagayo Beach and Aqualava Water Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort $243
              Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort

              Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort

              Avda Papagayo N 22, Playa Blanca, Yaiza, Lanzarote
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated on the waterfront, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Dorada Beach and Marina Rubicon. Aqualava Water Park and Papagayo Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Villas Las Marinas
                Villas Las Marinas

                Villas Las Marinas

                Urb. Las Coloradas, Playa Blanca, Canary Islands
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Yaiza, this villa is within a 15-minute walk of Playa del Afre and Papagayo Beach. Marina Rubicon is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) away.